10 Thoughts on the Best Season of the Un Philadelphia
It’s weird to sit here and think that the perfect Philadelphia Union regular season was still somewhat disappointing.
I don’t think that’s a “Negadelphia” take; I think it’s possibly what most fans are feeling when you consider that this team lost three of four games down the stretch, played their way out of first place, and then blew an opportunity to host 2 playoff games. They also blew a chance at sneaking into the CONCACAF Champion’s League, which would have been a fantastic consolation prize for a record-setting, yet likely trophy-less season. This club just always seems to reach these significant tipping points before coming up short, which you saw over these past 2 weeks, in all four prior playoff losses, and in the three U.S. Open Cup final defeats.
1. This is still a wildly successful season
16 wins is a franchise record.
55 points is a franchise record.
Beating Red Bull in a home playoff game would still make for an incredibly successful season. The Union has never won a playoff game EVER, so getting over that hump this year would be significant. They have not even hosted a playoff game since October of 2011, which was 8 years ago.
But I do think this squad left a lot on the table after sitting in first place for a significantly large chunk of the season. They had bad losses in Montreal, Salt Lake City, and Chicago. They dropped too many points during the 3 games homestand against Portland, Seattle, and Colorado. A stellar campaign still brought with it a lot of head-scratching results.
It’s strange to think that this team was only 1 win and 5 points better than last year’s squad. Watching both plays, this Union roster felt like it was so much good than the Borek Dockal/Cory Burke/C.J. Sapong team, but only finished slightly ahead in terms of total points and wins. If you put both squads against each other, I think the 2019 Union wins rather comfortably.
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Autumn has come, and so have the flavors of the season, popping up on menus of bars, breweries, and cafes all over the city. From cocktails with Honey crisp apple juice ice cubes to beers brewed with pumpkin puree (and dark chocolate) to extra-cream lattes influenced by pumpkin pie, here are 6 must-try drinks to test out this fall.
Apple of My Eye in 1 Tippling Spot
A sip of this brandy drink will transfer you from a vintage lounge chair to an apple orchard. Staff at the cozy Center City cocktail bar Sweet Honey crisp apple juice, then freeze the juice in jumbo-sized ice cube trays. Two cubes of both of them are shaken with Laird's applejack, homemade apple butter, and honey simple syrup to make this slushy, slightly tangy cocktail served in a glass.
Trick or Treat Chocolate Pumpkin Porter for the Evil Genius Beer Company
Without pumpkin beer, it wouldn't fall Evil Genius brings the porter edition to the next level by adding dark chocolate post-fermentation, which gives the beer a sweet aroma. For this beer, the Kensington hangout brewers add real purée of pumpkin to the mash and classic pie spices such as cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg to the boil. And at 7.8% ABV, this one promises to help you warm up during a crisp evening in the brewery's beer garden.
Cran-Rosemary Espresso Tonic and Pumpkin Pie Lattes, Herman's Coffee
Whether you want a cold jolt of seasonally spiced caffeine or a warming pumpkin treat, Herman’s Coffee has you covered. Option one features a double shot of espresso poured over Fever-Tree tonic that’s mixed with cranberry bitters and a rosemary-infused simple drink. The iced-down refresher is ended with a sprig of rosemary. For a home-made take on a mainstream fall treat, go for option two: the pumpkin pie-inspired latte, spiked with spiced syrup made from fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. A splash of sweetened condensed milk is poured in just before the steamed milk, adding extra creaminess to this decadent cup. Freshly grated nutmeg tops it all off.
The Philadelphia 76ers’ early come back on Matisse Thybulle has been promising.
In June, Matisse Thybulle was the 15th-ranked prospect on our 2019 NBA Draft board. The Philadelphia 76ers traded up to select Thybulle at No. 20, adding another young and defense-first wing to a growing 2nd unit.
Summer League was a series of flashes for Thybulle. He had extraordinary moments on defense but looked the part of an unfinished product on offense. His 3-point shot was better than expected, but poor handles and a tendency to rush shots at the rim often prevailed.
Fast forward to the end of the training camp and the Sixers’ annual Blue x White scrimmage. The White team — which featured the projected 2nd unit — ran out of a starting 5 of Trey Burke, James Ennis, Mike Scott, Kyle O’Quinn … and Thybulle. That raised a few eyebrows.
All summer, the discussion was about Ennis and Zhaire Smith splitting backup minutes on the wing. Some ads even threw Furkan Korkmaz into the conversation after a strong FIBA World Cup. He's a shooter and under Brett Brown, he has the most experience.
But it was Thybulle, the real rookie who got the starting nod over Smith. Korkmaz was on the Blue Team, where he played significant minutes and was impressive in his own right. Yet Thybulle shined, perhaps more than any other player on the roster on Saturday's scrimmage.
Unfortunately, there are no official records were kept, so much of Thybul's statistical production was left to the imagination or beat reporters counting on their hands The general consensus is that in the first half Thybulle had six deflections in the area. He's been everywhere.
Thybulle showed his special defensive speed and anticipation, bolting into passing lanes and providing a persistent irritant for the White Team, He contributed meaningfully to the White's half-time lead, though it would evaporate early in the third quarter.
The Blue Team was plagued with turnover and almost everyone seemed to be involved Thybulle. He got his hands on the passes picked up pockets and managed to rack up a couple of impressive blocks as well — including one chase-down block on a Josh Richardson three-point attempt. He spent most of his time protecting Ben Simmons and doing so with incredible effectiveness.
Teammates have been raving about Thybul's performance all week. Al Horford admired Thybul's feeling for the game, noting that the defense "comes easy for him." After the scrimmage, Simmons said he "hates" going against Thybulle. It's obvious that the 22-year-old is making a strong first impression.
' I'm The Sign of Hope ': Philadelphia Man's Unthinkable Abuse He and Sister Experienced As Children
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's man's childhood was marred by the abuse and tragic loss of her younger sister. The case made headlines across the nation years ago.
Now he's telling his story in front of an emotional mural dedication to his little sister Dante Hailey has a new apartment and a new lease of life. It's a small thing, but it's his. It's a long way from the horrible days of his young life in Fairmount.
"I was starving at that point, tied up, locked in the basement me and my sister for a month at a time," Hailey said.
It was 1997. Dante was 7 years old and his sister Charnae was only 5. Their memories of the violence they suffered at the hands of their drug-addicted mom are as vivid as they were yesterday.
"She would leave us in the basement for months at a time — no meat, nothing," he said. "It would be like days when there would be an onion or a banana but that was rare
While trying to survive with little or no meat, Charnae died of starvation in August 1997. Dante was left with her dead body and his mother's order.
"She ordered nobody to say nothing. She broke the light into the basement and told me to pull her body back under the water heater, "Dante added.
Police later discovered the child's body, and Dante was soon placed in foster care where he was raised by a loving family.
His mother was convicted and is now serving a sentence of 28 to 56 years in prison.
"I do love her. I have forgiven her for everything she has done At the end of the day, she's still my mother, "Hailey said.
After turning to the streets and spending some time in prison for burglary and drug dealing, Hailey, who is about to turn 30, now has a revived zeal for life
A bright new mural graces the side of the Fairmount tower, celebrating the memory of his daughter, Charnae. It's a fun tribute to replace some of the darkest days in their young lives.
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One of two people who forced their way into a rowhouse in South Philadelphia during Wednesday night's home-invasion burglary was shot dead by a homeowner during a robber's gunfight, police said Thursday.
The 22-year-old man who lives in the house on the 2200 block of South Darien Street suffered graze injuries to his head and left ear when the second gunman fired his gun at the occupant before escaping, the police said.
PHILADELPHIA—Police report 2 gunmen break into the house in North Philadelphia on Saturday night and shot one man in the head before trying to invade another home just streets away.
The incident started just before 11 p.m. On the 2100 block of 19th Street North
Police said that two men wearing ski masks and guns are kicked in the door The men made their way to the second house floor, where they discovered two men and two girls in the back bedroom.
Detectives said that the men were looking for money.
As per investigators a 52-year-old man was tied up and shot in the back of his head; the suspects took the second man's pants and left home with the two girls.
"They went through the house and didn't see any money so I guess out of anger they the shot the victim," said George Fuchs, Philadelphia Police Captain. "So they brought the two girls with them to another residence.
A weekend to Philadelphia
Midway between New York City and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia is kind of like the middle child of the East Coast, often ignored and renowned for being rough around the edges of rowdy sports fans. But don't get trapped with the stereotypes – Philly has a much more sophisticated and lovely side, too. Just look at the chrysanthemum flowers, the bamboo art, and the autumn colors a part of the collection in the Longwood Gardens. There is more to this city than Liberty Bell and Reading Terminal Market.
Officially launched in August, the 219-room Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in the Comcast Center is a landmark for the future of Philly. A rapid ascent of the elevator to the 60th-floor lobby lays the city's grandeur at your feet, with lavish flower arrangements accentuating an otherwise modern and minimalist architecture. All guestrooms feature ground-to-ceiling windows, stylish bedside room controls, and the Comcast X1 video platform, with more than 50,000 films and shows. You're staying here for viewing and advanced embedded technology that sets new norms for the Four Seasons.
A visit to the 57th-floor spa and fitness center is a must for diving in the indoor infinity pool, preceded by a spa treatment. Rejuvenating glass manicure and manicure are lavish beyond faith, with a relaxing hot crystal massage accompanied by collagen suits to replace traditional paraffin. The lone place of manicure is more like a throne than a chair. On the other hand, the Rittenhouse celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, with hotel packages available via December memorializing the milestone. Here, the gorgeous, polite atmosphere fits right into the tony neighborhood, from the spacious suites to the Lacroix Restaurant's buttoned-up service. A multi-million-dollar renovation was completed last year by the Rittenhouse Spa & Club, and the first-rate gym facilities include daily group fitness classes for hotel guests. Coive your hair after an exercise in the adjacent lounge of Paul Labrecque. Both estates have warm five-star accommodation and service, but even in house cars – the Tesla Model X Four Seasons versus the Jaguar Rittenhouse – the difference in style is obvious.
Former Philly cop Richard Frank is charged with sexually assaulting a minor
The Upper Southampton Township Police received a report in September about a suspected case of child abuse.
The investigation came to life, and it wasn't soon before Detective James Schirmer met a kid under the age of 13 at the Bucks County Children's Advocacy Center. The victim informed Schirmer that in the summer of 2017, at the Northeast Philadelphia residence of the then-47-year-old Richard Frank, the man allegedly slid his hand inside the child's garments and touched the child's genitals.
The groping continued even after the kid had asked Frank to stop, according to an incident report of probable cause by The Inquirer. Frank allegedly rubbed the child's leg and abdomen during a second meeting.
Frank — a long-time Philadelphia police officer who quit the force in 2018 under a wave of workplace allegations of sexual assault — was arrested by Southampton Township Police on Tuesday on allegations of aggravated assault, threatening child welfare, and "minor corruption."
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PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department is actively investigating a murder after a body was found in Deer Valley Park near 19th Street and Utopia in northern Phoenix.
Police say 23-year-old Isaac Clark and two friends were in the park at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, when they heard that the car was damaged
Clark rushed to the vehicle learning that it was his friend's car, and the suspects confronted him. At that moment, a physical fight started, and Clark was stabbed multiple times.
He died from injuries to the hospital. Maurice James, 24, and Eldon Sandoval, 18, are imprisoned on second-degree murder charges. A third person, 21-year-old Chantel Ben, was imprisoned on allegations of obstructing prosecution.
The Phoenix Police Department was currently investigating the murder after a body was found in Deer Valley Park near 19th Street and Utopia in northern Phoenix.
A six-year-old boy died after he and two adults were hit by a pickup on Tuesday when they crossed 75th Ave. in the crosswalk.
PHOENIX –Phoenix police reported Thursday that a six-year-old boy died after he and his two adult nannies were struck by a Chevy truck on a crosswalk in Phoenix on Tuesday. The boy, now known as Rayden Ginsburg by the police, began walking across 75th Avenue at the Thomas Road intersection at about 7:45 p.m. A 21-year-old male and a 28-year-old female.
At the same moment, 23-year-old male-headed south on 75th Street, driving the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, approached the Thomas Road intersection "as the light cycled to red for southbound traffic," according to Phoenix PD Sergeant Tommy Thompson.
As the Silverado went through the junction, it killed three people trying to cross 75th Street eastbound on the crosswalk. As a result, Ginsburg sustained extremely critical injuries at the moment, while his 21-year-old male and 28-year-old female babysitters experienced severe and serious injuries.
All three of the pedestrians were taken to the hospital, while the Chevrolet Silverado driver remained at the site. The police found that the driver was not impaired at the time of the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.
In the meantime, a GoFundMe campaign has been developed to help his family cover Rayden's funeral costs and shows a lot of photos of Rayden and his family.
PHOENIX — Three men were struck by a car early Thursday morning in Phoenix, leaving two of them with serious injuries, according to fire officials. A crash at 19th Street and Grand Canal struck three people at 2:30 a.m., fire officials reported.
Four of the people had been treated and taken to a hospital in serious condition. The other man was treated and refused to be taken to the hospital, fire officials said. The driver 25-year-old Zachary Vick, showed signs of injury and was transported to Fourth Avenue Prison, police stated.
He faces DUI and drug-related allegations. It's not known if the three men were on the crosswalk or on the pavement at the time of the crash. Police closed down southbound 19th Street in the neighborhood while examining the incident.
The Phoenix Police Department is still investigating the matter.
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Muslim union proposes to give Ayodhya land to government…
This proposal has been made by the Muslim for Peace organisation, while other organisations say that they will not give the disputed land in the Babri Masjid.
The hearing of the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case in the Supreme Court is at a final stage. Despite this, efforts are on to explore the possibilities of resolving this dispute through mutual reconciliation. On Thursday, many Ulema and enlightened people of Muslim religion, including Maulana Tauqir Raza Khan, the national president of Ittehade Millat Council, called the Muslim for Peace organization, attended. Everyone unanimously passed the proposal that the disputed land should be given to the central government. The enlightened people said that even if the Muslim side wins the court, that land should be given to the Ram temple. People in India are in favor of peace. The Supreme Court's decision would be welcome, but it would be better if reconciliation resolves the Ayodhya dispute. Said that the government should ensure the safety of other religious places of Muslims.
In protest against this conference, the Indian Muslim League protested near Gandhi statue at Hazratganj. Muslim League leader Matin Khan said that some people are willing to deal with the Babri Masjid. We will not allow the gift of the Babri Masjid of Qom. This case is in the Supreme Court. There are six parties in the court, five parties have agreed that, we will follow the decision of the Supreme Court. A Sunni Central Waqf Board is not agreeing to this. Not the board, the chairman is denying it.
Six individuals, including four minors, were seriously harmed after a two-story working in Wadala burst into flames on Wednesday evening. The fire was purportedly brought about by a flash in a high-pressure wire over the structure, fire authorities said. As per BMC fire authorities, the fire was accounted for at around 2 pm in the Ashtavinayak working in Ganesh Nagar in Wadala East. "We sent a group… which figured out how to control the fire in the structure that had begun the principal floor. It was brought about by a flash in a high-strain wire over the structure," a senior official said. "The structure is unlawful and in the cradle zone of Tata Power's high strain wire." Three, including two minors, were raced to KEM medical clinic in Parel for treatment. One-and-a-half-year-old Ansh Alankar endured 100 percent consumes and is basic. "We have moved him to the emergency unit," Dr Hemant Deshmukh, senior member of KEM Hospital. Two-year-old Swara Pandurang Chikate endured 25 percent consumes, yet is steady, while her mom, Jagruti Pandurang Chikate (36) endured 45 percent consumes. "… She is steady," Deshmukh said.
Barely 25 years back, when Sushama Deshpande conceptualized and composed Vhay, Mee Savitribai, she didn't know anybody would put down a wager on it. It was a performance demonstration, where Deshpande was to play the unbelievable reformist Savitribai Phule. Apprehensive, she took the content to Arun Kakade, referred to most as Kakade Kaka, at Awishkar. In addition to the fact that he gave her space at Chabbildas enabled her to play out the play for nothing. "That day denoted the start of my adventure with both the play and Kakade Kaka, the two of which have since proceeded," related Deshpande. Today, when she knew about Kakade's end, Deshpande felt that in losing him, she has lost her dad. "Each time I composed something, I would take it to him first," says the 64-year-old artist.
Known to everybody in Mumbai's theater scene as the man who energized and advanced youthful, new ability, Kakade kicked the bucket in his Santa Cruz habitation on Wednesday. He was 88. Born in Solapur, Kakade's relationship with theater acquired him to Mumbai 1956 by means of Pune. While he began as an entertainer, it is anything but a job he remained with. Nor was he a maker or executive. However, he served the phase for more than six decades, as the man in the background of probably the most prestigious and fruitful works of performance center in the nation. In 1971, he held hands with Vijaya Mehta and Arvind Deshpande to begin the performance center gathering Rangayan. In the accompanying 14 years, the gathering would create plays by writers, for example, Vijay Tendulkar and PL Deshpande among different names.