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Citizens Bank Park middle of the pack in MLB food safety rankings

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Citizens Bank Park middle of the pack in MLB food safety rankings

All ballpark concession food is not created equal.

A Tony Luke's roast pork sandwich, for instance, is far superior to a pizza you can get behind section 110.

And not all ballpark food is prepared under the same conditions. Sports Illustrated had the idea to compare the cleanliness/safety ratings of all of the different ballparks across MLB and rank them from best to worst. They used data from health departments compiled in 2017 of each respective stadium.

Citizens Bank Park came in right in the middle of the pack, 12 of 28, while Safeco Field and Fenway Park rated the best to get some clean eats.

I'd say the CBP results and write-up are mostly reassuring that you should expect fine food when taking in a Phillies game, but one line about a trash can is questionable.

Food prep “carried out on top of a trash receptacle” and cold pepperoni 10 degrees warmer than allowed were among the variety of violations found in a series of April inspections. Eighty-five food entities were inspected at the ballpark. Many of the violations focused on general cleanliness, with things like dish racks stored on the floor, grease accumulation on surfaces below a flat top grill and food utensils kept in close proximity to the mop sink. Some food prep violations were also marked, including boxes of beef patties, bags of rolls and packages of cheeses observed wet from a condensation leak.

Again, why are you eatin pizza at a baseball game?

[Sports Illustrated]

Sixers and Celtics players hung out on night before game

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Sixers and Celtics players hung out on night before game

Jahlil Okafor didn't appear in the Sixers season opener down in DC so he probably didn't need a whole lot of time in the ice bath following the game. So he likely wanted to go elsewhere to get his chills.

Okafor shared an Instagram story showing he visited Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary on Thursday night. Oh and he was with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum who he'll face tonight in the home opener in Philadelphia. Fellow Dukie Amile Jefferson was also there.

What do you think: are you of the old school mindset that opponents shouldn't be hanging with the enemy on the night before the game or is this 2017 and just a couple of Duke guys hanging out helping each other acclimate to the NBA life.

I say the latter. Let these guys live their lives and get their boos from ghosts, not fans. Until Tatum steps onto the court tonight, then booooo away.

 

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

The NFL Referees Association responded to criticisms of Pete Morelli and his officiating crew, and in doing so, suggested Eagles fans and impartial members of the media have no idea what they are talking about.

Morelli has come under fire over the seemingly lopsided officiating during the Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in the contest, while the Panthers drew only one flag for one yard, despite the appearance of committing many of the same infractions.

Since that game, a change.org petition moving to ban Morelli from working Eagles games in the future is approaching its goal of 75,000 signatures. Research also shows Morelli's crew has been calling penalties against the Eagles in disproportionate numbers for awhile now. In the last four games with Morelli, the Eagles were flagged 40 times for 396 yards, compared to just eight penalties for 74 yards against opponents.

Almost everybody seemed to be in agreement that the officiating was at the very least poor in the Eagles-Panthers game, if not biased. Everybody, that is, except NFLRA executive director Scott Green, who released a statement on Thursday.

Via ProFootballTalk:

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create clickbait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

Lack of knowledge. Completely misguided. Irresponsible and baseless. You would expect the NFLRA to come to the defense of Morelli -- it's literally their job -- but insulting the consumers' intelligence along the way probably isn't the best way to go about it.

Is there anything sinister about Morelli's and his crew's officiating? Maybe not, but it doesn't take somebody who's gone through the NFL's (presumably) rigorous Officiating Development Program to watch two nearly identical plays called differently for two different teams within three hours of each other. Innocent mistakes or not, that's what appeared to happen on multiple occasions throughout the Eagles-Panthers game.

Instead of releasing overly defensive statements, perhaps the NFLRA should show video evidence why the calls against the Eagles were correct, and the eerily similar non-calls that went in the Panthers' favor were not. Because this responding to criticism with more criticism isn't changing any minds.