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  1. The Beginning of the End

    Jan 1, 2006, 12:01 AM EDT

    Photo credit: your pal Matt Tonight marks the start of the Sixers season.  For all intents and purposes this year will be a mediocre campaign at best.  The Sixers haven’t changed a whole lot from the team they put out on the floor last year and with A.I. and CWebb inching closer to the twilight…

  2. Trading Burrell Will Not Be Easy

    Dec 31, 2005, 12:47 PM EDT

    Even is getting real about the fact that the Phillies need to trade Burrell: That doesn’t mean Gillick isn’t going to try. He’s going to aggressively shop Burrell and see what comes of it. I think his answer was simply reminding fans and potential buyers that Burrell can be productive (his .222 average with…

  3. The Orange and the Black (Wigs)

    Dec 31, 2005, 9:16 AM EDT

    Yahoo Photo A solid lead in today’s Courier Post: "It took some time, but the Flyers finally found an opponent as  inept as themselves."  There you go Flyers!  Basically, I’m only talking about the Flyers because they gave the fans orange wigs last night. Flyers fans unofficially set a Guinness world record by getting 9,315…

  4. Happy Halloween

    Dec 31, 2005, 12:03 AM EDT

    Photo Credit: lylekonkiel Donovan, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, you will no longer puke, we can end this destructive drought, and bring a parade to Philadelphia. Who has a caption?

  5. New Balls v. Old Balls

    Dec 30, 2005, 3:09 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, author of the highly entertaining Blog Maverick, had the University of Texas at Arlington Physics department conduct a study on the new balls the NBA will be using this year compared to the balls previously used.  Click here to read more about balls.  It’s pretty interesting stuff: I asked the…

  6. Who Feels Like This Guy Looks?

    Dec 30, 2005, 10:02 AM EDT

    Andy Reid’s press conference yesterday was hilarious, the bad part is, it’s wasn’t supposed to be. [] In McNabb’s press conference: "one of the worst games I’ve ever been a part of…" Donovan looked and sounded like he just spent the past 20 minutes crying. [] Eagles may sign CB Will Peterson, maybe. [CentreDaily] That…

  7. McBatshit McCrazy

    Dec 30, 2005, 12:03 AM EDT

    This video may be slightly NSFW, but I feel like this guy’s story must be told.

  8. Eagles Lose Third Straight, Fans Nearing Ledge

    Dec 29, 2005, 6:27 PM EDT

    Fanhouse: Eagles Lost Third Straight, Fans Nearing Ledge

  9. 83 Win Cardinals Win World Series

    Dec 28, 2005, 12:02 PM EDT

    Yahoo Photo The Cardinals won the World Series last night.  During the regular season, those Cards won two fewer games this year than our Phillies.  I’m just saying. >>Cardinals paint crown red [NYTimes]>>David Eckstein knows how to celebrate his MVP [Deadspin]>>Phillies vomit-inducing blow opportunities [Beerleaguer]>>Scott Rolen has come a long way from his Phillies days…

  10. Sixers Pump Gas

    Dec 27, 2005, 9:30 AM EDT

    The Sixers didn’t practice on Thursday, instead they hung out at gas stations where some of the players practiced their future profession: gas station attendant.  Anyone have pictures of Kyle Korver pumping gas yesterday?  This was all part of "Sixers Week."  Today, you can see Sixers mascot Hip Hop at City Hall for a pep…

  11. The 700 Level Mailbag

    Dec 26, 2005, 3:29 PM EDT

    A reader suggested we take on your questions via email, much like the original sports blogger, Mr. Simmons does.  So we’re going to give it a try here.  Wondering what kind of drugs Tom McGinnis is on while calling Sixers games? Run into A.I. at the Taj in A.C?  Wondering if anyone else saw that…

  12. Curt Schilling 1991 Leaf

    Dec 26, 2005, 10:23 AM EDT

    A new weekly feature every Wednesday (or so) here at The 700 Level: card of the week. This week, Curt Schilling. Why Curt Schilling?  Well, we saw him at the King of Prussia mall once about 10-15 years ago and were pretty fond of him as a Phillie.  Once he become a Red Sock, (Is…