The People's Paper, But New York

The People's Paper, But New York

The Sunday edition of The New York Daily News did a piece contrasting Philadelphia fans' love affair with Sal Fasano and New Yorkers often unstable relationship with reigning MVP Alex Rodriguez.  Jesse Spector, a sports writer for the Daily News, asked me a few questions about Philly's somewhat random penchant for the back up catcher.  Head on over to The New York Daily News website and check out the article.  The 700 Level was mentioned and I was quoted directly.  Also quoted is one of the founders of Sal's Pal's, Tom Dudzic, who sent in a few photos to The 700 Level last month.

-Who wants to be an MVP? Phillies role player has one thing A-Rod doesn't: Respect. [New York Daily News, 05/28/2006]

"Fans can relate to a guy who looks like your local bartender much more
than a guy who appears on the cover of GQ," says Enrico Campitelli of
The 700 Level. "I think salary is also a factor. When a player makes
A-Rod money, fans can't relate to that world. Sal signed with the
Phillies as a cheap role player and A-Rod was dealt to the Yankees as
the most expensive hired gun in all of sports. There was no way he
could ever live up to his paycheck."

"The expectations that he has doesn't even compare to what I have,"
Fasano says. "I make just above the minimum. He makes a quarter of a
billion dollars. What are you getting for your money? You're getting a
guy who should be the best in baseball, and he is. I'm really just a
backup. I believe I can play every day, but I could never put up A-Rod
numbers."

What Fasano can do, though, and what he has done, in making a
connection with the fans of his city, is something that A-Rod might
give up millions to be able to do.

Previously:
-Sal's Pals Speak [The700Level]
-Sal's Pals More Entertaining Than Phillies [The700Level]

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

Villanova headlined Philly college basketball action today with a 78-68 win over Providence, led by Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins (see full recap). The win is dampened with the news that Phil Booth is increasingly unlikely to return this season as he still deals with knee discomfort (see story).

Here's a snapshot from the rest of area hoops today.

Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season.

Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday, four days after shooting 60.4 percent in a 91-68 victory against Illinois.

Against Penn State, the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2) got 13 points from freshman guard Carsen Edwards and 10 each from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards.

"I would just say we were coming out ready to play," said Vince Edwards, who added seven rebounds and three assists. "Our goal is to win the Big Ten. Our focus is to take care of business."

Josh Reaves led Penn State (11-9, 3-4) with 12 points. The Nittany Lions made only 20 of 64 field goal attempts (31.3 percent) and were outrebounded 39-30. Purdue shot 56.6 percent (30 of 53) (see full recap).

Drexel drops road game at CAA-leading UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Devontae Cacok scored 12 points and set a Colonial Athletic Association record with 24 rebounds, helping UNC Wilmington stay perfect in conference with an 87-74 win over Drexel on Saturday.

Cacok, whose previous career-high rebounding was 16, broke the school record (21) and conference record (22) late in the second half as the Seahawks cruised to their ninth straight home win, tying the best mark in program history.

UNC Wilmington (19-2, 8-0) led 53-51 with 15:01 left before four players combined to rattle off 12 straight points. Cacok capped the run with one of his 11 offensive rebounds and a dunk to give the Seahawks a 65-51 lead with 11:23 remaining.

UNC Wilmington is off to its best start ever and has won 24 of its last 26 conference games, including 12 straight. Chris Flemmings led the Seahawks with 17 points.

Sammy Mojica had 15 points and Rodney Williams added 14 for Drexel (7-13, 1-6), which has lost seven of eight (see full recap).

Delaware swept in season series with Towson
NEWARK, Del. -- Mike Morsell and Arnaud William Adala Moto pulled down a dozen boards as Towson won its fourth straight and a season sweep of Delaware with a 75-58 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers are fresh off a win over Hofstra that saw them erase a 16-point first-half deficit, and momentum carried over when they built a 17-point lead at halftime.

Alex Thomas and John Davis added 13 and 12 points, respectively, but Towson saw its streak of three-straight games shooting better than 50 percent end. The Tigers hit 26 of 55 shots from the floor (47.3 percent), including 6 of 15 from deep.

Delaware snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday with a win over Northeastern. Ryan Daly scored 21 points for Delaware and became the first freshman in school history to post six 20-plus efforts in a season. He reached double-digits for the 12th time in 13 games (see full recap).