The NCAA Frozen Four gets underway in Philadelphia

The NCAA Frozen Four gets underway in Philadelphia

It’s been a good year for college ice hockey in the Keystone State. Penn State kicked off its second NCAA season with a bang by introducing some impressive new facilities, and while the school’s first go-round in the Big Ten was a little rough, the Nittany Lions ended the campaign with wins over Ohio State and Michigan before succumbing to Wisconsin.

Now to put an exclamation point on the year in college ice hockey in PA comes the NCAA’s marquee event, the Frozen Four, which is going down right here in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. The final leg of the tournament kicks off Thursday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, with a National Champion to be crowned in a game this Saturday.

We here at The700Level will be pulling for Boston College of course, mainly because we value our jobs and don’t want BC alum and Supreme Overlord Enrico sending out whiny mass emails the next two weeks because he’s in "a mood."

Tim Riday for gives the rest of you a legitimate reason to root for Union College, where 2012 Philadelphia Flyers third-round draft pick Shayne Gostisbehere is trying to help his club earn the title.

Of course, if you’re looking for a local angle, Boston College has one of its own. Riday also mentions Johnny Gaudreau, who hails from Carneys Point in South Jersey and is widely regarded as college hockey’s best player.

Minnesota and North Dakota are in this thing as well, which is no surprise given there is little else to do during their winters.

Obviously, college hockey isn’t really a big deal around these parts, at least not yet—Penn State is hoping to change that. It’s still pretty cool when Philly hosts unique events like the Frozen Four though, and frankly I hope there’s a strong showing at the arena so the city can hold it again in the future. Plus, be sure to keep an eye out for sad Enrico on your television this evening if the Eagles get upset.

Jimmy Fallon gives out superlatives to Eagles and Cowboys players

Jimmy Fallon gives out superlatives to Eagles and Cowboys players

Jimmy Fallon, the host of the Tonight Show, handed out his superlatives to Eagles and Cowboys players. 

Linebacker Jordan Hicks was named “the most likely to be one of the Rugrats all grown up,” and safety Rodney McLeod was named “most likely to have been told he’d get a lollipop after the photo was taken.”

Unfortunately, there was not a superlative given to Tony Romo for being named mostly likely to be crying on the ground after getting sacked. 

The Eagles and Cowboys will face off on Sunday Night Football, when we will see the first battle between rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott.

Check out the video for yourself right here.

Phillies fans woke up Rays' players during 2008 World Series

Phillies fans woke up Rays' players during 2008 World Series

The lore of Philly sports fans continue to grow. 

And this time, nothing was thrown.

Current Cubs and former Rays manager Joe Maddon said that during the 2008 World Series, Phillies fans found the hotel his team was staying at, and honked car horns throughout the night, keeping the team up.

"The Philly fans, they knew we were there somehow," Maddon told reporters Wednesday. "Five o’clock in the morning they’re driving around the hotel blowing the horn, trying to wake everybody up at 5:00 in the morning, 6:00 in the morning…."

Maddon says the team had already checked out of their original hotel before Game 5, but because the game was suspended, the Rays had to book another hotel in the area.

Through some impressive detective work, fans found the team's hotel and did their best to wake up the Rays throughout the early morning.

Did it work?

It must have, because the Rays allowed a leadoff double to Geoff Jenkins (remember that guy?) to resume the game.

You have to be pretty exhausted to allow a hit to that guy.