Philly March Madness: (1) Mark Howe vs. (9) Rod Brind'Amour

Philly March Madness: (1) Mark Howe vs. (9) Rod Brind'Amour

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) Mark Howe

(9) Rod Brind'Amour

Who should advance to the next round?online survey

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%)

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

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 co-exist 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 Jones 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."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to CSNPhilly.com's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.

"Woo."

Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started. 

Woo.