Live 8 Philly - My thoughts

Live 8 Philly - My thoughts

As you may have noticed from my "Rob Thomas Sucks" post below, I was in attendance for the entire day of Live 8 in Philadelphia.  I would say the concert was a success but more of a giant block party than a giant concert.

Performers I thought put on a good show:

Will Smith was a crowd favorite and his performance of Summertime was a highlight of the day.  Kanye West was very good along with Alicia Keys.  Jay Z with Linkin Park was another highlight for me.  I'm not a huge hip hop fan or anything, but they seemed to stand out yesterday.  Maroon 5's covering of Neil Young was a great surprise as well as whoever covered Phil Collins.  That was a nice nod to the original Live Aid.

Things I thought were bad: The line up ordering was not good at all.  Jars of Clay, Rob Thomas, etc.  These artists may be fine and have some fans.  But at a concert of Live 8's status you can't finish with these people.  The only other notable problems I found were the lack of large screens, the lack of being able to see Pink Floyd, and the pretty poor sound at some spots.

I started the morning early by catching U2 and Coldplay live on AOL Music and took Septa down to City Hall with no problem.  Most of the day I was on the outskirts of Eiken's Circle (I think that's what its called) and later moved up rather close with a pretty nice view of the stage.  Beer and other beverages were readily available to those who came prepared.  There were no conflicts of any kind that I saw.

This quicktime panorama is pretty crazy.

I'll post some pictures and a few videos I took from the day below.  All in all Live 8 Philly was a blast, but the music couldn't come close to London's show.

Download Summertime.MPG
- This is of when Will Smith did Summertime; it's pretty short.

Download Maroon5-RockinFreeWorld.MPG
- This is of when Maroon 5 did Neil Young.

Bonus points for whoever can find something goofy/funny/out of place in these pictures. (besides the pink dog.)

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract. 

Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.  

In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015. 

Thomas (6-5, 315 pound) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing agains the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016. 

In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries. 

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.

Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.

Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.

"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.

Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.

It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.

[via Cut4]