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Some Phillies Links for You, September 18, 2012: From Bad to Norse

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I am the god of hell fire! <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eawL6aJ2nBc" target="new">And I bring you: My cousin Arthur!</a>  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
I am the god of hell fire! And I bring you: My cousin Arthur! (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Phillies Notes: Twilight of the local demigods?
Well, watching the Houston series was a kind of Goddamnerrung. Amirite? Amirite?

From July sellers to September (semi-) contenders, with no regrets - CBSSports.com
Panning out the trades. Some fair points, but still: How much would a good 3B rock right about now?

David Murphy: Phillies need big numbers to match Howard's big number$
When people start using the dollar $ign for "s" when referring to your compensation, you're in that nexus of underperformance and overpayment.

Connie Mack's hometown marks 150th anniversary of his birth
Good story, though does it seem odd to you that among Connie Mack III, Jim Bunning, and Curt Schilling, the Phillies seem to be like the Heritage Foundation of baseball?

Around baseball:

Yunel Escobar’s eye black contained gay slur | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
When Bobby Cox finds you loathesome and worth exiling, you are most likely loathesome and worth exiling.

New York Yankees 2012 season headed off the rails | NMA.tv - animated news
h/t to Grant Brisbee. This is must-see TV. Perhaps NSFW if anyone around you speaks Japanese.

zOMG Playoff Links!

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs - September 17, 2012 | MLB.com PIT Recap
Pirates now take on the Brewers in Pittsburgh. With the two teams immediately above the Phillies in the second wild card race playing each other, this is when last weekend's chickens%*t baseball really comes home to roost.

Braves Win Fourth In A Row, Defeat Marlins 7-5 - Talking Chop
Braves now just five games back of the Nats. With the Dodgers in Washington tonight, you gotta be all: Go Nats.

Giants Grind Out Win, Move Eight Games Up - McCovey Chronicles
Hunter Pence'd!