One Eagles Fan's Amazing 9-TV Man Cave

One Eagles Fan's Amazing 9-TV Man Cave

You likely watch the Eagles every Sunday. If you're like most fans, you likely watch them in your living room which has one pretty nice television in it like most warm blooded Americans.

Level reader and diehard Eagles fan Brent Blanchard is not your average fan. Not only did Brent send in photos of his nine television setup in his man cave located in Medford Lakes, NJ, complete with wet bar and beermeister, he also sent along a 3-page PDF file describing his ridiculous setup in incredible detail.

Oh, and he says he has actual field goal posts from the Vet.

"The football goalposts that book-end the monitor wall are the actual uprights used in the west endzone of Veterans Stadium by the Eagles, and are positioned at regulation NFL width of 18.5 feet apart," Brent writes. "I dragged these to my car during a demo crew lunch break (the south goalposts were crushed into a dumpster a few minutes later)."

Amazing. [more photos below]

Here's a sampling of his description:

Monitors

The video wall is the centerpiece of the 400 sq. ft. Control Room. Eight 24” monitors surround a 55” center unit. Each monitor has 4w external speakers and is mounted to moveable boom arms allowing them to pull outward and rotate 90 degrees in all directions (useful for video gaming or closer viewing). Space was allowed for eventual upgrade of the center monitor to 70”.

The monitor bank is justified left-of-center on the wall, a) to align with the room entrance, and b) to allow Wii gamers space for arm-swinging that’s generally not required for the Xbox. Floor-level chairs set close to these monitors allow gamers to optimize viewing angles

...

Video Sources

Integrating various types of video sources was the most challenging part of the Control Room’s construction. I established HDMI as the base format, which required all other formats to be converted. Of the 29 electronic items involved (9 monitors, 4 switchers, 16 source inputs), 16 have integrated HDMI connectors. The other 13 possess composite, component, RF or VGI outputs, which require a host of signal converters working furiously under the monitor bank.

Because every item above requires its own power, a total of 43 electronic components are being powered within the large black boxes under the monitors. (Factor in the 17 room lights and surround system, and the room draws some juice!) But that’s what was required to allow every component to transfer seamlessly, which in turn allows for displaying up to nine of the following video sources with the touch of a button:

Recordable Verizon Fios box #1
Recordable Verizon Fios box #2
Recordable Verizon Fios box #3
Direct TV receiver w’ NFL
Dell online #6
Dell online #8, both w’ wireless keyboard & mouse
Live Turtle Cam with remote control
Live 151 CCTV Cams
XBOX console
Wii console
BluRay player
DVD player
DVD player #2
VHS player
Sony FX1 hd tape cam
Sony G55 hd drive cam

The two Dell computers are hard-wired with dedicated cat5’s to maximize bandwidth for live events. But they also perform other functions:
The top unit (#6) is configured for:

A. Primary ESPN3 sports matrix
B. Live outbound streaming of Turtle Cam video at www.implosionworld.com/turtlecam.htm
C. Pan/zoom the live video feed from roof of LBI condo
D. Primary Fantasy Team live scoring
E. Primary web access

The bottom unit (#8) is configured for:

A. Listening to music db of over 75k songs. Guests can easily create playlists in Itunes jukebox.
B. Secondary ESPN3 sports matrix
C. Secondary Fantasy Team live scoring
D. Secondary web access

That's not even getting into the power setup, the audio setup, the lighting setup, the photography setup, the artifact setup, etc.

Oh, and in addition to all of the electronics, the "Control Room" as Brent calls it also has a gaming area complete with regulation bubble hockey, foosball, knee hockey, and darts. "It also features a relaxation area with oversized sofa and chairs which opens out to the rear porch, back yard and lake," he writes.

The lake is a nice touch.

We salute your amazing efforts and have only one other question.

Can we be friends?

Got a decent TV setup of your own for watching Philly sports on? Show us! the700level@gmail.com

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

DETROIT -- Brandon Dubinsky scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and the surging Columbus Blue Jackets won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

Lukas Sedlak got his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have earned at least a point in 12 of their last 13 games. Cam Atkinson contributed a short-handed goal in the first period for Columbus.

Dylan Larkin's power-play goal in the second was the only scoring of the night for the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky had 32 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Sam Gagner scored into an empty net with 13.9 seconds remaining (see full story). 

Staal scores in 6th round of SO to lift Wild over Oilers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Staal scored in the sixth round of a shootout and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night.

Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker scored in regulation for Minnesota, which has won three straight.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. He entered with a league-best .946 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers, whose four-game losing streak began with a 2-1 home overtime loss to the Wild last Sunday.

Staal scored on a backhand deke before Nugent-Hopkins fired wide in the sixth round (see full story). 

Raanta, Rangers beat Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime
CHICAGO -- Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime, Antti Raanta made 26 saves against his former team and the New York Rangers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday night.

Derek Stepan passed from the boards to a streaking Holden in the middle of the ice, and he beat Scott Darling on the stick side for his fourth goal of the season.

Darling was going for his second straight shutout while subbing for injured starter Corey Crawford but had to settle for another solid performance.

Raanta, who made his NHL debut with Chicago in 2013 and played for the Blackhawks for two seasons before he was traded to New York, improved to 15-0-3 in 20 career appearances at the United Center.

The 27-year-old Raanta had 17 saves in Thursday's 2-1 victory at Winnipeg, and coach Alain Vigneault opted to give him a second straight start over Henrik Lundqvist because of his recent play and his success in Chicago (see full story).

Oshie, Johansson, Grubauer lift Caps over Sabres 4-1
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson each scored a goal, Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored, helping Washington beat Buffalo for the third time in 15 days.

Kyle Okposo scored and Robin Lehner made 25 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres have lost three of their last four.

Oshie gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 6:43 into the second period when he lifted a shot from the right edge of the crease past Lehner. Jay Beagle drew two defenders into the corner and sent the puck back to a wide open Oshie for his ninth goal of the season (see full story). 

Flyers-Stars 5 things: Streaking like it's 2002?

Flyers-Stars 5 things: Streaking like it's 2002?

Flyers (16-10-3) vs. Stars (11-11-6)
1 p.m. on CSN and CSNPhilly.com

Remember when it was a fight for the Flyers to simply sew together back-to-back wins?

Prior to this run, they had done it just twice in the first 22 games.

Now, they’re the hottest team in the NHL, winners of seven straight and trying to make it eight on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Wells Fargo Center.

Here are five things you need to know for the matchup:

1. The great eight?
Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins.

Roman Cechmanek and Brian Boucher.

These are just some of the players that were wearing Flyers jerseys when the team last won eight consecutive games, back on Jan. 6-19, 2002.

It’s worth mentioning, before the 2004-05 season, winning streaks were a bit more challenging with a tie being the result if overtime went scoreless. The extra session was also not 3-on-3, like it is now.

Still, what the current Flyers are doing is impressive. They’ve gone to the shootout only once over the seven-game spurt and have outscored the opposition by 10 goals, 27-17.

2. Raffl winners
Dave Hakstol has called Michael Raffl a big-bodied, straight-line forward, which is certainly not off the mark.

But from time to time, Raffl will show the deceptive skill side of his game.

He did it Thursday night to win the Flyers’ 6-5 affair over the Oilers in the final minute and a half of regulation for his second game-winner over the last three contests.

"Raf has this stutter step that's undercover speedy," Steve Mason said postgame Thursday (see story). "He used it in Nashville to get a big goal and then here tonight.

"It looks like he's going to stop fully up, but he finds another gear and he really adds another element to that line that brings physical play.

"He has that sneaky talent, too, that can make you pay."

Raffl is quietly making teams pay. The Flyers are 4-0-2 in games that he scores a goal. Despite missing eight games because of injury, the 28-year-old Austrian is on pace for around 20 goals.

That’s much-valued secondary scoring and complementary play.

3. Not so bright
Before reeling off seven straight wins, the Flyers were in a similar spot to which the Stars are in now.

Dallas, which finished 50-23-9 last season — best in the Western Conference — after starting 19-5-0, can’t find consistency through 28 games this season. The Stars have won back-to-back games just once thus far and goaltending has been an issue as Dallas is surrendering an NHL-worst 3.18 goals per game.

The Stars do not lack offensive firepower, however. Center Tyler Seguin is tied for second in the NHL with 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists), while linemate Jamie Benn isn’t far behind at 24 (eight goals, 16 assists).

Also, veteran forward Jason Spezza is coming off a three-point game (one goal, two assists) in Dallas’ 5-2 win over the Predators.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: We’ve got to go Jakub Voracek after the winger’s one-goal, three-assist performance on Thursday night. Voracek has been an absolute monster on the seven-game winning streak, posting 11 points with three goals and eight assists for a plus-6 rating.

Stars: It’s hard not to say Seguin, a dynamic player who always gives the Flyers trouble. His 21 career points (nine goals, 12 assists) against the orange and black are his second most versus any team.

5. This and that
• Mason is on a career-best six-game winning streak in which he’s posted a 2.27 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Since Nov. 12, Mason is 9-3-1 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

• Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is a dreadful 1-10-3 lifetime against the Flyers with a 3.49 goals-against average and .891 save percentage, while backup Antti Niemi is 4-1-0 with 1.48 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.

• Dallas has won its last three meetings with the Flyers by a combined score of 7-3.

• The Stars have lost 11 of 15 on the road.

• Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games.