Coldplay Review: Tweeter Center

Coldplay Review: Tweeter Center


This was my second time seeing Coldplay live, the other time was at the Fleet Boston Pavilion on their last U.S. tour in 2002.  The tickets I had were for the pit/GA and I had the best seats I have ever had for a major act with only two shows which could even rival it.  A Springsteen show from the Linc two summers ago where I had pit or Phish's New Years eve show at Madison Square Garden in '97 where we sat second row, side of stage.  I was about 3 people from the rail and when Chris Martin came and stood on the edge of the stage I could have high fived him, it was ridiculously close.

I'm not a huge fan of Coldplay's new album X&Y, but I definitely played out Rush of Blood to the Head in college, and really enjoyed Coldplay Live 2003 for a long time.  The show was a nice mix of old and new.  They opened with one of their new singles Square One with Chris Martin singing most of it in front of the giant screen with numbers scrolling on it with only his shadow visible.  Then they played Politik, the tune which they used to start off shows on their last tour.  I think it was during Politik when Chris Martin changed the lyrics to show his Philly knowledge/love.  He changed lyrics to the songs to say something like "the town where they filmed Rockeee".. "Camden New Jerseee".."and something something Philadelphia."  The crowd, myself included, loved the Brit trying to get into the hearts of Philadelphians.  Later in the show he dedicated a song to those people who "tailgated all day."  Apparently, Coldplay never knew what tailgating was before today.  He even said he would "cook you a hoagie" or something like that, pretty funny.

The third song or so was one of their older hits Yellow.  During this song, huge yellow balloons fell from the rafters, which Chris Martin told the fans to pop eventually, and when they popped, yellow confeti burst everywhere.

As you should be able to see in my photo album, the lighting was extremely colorful and really added to the music very well.  Chris Martin has an amazing stage presence and is a hell of an entertainer.  I thought it was funny, being so close to him, you could actually see he ripped his jacket during the show.  The man puts some passion/effort into his performance.  He also dedicated a song to "all the Apples of the world" which was a nice touch.  No Gwyneth sightings unfortunately.

Being so close to the stage definitely contributed to my amazing time, but I'm pretty sure this show would have rocked from the lawn as well.  My photo album of the show.

The opening band Black Mountain was pretty good, but it was hard to hear them with all of the annoying DMBandesque fans surrounding us.

 

With Kings' unprotected 2019 pick, Sixers' future assets the envy of the NBA

With Kings' unprotected 2019 pick, Sixers' future assets the envy of the NBA

It's difficult to understate how sweet the Sixers smell after the Kings' trade of DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans.

Yes, it removed another suitor from Jahlil Okafor trade talks, but that's not nearly as important as how much the Sacramento-New Orleans trade benefitted the Sixers moving forward.

And while many Sixers fans are rightfully jumping for joy today about the pick swap the Sixers have with the Kings in the 2017 draft, let's not forget about the 2019 pick.

Because no matter what happens with pick swaps, the Sixers own the Kings' unprotected 2019 first-round pick, which could legitimately be first overall given Sacramento's direction.

That 2019 pick now has immense value for several reasons:

Stripped-down Kings roster
Without Cousins, the Kings are right now probably one of the three worst teams in the NBA.

Their core is Darren Collison, Buddy Hield, Arron Afflalo, Garrett Temple, Kosta Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein, Tyreke Evans, Ben McLemore, Anthony Tolliver. This team has 25 games left. How many can it win? Five?

Collison is their best remaining player, and he's a free agent after the season. This is going to be an incredibly challenging rebuild for the Kings, unless Hield and Cauley-Stein turn into stars.

Who is signing in Sac'to?
Sacramento is one of the league's smallest markets, and there has been front office discord there for years, along with a coaching carousel. Aside from Brooklyn, you can't find a worse free-agent destination. You can't find a tougher sell. 

Divac repeatedly said he'd never trade Cousins. Then he traded him. You tell me if agents and star players are going to trust the Kings enough to sign there without a no-trade clause.

And really, why would a free agent even want to sign there? The Kings have a bad core, a bad environment, and a bad draft pick situation moving forward. There is little upside.

Sure, Sacramento will be able to lure mid-tier free agents like the Lakers did with Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov. But that isn't going to make them substantially better.

Sixers' remarkable collection of picks
The result of all this is the Sixers' future becomes even brighter. Basketball fans routinely look at the Celtics as having the best assets moving forward because of their pick swaps with cellar-dwelling Brooklyn. But the Sixers' assets now are arguably better because in addition to the pick swaps, they have the unprotected Sacramento pick.

And they have the Lakers' pick, which becomes fully unprotected next year if it doesn't convey this year.

And they have their own picks in 2018 and 2019.

And they have the Thunder's 2020 pick. 

And they have Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric.

Today's a good day in Sixers land.

Here's a round-up of their future draft picks:

2017
• Pick swap with Kings

• Lakers pick (top-3 protected; becomes unprotected in 2018 if it doesn't convey)

• Two second-round picks

2018
• Their own first-round pick

• The Lakers' unprotected first-round pick if L.A. finishes 2017 with a bottom-three record

• Second-round pick from Cleveland or Brooklyn (whichever is higher)

• Second-round pick from Clippers or Knicks (whichever is higher)

2019
• Unprotected first-round pick from Kings

• Their own first-round pick

• Second-round pick from Knicks

• Second-round pick from Bucks or Kings (whichever is higher)

2020
• Their own first-round pick

• Thunder's first-round pick (top-20 protected in 2020, 2021 and 2022)

• Second-round pick from Nets

• Second-round pick from Knicks

Woah.

Villanova stays put at No. 2 for the 3rd straight week

Villanova stays put at No. 2 for the 3rd straight week

Villanova stayed put in the national rankings this week.

The defending champion Wildcats remained the No. 2 overall team in the Associated Press top-25 poll behind 24-0 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs received 59 first-place votes while Villanova received five votes. Kansas, which came in at No. 3, received the other No. 1 vote.

Villanova stayed where they were in the rankings after holding their own with two comfortable road wins, in large part thanks to sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson. Brunson was the big man on campus this week, beginning with a team-high 18 points in a 75-62 win at DePaul on Monday. He followed it up with his first career double-double as he put together a 22-point, 10-assist effort in a blowout win over Seton Hall in Newark on Saturday.

The win over the Pirates meant the Wildcats clinched a share of the Big East regular-season title for the fourth straight year. One win in their last three regular season games or one loss each by Butler and Creighton would hand Villanova sole possession of the Big East crown. 

Therefore, it's only fitting that the Wildcats' next two games are against none other than Butler and Creighton. Butler handed Villanova its first loss of the season back on Jan. 4 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, but the No. 22 Bulldogs now have to travel to Philadelphia for the rematch on Wednesday. The No. 23 Blue Jays then head to the Pavillion for a Saturday afternoon duel. The Wildcats beat Creighton, 80-70, on New Year's Eve in Omaha, Neb. 

At this point last season, Villanova had four losses (two in conference) and had just a one-game lead in the conference. This year, they have much more room for comfort, albeit with a tough week with two ranked opponents ahead of them. 

Behind the top three, which remained static this week, the Pac 12 had three teams ranked 4-6 – Arizona, UCLA and Oregon – in the poll this week. The ACC had six teams in the top 25, including No. 7 Louisville, No. 8 North Carolina and No. 10 Duke. Baylor, which lost to Kansas on Saturday, fell from No. 4 to No. 9.