Gallery: One Philly Sports Blogger's 2012 in Instagram Photos

Gallery: One Philly Sports Blogger's 2012 in Instagram Photos

Running a Philly sports website is a pretty fun gig most of the time. I get to go to tons of sporting events and call it work. Like most human beings in the civilized world I also own a smartphone that is capable of taking photographs. Sometimes we take photos of said sporting events we get the privilege of attending. The following is simply a sampling of shots taken with my phone and posted on Instagram (which may or may not use them in advertisements). Starting with January 1st of 2012, the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park:

I believe 97% of these photos were taken with an iPhone 4. And yes, I go to a lot more Sixers and Phillies than any of the other teams.

Harry the K checks out the rink:

Mr. Questlove:

I got to eat dinner with Kobayashi before he won Wing Bowl.

The Sixers had some big names come out to the Wells Fargo Center:

Blake Griffin wouldn't stay still.

The Doc was all talkative before a game.

Kobe was intense.

As were Will, Jada, and their son. Sup @SixersCEOAdam?

The Sixers made a nice little playoff run.

They did win a few big ones in wild fashion. I think this was after Dre's big finish against Chicago.

The old leaders now departed:

A trip up to Boston for round 2 was fun... until they lost.

Dre on the parquet floor
Shoot around.

The Union kicked off another season. PPL is fun to photograph.
Home opener:

Fireworks at PPL in July

The Phillies kicked off 2012 in Pittsburgh with the return of Jim Thome (pictured during bp)

Chuck, Jimmer, and Hunter

Home openers are the best.

Like any Instagrammer, there is food and drink. Winter Classic crab fries:

The Flyers went on a really fun playoff run. 2nd row behind the glass is a great seat. Sid and Claude:

The crowd during the playoffs at Xfinity Live! was quite fun.

Went to the movies with Jrue.

I only actually made it to one Eagles game in 2012. It was Monday night and it sucked but I had a nice hat on so I took a photo of that instead.

Every once in a rare while we actually partook in sports. Like softball in Fairmount Park.

Oh, and this guy had a giant presser at the Constitution Center. Remember how fun that was?

At least this guy suits up still.

And perhaps my favorite shot of the year. A simple no filter of the skyline behind the Liberty Bell at CBP.

Hopefully more wins in 2013.

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

NEW ORLEANS -- Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to co-exist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right Jones fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.


Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started.