Turks & Caicos: Off On Vacation
I am off on vacation! Be back Wednesday with more insight.
Speaking of baseball- and I know it is a long season- but the Tulane Green Wave seems to be in a bit of trouble, no? The sort of trouble that defies the normal yogwf solution: Build another stadium!
I must admit; I find the Phillies a little boring to prognosticate. What on earth is there to de-construct? Frankly, it is the exact same team as last year- a team that turned out a pretty significant five wins better than I thought. They won 89 games- and it is hard to see them being anywhere north or south of that number by two-three wins this campaign.
No matter how much I try and fight it- and I do fight it- my favorite Philadelphia player ever is the guard from Georgetown: Allen Iverson.
Iverson was born into the National Basketball Association as a Sixer, and if nothing else was made clear during his emotional homecoming last night it is that he is a Sixer for life.
I know it. You know it. And after last night's emotion-packed event, Iverson knows it.
Earlier, when Iverson had walked out on the court for pregame warmups, the first thing he had done was go to center court and kiss the Sixers logo. But this was different.
"Ladies and gentlemen, let's welcome back from Georgetown University, at guard, No. 3, Al-len I-ver-son!!!!" Cord said.
They didn't need the cue; the ovation for Iverson had begun before the boos for Karl subsided.
Iverson, who for a decade had thrilled the same fans with his dynamic play as a Sixer, blew a kiss to one half of the arena and then turned and blew a kiss to the other half.
Then the former Sixers captain, the one who had taken the franchise to six playoff appearances and a trip to the 2001 NBA Finals, gave a captain's salute.
Iverson then three times pounded the huge heart that had captivated this city and followed it by raising his arm to the air. And as the ovation grew louder, the player who was arguably the greatest showman in Philadelphia sports history applied the coup de grace.
He jogged to the left sideline of the court and cupped his left hand to his ear - the trademark expression for his joy of playing basketball for this city, these fans.
The Wachovia Center erupted.....
"Philadelphia fans are the best in the sense that they care about their team," Iverson said. "They are diehard fans here. At times it was, 'I love you, A.I.,' but then it was, "We gonna whup your ass.'
"Yes, I respect you, and I love what you did, but I'm still Philly all the way. You've got to respect them for that. You've got to love them for that.
"I know the Philly fans, and they are damn near better than anybody."
Mike Vaccaro writes a good column today- full of warnings to the Tulane fan who wants more and more investment and a move to the SEC. Read the whole thing- but I am including a particularly relevant excerpt below:
... and emphasizes just how far ahead of the game schools in that city (Philadelphia) are, as compared to their haughtier cousins 90 miles away (New York). The Philly schools certainly don't work in collusion with each other, but they do tend to follow similar blueprints that have allowed them to maintain a certain level of success year after year.Amen. They know who they are. They are committed to who they are.
Consider: Each of the Big Five schools plays precisely in the league it belongs in. St. Joe's, Temple and La Salle anchor the A-10. Villanova has been a Big East staple for 28 years. Penn has long been the pride of the Ivies, even if it has fallen on lean times. They know who they are. They are committed to who they are.
Lately, I have been working on a blog post that identifies a certain Philadelphia pro athlete who currently makes me the most crazy- which has prompted boisterous discussions at my workplace over athletes we have loathed in the past.
I don't do politics on this blog- but Frank Helps You Think It Out is unapologetically pro-GI. I also like Jon Stewart- and this made me laugh.
I like coach Dave and all- but things must have been pretty slow down at NABC District 8.
Dickerson was one of 15 head coaches from around the nation to receive all-district coaching honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Dickerson was named the NABC District 8 Coach of the Year, and was the only coach from Conference USA to receive the national award.
The Eagles gave Takeo Spikes his outright release yesterday- which serves as a sort of bookend to the Asante Samuels signing earlier in the week.
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Jennifer Lizotte writes for the Portland Press Herald- and runs a newsy site that summarizes the day's NASCAR news. She's on to this SAFER barrier thing: a device that makes the walls "softer" when race cars imapct them inadvertantly. Honestly, I think she misses the point. If I were President of NASACAR, the first thing I would do is remove the safety barriers. Seriously.
The Eagles backed up the truck and handed $20M in “guaranteed” monies to corner Asante Samuel.