Major League Bocce - The Cure for PPSD

Major League Bocce - The Cure for PPSD

Take preventative measures now to avoid your 2012 Post Phillies Season Depression.  Don’t wait to find yourself at home idly flipping channels trying to find the Phils game, only to realize there isn’t one. Don’t head to your local bar to drown your sorrows in a pint alone and reflect on the 2012 season that wasn’t. And please, please do not fill your newly freed up October weeknights watching Dancing with the Stars. 

[Sing up here to play Major League Bocce in Philly this fall]

Instead, join Major League Bocce starting next week for your Tuesday nights out.  The 700 Level crew is doing it. Compete with us each week on the custom-designed indoor courts at the Field House in Center City.  You can enjoy the $4 Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale and 60 Minute IPA specials.  Meet other sports fans and make some new friends.  To be clear, bocce is a game enjoyed by people of all ages, but almost universally with a beverage in one hand and a ball in the other. How can you lose under those conditions? You can’t.

Want to start the competition early?  You can still submit a photo entry in the Beer and Balls photo contest hosted by The 700Level and Major League Bocce.  The contest winner will get a free spot on The 700Level team and space for a “plus one.” Check out the competition and enter now.  Every contestant will get a $5 discount on their season with Major League Bocce.

Here are the only stats you need to have a happy fall full of drinking and sports:

  -  Register for Major League Bocce before October 8th
  - Play Tuesdays starting October 16th, concluding December 11th (between 7 and 10PM)
  - Drink $4 Dogfish Head drafts at the newly renovated, grown-up Field House (Google map)

*PPSD – Post Phillies Season Depression

Could Flyers have trade partner in Avalanche or Kings?

Could Flyers have trade partner in Avalanche or Kings?

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. next Wednesday.

As usual, the number of scouts at Flyers home games again reached double digits during a 4-l loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night (see game story).

Two clubs that have been in Philadelphia quite a bit this month are the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.

The Avs, who are dead last in the NHL, have been trying to move Gabriel Landeskog and/or Matt Duchene for quite a while. They would love to do a deal with the Flyers, according to an NHL source.

Colorado is looking for a top forward and defensive help. A number of NHL clubs realize the Flyers have a slew of young upcoming defensemen and not all of them are going to be able to play here, certainly at the same time.

The Kings are in search of a left wing who might be a nice fit with Anze Kopitar, but the Flyers don’t have a left wing they can part with and, frankly, would love to have a scoring winger themselves to pair with Claude Giroux.

Some of the 10 clubs here on Wednesday night are in need of a backup goalie for a playoff run. Perhaps even the Kings, if Jonathan Quick doesn’t return soon. L.A. waived Jeff Zatkoff on Wednesday.

Scouts say there is a market for Michal Neuvirth right now if the Flyers want to move him. He’s been playing a lot and he’s been very sharp and healthy, which is always a factor when talking about him.

Neuvirth made his fifth consecutive start in Wednesday’s game against the Capitals and is expected in net Saturday night at Heinz Field for the Stadium Series game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers need a goaltender under contract to expose in this summer’s expansion draft and both Neuvirth and Steve Mason can be unrestricted free agents.

Zatkoff could be that guy if the Flyers claimed him and moved one of their goalies now.

If you’re general manager Ron Hextall, the Flyers' numbers offer a compelling reason to be a seller: 3-6-1 since coming out of the All-Star break and 9-15-4 since the club’s 10-game win streak in mid-December.

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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