Saturday, January 31, 2009
After Chickies and Pete's all fans of Cadillac Corrigan and Below Me (The other eater sponsored by Paddy Whacks) were invited back to the Paddy Whacks on Roosevelt Boulevard and Welsh Rd. to hang out have some wings and drinks and get ready for the next day’s event.
Early Friday morning is when we were told to be at the Wachovia Center. Cadillac had to be there at 3am while the rest of the entourage had to be there by 4am. As we waited we dressed up our golf cart to somewhat make it look like a Cadillac. We also got beads ready to throw into the stands.
While waiting backstage I had a chance to meet with Rick the Manager's entourage which was made up of professional eaters including Eric "Bandlands" Booker and Joey Chestnut. Unfortunately while talking to Badlands Booker I found out Chestnut was still passed out in the Hotel. It was cool talking to Badlands and learning how they train for competitions and things like that. Hopefully he can win the Nathans Hot Dog Eating contest on the 4th of July this year.
When it was our turn to head out onto the floor I started going nuts. 20,000 + people screaming their heads off; Women flashing their boobs left and right; Great Atmosphere. We took our lap around the floor then Brian headed for the stage.
When the first round began Cadillac was devouring his wings. At one point he was tied for 1st. I, along with the rest of the entourage was down in the middle of the floor watching him go at it. The 14 minute session felt like forever, how he kept that pace up I have no idea. At the end of the 1st round Cadillac came in with a very impressive 86 wings. Good for 6th place and a spot in the 2nd round. The top 10 eaters made it into the 2nd round. Another 14 minute session began after about a 10 minute break. Cadillac started off good but looked to struggle at points during the second 14 minute round.
Photo curtosity of philly.com
After 2 rounds Cadillac Corrigan Came in with an impressive 129 wings. Good for 5th place. If you ask Cadillac how he feels on 5th place he'll tell you a little disappointed. I know that the followers of Cadillac are not disappointed. 5th place in his 1st year in Wing Bowl is impressive. Look for Cadillac next year as he tries to rise to the top of Wing Bowl.
Heres a picture of Cadillac Corrigan and his entourage with WIp's Al Morganti:
From Left to Right: Pat, Myself, Kevin, Brian, Jon, Mike, Al, Trevor, Drew
Missing from photo: Brians Uncle, Dad and Grandpop
For more photos click here.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I have never been a big Dalembert supporter, to say the least. I have said he is weak, inconsistent, and lacking in sufficient court vision. But this win was big, and Sammy sure came through in the clutch. The Sixers' second victory over the 28-19 Rockets brings the team's record to 22-22.
Other notable performances:
Iggy: 20 points on 8/17 shooting
Miller: 16 points, 7 assists
Lou Williams: 17 points, 6 assists
Brand: 14 points, 7 rebounds
On a down note: 1/12 from beyond the arc...This has got to improve
Update- Sixers under Cheeks: 9-14, Sixers under DeLio: 13-8
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I personally will not be able to make the big event Friday morning, but all of us here at "South Broad Street" are definitely on the Cadillac Band Wagon.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Every once in a while Philadelphia fans get a little bit of recognition in national media, and as a Philadelphia fans its our job to exploit that.
Elton Brad played about 18 1/2 minutes off the bench in the game, but was a disappointing 0-3 for 0 points.
This is too disturbing to analyze. They are in Houston tomorrow. Hopefully they can pull out a win against at least one of these two good teams.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I love when the guy comes in at the end and puts him in his place.
You want to feel bad for this kid, but when reality strikes that he is a Giants fan, you can't help but just walk away and not care. I can seriously say that we don't cry like that.
Still, that doesn't mean that we're bad fans. There is a difference between whiners and good fans. Whiners are spoiled. Good fans take the loss with a grain assault, brush it off their shoulder and get back up fighting.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
2. Jerome McDougle
2. Jeff Carter
2. Cole Hamels
2. Reggie Evans
2. Richie Ashburn
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Who remembers the Red Sox 2004 World Series team? Everyone does, of course. Remember the shortstop? No, it wasn’t Nomah Garciaparra the hook nosed, media bashing, OCD at the plate next coming of Ted Williams. It was Orlando Cabrera, a player who has since moved teams twice and is about to sign with a third. I remember me and my dad arguing for the next year and a half why on earth they would remove the infield captain to the team that brought Bean town its first World Series title in 84 years. “Idiots,” we proclaimed. “They just didn’t know what they had.” Well, five years later and I take that back. Back-to-back titles don’t happen all that often folks. There hasn’t been one since the Yankees won four out of five at the turn of the millennium (yes won, not bought. This was back when the Yankees developed from within the organization). There have been 8 World Series Trophies handed out since then, and 7 of them have gone to different teams. The one team who got seconds of the ice cream sunday with champion-chips on top? The Red Sox. They evaluated their talent and built a team that would be able to compete in the next few years. And their second World Series trophy in four years was due thanks in large part to an overhaul in the roster. A new closer, four out of five new starting pitchers, a nice Jewish first baseman with a bushy goatee, a part Indian centerfielder gone to the Yankees where he has not lived up to his mammoth contract and in replace another part Indian centerfielder who might steal the most bases ever in a Boston Red Sox uniform.
Speaking of the Red Sox, the one part of the team that needs replacement is the catcher. People are saying to give Tek the credit and respect that he deserves. But batting 220 is not reason enough to keep him and a certain bloated salary around for the foreseeable future when the Sox have such a great farm system and can seemingly trade for an established big league catcher or trade for a prospect. Jason Varitek deserves all the respect in the baseball world. He and Jeter are the only official team captains and Varitek has done enough to warrant a lifetime membership to Fenway and a free beer to any Boston bar he shmoozes at. Varitek will have his respect when he comes back to Fenway in a few years with 4o more pounds packed on, hosting pre and post game shows for all of Boston to enjoy. Think of a Greg Luzinski or Mitch Williams who actually accomplished something.
Why am I talking about the Red Sox and their championships and rosters? It’s more than yesterday’s news, its years old news. The 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies (ahhh it never gets old seeing that in print) let go their longest tenure player. Number one pick of the Major League Baseball 1998 Amateur draft, Patrick Brian Burrell the Third. Replacing number five in left field is an older, yet more consistent lefty – Raul Ibanez. Was this the right move? Only time will tell, but to follow the Championship format, it is the acceptable move.
Now let us get one thing straight – I love Pat Burrell. Just like the rest of Philadelphia, I have given him a hard time, but continue to cheer when he stepped up to the plate for his next at bat. I’ve always said that it’s a draw between who has the prettiest swing in the game – Pat Burrell or Manny Ramirez.
Burrell did what he came to do unlike many others. He ended the drought and brought happiness to people who thought they might never live to see the day. He and his wife along with dog Elvis lead the champs down Broad Street in a day that no one will ever forget. Burrell had the double off of the center field wall that lead to the winning run of the World Series. It’s hard to top that. What a tremendous way to go out.
On the other hand, it was Pat the Bat’s first hit of the entire World Series. If there is a definition of a hot-and-cold player, look no further than Pat. When he’s on, he will either mash a homerun, hit the longest double off the wall you have ever seen, or work the pitcher until he does his awkward jog to first base, where he usually gets replaced by a pinch runner. But when he’s cold…oh he’s cold. He doesn’t have much of a penchant for swinging the bat unless he puts the ball in play and watching called strike out after called strike out sure gets tiresome.
Burrell hit just over 250 and popped over 30 home runs and drove in close to 100 runs over the past few years. Ibanez has done basically the same power numbers and has batted just below 300, in one of the ultimate pitcher’s parks. Put him in the bandbox that is Citizens Bank Park and it should be an RBI cuddlefest for all Phillies fans to enjoy.
It's time to move on my friends. Pat Burrell will always hold a special place in our heart, and hopefully so will Raul Ibanez. Embrace Ibanez and don't give him the hard time that we have so often welcomed our newcomers with. Make him feel like he is at home as he stands on the worn out patch of grass in left field. Ibanez may be an old head, but let's not forget where he played ten out of his thirteen professional years - Seattle, the same team which Pat Gillick general managed for four years and led to back to back ALCS appearances. Gillick just led the Phils' to a World Series victory after only three years with the team. And remember, he is staying on as a consultant. Think signing a player from his old stomping grounds has anything to do with Gillick's involvement in the Phils?
And anyone who knows the politician of the Phillies, Greg Dobbs, has seen that he fully endorses the signing. He affirms that Ibanez will bring leadership and hungriness to a team that is already out to prove itself to be the first back-to-back champions since the Yankees. Using his graduate college professor vocabulary, his endorsement should bring joy to Philadelphia's ears.
So fare thee well Pat Burrell. You did what you came to do, what athletes of 25 years before you failed to do. You brought us a Championship.
*Oh and 23 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Sports analysts need to start taking a new view on the NFL Championship games this weekend. How many more times do I need to hear the “no team can beat another team three times in one season” theory? When will ESPN change the bottom line NFC headline from “first time in a non-lockout season two teams with less than 10 games meet in Championship game?” I enjoy listening to Skip Bayless because of his propensity to favor Philadelphia sports, but I don’t know how much more I can hear of his assertion that the Cardinals are better off without Anquan Boldin starting. And wait… Donovan McNabb got benched!? When was this? What has it done to him mentally? Did it turn his season around and resurrect his play? And what is this I hear about a tie against that team in Cincinnati? However, the one thing I will never get sick of is the clip of Andy Reid admitting that “that cheese whiz” is the stuff that gets stuck in his playoff beard the most. I wonder if he’s eating “that cheese whiz” with chopped up steak, or just slurping down cups of it by itself.
What would I like to see more of, you may be asking. How about some Correll Buckhalter? The man only gets a few plays every game, yet he always seems to have one drive where he picks up bundles of yardage.
Why not hear more about the young core of Eagles linebackers that have matured so much this season, most notably after Akeem Jordan took over the weak-side position from Omar Gaither, the heir to Jeremiah Trotter. Stewart Bradley seems to have about 11 tackles a game and lead the team with 108. This group has become professional run stoppers – not just professionals who get paid to stop the run.
How about something different from the players? I’m not asking for trash talk, but it seems like every player from all four remaining teams give the same interview: “It’s gonna’ be a dog fight. Both teams are playing so well right now. We’re really gonna’ have to buckle down. The name of the game is turnovers. I’m real excited to get this thing goin’.” It’s starting to sound like Conan O’Brien and every single show he does. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Conan, but shouldn’t his excitement level about a show with Jennifer Aniston be a whole lot more enlivened than say, a show with a rare Guatemalan lizard expert? Every night it’s, “We got a great show for you tonight folks. I’m very excited. Heh heh heh heh, no but seriously gonna’ be a good one tonight!” Changing it up a little wouldn’t hurt. Give me a little spice NFL players! (And the trash talk from the Steeler’s punter Mitch Berger doesn’t count)
And PLEASE stop talking about a potential all-PA Superbowl. It hasn’t happened yet, and I guarantee that’s not what the teams are talking about. The Eagles aren’t thinking about a prospective Cheesesteak vs. Primanti ultimate showdown (and based on living in Pittsburgh for the past two years, even the ‘burghians would grant the cheesesteak the victor). The Steelers are focused on the Ravens, and the Eagles on the Cardinals. Just give all potential Superbowl match up talk a rest until late Sunday night.
For those of you who missed my last post, or have just not gotten around to reading it yet, I predicted a 31-17 Eagles victory.
As for the AFC Championship game, with some snow showers and a temperature around 19 degrees at kickoff, I imagine this will be a game won on the ground or “in the trenches” as fancy football analysts tend to put it. I see little or no scoring in the first half, just as the last meeting went. I don’t think it will come down to a last minute Santonio Holmes-esque did-he-cross-or-didn’t-he game winning touchdown or field goal. I predict bad games by both quarterbacks, with the rookie playing like a rookie for the first time in a very long time. Steelers 17 Ravens 13
Nevermind the regular season, this is the playoffs. Both the Ravens and the Steelers come in to this game on fire. The Ravens are coming into the Championship game after dismantling the the feel good story Miami Dolphins and then escaping Tennessee with 3 more turnovers to their defences credit and a win. The Steelers got to sit out the first round by earning their selves the 2 seed and the bye. The Steelers took advantage of their bye and a San Diego Chargers team minus LaDainian Tomlinson. In the NFL health is pinnical for success in the playoffsLaDron McClain and Willis McGahee are banged up as well. The last factor in the game is the match up between rookie quarterback Joe Flacco and playoff savoy Ben Roethisberger. Joe Flacco has had one of the greatest seasons for a rookie quarterback ever, however going toe to toe with Roethisberger and the Steelers defense might prove to be too much for the rookie. I would like to think this is going to be a close game, but the facts are stating otherwise.
Prediction: Steelers 24-Ravens 10
The NFC Championship game is the game of "house money." Not even Philadelphia and Arizona fans would have drafted a playoff bracket like this. The Eagles got into the playoffs by... well you know the story. The Cardinals got in to the playoffs...well simply because somebody had to win that division. The Eagles are in the NFC championship for the 5th time in 8 years, however the same can not be said for the Cardinals, they are playing in their first championship game ever. The Eagles played the Cardinals on Thanksgiving and gave them a severe beat down 48-20. The popular thing to say lately is to throw that game away. The reason why you throw that game away is because both teams (not just the Cardinals as many national media members are saying) are different, and like I said in the AFC preview, this is the playoffs. Another sexy observation by the national media is that the Cardinals now have a vaunted rushing attack, lets just wait and see what Jim Johnson has to say about that. Like the AFC game, the last factor in the NFC game could come down to quarterbacks. Kurt Warner has played in NFC championships and SuperBowls, but so has Super 5, D-Mac, Donovan McNabb who has some unfinished business and something to prove. While Warner has been there before, most of his Cardinal teammates have not, and they are not ready for a hot and hungry Eagle team.
Prediction: Eagles 27- Cardinals 17
Friday, January 16, 2009
The Flyers won in Florida tonight 3-2 in a shootout. "HOW 'BOUT THAT!"