Tag Archive | "Winter Classic"

Photoshop With Matt Mac: Roy Halladay Won’t Stop Training

A picture surfaced yesterday of Roy Halladay standing in Citizen’s Bank Park, in shorts, throwing the ball around while they set up for the Winter Classic.

I immediately went to Photoshop, and did the only thing i know how to do, paste one picture on top of the other. I came up with Halladay pitching during an actual Flyers game.

Matt Mac (@_mattmac on Twitter) was not impressed. He came up with some incredible images of Roy Halladay training in … odd places. If you’ve done any of your own, be sure to submit them to Crossing Broad, as Kyle is posting them on his site.

Halladay Finally Breaks For Lunch

All Work And No Play Makes Roy ... Awesome

Forget Waiting For Penn Dot, Roy Wore His Snow Cleats

JFK, Joe DiMaggio, and Roy

For An Extra $50 You Can Swim With Roy

Roy Needs No Protective Gear

Posted in Fun Stuff, Phillies, Photoshop With Matt MacComments (0)

The Flyers Last Superstar, Eric Lindros

Eric Lindros will once again play hockey in Philadelphia.

After weeks of rumors, Lindros confirmed on a Canadian radio station that he’ll play in the alumni game at the Winter Classic on December 31st at Citizen’s Bank Park.

This is the most exciting news I’ve heard so far concerning the Winter Classic (though the $37.50 ticket service fee is pretty exciting). It might be the most exciting thing that’s happened with the 2011 Flyers (with the acquisition of Bryzgalov coming in second).

The reaction to the return of Lindros confirms one thing; Eric Lindros is a superstar. One of those guys that has “it.” He’s a rock star on skates. There’s a very big difference between a great player and a superstar. Lindros is clearly the latter, and the Flyers haven’t had one since he left.

I’m not pretending to be a hockey expert, or a Flyers die-hard. I’m far from either. But I do know superstars. I know that for an alumni game to get this much talk, means Lindros is something special.

The superstar label is hard to put into words, but clear to see. The last superstar the Sixers had was Allen Iverson. Before that, it was Charles Barkley. Michael Vick is clearly a superstar, but Donovan McNabb was not. Terrell Owens and DeSean Jackson are superstars, but Jeremy Maclin is not. It’s the oh-so-subtle difference that lets you know that Cliff Lee is, and Roy Halladay is not.

A lot of times superstars are under-fire as much as they’re praised, but either way there’s talk. Talk about them on and off the field (or court, or ice).

He never won the Stanley Cup. His rookie cards were most valuable when he was a rookie. But Eric Lindros has it, and it’ll be good to see him again.

 

Posted in FlyersComments (0)

Bring Me The NBA Blacktop Classic

We’ve learned that the NHL Winter Classic will be in Philadelphia next year at Citizen’s Bank Park.

The game has become immensely popular each year, and is sure to be no different in Philly. The simple change of playing an indoor game outdoors is enough to bring more excitement to a regular season game.

NBA, take notice. It’s your turn. Next Spring, I want an NBA Blacktop Spring Classic.

The advantage that the NBA has over most sports is that almost everyone has shot a basketball. Basketball is the sport that you don’t need anyone else, or anything else, to play. You can just get a ball, and walk to a park, or your driveway, and shoot.

The NBA Blacktop Spring Classic would remind everyone that the NBA is playing the game we played growing up. In an era where multi-million dollar contracts have separated the players from the fans, this would bring them closer.

The league is most likely going to have a work stoppage this summer as they bargain with the players for a new collective bargaining agreement. The time for the outdoor game would be no better than next year, after that.

Now I’m not crazy. I know that there’s no way this game is going to happen on real blacktop, as amazing as that may be. Injury risk would be too high, especially with the falls NBA players take on charges and the like. I’ll take a hardwood floor that just looks like blacktop. Problem solved.

Don’t just stop with the court, make the whole thing look like a playground. Fences around the court, benches instead of cushioned seats, all of it. Right in the middle of a stadium.

The Phoenix Suns have played a few pre-season games outdoors, now it’s time to take it to the next level.

You know the hype of a Sunday afternoon Lakers vs. Heat game on Christmas? Imagine the hype and excitement over the same game, but outside and in March. Of course I’d want the Sixers in the game, but we’ll deal with that in year three of the game.

Maybe it’ll be a little chilly that night, but that’s alright. Imagine the pictures of the dunk under the lights, and then the scream of the player with steam coming coming off them, like you remember it coming off of Marvin Hagler. The poster would hang in every kid’s room.

I’ll buy the chain nets.

Posted in National Sports, SixersComments (0)


Connect with Spike

Podcast

Recent Comments