Hey Look, The700Level.com Looks a Tiny Bit Different!?!

Hey Look, The700Level.com Looks a Tiny Bit Different!?!

You may have noticed that we've got some new furniture around here. It's basically the same as the old furniture but the new rug doesn't have a hole in it and the sweet new couch is a bit more comfortable. But yeah, everything pretty much looks the same. A couple of notes about the new backend:

Due to a number of reasons, we've switched from our old CMS. We're now on WordPress, which I'm sure most of you are familiar with.

Being on WordPress will allow us to:


This was an issue we heard about over and over and over from our loyal readers. It sucked not having comments visible on our mobile site. There is no excuse for it. It was just bad. But now they're back. And hopefully that should help the discussion.

Commenter Avatars

Commenting via WordPress will allow you to upload what they call a "gravatar" that you'll see next to your comment. It will also appear in the "most recent comments widget" you'll see on the top right rail of every page. This will help you scan for a certain person's comment a bit quicker. It also looks nice.


It is now much, much easier for us to toss a GIF into a post. Like this. So feel free to send along any fun GIFs you think the rest of the Level readers may enjoy.

Full Site vs. Mobile Site

If you don't like how either our mobile version or full site looks on your phone, you can scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and select the other version. Simply click "View Full Site" or "View Mobile Site."

Scroll Through Posts Chronologically

This was available in our original TypePad site, but not in our previous incarnation. You can now click through all posts on the Level via a "<Newer" and "Older>" button on the full site or "<<Previous" and "Next>>" on the mobile site.

In-Post Photo Galleries

This seems pretty nifty. If you check out our post from the Broad Street Run over the weekend, you can see how we can incorporate a bunch of photos into one post and you can see all the thumbs in one spot and what not. Could have some fun with that if you've got any good photo gallery ideas.

Simplified Workflow, More Guest Posts / Photo Galleries

This new system makes things much easier on us in general which is fantastic. That could mean more time for us to give your work a look. If you've had something on your mind about the Phillies that you've been wanting to get off your chest, shoot us an email, and we can talk about posting it. If you take 10 awesome photos while on your road trip to see the Phils in San Fran and want to show them off, shoot us an email.

And as always, change usually means some growing pains. Please let us know of any issues you see so we can try and fix them as quickly as possible.

Thanks for reading.

**Update: Currently you have to be logged into WordPress to leave a comment. We are working on having that switched off.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.