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Big Bruce fan Brett Brown talks Springsteen at Friday's show

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Big Bruce fan Brett Brown talks Springsteen at Friday's show

If anybody needed a week off, it's Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown.

The Sixers head coach used the All-Star Break to take a timeout from coaching but he still wanted to show up at the Wells Fargo Center.

And for good reason.

They're not booing this time though, Brett, they're saying, "Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuce."

Brown got to watch another Boss call the shots on Friday when he attended the Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band performance of "The River" tour.

Sixers' PA announcer and WMMR host Matt Cord had Brown on the air before the concert to talk about his affinity for Springsteen.

Cord asked Brown when he was first exposed to Bruce.

“[19]76. My roommate from Boston University was from Freehold, New Jersey," Brown said. "Back in high school I remember when the Born to Run album hit, then you started following all of it: Jungleland, Badlands, Rosalita, the whole thing. You just immediately got immersed with his ability to tell stories. When you first hear it, you just love the beat, you love the passion, but when you really dig into the words and appreciate his ability to tell a story, like Bob Dylan to me, it just goes to a higher level. As I've gotten older and you watch how he's progressed through the years and still looks like a million dollars. He's still so healthy and he still brings that energy. You pay attention a little bit deeper to the words and I think that's a thing as I've gotten older that you respect even more.”

It seems like Springsteen has the kind of attitude and persona that Brown would want out of one of his players.

"I think his passion, and how he takes care of himself, he's a big family guy, and how he brings it every single night is something you have to step back and respect."

Brown will attempt to lead his 76ers to a rising of their own from the bottom of the standings when they get back in action on Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

You can listen to the whole 5+ minute chat between Cord and Brown here.

The Phillie Phanatic got a date with a Dodgers reporter, spilled all over her

The Phillie Phanatic got a date with a Dodgers reporter, spilled all over her

The Phillie Phanatic is nothing if not persistent. 

When he has his big bug eyes set on something, he goes to great length to make it happen.

So it was with great joy we got to see his wooing of Los Angeles Dodgers' reporter Alanna Rizzo paid off on Thursday -- at least in the short term.

Prior to today's matinee with the Dodgers, the Phillies broadcast showed the Phanatic setting up a lovely, romantic setting on the field at Citizens Bank Park for a date with Alanna.

"He knows exactly how to get to a ladies' heart," Phillies play-by-play man Tom McCarthy said.

But then the Phanatic had to go screw it up like the goof that he is and spilled his beverage all over his date.

We're hoping that Phyllis does not see this clip, for everyone's sake. But part of us thinks it may have all been a ploy to punk the opposing team's media member. Maybe the Phanatic is smarter than we all think and had that up his sleeve all along.

"Do they have to put him in a cage when they take a flight," John Kruk wondered aloud.

Good question.

New York media talking head loses his mind over Giants' awful offensive line

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New York media talking head loses his mind over Giants' awful offensive line

Can't say we're super familiar with the work of Don La Greca, whose bio says he's a co-host on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's either a total joy to listen to or absolutely a chainsaw to your ears.

One or the other, tough to say.

But it's hard to argue with the impressiveness of the rant he went on regarding the New York Giants offensive line the other day.

The stats he quotes are just hard to argue with in any capacity.

Regardless of how you feel about advanced stats, I thinkk we can all agree the Eagles D-Line is gonna go all Pythagoras on the Eli this weekend.