Phantoms Formally Break Ground on New Allentown Arena with Use of Ceremonial Shovels

Phantoms Formally Break Ground on New Allentown Arena with Use of Ceremonial Shovels

The Phantoms, Flyers, state and local officials staged the formal groundbreaking ceremony for  Lehigh Valley's new minor league hockey arena in Allentown on Thursday.

Of course, as The Morning Call points out in the first two graphs of its writeup:

In reality, ground was broken for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms' new hockey arena months ago.

Many tons of earth have already been hauled away in clattering dump trucks, creating a muddy 30-foot-deep hole at Seventh and Hamilton streets from which Allentown's $272 million arena complex will soon rise.

Still, nothing like a good photo op with some shovel that appear to resemble hockey sticks. I want one of these.


The article further states that 1,700 season tickets have already been sold for the 8,500-seat venue set to open for the 2014 season.

Both pictures above come the MCall, who we imagine we'll be relying on heavily over the next couple years for all your minor league hockey architectural updates.

Check out their full write up, gallery and video of the ceremony here:

>> Phantoms, Allentown formally launch arena construction

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract. 

Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.  

In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015. 

Thomas (6-5, 315 pounds) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing against the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016. 

In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries. 

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.

Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.

Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.

"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.

Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.

It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.

[via Cut4]