Philly March Madness: (1) Julius Erving vs. (8) Simon Gagne

Philly March Madness: (1) Julius Erving vs. (8) Simon Gagne

Over the next few weeks at The700Level, we'll be posting poll        matchups as part of our Philly March Madness competition.                   Examine the       cases of the two fine Philadelphia       athletes      below,    and     cast     your  vote at  the bottom as  to      which  you     think should    advance to         the next   round.  And       as always,   feel   free to explain    your     selection        and/or      debate the   choices    in the comments  section.

With the first round completed, we're presenting our second round matchups with some YouTube clips we feel to be definitive of the respective athletes' greatness during their time in Philly. If you think there's another, better video we should have used, we'd love to hear about that below as well.

(1) Julius Erving

(8) Simon Gagne

    Who should advance to the next round?Market Research

First-Round Results:

East Bracket:

(1) Julius Erving (91.8%) over (16) Von Hayes (8.2%)
(8) Simon      Gagne (77.9%) over (9) Seth Joyner (22.1%)
(5) Eric Lindros (70.3%)      over (12) Eric Allen (29.7%)
(4) Randall Cunningham (77.6%) over    (13)   Shane Victorino (23.4%)
(11) Cole Hamels (82.1%) over (6)  Mark     Recchi (17.9%)
(14) Tug McGraw (51.1%) over (3) Moses Malone    (48.9%)
(7)   Darren Daulton (74.0%) over (10) Andrew Toney  (26.0%)
(2)   Chase   Utley (93.5%) over (15) Andre Waters (6.5%)

Midwest Bracket:

(1) Mark Howe (60.2%) over (16) David Akers (39.8%)
(9) Rod      Brind'Amour (73.6%) over (8) Rick Tocchet (26.4%)
(5) Brian Westbrook     (93.3%) over (12) Jayson Werth (6.7%)
(4) Mike Richards (85.1%)    over  (13) Trent Cole (14.9%)
(6) John LeClair (89.2%) over (11)    Clyde  Simmons (10.8%)
(3) Jimmy Rollins (75.8%) over (14) John Kruk    (24.2%)
(7) Lenny Dykstra (51.9%) over (10) Dave Poulin (48.1%)
(2)  Allen Iverson (83.1%) over (15) Jeremiah Trotter (16.9%)

West Bracket:

(1) Mike Schmidt (96.9%) over (16) Keith Byars (3.1%)
(9) Wilbert  Montgomery (59.4%) over (8) Jeff Carter (40.6%)
(5) Ron Jaworski  (83.5%) over (12) Bobby Abreu (16.5%)
(4) Ron Hextall (94.1%) over  (13) Andre Iguodala (5.9%)
(6) Mike Quick (59.8%) over (11) Hugh  Douglas (40.2%)
(3) Brian Dawkins (98.3%) over (14) Scott Rolen  (1.7%)
(7) Maurice Cheeks (51.9%) over (10) Eric Desjardins (48.1%)
(15)  Carlos Ruiz (58.9%) over (2) Tim Kerr (41.1%)

South Bracket:

(1) Reggie White (97.1%) over (16) Hersey Hawkins (2.9%)
(9) Troy  Vincent (51.8%) over (8) Curt Schilling (48.2%)
(5) Pete Rose (85.2%)  over (12) Peter Zezel (14.8%)
(4) Ryan Howard (86.3%) over (13) Jon  Runyan (13.7%)
(6) Pelle Lindbergh (51.0%) over (11) Keith Primeau  (49%)
(3) Donovan McNabb (84.5%) over (14) Bobby Jones (15.5%)
(10) Jerome Brown (51.8%) over (7) Brian Propp (48.2%)
(2) Charles Barkley (64.6%) over (15) Pat Burrell (35.4%)

The Philly fan who gave Russell Westbrook double bird said he was called fat

The Philly fan who gave Russell Westbrook double bird said he was called fat

Philly fans have a bad reputation. This isn't going to change anytime soon.

Regardless of which side of the Philly fan debate you fall, you'd probably agree fans shouldn't give the double bird mere feet from the athletes who are playing in front of them.

You've almost assuredly seen it by now, the image and footage of a Sixers fan flipping off Russell Westbrook last night in the highly-anticipated season debut. He was subsequently removed from his seats by security.

The New York Post got to the bottom of it all and even tracked down the fan's response on Facebook:

Dr. Richard Harkaway, a Philadelphia urologist who is originally from Long Island, wrote that it was Westbrook who initiated the confrontation, which ended with Harkaway being tossed from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the 76ers’ season-opening loss.

“To all my FB friends who are seeing a picture of me on the Internet giving the finger to Russell Westbrook. Actually two fingers,’’ Harkaway wrote in a private post. “Not as simple as it seems. I love to scream at the players and anyone who has been to a game with me knows this. Part of my charm. What you may not have seen on any of the video clips is what started the whole thing, which was Russell Westbrook saying ‘sit down f—ing fat boy’ when I stood up to boo.”

Do two wrongs make a right? Probably not. Being rude is being rude.

Do you think this fan's actions were justified after reading his response on Facebook?

Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Two Phillies are in the running for a 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis and centerfielder Odubel Herrera were named National League finalists at their position on Thursday. Winners will be announced on Nov. 9. Galvis and Herrera are both finalists for the first time.

Galvis joins San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford, a Gold Glove winner in 2015, and the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell as finalists at shortstop.

Herrera is a finalist in center field along with Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte.

Galvis, who turns 27 in November, committed himself to improving his defense after making 17 errors in 2015 and he did that with a career season in the field in 2016. He led all NL shortstops with a .987 fielding percentage and made just eight errors in 625 total chances while earning praise from Phillies’ infield guru Larry Bowa.

Galvis led the NL with 153 starts at shortstop and had errorless streaks of 51 and 44 games. At the plate, he reached career highs in doubles (26), homers (20), extra-base hits (49) and RBIs (67). On the down side, Galvis hit just .241 and his .274 on-base percentage was the worst in the majors.

Herrera, who turns 25 in December, began his career as an infielder in the Texas system and completed just his second season in the outfield in 2016. His credentials for a Gold Glove are not nearly as good as Galvis’. Herrera’s nine errors were the second-most among major-league outfielders, but he had 11 assists, fourth-most among NL outfielders.

The Phillies selected Herrera in the Rule 5 draft in 2014. They selected Inciarte in the Rule 5 draft in 2012 and he opened the 2013 season on the Phils’ roster, but was shipped back to his original club, Arizona, during the first week of that season.