Sixers Hire Dudes Who Did Madden 12 Intro for Pregame Video

Sixers Hire Dudes Who Did Madden 12 Intro for Pregame Video

Does this mean no more fake playground pickup games on the roof of a building? We can only hope so.

The Sixers announced today that they've hired Iron Claw production company to make new pregame and in-game videos for the 2011-12 season. This is good news to those of us who appreciate a sweet video montage set to some music from Inception. (or John Adams)

They're the same people who made the intro to Madden 12 which you may be familiar with :

In a release this afternoon, new CEO Adam Aron seemed stoked:

"At
the 76ers, we are striving to create one of the absolute best player
introductions in the entire NBA. Having engaged Iron Claw is central to
that goal," said Aron,
"If you're coming to a Sixers game this season, the opening minutes
will be spectacular – so, don't be late!"

January 6th, people. Get your tickets.

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.