Phish Live in Brooklyn DVD

Phish Live in Brooklyn DVD

While most of you watched Ryan Howard put on a spectacle at PNC Park last night I was at the movies watching a show that was put on at Keyspan Park on Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY.  In the Summer of 2004 Phish went on their final tour ever and kicked it off at a show in Brooklyn which turned out to be a memorable one for many reasons.  Not only was I at the show in Brooklyn but it was also recorded and turned into a full length concert DVD.  I saw Phish a few times later on their final tour, including a show in Camden and the final farewell festival in Vermont, but my last truly great Phish musical experience was in Brooklyn.  Camden was memorable for Phish playing their final show in our area and Coventry was obviously an experience.  But Coventry was dampened a bit by the rains and venue issues.  I'd say I remember Coventry more for the 48 hours I spent sitting in traffic with my little sister rather than Phish's encore performance. 

I remember Brooklyn for the music.  It's pretty lucky that they decided to turn the show into a DVD.

I'd never seen a concert on a movie screen.  It certainly loses much of the concert vibe, but the musical highlights can certainly still put a smile on your face.  I hadn't listened to the show since seeing it live back in 2004 but I remembered Suzy Greenberg sticking out as the show highlight.  My memory didn't fail me.  What I didn't remember as clearly was the sick Moma Dance > Free in the first set which translated tremendously to the movie theater: dark and funky.  On their final tour in a post-hiatus world, Phish put on a show on a summer night at the ball park in Brooklyn which can stand up against some of the classics.  And it's archived forever.

Observations on seeing a Phish show at the movies vs. live in Brooklyn:
-They don't sell Nathan's Famous hot dogs at the movies.  They most certainly don't sell any Sammy Smith Oatmeal Stout at the movies either.
-Phish fans are still a crunchy bunch and will still dance anywhere.. including a movie theater.
-It was really pouring rain that night.  The Divided Sky encore was apropos.
-The theatre I was at had a whole bunch of sound issues: losing sound for the end of Dinner and a Movie and most of The Curtain With.  Weak.
-What ever happened to those Phish at the Spectrum on Halloween 2006 rumors?
-Buy the DVD
-Phish put together an E-Card in which you can watch a Tweezer from the following night in Brooklyn and the Possum featured in the DVD.

Penn State uses dominant second half to top No. 6 Wisconsin for Big Ten title

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Penn State uses dominant second half to top No. 6 Wisconsin for Big Ten title

INDIANAPOLIS — Penn State’s offense rewrote the Big Ten Championship’s offensive record book Saturday night but its 38-31 victory over Wisconsin wasn’t secure until the final minute.

And Linebacker U. got the game-saving play from the secondary.

Wisconsin, armed with a pair of timeouts and lining up for a fourth-and-1 play from the Nittany Lions’ 24, called on Corey Clement. Clement, who’d already racked up 166 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, got the ball but never got close to the marker.

Grant Haley made sure of it.

The junior cornerback wrapped up Clement’s legs and safety Marcus Allen kept Clement from leaning forward and the game was over. Penn State (11-2) has the 2016 Big Ten title and, at worst, will play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2009.

“They ran [a counter] early in the game and split it for a touchdown,” Haley said of the final play. “I saw them set the edge, so I got triggered really well and Marcus finished off the play.”

Haley and company watched the Badgers run wild in the first half; 164 yards and three touchdowns, including Clement’s 67-yard scamper. Wisconsin, one of the conference’s best rushing teams this season, managed less than half that total (77) in the second half.

“They really weren’t running that many plays,” Haley added. “We just came out in the second half and had a jolt. 

“We just had the energy going into the second half.”

Wisconsin got the ball twice in the fourth quarter but managed only 65 yards - 51 of which came on its final drive.

“Give credit to Penn State for coming out in the second half and making those adjustments and allowing those big plays to happen,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. 

Give plenty of credit, too, to the Nittany Lions’ offense. 

Quarterback Trace McSorley was named the game’s most valuable player after completing 17 of his 25 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns - both championship game records. He helped Penn State complete the biggest comeback in the game’s six year history after his team fell behind 28-7 in the first half and also finished the regular season with 3,360 yards and 25 touchdown passes, both school records.

Saeed Blacknall had six catches for a Big Ten Championship-record 155 yards and two touchdowns and DaeShean Hamilton finished with 118 yards on eight grabs.

Tailback Saquon Barkley, injured in last weekend’s victory over Michigan State, returned with 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground and caught an 18-yard scoring pass from McSorley early in the fourth quarter to put the Nittany Lions ahead for good.

Penn State, in its first-ever trip to this game, is coming home from it with just its second outright Big Ten title. It’s on a nine-game winning streak that has seen it average 40 points per contest.

It also could present the College Football Playoff selection committee with a bit of quandary. The Nittany Lions, who were ranked seventh by the committee last week, topped the No. 6 Badgers and claimed a conference championship, something likely playoff teams Alabama, Clemson and Washington all boast.

On the flip side, Penn State’s last defeat was a lopsided 49-10 loss at Michigan, which sits at No. 5 in the rankings and likely won’t move into the top four after losing last week to No. 2 Ohio State.

Penn State coach James Franklin stated his team’s case after Saturday night’s win, but also made it clear he and his team won’t be moping their way to Pasadena, Calif., where the conference champion is slotted if it is not chosen for the playoff.

“We’ve got great options in front of us,” he said. “I hear people on TV talking about they feel like maybe the playoff has taken away from the bowls. 

“Are you kidding me? The Rose Bowl? It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.”

Report: Jordan Matthews (ankle) not expected to play vs. Bengals

Report: Jordan Matthews (ankle) not expected to play vs. Bengals

Jordan Matthews will not play Sunday against the Bengals after missing practice all week with an ankle sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Matthews is the Eagles' leading receiver with 57 catches for 686 yards and three touchdowns. The team has called him a game-time decision.

Second-year receiver Nelson Agholor will reportedly be inserted back into the lineup. If Matthews doesn't play the Eagles will have only four healthy receivers active on Sunday: Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham and undrafted rookies Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner.