Hey Look, The700Level.com Looks a Tiny Bit Different!?!

Hey Look, The700Level.com Looks a Tiny Bit Different!?!

You may have noticed that we've got some new furniture around here. It's basically the same as the old furniture but the new rug doesn't have a hole in it and the sweet new couch is a bit more comfortable. But yeah, everything pretty much looks the same. A couple of notes about the new backend:

Due to a number of reasons, we've switched from our old CMS. We're now on WordPress, which I'm sure most of you are familiar with.

Being on WordPress will allow us to:

HAVE COMMENTS ON OUR MOBILE SITE WOO!

This was an issue we heard about over and over and over from our loyal readers. It sucked not having comments visible on our mobile site. There is no excuse for it. It was just bad. But now they're back. And hopefully that should help the discussion.

Commenter Avatars

Commenting via WordPress will allow you to upload what they call a "gravatar" that you'll see next to your comment. It will also appear in the "most recent comments widget" you'll see on the top right rail of every page. This will help you scan for a certain person's comment a bit quicker. It also looks nice.

GIFs

It is now much, much easier for us to toss a GIF into a post. Like this. So feel free to send along any fun GIFs you think the rest of the Level readers may enjoy.

Full Site vs. Mobile Site

If you don't like how either our mobile version or full site looks on your phone, you can scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and select the other version. Simply click "View Full Site" or "View Mobile Site."

Scroll Through Posts Chronologically

This was available in our original TypePad site, but not in our previous incarnation. You can now click through all posts on the Level via a "<Newer" and "Older>" button on the full site or "<<Previous" and "Next>>" on the mobile site.

In-Post Photo Galleries

This seems pretty nifty. If you check out our post from the Broad Street Run over the weekend, you can see how we can incorporate a bunch of photos into one post and you can see all the thumbs in one spot and what not. Could have some fun with that if you've got any good photo gallery ideas.

Simplified Workflow, More Guest Posts / Photo Galleries

This new system makes things much easier on us in general which is fantastic. That could mean more time for us to give your work a look. If you've had something on your mind about the Phillies that you've been wanting to get off your chest, shoot us an email, and we can talk about posting it. If you take 10 awesome photos while on your road trip to see the Phils in San Fran and want to show them off, shoot us an email.

And as always, change usually means some growing pains. Please let us know of any issues you see so we can try and fix them as quickly as possible.

Thanks for reading.

**Update: Currently you have to be logged into WordPress to leave a comment. We are working on having that switched off.

Eagles' Brandon Brooks gives father touching gift

Eagles' Brandon Brooks gives father touching gift

How’s this for an awesome deed?

Eagles offensive guard Brandon Brooks took to Twitter to show a heartfelt message, that included a photo of a new car he purchased for his father.

In the tweet, Brooks revealed the mindset his father has instilled in him growing up, not wanting to be average and more.

Nice gesture, Brandon.

Elements will play factor for both Flyers, Penguins in outdoor game

Elements will play factor for both Flyers, Penguins in outdoor game

PITTSBURGH -- The ice on Friday afternoon at Heinz Field was watery and slushy.
 
That’s because the city set a historic record at 78 degrees for Feb. 24.
 
So what were the ice conditions?
 
“They were pretty good,” said Sidney Crosby. “It was pretty bright there. Started off the practice and the sun was beating down pretty good.
 
“I’ve played in a few of these and the ice was pretty good considering how warm it was. It’s supposed to cool down and I’m sure it will get better.”
 
The Penguins will host the Flyers on Saturday night in a Stadium Series outdoor game.
 
Pittsburgh took the ice Friday at 4 p.m. The Flyers got on the ice a little more than an hour later and things started to cool down.
 
“We had a pretty good practice given the circumstances,” Jakub Voracek said. “This is a little better setup than Philly. The fans are closer.”
 
It was much hotter when Pittsburgh took the ice, but the temperature was still warm after the sun went down.
 
Shayne Gostisbehere said, “It was hot for sure. … It was fun, but it was pretty hot.”
 
Defenseman Radko Gudas said the ice surface was, “playable, but a little rough.”
 
On Saturday, rain is expected, with temperatures falling to 42 degrees by 5 p.m.
 
During the game, which begins at 8 p.m., the temperature is projected to continue to drop and there will be wind gusts up to 31 mph. By the end of the night, the forecast says temps will be in the 20s. 

Players are more concerned about the wind than the ice at this point. Crosby, who has played in three previous NHL outdoor games, said wind is a huge factor. It happened to the Penguins at the 2014 Stadium Series game in Chicago.
 
“It can definitely be a factor,” Crosby said. “I want to say in Chicago that was something we kind of had to look at. We felt it a little more there compared to the other two [outdoor games]. If it going to get windy like that, it’s something to be aware of.”
 
It remains to be seen how the NHL will handle which team goes into the wind first.
 
“Yeah, the wind,” Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet of what element will be a big factor. “I hope you don’t have to backcheck. Who gets the advantage? They change in the third period. But who picks what end? There is a wind factor.”
 
Tocchet rated the ice Friday as “a little slushy.”
 
“It was good early and then it got tough because it was hot outside,” Tocchet said. “But we got a half-decent practice out of it.
 
“The one thing, the puck didn’t bounce, which was good. Players can adapt a lot better when the puck doesn’t bounce. When things bounce, it’s a tough night.”