Philly March Madness: (4) Ryan Howard vs. (5) Pete Rose

Philly March Madness: (4) Ryan Howard vs. (5) Pete Rose

Over the next few weeks at The700Level, we'll be posting poll matchups as part of our Philly March Madness competition.
Examine the cases of the two fine
Philadelphia athletes below, and cast
your vote at the bottom as to which you think
should advance to the next round. And as
always, feel free to explain your selection
and/or debate the choices in the comments section.

With the first round completed, we're
presenting our second round matchups with some YouTube clips
we feel to be definitive of the respective athletes'
greatness during their time in Philly. If you think there's
another, better video we should have used, we'd love to hear
about that below as well.

(4) Ryan Howard

(5) Pete Rose

    Who should advance to the next round?online surveys

Second-Round Results So Far:

West Bracket:

(1) Julius Erving (80.4%) over (8) Simon Gagne (19.6%)
(4) Randall Cunningham (65.6%) over (5) Eric Lindros (34.4%)
(11) Cole Hamels (78.6%) over (14) Tug McGraw (22.4%)
(2) Chase Utley (95.9%) over (7) Darren Daulton (4.1%)

Midwest Bracket:

(1) Mark Howe (52.2%) over (9) Rod Brind'Amour (47.8%)
(5) Brian Westbrook (58.9%) over (4) Mike Richards (41.1%)
(3) Jimmy Rollins (72.7%) over (6) John LeClair (27.3%)
(2) Allen Iverson (90.5%) over (7) Lenny Dykstra (9.5%)

West Bracket:

(1) Mike Schmidt (95.3%) over (9) Wilbert Montgomery (4.7%)
(4) Ron Hextall (84.8%) over (5) Ron Jaworski (15.2%)
(3) Brian Dawkins (96.8%) over (6) Mike Quick (3.2%)
(15) Carlos Ruiz (59.2%) over (7) Mo Cheeks (40.8%)

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?

Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.

Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.

Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."

If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.


Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.

Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.

"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."

The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."

This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag. 

“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”