Flyers On Strike.. Again

Flyers On Strike.. Again

So I spent Saturday boozing in South Philly, mostly watching college football insanity, but also taking in my first Flyers game in ages.  How amazing was that football though?  I thoroughly enjoyed Notre Dame getting their hearts ripped out but was rather shocked to see Michigan pull that last second crap on PSU.

So the Flyers played Saturday night.. they don't play again until Saturday?  Since when does the NHL have an All-Star break in the first two weeks of the season?  I bet you reader(s) didn't even notice the fact that the Flyguys have a week off. (Unless you live in Texas)

So the Cingular Pavillion is pretty legit.  I went with a Steve's Prince of Steaks which was absolutely fantastic.  Under the circumstances it was one of the tastiest whiz withs I ever consumed.   I was previously under the impression that the new bar would be similar to McFadden's at the Ball Park in that you could enter the bar without a ticket to the game.  This was not the case on Saturday night and one worker said it may be be available to the public at some point.  Who knows what the real deal is?  Some specs on the new digs:

The newly constructed addition on the 11th Street side of the facility
features two legendary Philadelphia restaurants, Chickie’s & Pete’s
and Steve’s Prince of Steaks
, and will open in time for the
Philadelphia Flyers regular season opener on Wednesday, October 5. The
Cingular Pavilion will open two hours prior to every Wachovia Center
event and will remain open after each event, as well, for all ticketed
The Cingular Pavilion features 28 large, 45” High Definition LCD
Screens and six additional 35” monitors for fans to view live game
, and televised sports events, as well as a state-of-the-art
audio system for live music from local musicians, and live broadcasts
from area radio stations. The Cingular Pavilion features both table-top
seating and bar stools for customer convenience. The newly expanded
concourse also features a sliding glass door to further extend
activities into the outside pavilion in warmer weather.

Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have released their Wall of Fame ballot for 2017 and Pete Rose is on it for the first time.

Baseball’s all-time hits king joins Steve Bedrosian, Larry Christensen, Jim Fregosi, Gene Garber, Placido Polanco, Ron Reed, Scott Rolen, Manny Trillo and Rick Wise on the ballot.

The Phillies had to receive permission from commissioner Rob Manfred to include Rose on the ballot. Rose was placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list in 1989 after he admitted to wagering on baseball during his time as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The ban precludes him from appearing on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Rose is still on the ineligible list, but Manfred has shown some leniency in recent years and Rose has been able to participate in some ceremonies. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame last summer. 

Rose was one of the stars on the Reds’ Big Red Machine, a club that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. He came to the Phillies as a free agent before the 1979 season. He spent five years with the Phils and his leadership was considered key in getting a talented team over the top on its way to winning the 1980 World Series. 

The Phillies’ Wall of Fame ceremony will take place Aug. 12 at Citizens Bank Park. 

Fans have a voice in the voting, which is has begun on the team’s website -- Fans can select their top three choices and the five finalists will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame selection committee.