Who Wants to Fly to Germany to See the 'Rocky' Musical?

Who Wants to Fly to Germany to See the 'Rocky' Musical?

The new "Rocky: The Musical" made its debut in Hamburg over the weekend with none other than Sly Stallone in attendance. This has to be the best thing to hit Germany since the invention of the dirndl.

Sports Illustrated has a photo gallery of the big show that is supposedly going to hit Broadway in 2013:

The world premiere of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky: The Musical took place Sunday at the Operettenhaus in Hamburg, Germany. Stallone teamed with heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko to bring his classic 1976 film to the stage. The all-singing, all-dancing play is expected to transfer to Broadway in 2013.

You can see a few more photos over at SI.com or check out the description from the above AP photo:

Die Hauptdarsteller Terence Archie als Apollo Creed (l.), Wietske van Tongeren als Adrian und Drew Sarich als Rocky jubeln am Sonntag (18.11.12) im Operettenhaus am Spielbudenplatz in Hamburg waehrend der Schlussapplauses bei der Premiere des Musicals "Rocky". 36 Jahre, nachdem der Film ueber einen Underdog-Boxer aus Philadelphia in die Kinos kam, ist die Buehnenadaption des Oscar-praemierten Kinofilms nun in der Hansestadt erstmalig als Musical zu sehen. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Philipp Guelland/dapd

I thought the same thing. Looks like they went for more of a Little Mac look than the Italian Stallion if you ask me.

Here's what Sly said in a statement, via an MSN music website:

In a statement, Stallone says, "I'm so happy. It's amazing that the
Klitschkos are here and they're giving birth to something that is first on the
planet. I'm proud of you guys. I'm proud of Hamburg. Thank you!" Vitali adds,
"Sylvester Stallone is the Pope of "Rocky." Without Sylvester, nothing happens.
He's given birth to the idea and we've had lots of fun during our cooperation.
We're very convinced it will be successful."

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Video! (mostly in German):

Eagles' Brandon Brooks gives father touching gift

Eagles' Brandon Brooks gives father touching gift

How’s this for an awesome deed?

Eagles offensive guard Brandon Brooks took to Twitter to show a heartfelt message, that included a photo of a new car he purchased for his father.

In the tweet, Brooks revealed the mindset his father has instilled in him growing up, not wanting to be average and more.

Nice gesture, Brandon.

Elements will play factor for both Flyers, Penguins in outdoor game

Elements will play factor for both Flyers, Penguins in outdoor game

PITTSBURGH -- The ice on Friday afternoon at Heinz Field was watery and slushy.
 
That’s because the city set a historic record at 78 degrees for Feb. 24.
 
So what were the ice conditions?
 
“They were pretty good,” said Sidney Crosby. “It was pretty bright there. Started off the practice and the sun was beating down pretty good.
 
“I’ve played in a few of these and the ice was pretty good considering how warm it was. It’s supposed to cool down and I’m sure it will get better.”
 
The Penguins will host the Flyers on Saturday night in a Stadium Series outdoor game.
 
Pittsburgh took the ice Friday at 4 p.m. The Flyers got on the ice a little more than an hour later and things started to cool down.
 
“We had a pretty good practice given the circumstances,” Jakub Voracek said. “This is a little better setup than Philly. The fans are closer.”
 
It was much hotter when Pittsburgh took the ice, but the temperature was still warm after the sun went down.
 
Shayne Gostisbehere said, “It was hot for sure. … It was fun, but it was pretty hot.”
 
Defenseman Radko Gudas said the ice surface was, “playable, but a little rough.”
 
On Saturday, rain is expected, with temperatures falling to 42 degrees by 5 p.m.
 
During the game, which begins at 8 p.m., the temperature is projected to continue to drop and there will be wind gusts up to 31 mph. By the end of the night, the forecast says temps will be in the 20s. 

Players are more concerned about the wind than the ice at this point. Crosby, who has played in three previous NHL outdoor games, said wind is a huge factor. It happened to the Penguins at the 2014 Stadium Series game in Chicago.
 
“It can definitely be a factor,” Crosby said. “I want to say in Chicago that was something we kind of had to look at. We felt it a little more there compared to the other two [outdoor games]. If it going to get windy like that, it’s something to be aware of.”
 
It remains to be seen how the NHL will handle which team goes into the wind first.
 
“Yeah, the wind,” Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet of what element will be a big factor. “I hope you don’t have to backcheck. Who gets the advantage? They change in the third period. But who picks what end? There is a wind factor.”
 
Tocchet rated the ice Friday as “a little slushy.”
 
“It was good early and then it got tough because it was hot outside,” Tocchet said. “But we got a half-decent practice out of it.
 
“The one thing, the puck didn’t bounce, which was good. Players can adapt a lot better when the puck doesn’t bounce. When things bounce, it’s a tough night.”