The Phillies beloved spring training home down in Florida is likely to have a new name when the tiki bar denizens return to Clearwater come March.
Bright House Field has been a destination for Phillies fans every spring looking for a chance to ditch the cold Philadelphia weather and watch their baseball team tune things up before the real thing comes along in April.
But that sports complex could have a different name in 2017. That's because Bright House was acquired by another company recently.
Here's how the Tampa Bay Times described the deal last month: "Customers around Tampa Bay who subscribed to Bright House Networks cable TV, Internet or landline service are now being served by Charter Communications' Spectrum brand."
The Times' Jerome Stockfisch spoke with Charter's director of communications for Florida, Joe Durken, who declined to comment specifically about the name of the Phillies' spring training home, but did say that the Bright House name will be "changing across the footprint."
We were unable to confirm a new name but have heard that "Spectrum Field" is a real posibility and that crews are already working on changing signage down at the park.
It's been over seven years since the last event -- a Pearl Jam concert -- took place at the fabled Spectrum arena in Philadelphia. While this new name for the baseball field has no real relation to the old arena, it should help keep the memory alive when Philly dads putting sun tan lotion on their kids attempt to describe those weird basement bathrooms of the "old Spectrum."
UPDATE: As reader Steve Potter points out, a poster at the Stadium already says "Spectrum Field."
He calls himself "The Process."
He is a main piece of The Process.
And now there's a Lego version of The Process' poster child.
Yes -- thanks to Redditor user dweg1999 -- we have a picture of what Joel Embiid would look like if, yes, he was built of Legos.
After sitting out his first two years in the NBA because of injuries, Embiid burst onto the scene and became an instant star for the Sixers. A piece they can build around both on the court and off it. He's charismatic who knows how to use social media.
Embiid is a special blend of greatness on the court and marketable off it. If he can stay healthy -- his season was cut short because of another one and he will be limited again in 2017-18 -- the Sixers have their guy to build around. Add in a Ben Simmons, a more experienced Dario Saric, potentially two more lottery picks -- at least one more -- and next season will be a whole lot of fun.
But for now, as we wait for the May 16 draft lottery, we are stuck checking out Lego versions of Joel Embiid. If only we were that good with Legos ourselves.
The Wonderlic scores for two running backs who have been linked to the Eagles have surfaced.
Per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Christian McCaffrey scored a 21 out of 50, and Dalvin Cook scored an 11.
The top score in McGinn’s report was held by Tennessee's Alvin Kamara, who notched a 24. Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon scored a 12 and LSU’s Leonard Fournette shared a score of 11 with Cook.
The average score for a running back, according to renowned football writer Paul Zimmerman, is 16.
The Wonderlic test, a 50-question multiple choice test that measures cognitive ability and problem solving, is given to NFL prospects every year at the combine. Of course, the score doesn't measure how successful a player is on the field. Per Jeff Reynolds of CBS Sports, Jets' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a 48, which is higher than Tom Brady (33), Aaron Rodgers (35) and Hall of Famer Dan Marino (15).
Per Sports Illustrated, Pro Bowler Frank Gore and Adrian Pederson had scores of six and 16, respectively.
Test scores aside, you’ll have to tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. to see if the Eagles will even draft a running back at 14 overall. Or head down to Philadelphia and see it in person (parking is free).