It's a Triple Shot Thursday Here on WTSL

It's a Triple Shot Thursday Here on WTSL

Ever look something up on YouTube and then spend the next two hours chasing link after link? Yeah, that's what happened to me last night. I was mindlessly looking for some old school Sixers videos (because what else would I possibly be doing on a Wednesday night?) when I came across a mildly interesting video, which led to another slightly more interesting video, which in turn led to some downright amazing videos.

Now, based on the number of times these videos have been viewed it's not like I've unearthed any unseen/unheard of gems. However, when taken together the songs transport you to a time when the teams and athletes in town, for better or worse, strapped on the ear goggles and put out some music.

Hands down the Sixers song above is my favorite. You can't help but tap your Dr. J Converse wearing foot, sing along, and count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Sixers...10, 9, 8, 76ers. Fact, whenever I have kids I am bypassing School House Rocks and will teach my kids to count using this song.

The Phillies are next up with this 1976 track featuring Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Garry Maddox, Dave Cash, and Greg Luzinski. Sure, the guitar intro sounds straight out of Boogie Nights, but from a purely nostalgia standpoint it kind of works. Who am I kidding? This song is awful. The only redeeming part is the "Philllllllies Fever!" chorus. Shameful admission: I tormented my friends by playing this song between every inning of the Phils road games during their 2008 playoff run. I regret nothing.

[Enrico note: Eyyo, Rev: did you skip class this day? And this day? Tsk, tsk]

Creepy Foreshadowing Note: If you listen to the song backwards you can clearly hear Luzinski say "Danny Ozark. Black Friday. Manny Mota"

WARNING: The human ear is not capable of withstanding more than a minute or so of this song. I've never made it past the 1:36 mark.

 

Finally, the third of our triple shot Thursday comes from 1988. The Eagles check in with "Buddy's Watching You". I honestly do not even know where to begin with this one, so I'll play the track (radio term) and then share my thoughts.

 

 Yeah, this needs bullet points.

  • Jerome Brown (RIP) - does Michael Jackson know you've been raiding his wardrobe? Note the immediate continuity issue. JB rocks the aforementioned red and black jumpsuit and then is shown in a closeup wearing a white collared shirt. Production value!
  • Oh, Randall. How does the most amazingly fluid and athletic quarterback I've ever seen double as the worst dancer in the history of dancing? He honestly looks so happy to be there. Randall, Imma let you be you.
  • Mike Quick - in a sea of ridiculousness he still looks smooth. Yes, I am aware of the sweater and mock turtleneck combo he's wearing. He's Mike Quick. He looks cool no matter what.
  • Eriq La Salle aka Daryl Jenks from Coming to America is really rocking out in the control room. Bounce with 'em.
  • Luis Zendejas. In a cardigan. So innocent. So mustachioed. Completely unaware that a year later he'd have a $200 bounty on his head courtesy of Buddy Ryan. Yes, Luis, Buddy's watching you. Jessie Small, FTW.
  • Keith Jackson. For a guy who went to Oklahoma he's not that bad. Bonus points to Randall for chiming in during Jackson's verse with a Flava Flavesque "Yeah, boi". 
  • Reggie White (RIP) The Minister of Defense does not dance. "Reggie White, defensive end. Hit quarterbacks like they committed a sin." He's the lyrical liberator.
  • Wes Hopkins. Kind of scary. Very into the song. Refers to himself as "Wild, Wild, Wes." Wild, Wild, Wes was a beast, but not the smoothest cat ever. He gave his girlfriend a ticket for a seat in the Eagles family section, which wouldn't have been a big deal except that his wife was there too. Oops. Apparently Mrs. Hopkins wasn't afraid to hit either. The most willing dancer of the group. Jazz Hands!
  • Andre Waters (RIP). Probably my favorite Eagle from that era. Looks like he's contemplating hitting the microphone stand.
  • Serious Note: Unbelievable that three of these guys are dead (JB, Reggie, and Andre).
  • Greg Garrity. The sweater. The hair. The mustache. The sunglasses. The jeans. The white sneakers. Quintessential Philly. He could walk around Northern Liberties right now in that outfit and no one would bat an eye. Greg Garrity. Hipster.
  • Roynell Young. An obvious late addition to the group as witnessed by him reading the lines right off the paper. So relieved when he finishes his part.
  • David Little. Ended up in the wrong studio. Was supposed to be across the hall recording a Gary Barbera Dodgeland commercial. Engages in the most awkward high-five/bash brothers forearm smash with Hipster Garrity.
  • Seth Joyner could not make it that day as he was in the midst of a super intense 24 hour scowl.

Finally, I am kind of relieved that the Flyers have never put out a song. I don't think I'd ever recover from Kjell Samuelsson dancing while wearing that Jofa helmet.

I am sure I missed tons of amazingness from the Eagles video. Feel free to add your observations in the comments. Have any Philly music suggestions? It's an all request Thursday, so leave your thoughts below.

Penn State blasted at home by red-hot George Mason

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Penn State blasted at home by red-hot George Mason

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The cheers reverberating from George Mason's locker room came from players experiencing their hottest streak in years. The quiet from Penn State's mirrored the whimper of the Nittany Lions in the second half as their run was snapped.

Marquise Moore scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Otis Livingston added 18 points and the Patriots beat Penn State 85-66 for their sixth straight win and best stretch since 2011-12 on Wednesday.

"It was a great win for our team, really proud of our guys," George Mason coach Dave Paulsen said. "We really, really competed with toughness in the second half, especially I think our second-half defense was really good."

Jalen Jenkins added 15 points for the Patriots (7-3) who snapped Penn State's four-game winning streak.

Penn State led 38-37 after a wild first half that featured 12 lead changes. But the Raiders took control starting with Livingston's 3-pointer that made it 42-40 early in the second. They dominated from there, leading for the remaining 18:58 and outrebounded the Nittany Lions 44-29, outscored them 44-16 in the paint and held a speedy Penn State team to just two fastbreak points.

"We looked young tonight for whatever reason," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We have to figure that out. We have to play much harder."

Payton Banks led Penn State (6-4) with 21 points. Shep Garner and Lamar Stevens chipped in 13 apiece for the Nittany Lions.

The big picture
George Mason: The Patriots are on a roll and keeping pace in a competitive Atlantic 10 conference that had five teams with six wins entering the night. They seem to have flipped a switch following a 93-65 loss to Houston on Nov. 21 and haven't lost since.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions had been winning despite deficiencies in a few areas while making up for them in others over the last four games. They weren't able to make up for their lack of production in the paint, however.

Guards on the glass
Paulsen was wary of the size advantage Penn State's forwards had heading in. The Patriots didn't start anyone over 6-foot-7 while Penn State boasted a trio of forwards at or taller than that. Paulsen was particularly concerned about 6-foot-9 Mike Watkins who was fresh off his best game where he blocked 12 shots against Wright State.

But the George Mason coach had faith in his guards' ability to attack the net and win those rebounds. Moore entered the game as the country's top rebounding guard with 10 per game and posted his sixth double-double of the season.

"We have some pretty good rebounding guards," Paulsen said. "So you can't do it unless you have really active, rebounding guards."

Veteran responsibility
Penn State's gotten big time contributions from a handful of freshmen and started three as usual. But it was one of the veterans who shouldered blame afterward.

Banks was dejected after the game and pointed the finger at himself. Despite leading the team in points, he wasn't able to help on the glass.

"A lot of it just starts with me right here," Banks said. "I had zero rebounds. We can't rely on Lamar (Miller) and Mike for the scoring load and Julian (Moore). Our guards have to rebound and that's what we lacked this game and it definitely showed on the scoreboard."

Up next
George Mason plays at Penn on Saturday and has three of their final five games in 2016 at home.

Penn State plays Pittsburgh in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday and has another on the road before closing out 2016 with a pair of games at home, including the Big Ten opener on Dec. 27.

Instant Replay: George Washington 66, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: George Washington 66, Temple 63

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With one second on the shot clock, George Washington forward Tyler Cavanaugh let a three-point shot fly from the corner right in front of his bench.

Cavanaugh’s shot hit the bottom of the net to give the Colonials a three-point lead with 8.2 seconds left. Moments later, Temple redshirt senior swingman Daniel Dingle’s open look at a game-tying shot hit off the back of the rim, and George Washington handed the Owls a 66-63 loss on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center.

Temple (6-3) came into the game on a five-game winning streak but looked sluggish from the start. The Owls scored just five points in the game’s first six minutes, 34 seconds.

Temple went into halftime down, 31-25, and trailed George Washington (6-4) by as many as 15 points in the second half. Senior guard Josh Brown hit two threes late in the second half to bring Temple within six. Dingle hit two more to tie the game at 61-61 with 2:44 left. 

Two Cavanaugh free throws followed by a jumper from Temple sophomore guard Shizz Alston Jr. then tied the game at 63-63 with 39.1 seconds left.

The Owls played the game’s final moments without junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who fouled out with 3:41 left.

Enechionyia cooling off
Enechionyia was held in check for the second game in a row. He scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds but made only one basket in the second half.

The junior went 5 of 17 for 12 points against Penn on Saturday. He scored 20-plus points in five of Temple’s first seven games.

Inside the box score
• Colonials guard Jordan Roland came into the game averaging 4.3 points per game. Roland scored 14 points on Wednesday.

• Brown, who played his first game of the season last Wednesday against St. Joe’s, played a season-high 24 minutes. He played a combined 25 minutes in his first two contests.

• George Washington outrebounded Temple, 37-23. The Colonials had 18 turnovers compared to nine for Temple.

Up next
Temple plays DePaul in the Miami Hoophall Invitational on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.