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]
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:
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.
Forward Savon Goodman has enrolled in graduate classes at La Salle and will play the 2016-17 season with the Explorers.
“Savon is the perfect addition to our team next year,” La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini said. “He shoots a great percentage and rebounds and defends with a tough, athletic style of play. He was a key part of an Arizona State NIT team and has had big games against great competition.”
Goodman, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Arizona State and is not subject to transfer rules.
Goodman averaged 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 28 contests as a junior in 2015-16. He shot 55 percent from the field overall.
In leading Constitution High School to the PIAA State Championship as well as the Philadelphia Public League title during his senior year, Goodman earned Public League MVP honors.
A piece of modern baseball history will be on display in Philadelphia for the next couple of weeks.
The original contract Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947 that allowed him to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball will be featured at the National Constitution Center from May 26 until June 5.
Mikalai Kontilia, CEO of Collectors Cafe, the company loaning the contract to the Constitution Center, brought both the Dodgers' document and the contract Robinson signed with the minor league Montreal Royals in October 1945 to The Comcast Network's Breakfast on Broad show on Tuesday morning.
"What's amazing is, these contracts, finally, after 60-some odd years, have been unearthed, discovered and the American people can finally see the Jackie Robinson contracts," Kontilia said.
The Dodgers' contract plays an important role in American history, and not just in terms of sport. Many people point to then-Dodgers owner Branch Rickey's signing Robinson as a starting point in the American civil rights movement.
Kontilia said a historic documentarian appraised the contracts at a value of $36 million.
For more on the contracts, check out the segment from Breakfast on Broad.
Photo credit of Robinson signing contract: DodgersNation.com.
As the Eagles kicked off their second round of voluntary OTAs on Tuesday morning at the NovaCare Complex, the team’s best player was still MIA.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is staying away from the team as he awaits a long-term contract extension for big money. He hasn’t been at any of the team’s voluntary workouts this spring and the first mandatory date isn’t until June 7.
As the Eagles install a new defense, how much is Cox missing?
“It’s voluntary, so you can only do so much,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Tuesday afternoon in a near-30-minute press conference. “Fletch was drafted in a scheme similar to this. He’ll catch up. But I’m sure there will be some carryover for him. I assume he’s a fast learner and I assume he’ll pick things up quickly.”
Without Cox on Tuesday, veteran free agent pickup Mike Martin worked with the first-team defense at tackle next to Bennie Logan. Last week, at the first open OTA practice, Taylor Hart filled in for Cox.
When asked if he has spoken with Cox since taking the job, Schwartz declined to comment, saying he prefers to keep private conversations with players private.
And by the third consecutive Cox question – this one about how Cox will eventually fit into his defense – the veteran NFL coach was ready to move on.
“Why don’t we do this: that’s probably enough Fletcher Cox speak,” Schwartz said. “Let’s just talk about the guys that are here. I really can’t comment on the guys that aren’t here. I haven’t had any experience with those guys. So anything I’d say would really be hypothetical, to tell you the truth.
“I did look, as the whole defensive staff did, we evaluated last year, what guys did. And he certainly had an impressive year last year. And we think that scheme-wise and technique-wise, what we’re going to do is going to fit him very well.”