Concerts I saw in 2005

Concerts I saw in 2005

We all get bored of sports so I like to throw in a little something about music on occasion.  I didn't start talking about music on the700level until the summer, so thoughts from the first half of the year are not documented.  A few of the shows I was at in 05:

-I started 2005 off at Madison Square Garden in New York, literally, with Wilco and the Flaming Lips along with Sleater-Kinney.  This was a great show, the perfect way to break in the new year.
June: Saw Wilco at Penn's Landing and got to use perfectly fitting song lyrics that most of my readers didn't pick up on.  This was another show I thought was great.  My Morning Jacket also opened the show.
July 2: Live 8 took place in Philly and all over the world; I was there in the thick of things.  This was a really fun time, but by no means a great concert.
July 4: Right back to the Ben Franklin Parkway to see Elton John sing Philadelphia Freedom with a spectacular fireworks display.  This was okay, but by no means a great concert.
July 25: Saw the Grammy nominated John Legend along with Common at the Electric Factory.  I was impressed with John Legend.  Going into the show I knew very little about him.  Common was pretty decent at working the crows.
July 26: Larry Anderson was spotted at the Allman Brothers show at Penn's Landing.
August 8: Perhaps my favorite show of the year.: Coldplay in Camden.  The seats you have at a show definitely dictate what kind of time you have and it's almost impossible to have a bad time when you could high five Chris Martin.  I took some phenomenal pictures of Coldplay.  They really put on a great show.  Yeah, yeah, I like Coldplay.
August 11: Scott saw Dickie Betts at Maddies.
August 18: I saw the hype of the Internet, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, in the basement of the Church.  Pretty good show.  I was obsessed with their album for a month back then.
August 22: I saw the Rolling Stones at Fenway park in Boston for their tour opener, but I forgot to write about it.  Stones shows are always a fun time.  Old people can be cool.
August 28: I had a crazy weekend in South Philly which included an Eagles game, And1 mixtape game, and a Jimmy Buffett concert at Citizens Bank Ballpark.  Jimmy Buffett concerts always seem to be a fun reason to get drunk and hang out with bikini clad ladies, even in the rain.  Being on the field at CBP was definitely a highlight.
Sep 8: I saw the Phish cover band, Phix, in Manayunk and had an absolute blast.
Sep 12
: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah again at the Khyber.
Sep 28: At the T.L.A. on South Street, I saw Sufjan Stevens along with Denison Witmer.  A pretty good show, I wasn't overly impressed but definitely enjoyed it.
Oct 04: I ended up getting a ticket the day of the show for Pearl Jam at the Wachovia Center which was first row behind the stage.
Oct 08: I had pit seats again in Camden, this time for Beck.  I got some great pictures from this show as well.  This show sparked my re-obsession with Midnite Vultures.
Oct 21: Saw The Roots perform in front of City Hall.  This was a great spot to see Philly's own.  Al Gore invented the internets.
Oct 27: Dr. Dog along with The Stooges Brass Band and CYHSY again at the T.L.A.  I was impressed with the Stooges who were from New Orleans and really put on a fun show for the crowd.
Nov 15: I was supposed to see Trey Anastasio at the Tower but had to go to Chicago for business.  Instead, I listened to some of the show online at xpn.org.
Nov 21: Bright Eyes played at the Academy of Music along with Feist and The Magic Numbers.  This was a great show as well.  I fell in love with Feist and am glad I got exposed to The Magic Numbers.  Conor Oberst is weird yet talented.
Nov 22: By far the worst concert of the year I was at was The Roots at Villinova with Guster and some horrible guy named Michael Tolcher.  I know, I know, I should have known better than to go to a concert at Villanova.  I blame Sid.  The Roots basically put on the same show as they did at City Hall.
Dec 7: Now that you know my great taste in music you can download a Christmas mix I made last year which features zero of the artists I just mentioned.

Not a bad year of music viewing, and I didn't even try to remember what I saw in the first half of the year.  Anyone want to refresh my memory?  Anything I missed that I should have been at?

 

Instant Replay: Knicks 110, Sixers 109

Instant Replay: Knicks 110, Sixers 109

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NEW YORK -- A 17-point game came down to the final possessions. 

The Knicks squeaked out a 110-109 victory, holding on to this one after suffering a buzzer-beating loss to the Sixers on Jan. 11. 

The Knicks squandered a double-digit lead in the fourth as the Sixers slowly chipped away at their lead at the line. The Sixers got within one, 106-105, when T.J. McConnell drained a three after a series of Sixers’ free throws. 

Jahlil Okafor scored a go-ahead basket during a hustling Sixers possession with nine seconds remaining to give the Sixers a 109-108 lead. 

In the end, it was Carmelo Anthony, who had been running up the scoreboard all night (37 points), that nailed the game-winning jumper over Robert Covington. Kyle O’Quinn picked off the Sixers' final inbound attempt. 

Inside the box score
Okafor finished with a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds. He had eight rebounds in first half, including a coast-to-coast fast break.

Dario Saric continues his strong Rookie of the Year push. He finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. 

Robert Covington struggled from the field overall (7 of 19, 2 of 11 from three) but filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Anthony did what Anthony does. He scored 37 points on 15 of 25 from the field, including the game-winner.

Anderson debuts
Justin Anderson made his Sixers debut in the first quarter. Anderson is a multi-positional player and the lineup reflected that. He first played with Rodriguez, Stauskas, Covington and Holmes. Anderson played 3:47 and went 0 for 1 from three with a rebound and a foul. 

While Anderson said he had learned about the Sixers by watching his first game from the bench, he will get more on-the-court experience on Sunday when he plans to spend time at the training complex on the team’s off day. 

Bigs Convene
Joel Embiid was with the Sixers in New York. After the second quarter ended, he stayed on the court to talk with Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah. Both Knicks big men also were sidelined on Saturday.

Trust It
T.J. McConnell isn’t the only to #trustthefriendship with Saric. Check out this no-look pass to Robert Covington. 

Up next
The Sixers have a day to bounce back from this loss. The 48-9 Warriors come to town on Monday. 

Villanova pushes past Creighton despite exhaustion before off week

Villanova pushes past Creighton despite exhaustion before off week

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VILLANOVA, PA. – Jay Wright finally admitted what we could all see.

The Wildcats are gassed.

No. 2 Villanova beat No. 23 Creighton, 79-63, Saturday at the Pavilion to clinch the Big East Conference regular-season title outright (see Instant Replay).

The Wildcats are 27-3 and 14-3 in the conference, but the last couple weeks their lack of depth has shown.

With Omari Spellman ruled ineligible before the season by the NCAA, Phil Booth out since November with lingering knee pain and Darryl Reynolds out the last five games with a rib injury, Wright has essentially been limited to five starters, freshman Dante DiVincenzo off the bench and a few minutes a night from freshman Dylan Painter.

It's taken a significant toll on the six guys in the rotation. 

Big late leads have dwindled or, in the case of Wednesday’s game against Butler, disappeared. Three-pointers have front-rimmed. Defensive assignments have been missed.

Through it all, Wright refused to admit fatigue was an issue.

Now, with the Wildcats securely the top seed in next month’s conference tournament, Wright is being honest about his team.

They’re exhausted.

“I know you guys have asked a lot, 'Do I think we’re getting worn down with seven guys, 6 1/2 guys,' and I said I don’t think so, I think we can do it,” Wright said Saturday after the Senior Day win over Creighton.

“I gotta answer your question, but it just doesn’t do us any good saying we’re worn out. It’s not an excuse. Other teams have things to deal with. I get we weren’t pretty, we haven’t been pretty, today wasn’t pretty. But I think it just speaks to the leadership of these seniors and I think it speaks to the character of these seniors (that they got through it).

“Are they tired? Yeah. Are they worn down some? Yeah. But it doesn’t matter. Other teams got stuff too. It’s not the reason you lose. It can’t be the reason you lose. Maybe you were tired and you didn’t concentrate or we didn’t defend or we didn’t rebound. That’s what happened and that’s the way we look at it.

“I wasn’t trying to BS you, I was just saying that whether you’re tired or not doesn’t matter, you’ve got to get it done, and we got it done. I’m so proud of them and it’s senior leadership. It’s talented players and senior leadership.”

Villanova now has a week off before an essentially meaningless game next Saturday at Georgetown.

It’ll be the Wildcats’ first extended break since the season began.

“They haven’t had an off week because they played Virginia (two weeks ago in a non-conference game), and now they get it and a chance to get their legs back,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said.

“It’s a long season and when you don’t really have a chance to catch your breath, especially because he’s riding six or seven guys pretty hard right now? I’m sure this week off will do them some good.”

Sophomore transfer Eric Paschall had a career day Saturday, with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting to go with six rebounds. Josh Hart added 16 points and eight boards, Kris Jenkins overcame another off shooting night from three (1 for 7) to record 15 points, four boards and three assists, and Mikal Bridges had 11 points and eight rebounds. DiVincenzo and Jalen Brunson each scored nine points. 

The next meaningful game Villanova plays will be March 9 in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York.

Now it’s time to rest. And heal.

“It’s going to be good for us,” Jenkins said. “We get a couple days off. We’ll still watch film, still learn, still get better, but physically we need a couple days to regroup and get ready for Georgetown and then the Big East tournament.

“Georgetown is first, but we really do need this break.”

On Saturday, Villanova built an 11-point lead, gave it all away, fell behind, traded off seven second-half lead changes, then went on a 16-4 run midway through the second half to finally put away the Bluejays.

With the threes not falling, the Wildcats focused on attacking the rim and scoring in the post in the second half.

Jenkins in particular had an unusual game. He stopped shooting treys and made 5 of 8 shots from inside the arc. That’s the second-most two-pointers he’s ever made and the most he’s ever attempted.

“Just playing off my teammates and adjusting to how teams play me,” said Jenkins, shooting just 30 percent from three the last 10 games.

“They really take away threes and try not to let me get any clean catches so always being aggressive and trying to make the right play.”

For a tired team, backing off the threes was huge.

Villanova outscored Creighton 36-18 over the last 14 minutes after Creighton took its biggest lead – two points at 43-41.

Now comes rest.

“It’s big for these guys,” Wright said. “In my mind, we just had to get to today. We just gotta get through it without getting somebody else hurt and without just being dead.

“Because we’re going to get time off. We’re going to take Sunday off, we’re going to have a light day Monday, and then we’re going to take Tuesday off, because these guys really need the rest. So this is perfect timing for us.”