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.
The Sixers finished in the basement of the NBA standings last season with a league-low 10 wins. But with the influx of young talent and addition of a couple veterans to the roster, the Las Vegas oddsmakers are betting on the Sixers to make some strides upward in the 2016-17 standings.
Last week, the WestGate Superbook in Las Vegas set the Sixers' over/under for wins this season at an optimistic 27½, which was the fourth-lowest projection in the league.
Similarly, while Bovada is projecting another season of basketball filled with mostly losses in Philadelphia, the sportsbook doesn't view the Sixers as a shoo-in to finish as the league's worst team for the second consecutive year.
Per Bovada, the Sixers have the fourth-longest odds (125/1) to capture the Atlantic Divison title for the first time since 2001-02, beating out the Nets (250/1) by a considerable margin.
The favorite to win the division is the Celtics at 20/21, trailed closely by the defending division champion Raptors (21/20). The Knicks are between the Raptors and Sixers at 10/1.
The Sixers (150/1) also edged out the Nets (200/1) in odds to win the Eastern Conference championship. The two teams in the conference directly ahead of the Sixers in that futures bet are the Hornets (100/1) and Magic (50/1).
The Cavaliers are the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference at 5/11, followed by the Celtics (5/1) and Raptors (14/1).
Least surprising of all futures odds, Bovada has the Sixers tied with four other teams for the longest odds to win the NBA title. The Nuggets, Kings, Nets and Suns were tied with the Sixers at 500/1 odds to win the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.
The early favorites to win it all are the same two teams that met in the 2016 Finals. The Warriors are alone at top with the shortest odds at 4/5 trailed by the Cavaliers at 3/1.
ATLANTA — The Phillies entered Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves — No. 157 of 162 — ranked last in the majors in runs scored (591) and were hanging out near the bottom in a slew of other important offensive categories.
The stat sheet says the Phillies need more offense.
So does the manager.
Pete Mackanin plans to make his case for adding a bat this winter — the best fit would be in the outfield — in an end-of-season meeting with the front office Friday at Citizens Bank Park.
“Basically, having talked to the rest of the coaching staff, we’re all pretty much in agreement with what our needs are,” Mackanin said Tuesday afternoon. “I’m anxious to hear from (general manager) Matt Klentak and from (president) Andy MacPhail and if there’s an owner there. We’d like to hear what they have to say. We’re pretty much in agreement on a lot of what we need.
“I, for one, think we need at least one hitter that gives you quality at-bats.”
There could be hurdles in adding a bat. Money is not one of them. All of the team’s big contracts will be gone when Ryan Howard rides off into the sunset on Sunday. The team that spent over a half-billion in salaries from 2012 to 2014 (and missed the playoffs each time) has plenty of money and has vowed to spend it in due time. But that time might not arrive until team leaders believe the club has built a nucleus that would benefit from the signing of a "finishing" talent or two. The team is committed to building that nucleus from within, and there lies the potential hurdle in adding the difference-making bat that Mackanin craves. Building from within requires eventually giving players from the system an opportunity to prove themselves and grow at the major-league level. The front office, still very much committed to a rebuild, will be cognizant of blocking those players (the list includes Roman Quinn, Nick Williams, Dylan Cozens and others) and their opportunities. Klentak has said as much on several occasions this year.
Even Mackanin acknowledged that the situation is a Catch-22.
“I know I don’t want to block a prospect that has a chance to be a big part of it,” he said.
“But at the same time, I think by having one guy in the middle of the lineup or somewhere in the lineup that can take a little pressure off (Maikel) Franco and (Odubel) Herrera and the rest of them could do wonders. You look at when (Matt) Kemp joined the Braves. They all went off. They’re all hitting. They’ve scored more runs than anybody, I think, since the All-Star break. Last year, with (Yoenis) Cespedes, he joined the Mets and all of a sudden they all started hitting.
“I will give those examples. I feel that’s important.”
A number of outfield bats will be on the free-agent market this winter. Cespedes could be there if he opts out of his contract with the Mets, but he’s not likely to be interested in joining a rebuilding team and the Phillies are unlikely to want the long-term commitment a player like that would require. Dexter Fowler and Matt Holliday could be free agents if their options for 2017 are not exercised. Ian Desmond will be out there, but the Rangers will probably look to retain him. Jose Bautista, Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Colby Rasmus will also be out there. Martin Prado is the type of “professional hitter” that would appeal to Mackanin, but he agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.