Eagles Fan Shows Her Spirit

Eagles Fan Shows Her Spirit

The Phillies tried to roll out their idea for a "Goosebumps" marketing campaign before this season began.  We were unimpressed and scared.  On the other side of Pattison Ave, the Eagles appear to be giving their fans more than just goosebumps.

These photos were added to The 700 Level's flickr group last week and I decided to email the flickr user to get a better idea for the inspiration behind the photos.  The photographer, Cheryl, is a body painter.  Her subject -- and the huge Eagles fan -- is Pam.  We tracked Pam down for some questions.

The700Level: What was the inspiration behind this paint job? And why Kearse, he seems like an unlikely choice?

Pam: I wish I had some interesting inspiration as to why I chose to do this.
It's as simple as catching up with a friend! Also, being painted feels
awesome! It's almost therapeutic! I originally was planning on her
doing McNabb, buuuut, she talked me out of it! I don't mind supporting
Kearse, he never seems to let me down week to week.

T7L: Did you wear this in public or to the local bar on game day? Get any good reactions?  I'd think you'd be quite popular.

Pam: I don't go out in public painted either. Those pictures were taken at
Cheryl's house. I don't think I could do it to be honest! I am
comfortable with my body, but I am not comfortable with the sexual
attention I'm sure I would receive. Maybe for some great seats at a
game I could do it! I have never been to an Eagles game believe it or
not. Being a full-time students, funds are tight and I usually sit at
home with a friend and order in.

T7L: Was this a one time thing or do you plan to make this some sort of Sunday tradition?

Pam: This painting was only done once. Cheryl wanted the practice and I'm
always a willing volunteer. Don't think it's going to become a Sunday
tradition because it's very time consuming! Maybe I'll show some more
Philly pride when the Flyers start up!

T7L: Somebody get this nice young lady tickets to an Eagles game, pronto.

Thanks to Pam for the Q&A.  Her myspace can be found here.  And for the record, she predicts the Eagles will win by a David Akers field goal tonight against the 'Skins.

And if one of you ladies out there wants to show your spirit, the artist can be reached at
Cheryl Painter, About Face- Face Painting, Burlington, NJ 609-668-1619.

The700Level.com flickr group has been producing some great photos lately with 48 members and counting.  Feel free to join and contribute your own photos.

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry from how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 — the last time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a gigantic one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.

Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

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Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

Bol Bol, the 17-year-old son of the late Manute Bol, is a top high school basketball prospect with offers from schools like Arizona, Kansas and Creighton. This highlight tape should give you an idea why.
 
Bol, whose father played in the NBA for parts of 12 seasons, including 215 games for the Sixers, now attends the famed Mater Dei High School in California and played in his first game of the season this past weekend. Listed as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout, Bol started his season off with a big 21-point, 10-rebound effort.
 
Take a look at the highlight tape from the 6-foot-11 Bol and expect to see him carry on his father’s legacy on the court at a major NCAA college basketball program soon.