Disclaimer: I’m not Jerry Thornton. He’s the entertainer’s entertainer, a global icon with comedy chops, a radio show and a full head of hair. I have none of these things. I merely have the unenviable task of keeping the award-winning Thornography blog afloat while Jerry is on vacation, undoubtedly enjoying a romantic getaway with Johnny Weir.

Some years back, there was a Southwest Airlines commercial advertising flights to Philadelphia during which a man claimed the City of Brotherly Love has “a lot — A LOT — of culture” and other folks described the best their hometown has to offer, a list that consisted of pretzels, cheesesteaks and the phrase, “It’s like a baby New York.”

A lot of culture, indeed. Even the city’s own denizens couldn’t come up with anything better than empty calories and a degrading comparison to another equally deplorable metropolis to best describe Philadelphia.

In GQ’s quest to find “The Worst Sports Fans in America,” Eagles and Phillies fans tied for No. 1. This is, after all, a fan base that once booed Santa Claus. So, it should come as no surprise that Philadelphians killed hitchBot, a beloved hitchhiking robot whose sole goal was to travel across this great country and restore our faith in humanity.

Meanwhile, our faith in Philadelphia remains steadfast: Philly has no faith, and it will destroy your hopes and dreams, because Boston has repeatedly torn its heart out, set it afire and fed its body to the depths of hell.

Whether it was Havlicek stealing the ball, Super Bowl XXXIX or a sweep on the way to a Stanley Cup, Boston owns Philadelphia. Even Philly’s nicknames — Cradle of Liberty and Birthplace of America — are owed to Bostonians. As impartial observer Kevin Garnett said when asked to compare Philadelphia and Boston crowds, “Not even close. Not even close. You got fans, and then you got fair-weather fans. Take it how you want.”

And hitchBOT’s life was a sad reminder of the chasm between Boston and Philadelphia. After successful tours across Canada, Germany and The Netherlands, the robot began its U.S. journey in Massachusetts, spending almost two weeks fishing off the shores of Gloucester, touring Boston and crossing off the first of its many bucket list items.

Upon leaving Boston, the city that “invented America,” hitchBOT stopped in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York before, we assume, being kidnapped, thrown in the trunk of a 1989 Eagle Premier and transported two hours southwest, enduring the stench of MetLife Stadium prior to being left for dead on the streets of Philadelphia.

It is a sad day for America, but at least we can take solace in the fact that humanity is alive and well in Boston, where hitchBOT experienced a fortnight of the best our country has to offer. RIP hitchBOT.

The night has fallen, I’m lyin’ awake,
I can feel myself fading away,
So receive me brother with your faithless kiss,
Or will we leave each other alone like this
On the Streets of Philadelphia

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach
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Disclaimer: I’m not Jerry Thornton. He’s the entertainer’s entertainer, a global icon with comedy chops, a radio show and a full head of hair. I have none of these things. I merely have the unenviable task of keeping the award-winning Thornography blog afloat while Jerry is on vacation, undoubtedly enjoying a romantic getaway with Johnny Weir.

For those of you who don’t have it plugged into your calendar — or anyone who may have destroyed replaced a broken phone since last Aug. 3 — today marks Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr.’s 38th birthday. If the past week has taught us anything, it’s that this year has been a trying one for Brady. Sometimes life just has you by the balls, and that was the case for Brady at age 37.

The year began with the old ball and chain embarrassing him on Instagram with a photo of the two smooching, as if anybody wants to see a devilishly handsome NFL quarterback and his supermodel wife embody all that God intended. UGGs, gross. Things only got worse for Brady, as his old lady quit her job and the powers that be at his place of employment are threatening his own livelihood. We’ve all been there, am I right? Let’s review just how brutal the past year has been for Brady. Maybe it’ll help cheer everyone up and make us realize our own existences aren’t so bad after all.

Big win tonight! We’re on to Miami! Posted by Tom Brady on Sunday, December 7, 2014

 

A 9-year-old bat boy who was struck in the head by a batter warming up in the on-deck circle during the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas, over the weekend died of his injuries, the team announced.

A 9-year-old bat boy who was struck in the head by a batter warming up in the on-deck circle during the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas, over the weekend died of his injuries, the team announced.

Kaiser Carlile, a bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, an amateur baseball team from Kansas, was retrieving a bat when he was accidentally hit on the back of the head by a bat swung by the next batter during Saturday’s game.

Carlile, who was wearing a helmet, received medical assistance from home plate umpire Mark Goldfeder — a long-time paramedic — before being taken away in an ambulance.

The team posted an announcement on its Facebook page late Sunday reading:

With the permission of the family, and with much sorrow and a very broken hear, I regretfully inform everyone that Kaiser Carlile passed away earlier this evening. Please keep his family and our team in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all the support during this ordeal!

Carlile’s father’s cousin, Mike Carlile, is the general manager of the team.

“We just lost a little, 9-year-old Bee Jay and it’s incredibly sad,” Mike Carlile told the Wichita Eagle. “No one wrote a book to tell us how to do this. We’re just dealing with it the best way we know how, and that’s to keep coming out and keep honoring Kaiser on the field.”

After both teams prayed on the field for Carlile, Liberal went on to beat San Diego in Saturday’s game. The Bee Jays also won their game Sunday over the Haysville Aviators, 8-0, after being informed of Carlile’s death. Mike Carlile said Kaiser’s parents wanted the team to continue playing — and winning. The parents attended Sunday’s game and talked with the players afterward in an emotional meeting.

“It is such an unfortunate accident and all we can do is be strong for the family,” Bee Jays manager Adam Anderson said. “That’s all they wanted us to do was go out there and play a good baseball game, and that’s what we did.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Mike Florio gave us his thoughts on Brady's appeal.

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