With the new year brings new beginnings, and here at Philly Influencer, we are reviving an old friend … The Morning Brew. Starting this week, I will be penning the post, which will now be bi-weekly on Monday and Thursday mornings. Check out some of the previous Brews here.
In these posts, I aim to inform, entertain and educate on some of the biggest, best, and funniest stories of the last few days. These are stories that you need to know and will be talking about with friends. If you have a suggestion for a Morning Brew story, get at me on Twitter (@tylertrumbauer). Hope you enjoy it.
After an okay Wild Card Weekend [even though some thought it sucked], the NFL’s divisional round match-ups are set.
The Divisional Round is set!#GoPackGo vs #DallasCowboys #Seahawks vs #RiseUp #WeAreTexans vs #Patriots #HereWeGo vs #ChiefsKingdom
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 9, 2017
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell told NBC that a ref admitted the crew missed a crucial face mask call on Saturday night. [ESPN]
I don’t even have the SEC Network, but I wish I did! This past weekend, the men’s basketball coaches of Missouri and Georgia got into a fight during an all-out scuffle on the hardwood. [Deadspin]
Ryan Howard actually won something. It didn’t require any fielding skills. [Twitter]
ESPN’s Chris Berman is reducing his role at the Worldwide Leader after this NFL season, but his wallet’s size will probably stay the same. [H/T Jurgen Avina]
Speaking of ESPN, the popular mid-day talk show, His & Hers, ended on Friday as the co-hosting duo of Michael Smith and Jemele Hill are set to co-anchor the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter starting next month. Smith and Hill aired a nice montage, which included a “Trust the Process” chant from Smith, and the pouring out of a drink in the barren studio. [Awful Announcing]
Late last week another personality bit the dust at CSN Philly as the station let Ron Burke go. Burke was never a favorite of mine, however, my biggest question is how does Michael Barkann still have a job?
The Pleasure has been mine. Thanks for the Memories… #PhiladelphiaFans #Coworkers #ToTheFuture pic.twitter.com/X1RSedGe3B
— Ron Burke (@RonBurkeShow) January 6, 2017
Eagles LT Lane Johnson, who missed 10 games this season due to his second positive PED test, is suing both the NFL and the NFLPA, because he, well, was screwed … allegedly. [Pro Football Talk]
Snow blanketed much of the Northeast this past weekend, with the hardest hit areas including the Delaware Valley. While shoveling the first big storm of the season can be aggravating, did it compel you to fire a gun at a neighbor? One New York man did just that. [Associated Press]
New Mexico led Nevada in college basketball by 14 points with 72 seconds remaining in regulation and lost. [The Comeback]
Lastly, enjoy a short video of cops and a local Cowboy in Tennessee wrangle a wild calf while on the highway [H/T Monte Belew]
Enjoy your week!