NBC Philadelphia Parts Ways With Local Media Favorites

As if sports as we know it have not already changed enough, we also will be losing a couple of familiar faces from our broadcasts. Longtime Philadelphia Eagles insider Derrick Gunn and Phillies broadcaster Gregg Murphy were among a slew of staffers who were laid off from NBC Sports Philadelphia, when NBC Universal made massive layoffs across the country this week. One thing is for sure, the Philadelphia media landscape will not be the same.

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Fans, colleagues, former players, and current players made their displeasure with these decisions known on Twitter. One user, referring to the layoffs as “Red Wednesday,” a reference to the “Red Wedding” in Game of Thrones.

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It has been reported that NBC regional networks aim to remove sideline reporters altogether and that after their current seasons are over Sixers Serena Winters and Flyers Taryn Hatcher will either move on to new roles or new jobs. While other notable names include the senior director of communications Maureen Quilter, writer for The 700 Level Enrico Campitelli, Sixers writer Paul Hudrick, and Flyers analyst Al Morganti.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been reported that NBC Universal’s parent company Comcast Corp. has had a 25% decline in revenue with closures of theme parks, postponed movie releases, and diminishing sales in advertisements, especially from the cancelled 2020 Olympics.

Ben Simmons Out Indefinitely With Left Knee Injury

Courtesy of USATSI

Philadelphia 76ers young star went down with a left knee injury late in the 3rd quarter, of Wednesday’s win against the Washington Wizards. He had a noticeable limp but initial reports revealed there was no significant pain or swelling in the area.

Injury Timeline

via NBCSP broadcast

Ben Simmons underwent an MRI on Thursday morning that came back clean. There were no tears or breaks but there was a slight patella subluxation. He’s expected to be out but checked in on as things progress from day to day , according to sources from the Athletic. An injury to Simmons could have happened a better time for the Sixers. They are playing seeding games Thant won’t really have an effect on the Sixers moving forward. So why not rest the NBA steals leader for a few games. For perspective this is the same injury suffered by NFL star Patrick Mahomes last season and he only missed 2 weeks.

MY Favorite burgers

My first piece for the Last Out Media was a list of a few of my favorite cheesesteak spots, so I decided that my 2nd article would give everyone my 5 favorite burger spots. My hope is that you will find a new favorite burger from this list, or at leas one you’d like to try. 

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5–Bottle Bar East 1308 Frankford Ave–Very tasty burgers, they have really good options in addition to a fantastic burger and is also a take out bottle shop.

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The classic combo looks has never looked better

4–Spot Gourmet Burgers–2821 Girard Ave…very good burgers with lots of great choices, if you do your research, you will see that alot of people agree with me that these are some of the best burgers in the city

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The elegance in the simplicity of the Fountain Porter burger. 

3–Fountain Porter–1601 S 10th St–People in the know of the Philly burger game know about this delicious burger. It’s hard to believe some people’s “best burger” lists do not include this delicious and very tasty bar burger and it’s 5.00 price. It might be the best burger value in the whole city. 

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I’m a sucker for a melty cheese falling out of the bun.

2–Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon 3333 Conrad St East Falls–their turf burger has won best burger awards, I like this neighborhood bar in East Falls because they have delicious food combined with great food specials, such as Tuesday burger night

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This burger, that burger, any burger at Lucky’s is worth it. 

1–Lucky’s Last Chance 4421 Main St Manayunk and 848 S 2nd st–A multiple-time winner of the Philadelphia Burger Brawl, I fell in love with their burgers 6 or 7 years ago and it’s because of their ability to consistently have delicious burgers, even when they do crazy creations. Some of their creations such as their Pickle Monster Burger, which still won a Burger Brawl award, their Mac Attack burger is topped with mc and cheese, might be their best seller, according to their menu, but my favorite burger is PB and Bacon cheeseburger, yes PB stands for peanut butter are delicious and always manage to hit the spot. 

Let’s hear about your favorite burgers, simply write it in the comments section, my articles on the Last Out Media website are so that we can all learn about great places to get delicious foods, based upon the topic of the articles that I write, so leave a comment about your favorite burger spot. 

Kevin Wilson is an independent restaurant reviewer and is not directly associated with any restaurant or the industry, just a man with a passion for food. You can find his book “Table For One” at Barnes and Noble and anywhere online, and check out his website phillyrestaurantreviews.com for regular updates. Kevin hosts two podcasts on the Last Out Media Network, “Dining on a Dime” and “Learn About World Cusinie”. 

Philadelphia Catholic League Delays Fall Start

Sports at every level are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with now the Philadelphia Catholic league delaying its fall start dates.

While many schools are currently debating between an online-only or a hybrid style program, it appears that sports will have to wait a little longer than normal to get going again. The league’s board of governors has approved a schedule that has football teams beginning acclimatization on Aug. 31 and opening contests the weekend of Sept. 18-19.

In addition to football, teams, and student-athletes competing in golf, girls’ tennis, soccer, field hockey, girls’ volleyball, and cross country will begin practice Sept. 14 and open their seasons the weekend of Oct. 2-3.

Check the PIAA tweet on the subject here

This is in keeping with what the PIAA is doing, as well as the Inter-Ac. The Pioneer Atheltic Conference has yet to make a decision with regards to how they’ll operate their fall season.

Archbishop Ryan principal Joseph McFadden, chair of the league’s board of governors said that “The PCL is committed to a safe return to competition, but the safety and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches and athletic staffs is the primary focus,”.

Hopefully, the PCL gets to get in as much of their season as possible. We’re rooting for all the kids, even those stinking freshmen.

Embiid DOMINATES, BEN LEAVES EARLY, SIXERS WIN

Early in the 3rd quarter Ben Simmons walked off the court with what appeared to be a left leg injury. Headed into the locker room, followed by 76ers GM Elton Brand, it looked kind of scary there for a minute. After a few scary minutes, and an announcement that he would not return, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out that there was no swelling and no pain in his left knee, and all early indications are good signs.

However, when asked post-game Brett said he did not know and he is very curious to hear what the news is, with hope that an update will come at some point. Regardless of what the diagnosis is, I could see them sitting Ben, if non-serious, for a few games just in case.

As far as the game went, honestly it was fairly uneventful. The woeful Wizards hung around and made the game -nteresting, even taking a 4 point lead at times. But ultimately the 76ers prevailed on the back of another dominating performance by Joel Embiid. The superstar center tallied 30 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes.

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Outside of Joel, I was most impressed with Shake Milton, who again had a solid game. 3 for 5 from three for 14 points is a solid game for the second-year guard, but for me, I was much more impressed with the 4 assists to 0 turnovers. Once Simmons had to leave the game, Shake was the ball handler down the stretch, combined with Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris led the way for the Sixers to come away with a win.

Joel Embiid’s return to the play has been nothing short of dominant. Clearly the big man did not come to play around, and he is making an imprint on the game, looking like he has return to form of the dominant force we all remember him being. Throughout the season it had seemed like something was off with Joel, saying he wasn’t having fun, and at times not really the force he could be in games. That has all changed in the bubble, the slimmed-down 7’2″ big man is not playing around in the bubble averaging 32.7 points per game in 32.7 minutes per game. The Sixers are looking to get the big man to a point of playing upwards to 38 minutes per game come playoff time if Ben is healthy, Joel is dominating for 80% of the game, and Tobias continues to play well, this team may scare some people heading into the playoffs.

There are still a ton of questions surrounding the team, Simmons knee being a major one now along with coaching and defense has been less than comforting. The team has 5 more games before the playoffs start to figure it out, the team currently in the 6 seed, 1 game back of the Indiana Pacers who hold the tiebreaker. If the season were to end today they would take on the Boston Celtics in round 1. But it doesn’t and the Sixers could technically climb up the standings if they continue to win games.

The next game is Friday, August 7 vs Markelle Fultz and the Orlando Magic. It will be shown on NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus and TNT.

Just a quick thought: One thing to look forward going forward is who will be in the playoff rotation. Brett Brown said prior to the restart he was going to use 10 guys in the seeding games, and downsize to 9 come playoffs.

  • Joel Embiid
  • Shake Milton
  • Ben Simmons (if healthy)
  • Josh Richardson
  • Tobias Harris
  • Matisse Thybulle
  • Furkan Korkmaz
  • Al Horford
  • Glenn Robinson III
  • Alec Burks

Burks who has been used as a combo guard and a point guard hasn’t missed a 3 in a game yet shooting 3 for 3, 1 for 1, and 2 for 2 respectively. I haven’t been overall impressed with his passing ability, or lack thereof, he has a skill set that could be useful come useful in the playoffs. The ability to put the ball on the ground and get his own shot, and if he continues to shoot well, although on limited attempts, from three he really would make a case for playoff minutes. With Ben possibly missing some time going forward, Burks will have an opportunity to play much more. Just something to keep an eye on in these next 5 games.

ALSO BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED THE NEXT DAY OR TWO!! Our great 76ers writing staff at Last Out Media will be collaborating together to give you our Sixer player power ranking so far in the bubble! It’s going to be a can’t miss.