Sixers Beat the Celtics at the Garden

Sixers Beat the Celtics at the Garden

Started out yesterday at The Fours which was voted the #1 Sports Bar in America by Sports Illustrated in a recent ranking.  They had some great paraphernalia on the walls but as far as sports bars go the setup wasn't overly impressive.

After a few pints we headed over to the game.  Unfortunately we missed Governor Ed Rendell and his wife Midge holding up their portion of a lost Superbowl wager with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, singing the star spangled banner.  Rendell and Romney were both wearing Patriots jerseys; there was some confusion as to which players jersey Rendell was wearing.. Boston Councilmen James Burns suggested Rendell was wearing the jersey of Randall Gay.  You can see Rendell in this shot I took.

My seats for the game were great, basically center court about 15 rows up, courtesy of my lovely girlfriend.  The Sixers came out absolutely on fire leading by as many as 26 in the first quarter.  There were plenty of the Iggy Oops in this one.  ESPN Motion has a video clip of one of the oops as well as a short clip of Eddie Rendell trying to sing.. pretty sure I didn't miss much.  The Sixers got real sloppy in the second and third quarters which allowed the Celtics to fight back to within a bucket, but Iverson's 38 points held them off.

Post game beverages were taken in at the oddly shaped Paddy Burke's.  Dr. McGillicuddy joined us for a few rounds and some truly pathetic pool playing. The festivities continued on in Beacon Hill to watch the Sox/Yanks season opener.  The wings were about the only thing that was hot in Boston on Sunday cause the Celts and the Sox definitely weren't on fire.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.