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

Pelicans' Bryce Dejean-Jones killed after going to wrong apartment

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The Associated Press

Pelicans' Bryce Dejean-Jones killed after going to wrong apartment

DALLAS -- New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot on his daughter's first birthday after he mistakenly went to the wrong apartment in Dallas.

The man in that apartment shot Dejean-Jones when he began kicking at the bedroom door early Saturday, and the 23-year-old Dejean-Jones collapsed outside on a breezeway. He died at a hospital.

It is legal in Texas for someone to use deadly force to protect themselves from intruders. Authorities didn't immediately respond to The Associated Press' request for comment Sunday on whether the man may face charges.

Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend for his daughter's first birthday and had gone for a walk, according to his agent, Scott W. Nichols. His girlfriend lives on the fourth floor, and Dejean-Jones, who was visiting the complex for the first time, went to the third.

End to End: Which Flyer has the most to lose in 2016-17?

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End to End: Which Flyer has the most to lose in 2016-17?

Each week, we'll ask questions about the Flyers to our resident hockey analysts and see what they have to say.

Going End to End this week are Tom Dougherty, Jordan Hall and Greg Paone, all producers/reporters for CSNPhilly.com.

The question: Which Flyer has the most to lose in 2016-17?

Dougherty
What Shayne Gostisbehere accomplished in his rookie season was unforgettable. He set Flyers records, broke some NHL rookie records and finished with 17 goals in 64 games.

The list can go on and on. He can become the first Flyer to win the Calder Trophy when the NHL Awards are announced on June 22. We all want to see what "Ghost" can do as an encore.

But now Gostisbehere has expectations. Lofty expectations — fair or not.

Gostisbehere will be expected to quarterback the power play, a job he excelled at this season and wrangled away from Mark Streit, whose injury paved the way for his call-up.

In addition, Gostisbehere will be asked to produce offensively and consistently as well as continue to hone his defensive game, which still has areas that needs improvement.

Seventeen goals will be difficult to duplicate and we should not hold him to — or expect — that number again in his sophomore season. We should all temper our expectations.

But the reason I believe Gostisbehere has the most to lose in 2016-17 is because he's very much still a growing product. There will be growing pains and should he hit those next season, how will he bounce back from it? Defensemen generally develop at a slower pace than forwards, and for Gostisbehere to enjoy so much success in Year 1, how will he react to a step backward in 2016-17? It's a weighted response and one that's geared more toward the long-term, but to me, Gostisbehere has the most to lose next season.

Hall
I believe Matt Read will be back next season.
 
After all, he’s under contract through the 2017-18 campaign.
 
But his leash will be as short as it’s even been. At 30 years old, he’ll be fighting just to dress. And when he gets playing time, he’ll have to do enough to show he deserves it over other candidates, many of which will be young, spry and hungry for jobs.
 
Read said he learned a lot last season.
 
Will he make adjustments and carve out a role in Dave Hakstol’s system?
 
Next season, we’ll get an answer.
 
If he doesn’t, his time in Philadelphia could quickly dissolve.
 
And who knows what that would mean for his NHL career.

Paone
Want to talk about having something to lose? How about possibly losing a job, which is a very real possibility for Scott Laughton next season.

The young forward, who will turn 22 on Monday, posted seven goals and 14 assists in a career-high 71 games this season. But much more telling was the fact he found himself in the press box as a healthy scratch down the stretch, as Dave Hakstol felt there were better options as the team completed its improbable run to the playoffs. And that came after he was moved from his natural center position to the wing for the first time since he represented Canada in the world junior tournament.

His inconsistency has come a pretty bad time because as more and more talented prospects come through the system, roster spots with the big club become more and more precious. Laughton will need to have a very good summer and training camp to earn his spot again. The forward prospects will push him during camp, which could be a good thing. But even if Laughton makes the Flyers out of camp when the season starts, the leash could still be short. 

Ron Hextall makes no bones about how he prefers to hold on to young talent and let it develop. But we could be at the point where the Flyers want to see Laughton take the next step. And it could be a much different story if you replace young talent with young talent.

Eagles mailbag: Jordan Matthews, injury concern, leading rusher

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Eagles mailbag: Jordan Matthews, injury concern, leading rusher

Another day, another mailbag. 

I hope you're enjoying your Memorial Day Weekend. If you're reading this on the beach or at a BBQ, well done. 

Yesterday, I answered the first round of your questions about Doug Pederson, Brandon Spikes and the possibility of adding another running back. 

Today, I'll answer some more: 

At times, Jordan Matthews will still be in the slot this season. But he won't be there all the time. 

In Doug Pederson's offense, the receivers will move around quite a bit, which means we'll see Matthews lining up out wide on both sides and in the slot. He has the ability to do both. Either way, he's going to be on the field. He's clearly the Eagles' best receiver and they're not going to take him off the field. 

I think there's a good chance we'll see some Josh Huff in the slot this year, which would make a ton of sense to me. Huff is at his best when he gets the ball in his hands and can make something happen. He's shifty enough to play in the middle. 

The idea that slot receivers are just small, shifty guys is outdated. It's all about matchups and Pederson won't be afraid to move his receivers around to find the best ones. 

Good question. I'll give you two names. One on offense and one on defense. 

Now, I didn't just pick the best players, I picked the best players with the biggest drop off to their backups. So on offense, it's Jason Peters and on defense it's Jordan Hicks. 

The scary thing: it wouldn't be shocking if either of these two go down in 2016. 

If Peters goes down, the Eagles will be fine at left tackle, because Lane Johnson will shift over. But that means either Dennis Kelly or Halapoulivaati Vaitai will come in. We all know what's happened in the past when Kelly comes in, and Vaitai is just a rookie. Not a ton of great depth at tackle. 

As for Hicks, we saw what happened to the defense when he went out last season. And this year, the team has virtually no depth at linebacker. If Hicks went down, either veteran special teams player Najee Goode or rookie Joe Walker would need to fill in. Yikes. 

I understand it's kind of a cop-out to just pick the top running back on the depth chart, but that's what I'm doing. I know Ryan Mathews has a lengthy injury history, but I can't see Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood or Kenjon Barner being the team's leading rusher. 

And when healthy, Mathews was the team's best running back in 2015, going for 539 yards on 106 carries, an average of 5.1 yards per attempt. If he manages to play 12 games this year, I think he'll be the team's leading rusher.