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.

Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

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Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time

At 16-2-1, Penn State's men's hockey team is ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history.

The Nittany Lions have improved each of the last four years under head coach Guy Gadowsky. 

Their record by year:

      2013-14: 8-26-2
      2014-15: 18-15-4
Last season: 21-13-4
This season: 16-2-1

Penn State received 30 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Division I poll. Denver is ranked No. 2, followed by Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth and Massachusetts-Lowell (see USCHO poll).

Penn State was ranked fourth last week before sweeping Michigan State.

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

Joel Embiid now as dominant as Henry Sims

There are seemingly countless metrics one can use to detail Joel Embiid's supremacy as a Sixer, but perhaps no stats more clearly tell the story of how indefatigable the rookie has been this season than those of his free-throw shooting. Despite ranking just eighth on the team in total minutes, he's already gotten to the line 215 times this season and made 169 of them, about 250% more than the second-most made FTs on the team (Ersan Ilyasova, 65). What's more, his seven games with ten or more free throws attempted is already more than Thaddeus Young (six), Evan Turner (three) or Jrue Holiday (zero) ever had as a Liberty Baller. 

But yesterday against the Bucks saw JoJo hit a new level with his foul drawing. Despite essentially being shut down by the Bucks in the first half -- I can't remember if he even had a single bucket at the break -- The Process eventually imposed his will in Milwaukee in a major way, parading to the line in the second half, ending with 22 points (as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks) on 4-9 shooting, getting to the line an astounding 18 times. 

Who was the last Sixers giant to accomplish such a feat, you might wonder? Well... 

Yes, it's been an impressive season for our double-redshirt rookie, and every game he seems to add another immortal name to his list of historical analogues. But not until now could we afford to mention him alongside the great Henry "Lickface" Sims, two-year Process legend whose 18 trips to the free-throw line on April 4, 2014 totally helped us win that random late-season game against the then-rebuilding Boston Celtics. As impossible as it once seemed, it now appears that soon, Embiid's folk herodom will be as self-evident and undeniable to the Sons of Sam as that of Hammerin' Hank himself. 

Get this guy to the All-Star team already.