Please Have The Roots be the Philly Winter Classic Musical Act

Please Have The Roots be the Philly Winter Classic Musical Act

The Courier-Post reports that final details of the Winter Classic between the Flyers and the Rangers are still being ironed out and that local musical acts are being considered to perform before/during the game.

Luukko said the Flyers would be assisting the NHL in recommending musical acts for the Winter Classic pregame. Before the 2010 Winter Classic in Boston's Fenway Park, the local band the Dropkick Murphys performed on a makeshift stage above home plate, followed by James Taylor crooning the Star Spangled Banner.

Boyz II Men, The Hooters, The Roots, Hall and Oates, Will Smith, Patti LaBelle and Pink are local musicians who might be considered as opening acts for the Classic.

Now, with all due respect to the Hooters, Patti LaBelle, and the guys in the sweater vests, the Roots are clearly the only option we can fully support as to excite a packed house in South Philly. We can, however, support Will Smith performing in a skit with the Phanatic. Mr. Jiggy With It seems like a perfect candidate to get tazed, or at least some popcorn tossed on him.

Aside from the Roots being a band that people still actually like, you could probably even make the argument they're now the most mainstream by being the house band on Jimmy Fallon's late night show. Plus, we know the Roots are actual Philly sports fans and have attended plenty of games at Citizens Bank Park.

Also of note in Chuck Gormley's story, the Flyers are working out details to have more than just the Flyers play on the ice at CBP, including games with the Penn State men's hockey team and also the Adirondack Phantoms. This could give way more people a chance to catch an outdoor hockey game in South Philly as well as give exposure to a new PSU hockey program.

You may also recall Rev's post a few months back on other fun "wishlist" items for the Flyers playing a game in the Phillies ballpark, including notable items such as Ashbee Alley, a Phanatic driven zamboni, and ringing of the outfield bell after every goal.

Add on the Roots to wish list.

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.