The Phillie Phanatic in Space?

The Phillie Phanatic in Space?


We received an update today from artist Cliff Lentz who was selected to be one of the 19 artists to participate in the Phillies "Paint the Phanatic" public arts project. Cliff describes himself as "the unofficial NASA correspondent for the 610 WIP sports radio morning show." Being a huge fan of other worldly things, he decided to go with a tribute to the American space program with what he describes as a "whimsical look."

He also notes that lugging one of these statues back to your house for a paint job is no easy task. [more photos below]

I
need to have this completed by March 22, in time for the opening day
activities. When I went to pickup the statue, I had no idea how big it
was, five foot tall with a one foot, 36 inch wide aluminum base. The
Phanatic has a 46 inch wing span! I soon realized that it would not fit
in my car and had to borrow a pickup truck. It took three people to
load it into the flatbed! When I got home, I found out that it would
not fit through any of my doors so my only option was the tool shed.
This project will be totally conducted outside! The next day we were
hit with a huge snow storm and two days later, a second one. Clearly I
have some obstacles.

Creating this Phanatic astronaut in a toolshed must be similar to what the Russians had to go through to build Sputnik.

The Phanatic as an astronaut reminds me of one of the classic cinematic masterpieces of our time.

Perhaps the greatest news in Cliff's email to me: all of the statues will eventually be auctioned off for charity. So you'll have a chance to take your very on Phanatic statue home to place in your garden. Start saving your nickels now.

 

 

 

A little background on Cliff:

I
was a painting student of the late Freida Reiter who was known as the
courtroom artist for ABC national news for many years until her death.
She was one of the first artists invited to Russia in the sixties and
covered many important events in the country's history including
Watergate and being the only reporter allowed to attend the Tricia
Nixon wedding at the White House. Mentoring me for years, she assisted
me in getting accepted to the Philadelphia College of Art (now the
University of the Arts) where I graduated in 1975. During my time in
college I worked many freelance projects for different companies
including a project for the Philadelphia Flyers as well as exhibiting
and selling work at different area shows.

Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

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The Associated Press

Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

LOS ANGELES -- Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field on Tuesday. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.

Tebow's 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.

The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.

Tebow's representative would like to see him in instructional league play starting in September.

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

The Eagles' roster now stands at the max of 75, as the team claimed defensive tackle Bruce Gaston off waivers on Tuesday from Chargers. 

The roster, which had to be cut to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, must be at 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Gaston has played for the Dolphins, Cardinals, Packers and Bears since entering the NFL in 2014. He's also spent time with the Patriots, Vikings and most recently the Chargers.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder had eight total tackles and a sack in seven games for the Bears last season, his last NFL game action.

Gaston, 24, played collegiately at Purdue.

The Eagles take on the Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday (7 p.m./NBC10) in their preseason finale before opening the regular season on Sept. 11 at home against the Browns.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

A day after flip-flopping on whether or not he planned to stand or sit during the national anthem, Myke Tavarres had nothing to say about this complex issue.

Tavarres, a rookie undrafted linebacker with the Eagles, told ESPN on Monday he planned to emulate 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and sit during the playing of the national anthem Thursday night prior to the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jets at the Linc.

Tavarres said he wanted to draw attention to racial inequality and social injustice with the demonstration.

"We’ve got an issue in this country in this day and age, and I feel like somebody needs to step up and we all need to step up,” Tavarres told ESPN.

But within a couple hours, Tavarres had changed his mind.

“Myke plans on standing for the national anthem,” his agent said in a statement. “Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke's goal is and will always be to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl.”

Kaepernick, who four years ago led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, spoke for 18½ minutes about his decision to sit during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Tavarres said at his locker after practice Tuesday he had nothing more to say.

“I made a statement through my agent last night,” he said. “If you have any other questions, please talk to him.”

Head coach Doug Pederson said he did not talk individually to Tavarres, a fringe prospect who is unlikely to survive this weekend’s roster cuts.

But he did discuss the broader issue in a meeting with the full team and said he believes his players should stand during the anthem.

“Listen, I can appreciate everybody's opinions and I respect everybody's opinions,” Pederson said.

“But at the same time, I feel that [the national anthem] is important and it's obviously out of respect for the men and women of our country that sacrifice in order for us to coach and play this great game.

“So I get it. I understand it. But at the same time, I encourage everybody to stand.”