Your Most Memorable Spectrum Experience?

Your Most Memorable Spectrum Experience?

With the news that the Spectrum may have seen its last days, I thought it'd be interesting to reminisce about our favorite memories at the old building.  Feel free to share your favorite memories in the comments.

Those who've been reading this site for a while, or know me well in person, may easily guess my favorite Spectrum memory:

When it comes to sporting events, it's not very often you remember the date of a historic game but when it comes to Phishheads, dates are as easy to remember as your birthday.  In December of '96 I was a 16 year old sophomore in high school and I went to see Phish for the first time ever.  It smelled interesting.

12/29/96, CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA - Setlist via Phantasy Tour 


Set I
: Poor Heart, Caravan, Cavern1, Taste, Guelah Papyrus, Train Song, Rift, Free, Squirming Coil, La Grange

Set II: David Bowie, A Day in the Life, Bathtub Gin, The Lizards, You Enjoy Myself> Rotation Jam> Sixteen Candles2> You Enjoy Myself3, Harpua4> Champagne Supernova> Harpua
Encore: Rocky Top

1 First since 12/2/94 or 160 shows

2 Performed by Mike, solo, on piano

3 Vocal jam

4 With Tom Marshall

I have other memories of seeing many games and players at the Spectrum but don't remember distinct facts real well.  I remember watching M.J., Kareem, Sir Charles and many others.

I remember playing with one of those cheap lights with the antennas on the top at the circus.

When it comes to great sports memories, I vividly remember being at one of Dr. J's final games and walking up the steps to the Spectrum to find an unattended poster stand with life-sized posters of Julius Erving.  My grandfather still has one hanging in his basement.

As far as Flyers memories go, it has to be a flat out ruckus against the Rangers.  No idea when it was but it was the most glorious of bloody, bench clearing brawls I have ever seen.

Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

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The Associated Press

Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

After winning its first American Athletic Conference championship Saturday, Temple learned its postseason fate Sunday and it does not involve a New Year's Six bowl game.

The Owls will play Wake Forest in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland. Temple also finished No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and No. 23 in the AP poll.

At 10-3, Temple has its first back-to-back 10-win season in program history. It's also the first time the Owls have been ranked in consecutive seasons. Head coach Matt Rhule now has 28 wins as Temple's head coach, tying him with Bruce Arians' for the sixth-most in school history.

Wake Forest finished the season 6-6 and on a three-game losing streak, but two of those three loses came to No. 2 Clemson and No. 13 Louisville. The Deamon Deacons have lost five of their last six games.

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers (13-10-3) at Predators (11-8-4)
6 p.m. on CSN and CSNPhilly.com

The Flyers have won a season-high four games in a row. They'll try to make it five Sunday night when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for the second game of a back-to-back set.

Let's take a look at five things you need to know.

1. Streaking like 2014?
Not only do the Flyers have a chance to extend their season-best winning streak, but they're also looking to win their most consecutive games since March 15-22, 2014, when they also won five straight.

The Flyers have put up strong showings in the back ends of back-to-backs, going 4-1-1 thus far.

“You just have to have the work ethic night in and night out," Steve Mason said Saturday after the Flyers' 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. "And, I think we were struggling to find that. There are games when we were swarming and giving teams no other option, and other nights we were chasing the puck.

"We have another tough test going to Nashville to play. So, we’re going to have to follow up with another great effort.” 

2. A Provorov encore?
Ivan Provorov's confidence has to be at his highest of the season.

In Saturday's win, the 19-year-old blueliner scored two goals in a 31-second span to double his goal total through the first 25 games.

Provorov said he thinks defense first, but the offensive production is a good sign.

“Score one goal in a game, it’s a good feeling. Score two in one shift, it’s unbelievable,” Provorov said.

“Every time you score, it’s like a confidence booster."

3. Predators finding stride
After losing eight of their first 11 games, Peter Laviolette's Predators have gotten on track, going 8-3-1 since.

Nashville ranks in the top half of the league in goals per game (3.00 — tied for fifth), goals against per game (2.61 — 15th), power-play percentage (22.6 — sixth) and penalty-kill percentage (84.5 — 10th).

Last time out, the Predators blew a 4-1 lead in the third period for a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils on Saturday, so they should be extra focused.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: On Saturday, Brayden Schenn scored just his second goal in his past 18 games. Schenn can be streaky so maybe he feeds off that goal. He's also a career plus-4 against the Predators, with two goals and three assists in eight games.

Predators: Let's go P.K. Subban, who isn't exactly a favorite among Flyers fans. He's off to a nice start in his first season in Nashville with six goals and 10 assists, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games.

5. This and that
• Flyers goalie Steve Mason is 7-7-5 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 20 career games against the Predators.

• Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is 3-2-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in seven career games against the Flyers.

• Claude Giroux is four assists away from passing Rick MacLeish (369) and Eric Lindros (369) for fifth on the Flyers’ all-time list.