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Tavaris Jackson Got … JACKED UP!

Chris Clemons (literally) paving the way for Asante Samuel on the INT return off an errant Tavaris Jackson throw.

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‘Philly Live’ is a Go!

Going Live! A hotel will take the Spectrum’s place as details of the retail/dining/entertainment district to come are unveiled.  Nine months after the press conference announcing the fate of the Spectrum, the future has gotten much clearer.

Artist’s renderings earlier this year left the 41-year-old venue being connected to the 300,000-square-foot retail/ dining/entertainment district Philly Live! or razed to make way for a 300-room hotel as part of the development by Baltimore-based The Cordish Co.


The hotel is a go.

The Spectrum, a goodbye.

“Philly Live! is progressing exactly as planned,” Cordish Co. Chairman David Cordish said in an e-mail earlier this week. “Tenant response to Philly Live! has been overwhelming and we are in the fortunate position of having a choice of excellent operators in every category. Philly Live! will include a major hotel as planned.”

As of now, no date has been given for demolition of the Spectrum. Comcast Spectacor, owners of the Spectrum, Wachovia Center and the 76ers and Flyers, only released a date for the arena’s final concert: Sept. 30. The performer has yet to be named.

Construction will begin shortly after the razing, Cordish said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider called the venue his “baby” in January. Although saying goodbye is bittersweet, these days he’s more fired up about what’s coming.

“I can’t wait. I think it’s going to be an exciting addition to South Philadelphia,” he said. “I think we’re taking advantage of a great location. It will be more choices for all the residents of the city, and in particular, of South Philadelphia.”

Before the walls come down and the new ones go up, the venue is in the middle of an ongoing party.

“We’re the first building to really celebrate our closing with a special year. Other arenas, when they decided to take them down, didn’t do all of this special celebrating. We want this to [be] special for everyone,” Comcast- Spectacor President/COO Peter Luukko said. “We’re working hard to bring back some of the acts who once played the Spectrum stage. We were very successful with two Philadelphia Flyers preseason games here, already this year, and we’re anticipating a terrific Sixers regular-season game here in March.”

Once Philly Live! is built, those involved think it will become a place residents and out-of-towners will want to visit regardless of the event or venue.

“We believe that it will be a destination and people will come down even when there is a game, during the game, not for the game, to enjoy everything else that’s down there,” Snider said. “In other words, it would be sort of like if the arena was in Center City; there’d be people going to the arena, but there would also be people going to the [on-site] entertainment and dining facilities. We want it to be a destination location despite the fact that events are going on.”

Philly Live! is ready to get down to business sooner rather than later.

“We are working through the design and due diligence phase of the development process and fully expect to break ground by the end of next year,” Cordish said.

The absence of the Spectrum may take awhile to get used to, but those behind the change believe what’s taking its place will create just as many happy memories.

“Philly Live! is really for everyone,” Luukko said. “It will be an amazing addition to the experience of attending sporting and entertainment events here at the complex, but better yet, it’s really going to enhance the overall experience for the entire region with entertainment, shopping and dining. I think people are really going to love Philly Live!”

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Romero Suspended 50 Games

The Phils 33-year-old left hander who won the third and clinching games of the 2008 World Series has been ruled guilty of negligence and will be phillies-logosuspended for the first 50 games of the 2009 season.  JC said Monday that he bought a supplement from a GNC store in Cherry Hill, N.J., in July. The MLBPA had told players the supplement was acceptable, but now the Philadelphia Phillies left-hander will receive a suspension and lose $1.25 million.

Explain that to me Mr. Bud?  This is like the third time this has happened across major sports in the last 6 months.  Whats the deal with this?  Obviously its a specific ingredient in this supplements that these dudes are buying, but somebody give these guys a list for christ sakes.

They are not going to make an example of me thinking that I’m just a [dumb] Puerto Rican. It’s not going to happen. It’s not the way I’m built. For me to keep my mouth shut? That’s not the right thing to do. If they want to bump me out of the game, so be it. What am I going to do, just sit back and take it? When I know in my heart I’m innocent? That doesn’t fly well with me and it doesn’t fly well in my house, either.

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Stephon Marbury to Possibly Join Celtics

Nearly one year since Stephon Marbury last played in a regular-season game, and all signs are pointing towards the former Knick outcast will eventually make his comeback with the Boston Celtics.celticslogo

Sources told this week that Boston is Marbury’s preferred destination if he becomes a free agent and that the Celtics are indeed hopeful of signing him.

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Some Thursday Links To Enjoy!

A slow sports day means internet humor for everyone, without further ado, the links:

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NFC East Sunday Night Game was Biggest Ever

The NFC East divisional matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants this past Sunday drew the most viewers ever for a Sunday newnfllogoNight Football game.

The Cowboys’ 20-8 win Sunday on NBC attracted 23.1 million viewers, the network said Tuesday.

The game earned a 13.7 rating and 21 share to make it the 3rd highest rated Sunday Night Football game ever.

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Iverson Fined for 2nd Time as a Piston

Detroit Pistons guard Allen Iverson was fined $25,000 by the league on Tuesday for making inappropriate comments toward a fan in a win at aiCharlotte.

Iverson made some obscene comments to a fan with 6.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter during the Pistons’ 90-86 victory over the Bobcats on Saturday.  It is still unclear as to what AI really did say.

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Joe Pa gets 3 Year Extension

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has a new three-year extension to go along with his new hip.  JoePa also will celebrate his 82nd birthday on pennstate_logoSunday.

The Hall of Famer and winningest coach in major college football history has agreed to a new deal with the university, the athletic department said Tuesday in a statement.

The #8 Nittany Lions (11-1) play #5 USC in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

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Jacobs Out Against Cowboys

The New York Giants have ruled out halfback Brandon Jacobs for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. giants

Jacobs has not practiced all week because of his knee injury, which has been bothering him for about a month. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Derrick Ward.

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