Phish Live in Brooklyn DVD

Phish Live in Brooklyn DVD

While most of you watched Ryan Howard put on a spectacle at PNC Park last night I was at the movies watching a show that was put on at Keyspan Park on Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY.  In the Summer of 2004 Phish went on their final tour ever and kicked it off at a show in Brooklyn which turned out to be a memorable one for many reasons.  Not only was I at the show in Brooklyn but it was also recorded and turned into a full length concert DVD.  I saw Phish a few times later on their final tour, including a show in Camden and the final farewell festival in Vermont, but my last truly great Phish musical experience was in Brooklyn.  Camden was memorable for Phish playing their final show in our area and Coventry was obviously an experience.  But Coventry was dampened a bit by the rains and venue issues.  I'd say I remember Coventry more for the 48 hours I spent sitting in traffic with my little sister rather than Phish's encore performance. 

I remember Brooklyn for the music.  It's pretty lucky that they decided to turn the show into a DVD.

I'd never seen a concert on a movie screen.  It certainly loses much of the concert vibe, but the musical highlights can certainly still put a smile on your face.  I hadn't listened to the show since seeing it live back in 2004 but I remembered Suzy Greenberg sticking out as the show highlight.  My memory didn't fail me.  What I didn't remember as clearly was the sick Moma Dance > Free in the first set which translated tremendously to the movie theater: dark and funky.  On their final tour in a post-hiatus world, Phish put on a show on a summer night at the ball park in Brooklyn which can stand up against some of the classics.  And it's archived forever.

Observations on seeing a Phish show at the movies vs. live in Brooklyn:
-They don't sell Nathan's Famous hot dogs at the movies.  They most certainly don't sell any Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stout at the movies either.
-Phish fans are still a crunchy bunch and will still dance anywhere.. including a movie theater.
-It was really pouring rain that night.  The Divided Sky encore was apropos.
-The theatre I was at had a whole bunch of sound issues: losing sound for the end of Dinner and a Movie and most of The Curtain With.  Weak.
-What ever happened to those Phish at the Spectrum on Halloween 2006 rumors?
-Buy the DVD
-Phish put together an E-Card in which you can watch a Tweezer from the following night in Brooklyn and the Possum featured in the DVD.

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons trust the NFL draft process on the parkway

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons trust the NFL draft process on the parkway

When fans came to Philadelphia to see the future of the NFL, they got a glimpse of the Sixers’ future too.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons walked through the draft festivities on Thursday surrounded by fans. 

Embiid posted an Instagram video soaking in a -- you guessed it -- “Trust the Process” chant. Check out that video above.

That night Embiid and Simmons expressed their appreciation for the crowd's enthusiastic reaction.

Humble Eagles' 14th pick Derek Barnett ready to get to work

Humble Eagles' 14th pick Derek Barnett ready to get to work

Derek Barnett, the former Tennessee defensive end, clad in an all-red, three-piece suit, stared at the landline phone in front of him in the green room at the NFL draft on the Ben Franklin Parkway.  

It wasn't ringing.

Despite his best efforts, the 20-year-old couldn't telepathically get that phone to go off. The Eagles, who he knew had some interest in him after a top-30 visit earlier in the offseason, were on the clock. But still, that landline remained silent.

Then his cell phone rang. And it was a Philly number.

"I just got very excited and I really can't explain it because everything happened so fast," Barnett said just after 11 p.m. Thursday. "But it was like a surreal moment."

When he answered the phone, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie was on the other end. Barnett was then passed around from head coach Doug Pederson to defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and likely to the Eagles' two-headed personnel czar Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas.

By the time Barnett joined a conference call with reporters an hour and change later, he had already shaken hands with the commissioner, been shuffled through various media obligations and stood in front of thousands of Eagles fans.

So by 11:05 p.m., when he talked over the phone to reporters at the NovaCare Complex, nothing from his wild night had really settled in.

Of all the players who were selected on Thursday night, he was the only one who won't have to leave the city to be with his new team.

"It's very fun," Barnett said. "That means I can get to work quicker."

The humble pass rusher, who broke Reggie White's sack record at Tennessee, is the type of player that exemplifies what the Eagles are looking for, according to Roseman.

"He stands for what we want to be and I think everyone in the city will see what kind of person he is, what kind of player he is," Roseman said. "Unbelievably high character, unbelievable worker and tremendously talented and productive."

Barnett (6-foot-3, 259 pounds) finished his college career with 32 sacks and Douglas praised the young pass-rusher for his ability to finish at the top of his rush.

The Eagles took Barnett because, they say, he was the top-rated player on their board at the time (see story). But the team still has Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry and Chris Long and Marcus Smith.

Where will Barnett figure into the rotation?

"My mindset is to help the team anyway I can," Barnett said. "I know I have to come in and work hard and earn the respect of my team first. Just because I was a first-round pick, that don't mean nothing. I have to work harder now. My plan is to come in, get around those vets, learn from them and hopefully, when the season comes around, I can be able to contribute."

While the Eagles return several pass-rushers from a year ago, the team desperately needs to find a way to sack quarterbacks, especially because Schwartz's entire defense is predicated on getting pressure with the front four and not blitzing.

Barnett is pretty excited to join the group.

"I love it," Barnett said of Schwartz's defense. "That's my style and I feel like I fit it very well and Coach Schwartz said the same thing, too. I think it's going to be a good fit."

While there was certainly some mumbling when the Barnett picked was announced on the Parkway and while plenty of fans on social media weren't thrilled with the selection (see story), the newest Eagle said he felt nothing but love.

And he can't wait to play in front of those fans on Sundays.

"Great fan base," he said. "I've been feeling the love ever since my name got called. And I was a little nervous at first, I didn't know if I was going to get the love or some boos, but I got a great welcoming and I appreciate the fans for doing that, because I had no clue where I was going to end up at."

Now, he knows. And he won't have to go far.