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HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY to the Philly Pressbox

In Uncategorized on January 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

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The Philly Pressbox would like to thank all of our readers, friends, followers and those that take the time to comment on our posts and articles. When we wrote our first article on January 1, 2012 about the Flyers Winter Classic, there were no readers except my family members, we opened a Facebook account the same day that had no friends. 442 posts and we’re still going at it. It’s been allot of fun meeting people and interacting with them about my favorite subject, Philly Sports. The 2 years have flown by.

Also, we appreciate our association with Talk Sports Philly, shop.com/bobsullivan, The Kisses for Kyle organization as well as many others we’ve gotten to know.

We look forward to an even more exciting 3rd year.

If you would like to view any of our past articles they are all posted in the “Archives” section. Feel free to take a look and comment. Comments are always welcome.

Thank you for your support!!!!

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TODAY IS OUR 1ST ANNIVERSARY AT THE PHILLY PRESSBOX – 12,705 Views – WOW!!!

In The Word of the Day, Uncategorized on January 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

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On New Years day 2012 Philly Pressbox posted our first article at https://phillypressbox.wordpress.com. We had no idea what to expect or if anyone would have enough interest in our passion, Philly Sports, to bother to read and/or comment on what we had to say. We had no idea what Facebook was, or what Twitter was, so we had to recruit the boys to move us in to the social media world.

 One year later we have 306 posts, with 12,705 views on WordPress alone, and have been viewed in an amazing 74 countries!!! Our daily inspirational Word of the Day has become very popular, as has our Phillies individual player profiles. These are used for fan references every day We’ve written about the Paterno Legacy and the Freeh Report, Penn State All Time All American teams, Wilt Chamberlain, Steve Van Buren, stadiums we’ve visited, Philly Broadcast Legends, our All Time Greatest QB analysis, our favorite all time Eagles and Phillies, our meeting with Pete Rose and the Wing Bowl, as well as the normal Philly sports teams coverage. You can click on the “ARCHIVES” button and check out all of the posts.

 At the bottom of each page is a “FOLLOW” button, feel free to click on it and get our posts directly to your email.

 We would like to thank everyone who took the time to be part of our first year. Obviously, we couldn’t have done it without you. We would like to give a special thanks to www.shop.com/bobsullivan. www.talksportsphilly.com, www.collegefootballcoverage.com, Dave Capper, Kevin McClure, Bob Sullivan, Mary Ann Cresta, Don Trevelino, Terrence Howse, Christopher Leomporra, Billy Furman, Mike Furman, Chris Furman and, of course, Mary Furman for all of their support.

 Our goal is to make 2013 even bigger and better!!! Thanks again for your support.

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The Word of the Day – BEST – Linkletter

In The Word of the Day, Uncategorized on August 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm

BEST

“Things turn out best for the people that make the best out of the way things turn out”

Art Linkletter

The Word of the Day – WATCH – Tze

In The Word of the Day, Uncategorized on July 25, 2012 at 8:08 am

WATCH

“Watch your thoughts: they become your words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

Lao-Tze

5000 VIEWS FOR PHILLY PRESSBOX

In Uncategorized on March 15, 2012 at 8:14 am

We woke up this morning to find out that we had reached our first 5000 views. These are not Facebook views but views on our site https://phillypressbox.wordpress.com. Philly Pressbox would like to thank everyone for taking the time to look at our posts, to leave your comments and to Follow us. We hope to continue putting up Philadelphia sports posts that you enjoy. For those of you that haven’t checked it out, feel free to do so. Once you go to our home page you can click on the front page articles to read them individually, go to the bottom of the page and see our archives by category or by the month they were published. You can also click the FOLLOW button on the bottom right corner to add your e-mail and receive our posts automatically. Las,t please support our sponsor, www.shop.com/BobSullivan by clicking the link on the bottom right of our home page or at the bottom of our srticles.

Thanks again for your support.

Philly Pressbox

PHILLY PRESSBOX – https://phillypressbox.wordpress.com

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

It took awhile but we’ve gotten our site organized. You can now click on any article to get to our home page. You can click on that article to get a full page view. You can also click on ARCHIVES at the top and view all of our recent articles or click ARCHIVES at the bottom and look at any article we’ve published by month or by title. You can click on our very popular Word of the Day and see them all or you can click on Penn State Football and see our popular All Time Joe Paterno Teams. You can also COMMENT on any article and you can click on FOLLOW at the top left and get our articles sent directly to your email. Lastly, please support our sponsor www.shop.com by clicking on One-Stop On-Line Shopping under the Blogroll section on the bottom right side.

You can also follow us on Twitter at @phillypressbox

Thanks for your interest in Philly Pressbox.

IT’S TEMPLE – “CITY 6” HOOPS UPDATE

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

It seems that with the Flyers and 76ers playing well and Spring Training getting started for the Phillies that many people have lost interest or don’t have any interest in what’s going on in local college basketball. I long for the doubleheaders and the City Series games at the Palestra. The City 6, the expanded version of the Big 5, is having one of its finest seasons in recent history. With Fran Dunphy and the Temple Owls cracking the Top 25 this week at #22 for the first time this season with a 22-5 record the Owls seems to be the cream of the crop. The Owls have won 10 games in a row and 16 of their last 18 but have tough road games at LaSalle tonight and at St. Joe on Saturday. By the way the game against the Hawks will be broadcast on ESPNU at 7pm. The Owls beat both of these teams earlier in the year. Ramone Moore and Khalif Wyatt lead the Owls with 18.2 and 17.0ppg.

Drexel coach Bruiser Flint may beg to differ on who’s the best team in the city. The Dragons are 23-5, 14-2 in the conference, are 12-0 at home and have won 15 games in a row. The Dragons also received national ranking votes that would put them at #30 in the country with 2 games remaining. Look for Drexel to be invited to “The Dance”.  

The St. Joe Hawks have been all over the place this season but are still in the hunt. They’re sitting at 18-10 going in to tonight’s home game at the Hagen Arena against Richmond and Saturday’s home game against Temple. The Hawks went through a stretch where they won 7 of 8 games in late November and December and turned around and lost 5 out of 7 in early January. Coach Phil Martelli usually has the Hawks playing competitive down the stretch and hopes that the present 3 game winning streak will carry them in to the Atlantic 10 playoffs. The Hawks are led by Carl Jones at 16.4 ppg and Langston Galloway at 15.5 ppg.

The LaSalle Explorers are 18-9 going in to tonight’s game against Temple at the Tom Gola Arena. The Explorers are 7-5 in the A10 and need a strong finish in their final 4 games, 2 are home, Temple and St. Bonaventure and 2 on the road, at Fordham and at George Washington. The Explorers hold a 12-1 record at the Gola Arena this season. LaSalle is led by the balanced scoring of Ramon Galloway, 14.7ppg, Earl Pettis, 14.7ppg, Tyreek Duren, 13.7ppg and Sam Mills 11.3ppg.

The Penn Quakers, 15-11, have won 8 of their last 10 games down the stretch, including their last 3 at the Palestra. The Quakers finish up with 3 of their last 5 on the road including a trip to 1st place Harvard, 23-3, and a home game against 3rd place Yale, 17-7. The Quakers can control their own destiny by winning out in the Ivy League. Penn is led by Zach Rosen, 18.1ppg and Tyler Bernardini, 13.7ppg.

It’s unusual that when you talk about the City 6 that the last team you talk about is the Villanova Wildcats but this year has not been the Wildcats year. The ‘Cats have lost 3 in a row, 2 of them in overtime, and 6 of their last 7. They presently sit at 12-16 with remaining games at Georgetown, at Rutgers and home against Cincinnati. Villanova will find itself in a struggle come Big East Tournament time. Maalik Wayns leads the way for the Cats at 17.8ppg.

If the season plays out well for the City 6 there’s a good chance that 3 of the teams could be part of “March Madness”. Temple, Drexel and possibly Penn could be in. If there’s an upset in the A10, St. Joe or LaSalle could sneak in and Temple still be in based on overall record. It should be a lot of fun watching this play out in the next 2 weeks. Philly college hoops at its best.

My First Wing Bowl Experience – WOW!!

In Uncategorized on February 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

My First Wing Bowl Experience – WOW!!.

My First Wing Bowl Experience – WOW!!

In Uncategorized on February 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

I thought I had seen just about everything until I went to my first Wing Bowl. I’d have to say this is quite a different event. Let me give you a little history for those not familiar with Wing Bowl. Wing Bowl was the brainstorm of Philly sports personality Al Morganti in 1992 when Morganti became tired of the Eagles not making it to the Super Bowl. The first Wing Bowl was held at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel in January 1993, the Friday before the Super Bowl, with only 10 spectators and the winner, Carmen “The Beast from the East” Cordero, eating 100 wings. Since then the event has moved to The Main Event (94), Club Egypt (95), the Electric Factory (96 & 97) the Spectrum (98 & 99) the First Union Center (2000-2003), the Wachovia Center (2004-10), and the Wells Fargo Center (2011-12). It is still held on the Friday before the Super Bowl every year. 2012 was the 20th anniversary of the event. Over the years there have been 11 winners including 5-time winner Bill “El Wingador” Simmons, 3 time winners Joey Chestnut and Jonathan “Super” Squibb. The record for the most wings eaten up until this year was 254 set by Squibb in 2011. This year’s event included professional eating champion, Takeru Kobayashi who smashed the previous record by eating 337 wings. The 2nd place finisher was Squibb at 271. The event has now become a sellout every year with 20,000 tickets being sold at $10 each with all proceeds being donated to charity.

The event is broadcast live on WIP radio and hosted by the Morning Show that includes Morganti, Angelo Cataldi and Rhea Hughes with several former Philadelphia athletes each year. Radio coverage starts during the night goes through the Morning Show and continues in to the afternoon shows.

Here’s how it works. The parking lot tailgating starts early in the morning or the middle of the night depending on how you’re looking at it. The Wells Fargo Center doors open at 5am and the bars and concessions open for beer sales at 7am. We arrived about 615am. We found a seat and watched as each contestant is introduced and their entourages parade around the floor of the arena. By now many scantily glad women are on the floor, riding a mechanical bull and in the stands. The bars are now open and packed and the heavy drinking has begun by many. It’s now 8am and the arena seats are pretty much full. The wing eating contest starts with a 14 minute eating period with 10 contestants. While the 14 minutes of eating is going on there’s a live band playing, a lot of drinking and a lot of skin being shown by woman throughout the arena. Once the first round is completed there’s a 10 minute break while the results are tabulated and 5 contestants are eliminated. During the break the “Wingette of the Year” is named. This year’s winner received a 2012 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 motorcycle. All the while the crowd is getting a bit crazier and more skin is being exposed throughout the arena. A second 14 minute eating period is now under way with the 5 finalists eating away. Just for entertainment you get the privilege of watching contestants “throw-up” on the big screen over and over again while the camera scans the crowd looking for females to partially expose themselves on the arena jumbotron. Believe me plenty were willing to do it! Once Round 2 is complete the results are tallied again and announced to the crowd. Finally there’s a 2 minute runoff of final wing eating. In this case the results were pretty well determined since Kobayashi had such a big lead. The fans started heading to the parking lots for “some serious tailgating”. The winner is announced and it’s now 9am and the event is over!!

My final analysis of the event is this, I’m glad I got to go one time to see it. It’s different than anything I’ve ever been to. I saw more skin in 3 hours that you’ll see on the beach on a 95 degree August day. The fans were drinking but were under control. There were no incidents or fights and overall everybody had a good time. I can’t say I’d hurry to do it again but it was a fun thing to say you’ve been to once.

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