Watch Comcast's original report on the Vet demolition 10 years ago today

Watch Comcast's original report on the Vet demolition 10 years ago today

I can't remember where I was the day the Vet came down. All I can recall is that I was out of town and therefore unable to make it down to South Philly to watch the 700 level meet its end. Maybe I was a little disappointed for missing out on the destruction of Veterans Stadium in person, though to be honest, probably not.

It was ten years ago today that Mayor John Street and the Phillie Phanatic blew Veterans Stadium to the ground. Now we've got Citizens Bank Park and the Linc across the street.

Sure, there's probably a small part of all of us that miss the place. Not for the sightlines or amenities, but for the memories. A lot of us probably saw our first sporting event there, probably taken along to a game with your dad and an uncle, being wowed at the size of the place and the excitement inside it. And then remember being annoyed for having to walk up so many damn ramps.

Pretty sure the Vet is where I learned what stale beer and drunk people smelled like.

I even played quarterback for a CYO game in the seventh grade at the Vet. There was a great photo of me alone on the turf from like 100 yards away. I don't know if that still exists.

I remember the first time I saw a fight between an Eagles fan and a Redskins fan and the one guy was so fat that his pants fell down while he was fighting. My dad made fun of him, if I remember correctly. I remember sitting up in the 700 level for Phillies games as my friend Jimmy's dad worked as an usher. Freebies all day. I remember Barry Sanders getting tore up in the playoffs and I remember the final Birds playoff push at the Vet. I remember seeing the Rolling Stones there. I remember a lot.

The Vet is gone. I can't say I miss it all that much. We've still got the memories.

And I'm happy The 700 Level lives on.

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

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 coexist 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 foot 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."