Bill and Dan from Philly

The guys were a little surprised that Jrue Holiday was the one to leave but in the end it was the right move.

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  1. GreggM_0052 posted on 07/01/2013 05:29 PM
    these guys are great and knowledgeable.Have followed them on for years.
    1. RonaA posted on 07/02/2013 09:09 AM
      @GreggM_0052 Wow, does time fly by when these 2 are together. Dan, I mean Bear, lives, loves and eats Philly sports!!
    2. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 09:34 PM
      @GreggM_0052 Gregg....thank you for the first official post and checking us out as well.

      And thank you for the props!!!
  2. Joecooler2u posted on 07/01/2013 10:28 PM
    You both sound very professional on the mic! Love commenting with you on about the 76ers. While losing Jrue hurts but getting Noel and drafting MCW sets the team up for the future. With the right draft picks next summer (our own 1st rounder and the Pelican's lottery protected 1-5) the chances of drafting a potential superstar are higher. In the meantime going to enjoy the youth on the 87ers and 76ers and watch this team grow the right way. There will be lots of cap room to sign free agents & make trades to fill in holes when this team is ready to take the next step in a few years.
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 02:48 PM
      @Joecooler2u JC....thank you....what are your thoughts on this Omer Asik kinda goes against the grain of what I think Hinkie is trying do as far as gather as much cap flexibility as possible for 2014 off season???
  3. CarlS7 posted on 07/01/2013 10:40 PM
    always on target with your comments. I've enjoyed your contribution to and once again Bill and Bearsfriend nail it again. Great video guys I could listen to you all day. Keep em coming!!
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 02:50 PM
      @CarlS7 CS&....we will be online this evening so please join us back here on 97.5 The Fanatic!!!!
  4. HarryF_4867 posted on 07/02/2013 12:23 AM
    Great insight guys...and I agree with Joe you both are spot on and sound like pro's
  5. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 01:14 AM
    Not sure anyone could not love these guys....first bearsfriend is absolutely the TOP blooger on and has been for years. Highly knowledgeable and bbrady always seems to get it...I laugh but I think he knows the NBA salary cap as well as Hinkie.

    Great vid....I hope you win...I certainly would listen.
    1. PhillyXpert posted on 07/02/2013 11:50 PM
      @crusader63 may be a great blogger but this video is a poor effort. It's not enough to have a ton of knowledge. You actually have to have some presentation skills. Their show would be a snoozer.
  6. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 01:17 AM
    Bear....not sure you know this but you have over 350 views on youtube already in two days

    keep up the great work.
  7. FactsBeforeIgnorance posted on 07/02/2013 06:43 AM
    No disrespect to the other contestants but bear and bbrady are top notch. Always extremely insightful on There no need to read any articles on that sight. I read the caption then go straight to the comments because they will have more info that the article itself. Good luck to both of you!!
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 02:45 PM
      @FactsBeforeIgnorance FBI....can't thank you enough...period. has really become not just a great place to visit....but we have established a family of committed posters....I love it.

      Give me your honest thoughts on the 76ers draft?
  8. BobbyJ posted on 07/02/2013 10:11 AM
    Can't wait to hear these guys on The Fanatic. bear and bbrady (Dan and Bill) know more about sports than Cataldi, Eskin and Mike Miss ... any of those guys.
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 02:22 PM
      @BobbyJ BobbyJ......thank you for the "props" and to be honest I think that there are a lot bloggers who know more than some of the local talent......but that said there is also some tremendous sports radio host and beat writers as'm talking out of both sides of my mouth right now.....

      Thanks for watching and commenting
  9. AnonP posted on 07/02/2013 11:28 AM
    disappointing. bear/dan brings obscure college bball info to & seems a nice guy. here he is smugness, come ask me a question. clifflee line a failure. bill is yeah i have an opinion too. no chemistry.
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 02:19 PM
      @AnonP AP...sorry we disappointed but I promise its not because of lack of effort. Thank you for at least watching and commenting. We do realize that not everyone is going to agree and/or like the vid
    2. PhillyXpert posted on 07/02/2013 11:58 PM
      @AnonP No chemistry and smugness, AnonP nailed it. Typical Philly guys who've been celebrated by their buddies for too long, which continues here on this site now. The legend grows but folks who watched the vid without having been courted to comment know the truth, it was unimpressive. Check our Billy from Philly, the kid is the future!
  10. mickf posted on 07/02/2013 11:59 AM
    wow these guys are top notch. I have followed Bill and Dan for years, i am glad to see them finally behind the camera. they will be the next Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless of Philly sports.
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 02:16 PM
      @mickf MF....thank you for the complement....Stephen A is a tall order as I think he's brilliant although at times over bearing (bearsfriend)......and Skip Bay gets a raw deal in this area at times.....yes he's a Dallas guy which is why he bothers me....but he is talented......

      We just want to rock philly sports and go from there......thanks again
  11. hanleyj posted on 07/02/2013 12:19 PM
    i completely agree with these guys letting go of Jrue Holiday and freeing up some cap space will let the Sixers make major moves in the future and become a strong contender in the eastern conference in the next 2-3 years
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 02:13 PM
      @hanleyj really is the only way for an organization that isn't part of NBA elite (Boston-LA-Miami etc) to turn things around and become not just relevant but a championship contender.

      I know there is risk but so is spending $85M on someone like Elton Brand....just an example.
  12. the chuckster posted on 07/02/2013 01:18 PM
    This is chuckw from strongly endorsing Bill Brady and Dan Willig, both extremely knowledgable and articulate about Philly sports, in fact, about far more than simply Philly sports. Many people, of course, know Dan as Bearsfriend and Bill as BBrady25 on the comment boards at, not only for their in-depth analyses but also for their humor and at times willingness to combat posters who are buffoons, all of which will serve them well on 97.5. Of course, once they get the job, many of us will call in and challenge them, making I would hope, for interesting listening and good ratings for the station and, yes, they each have looks made for radio (I kid). I wish them both well in this contest.
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 02:11 PM
      @the chuckster always thank you very much for the kind words.....honestly I always look for and read all of your post as I find you as at the top of the knowledge board. You will be part of the "Regulators".....our regular callers who will receive 1st come first on to the airwaves of 97.5 The Fanatic......I really believe the show would rock mainly because of people like you the true passionate philly sports fan who has knowledge and passion.

      CW....honestly what did you think about the 76ers draft????
    2. Quixote posted on 07/02/2013 10:35 PM
      @the chuckster Hey chuckw: I always knew there was a chuckster behind that level-headed facade.
  13. JohnG_6197 posted on 07/02/2013 02:20 PM
    JohnGiam checking in to support bears and Dan. Been respecting and looking forward to your insight more then anyone currently on the radio for years now. I'm a DIE HARD FANATIC Listener and caller(The infamous John from south Philly), and I can't emphasize enough how lucky the Fanatic and it's listeners would be to have you guys on board. Best of luck and I truly hope the Fanatic doesn't pass up the opportunity to get you guys, who fans can count on to put in the work necessary to have a valuable oppinion...You certainly don't get crap analysis like " young QBs will be traded because they don't run the fourty fast enough" out of you of luck, and I look forward to listening to you guys and treating you to my epic rants lol, once you are on the radio!!!
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/02/2013 02:52 PM
      @JohnG_6197 JG....awesome reply and thank you.....look for bear tonight on line here throwing QA so we can show 97.5 The Fanatic how posters roll.....

      Join us around 7:30 tonight!!!!!!!!
  14. Quixote posted on 07/02/2013 05:13 PM
    As long as Dan pledges to seek help in his addiction to shameless three putting within 10 feet, with great valor and vicissitude I humbly endorse the above offering. Both dan/bear and bill/bbrady are members in good standing of The Boardwalk Division, and therefore understand what it takes for the Sixers in particular (and the other teams in general) to get off the schnide of Virginia Avenue and become true knights in the land of navy blue properties. These guys know the sports scene, have a fair eye while simultaneously being willing to call out the idiots who run the franchises (for their obvious idiocy). Any executive group who does not choose them as the contest winner should donate their brains to science, because they are surely not using them. Yes, this means you! Lastly, Rocinante' sends his regards, with his unwavering belief in the power of free hay.

    Do you hear me Harris? Hay!!!

  15. DelawareRiverRat posted on 07/02/2013 05:16 PM
    With respect for many of the sports reporters at Philly.Com, the story is secondary to the comments page. The information Bill and Dan bring boggles the mind. In Dan's case I often thought, is this guy some baseball exec? Then you go to the Sixers page's and here he is, bringing more info to the story then the beat writers. His knowledge of the players on OTHER teams and his passion for the Phil's minor league teams simply blows my mind. Now that the Delaware 87ers are on the scene, there's no doubt he will have first hand knowledge of every player soon to come onto that roster. Go to a local news story and he can be found there on occasion; one of the few reasonable folks to be found there. If his posts are any indication, he is a class guy, through and through. The same can all be said for Bill. Although not as prolific a poster as Dan, what he says is always spot on. He's got the respect of everyone posting, no small feat!

    97.5 doesn't realize they hit a grand slam here with these two gentleman and I wish them nothing but the best! To quote Buddy Ryan: "You've got a winner in town!" Bill and Dan are going to surprise a lot of people......but not me. These guys are top shelf.....
    1. Quixote posted on 07/02/2013 10:33 PM
      @DelawareRiverRat Hey DRR ... too bad the Pirates lost tonight.
  16. Independent_1 posted on 07/02/2013 06:25 PM
    Well done fellas, It's part of my Sunday mornings to catch up on all blog posting (even when I do not comment, I have come to expect you guys will keep me abreast of what's important with the Sixers.) Keep it up gents and I look forward to listening and reading.
    1. Daniel W posted on 07/02/2013 07:00 PM
      @Independent_1 wow...Quixote,River Rat, and Independent_1 represent the meat of the order of a very formiddable lineup...Someday, maybe we can get to hear the voices behind some brilliant minds.BTW, Tyler Hansbrough just became an unrestricted Free Agent, as the Pacers gave David West a pot of gold ($36 mil,3 yrs)...While the Sixers will first see if Arnett gets it done in Summer League, Hansbrough or Ivan Johnson could represent a couple of agitators/energetic wrecking balls the Sixers so desperately need...
      Summer League Roster adds Minnesota's Trevor Mbekwa to the alreadhy in the fold...Rodney Williams,Justin Holiday,Arsalan Kazemi,Micheal Eric,James Southerland,DJ Cooper,Michael Carter-WIlliams,Arnnett Moultrie,Zeke Marshall....Curry has the coaching audition,
    2. Martys_0988 posted on 07/02/2013 10:59 PM
      @Independent_1 The blog postings from bbrady and bearsfriend are like the cliff notes of sports. They get straight to the point giving you the pertinent information and cutting out all the bs.
  17. dickyjay posted on 07/02/2013 09:59 PM
    followed these guys from the very start at they absolutely know it all about Philly sports i could watch these guys everyday to get my daily dose of sixers, phillies, flyers, and eagles news. just a curious question what are your thoughts about the flyers goalie situation?
    1. Daniel W posted on 07/02/2013 10:11 PM
      @dickyjay While many see a return to form for 25 year old Steve Mason...I'm feeling a mid Summer trade for Ryan Miller.
  18. stacyk_9823 posted on 07/02/2013 10:18 PM
    wow i love you guys i have been a follower for awhile on blogs. i read your comments twice a week and use all the information i get for when my kids bring their friends over i am now the cool mom. Bill and Dan you guys rock keep up the great work!
  19. Martys_0988 posted on 07/02/2013 10:54 PM
    bbrady great insight. I'm on regularly and really enjoy your comments and contribution. Great video. You guys have my vote and if 97.5 wants solid representation from guys who really know sports then you're def the guys!!!
  20. PhillyXpert posted on 07/02/2013 11:28 PM
    Poor effort, was expecting much more from the 2 + minutes they had to lay it all out there.

    All day long, the one guy (Dan) trolled for votes on Truly a legend in his own mind
    1. Daniel W posted on 07/03/2013 04:40 AM
      @PhillyXpert More like allowing past and present commenters of the baseball and basketball sites be aware that the audition tape can be seen...Feel free to step up to the plate and contribute "SPORTS talk", whether it be Sixers and the NBA,Baseball,PGA Tour,Football, Hockey,City 6...If not, feel free to talk to yourself. Good day.
    2. Quixote posted on 07/03/2013 05:52 AM
      @PhillyXpert You need to get out more, and rethink your use of the word "troll". Meeting like minds online, building a network, helping people out is quite common nowadays. There's even this "new" thing called "Facebook" to help you do it. It's such the rage today I'll bet they'll one day make a movie about it. Wait a minute, Rocinante' is stomping his hoof. He wants to tell me something ...

  21. steve h posted on 07/03/2013 07:59 PM
    great video bbrady knows everything about philly sports i am a huge fan cant wait to see more.
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/04/2013 06:03 PM
      @steve h SH....thank you for watching and commenting. I can def say that we love talking sports and hope we can live out our life long be sports radio hosts in the city we love.
  22. derickm posted on 07/03/2013 08:15 PM
    bill and dan are two great guys awesome video. these guys are filled with so much sports knowledge they never fail to please keep it up.
  23. MatthewC_13 posted on 07/04/2013 08:39 AM
    First off, good pub for having a ton of comments for your work! liked the video as well
    1. Daniel W posted on 07/04/2013 10:36 AM
      @MatthewC_13 Thanks,Matt...not really people one associates with across a water cooler, but more as peers we've had the opportunity to talk sports with before...btw,a video produced live while the second round's actually going on (hence, fingers fidgeting) is challenging as I sweating out Isaiah Canaan (went at #34 to the Rockets)...Then again, with all the trade downs (Howie Roseman style), it probably was better for the BP....Are you also in the contest?...There's a "matt" out there that's very good!...Some funny stuff as well.
  24. Quixote posted on 07/05/2013 03:54 AM
    Here in Siberia I thought I would make a comment.

    I find the Jerardi/Howard Sheridan/Manuel pieces again indicate that the newsroom has a very thin skin when it comes to posters who do not blindly cheer for the home team. Both of these pieces weren't so much pure PR handouts from the Phillies. They were simply another instance of the "insider" media guys laying the smackdown on the upstart posters who think they know so much and dare to make intelligent comments about Howard and Manuel from their observation posts in the peasant's fields. It was lecturing the fanbase without the extended finger (no, not that one.)

    It must be a bit depressing when civilian part-timers are better at your job than you are. The knee-jerk "we know better and here's why" columns are just neuralgia side effects of that depression.

    Still waiting for a Harris/Hinkle/Hay announcement.

    1. Daniel W posted on 07/05/2013 07:14 AM
      @Quixote Quixote, it appears some writers need jobs, and they cannot sustain the cruelties you have experienced as a once honest scribe that had more talent in your pinky than some use in their careers...Although Sam and Josh's lips are currently tighter than the fairways were at Merion at the US Open, Mr Hinkie didn't become summa cum laude at Oklahoma by handing out his notes to everybody....While at the post-Draft PC (which I heard on 97.5 THE FANATIC), Hinkie said the silent treatment to date was to fend off opposition's awareness level as to which prospects the Sixers valued...Similar sounds of silence are present now with the coaching search, even though there is now no longer an open vacancy other than the Sixers'...While Michael Curry's doing the "on the job" audition, we as fans have to sit tight...and TRUST (not necessarily a Philly strongpoint...patience)....BTW, someday it would really be cool to take a call from you, although you'd have to scale down the vocabulary for me!
  25. ShawnK_7764 posted on 07/07/2013 11:30 AM
    I watched about 20 of the other videos from other people and honestly I found yours to be the actually sounded like you were on the radio. Bill and Bear it would be pretty cool listening to you guys!
  26. LSG posted on 07/07/2013 11:59 AM
    I have seen Bill in action in the past at certain corporate functions and he is always able to capture the crowd...good luck...hopefully you can live your dream!
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/07/2013 09:09 PM
      @LSG LSG....thank you for checking in and hopefully it will come true....
  27. JaysonT posted on 07/07/2013 12:30 PM
    I have followed both of you on for a couple of years now and you did not disappoint at all...97.5 at the very least get these guy in the studio and just let them talk...the knowledge will boggle your mind. They are always on point when commenting on the boards and they have a little edge as well.
    1. crusader63 posted on 07/07/2013 09:14 PM
      @JaysonT JT........the 76ers are doing the right thing by stripping down the roster to become a player in the off-season in will be exciting to watch it all unfold.....although at times frustrating.
  28. GregL_7185 posted on 07/07/2013 09:53 PM
    Actually watched your video on you tube several days ago and commented then...I really love it...I also love your Chip Kelly and the QB video which isn't available to watch here...good luck to Bill and Bear...your knowledge is ridiculous!!
  29. CliffD posted on 07/07/2013 10:14 PM
    I finally watched the video and its actually pretty good. I wish it was longer though...good luck guys, I would listen!
  30. Mckay posted on 07/07/2013 11:12 PM
    Bill and Bear I have to say thank you for finally putting out a video. It's always enjoyable reading your comments but to see you two in action is awesome. Good deserve it! I hope I'm the first caller on your show.
  31. TjG_1735 posted on 07/08/2013 12:40 AM
    Great video guys Its always good watching you two go back and forth on Philly blogs I have said it once and I will say it again you two really balance each other out this was a great video and start to something good.
  32. EdwardsK posted on 07/08/2013 01:18 AM
    Thumbs up on the video bbrady and bearsfriend...great work! Hats off to all the contestants for putting together their videos. It doesn't surprise me though that when I watch the two of you compared to the others there's a level of professionalism that is evident. You guys are serious about sports and full of great insight. This video is exactly what the contest is all about. 97.5 would be fortunate to have you on their team as hosts and all of your supporters would be as we'll! Good luck.
  33. Gary w posted on 07/09/2013 03:51 PM
    Well done.Very professional and thorough.You would be an asset to the Fanatic 97.5
    1. Daniel W posted on 07/09/2013 05:14 PM
      @Gary w Thanks Gary, Bill and I truly love Philly sports, and our pulse rates shift with the daily ups and downs of living it...Nothing would be greater than to share our passion with The Fanatic's listeners, bringing something to the table 24/7...Dan
  34. Quixote posted on 07/09/2013 10:42 PM
    Given today's finger pointing about Aumont, even here in Siberia it seems relevant to point out that the fool in question's name is ... DUBIOUS DUBEE.

    Accept no substitutes.

    1. Daniel W posted on 07/10/2013 07:05 AM
      @Quixote Aumont's inconsistent release point and penchant for pounding the backstop when elevating fastballs was cutting in on Dubee's tanning room time...Seriously, Dube has had enough of Rube pushing his lame aquisitions from the Cliff Lee deal down his throat...Phillipe might be better served throwing opposing forwards out of the way in front of the net for the Fly guys.....BTW, when does Siberia end?
  35. Quixote posted on 07/10/2013 02:25 PM
    The punk Matt Mullin gets to make sleazy accusations of racism, but he doesn't open his posting up for comments. Nothing like a coward for a garden gnome sports editor.

  36. MatthewC_13 posted on 07/12/2013 05:34 PM
    1. Daniel W posted on 07/12/2013 10:55 PM
      @MatthewC_13 Thanks, Matt.
  37. Quixote posted on 07/13/2013 10:17 AM
    To: bear
    Re: your 8:35 comment today.

    Please recall there are two 8:00 (s) in each 24 hour day.
    AM or PM?

    1. Daniel W posted on 07/15/2013 06:00 PM
      @Quixote Friday night, during the 8:00 PM hour!...the three finalist "duos" will each get a 20 minute segment with Host Knick Kayal, LIVE at the Chicky and Pete's in the PARX CASINO on Street road...Bensalem (5 minutes off I95 at Street Rd exit)...........I'm assuming we'll take some calls or questions/comments from the audience in the restaurant...If we advance, the following Friday, we would be on with Mikey Miss, competing against a "male", and a "female" for that "DREAMJOB"....great to hear from you!....Dan
  38. Quixote posted on 07/16/2013 11:38 AM
    To: bear
    Re: your comment 9:41 am.

    "We've got the biggest tank in the battle."
    Rarely do I come across a comment I wish I had written. Excellent. A keeper.

    1. Daniel W posted on 07/18/2013 02:39 PM
      @Quixote Coming from you, I now know it's a good line..I'll use it on the radio...using my best Robert Shaw,German accent....I'm just worried my delivery will look like Louie Tiant.
    2. Daniel W posted on 07/19/2013 10:33 PM
      @Quixote Quixote:thanks for coming to the semi finals!!! I didn't get to give you my contact
  39. Shragez posted on 07/20/2013 12:05 PM
    Great job last nite, guys. Caught the last 10 minutes. What's the next step?
    Juggling radio with chauffeuring Royce White around may be difficult come November.

    Keep up the good work!
    1. Daniel W posted on 07/21/2013 05:31 PM
      @Shragez Thanks!...We'll find out if we advance Monday or Tuesday....Finals will be held Thursday at Smith's on S19th Street...during the Mike Missanelli show, which airs 2-6....I've been learnig how to drive a Madden cruiser, and would love to handle the Boston,NY,Brooklyn, and DC routes for one of my favorite talents....He needs to put his mental health advocacy, rapping career,love for John Lennon, and all other complexities behind, so we can all find out if he can become the player I saw at ISU!....Real ambiguity there, as many call him selfish, but on a basketball court he's the ultimate,unselfish, pass first guy that makes any team better....Dan
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