As if you didn't know: The Phillies won a tense game 5, forcing a game 6 tomorrow night in New York wherein Pedro Martinez will get a second chance to end the "who's your daddy?" chants once and for all.
Also, SEPTA called an audible, announcing a 3 a.m. strike shutting down all city subway, bus and trolley service, essentially holding true to the letter of their word to not striking during the World Series home games. Yes, yes, we support the union's right to strike, but tell it to the people waiting at bus stops at 5:30 this morning.
So we'll take this opportunity to share a word with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia who suggest you "Bike the Strike":
PHILADELPHIA - November 3, 2009 - The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia urges SEPTA travelers to bike instead of driving. Commuters who bike will win out over those stuck in traffic jams of epic proportions."Avoid the crush and bike the strike," says Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. "Bike the Strike to save time, money and help shrink your waistline. Plus, I guarantee you will have more fun than anyone trying to drive during the strike."
In cooperation with Philadelphia's Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Bicycle Coalition has established a Bike the Strike station at City Hall (Dillworth Plaza). The station has bike parking corrals, free coffee, bike maps and Bicycle Ambassadors on hand to give tips on bike commuting and personalized route planning.
Keeping safe while bicycling is critical. "Bicycles are considered vehicles, so we also urge all bicyclists to obey the rules of the road," said Education Director Breen Goodwin. "It's important for all bicyclists to be civil, courteous and comply with traffic laws, such as walking their bikes on sidewalks and stopping at all signals, to ensure the everyone's safety."
More biking tips after the jump:
BIKE THE STRIKE
For those who commute four miles or less, bicycling instead of driving will get you to your destination faster and will take no longer than using a bus or trolley.
A Center City District study found that bicycling by following the rules of the road is always faster than walking, driving or taking the bus across Center City during rush hour.
Commuting by bicycle for 15 minutes each way (about 2-3 miles) meets the Center for Disease Control's minimum recommendation of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per day
Regular physical activity may help reduce your risk for many diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancers, and osteoporosis. It also helps to control weight; contributes to healthy bones, muscles, and joints; and reduces falls among older adults.
Bicyclists are not pedestrians with two wheels. Bikes are vehicles and must comply with traffic laws just as motor vehicles do.
Bicycles should stop at all red lights and walk their bikes on sidewalks.
Stop by your local bike shop during the strike for a free bicycle safety check
For more commuting tips, go to www.bicycleambassadors.org and click on Handouts and videos
55,000 commuters bike to work once a month.
On a typical day in Philadelphia, 11,000 bike-to-work trips are taken.
1.6 % of commuters ride their bike to work; Philadelphia has the highest percentage of bike-to-work commuters of the country's largest 10 cities
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Jim Horwat, our favorite Phillies-loving, smile-crazy illustrator the man behind last year's championship-celebrating tribute/collage is back with a 2009 print featuring all the stars of this year's run and Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett. Oh, and it's also got HK and the Phanatic done up like some kind of Mayan priest.
This year's print is full color and available in a signed and numbered first edition on Horwat's web site. Do some early x-mas shopping and maybe buy the Phils a little karma tonight.
Last night's World Series game 4 had a little bit of everything for your local neighborhood Phils cynic. Let's not forget that while the Phillies are indeed a very formidable team, they've got their weaknesses and almost all of them were exposed against the best power pitching and power hitting money can buy.
- CC Sabathia his inability to do anything with Chase Utley notwithstanding continued to make Phils lefties Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez look look like Rico Brogna and Travis Lee.
- Joe Blanton, a yeoman 4th starter, despite a sick run from the second inning into the fifth where he painted the corners deftly, was undone in a fifth inning where nobody hit the ball all that hard, but, given Blanton's lack of an out pitch, was unable to drop the hammer and end an ill timed two-run rally.
- Charlie Manuel, despite finding himself in a situation tied at 4 in the ninth after an improbable Pedro Feliz tying shot where he might be facing extra innings, decided to not try to get another inning out of his best/most durable reliever, Ryan Madson, and went to Brad Lidge in a situation that called for perfection.
- In a bit of irony too rich for words, when the Phils employed a severe defensive shift against Mark Teixeira the same one used so often against their own Ryan Howard they got burned on a steal of second wherein Johnny Damon kept running right on down to an uncovered third base.
- Of course, then there's the mystery of why Brad Lidge stopped throwing his slider his best pitch and possibly the best pitch on the entire staff while facing Johnny Damon in the first place, but Brad Lidge mysteries could fill a book at this point.
Did I miss anything?
|Courtesy of Laurel Hill/West Laurel Cemetery|
Here's an official MLB urn from the West Laurel Hill Cemetery, although it's sold at other funeral homes as well. For $650, you can spend eternity with the Phillies, purchased from the final resting place of early Phillies owner Alfred James Reach, Ben Shibe (who created the two-piece cover baseball), his sons Thom and John who helped Connie Mack out with the A's and, of course, HK.
On the face of it, the effort to introduce table games to Pennsylvania casinos didn't seem like a major expansion of gambling. Table games, after all, are expected to produce only about $200 million a year, including licensing fees, in state revenues, compared to the nearly $1 billion that came in from slots last year (with some casinso yet to open).
Table games are also less directly tied to gambling addiction and problem gambling.
But a tiny clause in table game legislaiton â one that has gone almost completely unreported â makes table games, expected to pass any day now, potentially a much bigger deal indeed: a clause that would let casinos extend credit to slots and table games players.
Why is this a big deal?
When I first began reporting on the ever-growing casino industry and its ever-growing dependence on slot machines for its profits, I encountered horror stories about what happens when casinos extend credit lines to gamblers.
Some of those stories related to Foxwoods â not the facility being built here but the one already operating in Connecticut. Foxwoods' owners, acording to work done by journalist and professor Jeff Benedict, had pursued gambling debts to the point of placing liens on the debtors' houses and appearing as creditors in foreclosure documents.
The idea that casinos â which, according to respected studies, make a disproportionately large amont of their profit from problem gamblers â would be acting as mini-banks for those very gamblers seeemed pretty disturbing.But the issue, i was told, was a red herring: because Pennsylvania doesn't allow casinos to extend credit to gamblers.
Apparntly, however, they're about to.
A certificate holder may make credit card advances and debit card withdrawals available to patrons at its licensed facility [ . . . ] A certificate holder may extend credit to patrons for the purpose of playing slot machines or table games.
This goes directly against the current law, which states, in unusually direct language, that:
Slot machine licencees may not extend credit. Slot machine licensees may not accept credit cards, charge cards or debit cards from a player for the exchange or purchase of slot machine credits or for an advance of coins or currency to be utilized by a player to play slot machine games or extend credit in any manner to a player so as to enable the player to play slot machines.
The Daily News recently called table games "a trojan horse," but mentioned the extension of credit only briefly. Other than that, this news has gone â as far as I can make out, anyway â virtually unreported.
The idea of this legislation being a trojan horse demands serious attention. Were table games really just a way to get previously-banned practices, like the extension of credit, into the slots parlors?
And why is no one talking about this? The difference between a casino that can lend money to its lots players and one that can't would seem pretty significant.
|Hoodie | Birdland/The Fightins|
|Beat NY: What they can't buy, we're gonna take
Running a little behind on this, but tell us who's gonna win the World Series and how:
|Philly Boy Roy, in his natural habitat|
Last night, in the early moments of The Best Show on WFMU, PBR made a bold prediction: It will only take one game for nem Phightens to humiliate nem Yankees and win the World Series.
This led to a very improbable bet between the showâs host Tom Scharpling of Newbridge, North Jersey and Philly Boy Roy Ziegler of Roxborough.
Also discussed in this clip:
- Lipstick City, Barney Miller and Raul Ibanez guitars
- The appropriate age to begin dropping the F-bomb
- The Cin-A-Bon/milkshake deathwish
- Spinal Tap, Drum Power and WaWa Records
- An army tank driving through a lake of fudge pudding
- The time Peter killed a grip on the set of the Brady Bunch
- Whether pimpinâ is easy or not
- Whether itâs OK to put Peanut Chews into piÃ±atas
- Whose bathroom area hurts
Guerilladelphia, made up of Don McCloskey, Chuck Treece (Bad Brains, McRad) and Tom Spiker (Kellis) came into effect after McCloskey watched the Phils beat the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the playoffs, then called Treece and Spiker to record what heâd written.
And then the real work began.
- Like phone calls to out-of-town Philadelphia natives G. Love and Kufie (in Boston at the time, they added vocal and harmonica tracks).
- Getting Jay Davidson, Larry Toft and Patrick Hughes to add horn parts
- Playing a raw demo at the North Bowl and snagging Phil Nicolo to mix the victory track.
That teamworkâs even better than what you see on the field. Get it for free at guerrilladelphia.com.
(h/t Jon Solomon)
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