2007 Phillies And Their Musical Tastes (YouTube)

2007 Phillies And Their Musical Tastes (YouTube)

Today we bring you the Phillies 2007 opening day lineup and the music they choose to come to the plate hearing.  If you know why any of the Phillies chose the entrance music they use, feel free to explain in the comments.  We were going to provide free downloads of all the mp3s but we figured Mark Cuban wouldn't like that so we went with YouTube instead.  There are only a few keys to an intro song; it must be high energy and get the batter pumped up and/or get the crowd into it.

1.) Jimmy Rollins starts things off with a little Mobb Deep. Got it Twisted, I believe is the song Jimmy uses. Nothing special about this selection.  It neither pumps you up nor has a good beat.  I think J-Roll could have chosen better to start things off.

2.) Shane Victorino goes with Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier.  Shane is from Hawaii.  Hawaii is an island.  Bob Marley is from Jamaica.  Jamaica is also and island.  I'm guessing there is some significance to this song for Shane, but I can't put my finger on it.

3.) Ryan Howard changed his tune this year.  After an MVP season, what other song would work than This is Why I'm Hot by Mims  The Big Guy is ballin.

4.) Chase Utley goes with the all American male choice and Led Zeppelin's Kashmir.  Utley does no wrong.

5.) Pat Burrell has left Dio's Holy Diver in his past.  Instead, Pat feels like getting testy with the fans of Philadelphia going with Don Henley's Dirty Laundry.  It's perfect: "Kick 'em when their up, kick 'em when their down."  Pat, I will never boo you ever again.. for at least two plate appearances.  The Bat is smarter than he looks!

6.) New guy in town Wes Helms comes out to Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful People.  While not my cup of tea, it certainly should get you in the mindset to bash homers.

7.) Aaron Rowand... we're not sure.  I did a quick Google and came up with Linkin Park's Numb but can't confirm it.  Anyone?

8.) Rob Barajas... I got nothing. We've only had one game to figure it out and let's face it, you don't remember much from opening day let alone the song Rob Barajas came out to.  Some help?

9.) Closing things out is Flash Gordon and Queen.  Where's Metallica when you need them?

Personally, I'd go with a little Ram Jam Black Betty or maybe some Roots Here I Come.  And you?

Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

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Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

At 16-2-1, Penn State's men's hockey team is ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history.

The Nittany Lions have improved each of the last four years under head coach Guy Gadowsky. 

Their record by year:

      2013-14: 8-26-2
      2014-15: 18-15-4
Last season: 21-13-4
This season: 16-2-1

Penn State received 30 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Division I poll. Denver is ranked No. 2, followed by Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth and Massachusetts-Lowell (see USCHO poll).

Penn State was ranked fourth last week before sweeping Michigan State.

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

There are seemingly countless metrics one can use to detail Joel Embiid's supremacy as a Sixer, but perhaps no stats more clearly tell the story of how indefatigable the rookie has been this season than those of his free-throw shooting. Despite ranking just eighth on the team in total minutes, he's already gotten to the line 215 times this season and made 169 of them, about 250% more than the second-most made FTs on the team (Ersan Ilyasova, 65). What's more, his seven games with ten or more free throws attempted is already more than Thaddeus Young (six), Evan Turner (three) or Jrue Holiday (zero) ever had as a Liberty Baller. 

But yesterday against the Bucks saw JoJo hit a new level with his foul drawing. Despite essentially being shut down by the Bucks in the first half -- I can't remember if he even had a single bucket at the break -- The Process eventually imposed his will in Milwaukee in a major way, parading to the line in the second half, ending with 22 points (as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks) on 4-9 shooting, getting to the line an astounding 18 times. 

Who was the last Sixers giant to accomplish such a feat, you might wonder? Well... 

Yes, it's been an impressive season for our double-redshirt rookie, and every game he seems to add another immortal name to his list of historical analogues. But not until now could we afford to mention him alongside the great Henry "Lickface" Sims, two-year Process legend whose 18 trips to the free-throw line on April 4, 2014 totally helped us win that random late-season game against the then-rebuilding Boston Celtics. As impossible as it once seemed, it now appears that soon, Embiid's folk herodom will be as self-evident and undeniable to the Sons of Sam as that of Hammerin' Hank himself. 

Get this guy to the All-Star team already.