Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Phils and the NBA Draft Lottery

- The Phils begin a road trip tonite that starts in Miami against the Florida Marlins. The roadtrip begins with the squad feeling pretty good about itself after taking 2 of 3 from the Blue Jays to cap a 7 - 3 homestand. You have to like the Phils chances tonite with Cole Hamels (6 - 1, 3.30 ERA) going against some guy I never heard of. Also, apparently, Florida has some idiot pitcher (who used to be a Phillie) who got "I love Billy Koch" tattooed on his ass. Can't wait till Wheels regales us with that little nugget when that guy pitches over the next couple of days.

I went to the game on Saturday night and unfortunately, it wasn't Jamie Moyer's night. He easily had his worst outing as a Phillie to lose 13 - 2. Reliever Clay Condrey gave up a grand slam to prototypical AL player (slugger whose power numbers have dwindled now that steroids have been outlawed DH-type) Matt Stairs to complete the debacle. Fortunately, for me, I was watching that from the comfort of McFadden's, since the game was long over by that point.

It was probably the first time I ever felt sort of old at McFadden's. Usually, when you go to McFadden's, the music is a bit more diverse (i.e.--not all club music) and it's not that difficult to get around to use the bathroom.

Last Saturday night felt like "A Night at the Roxy" as I kept waiting for Will Ferrell and his brother Chris Kattan to come dancing by at any second. I had a good time...don't get me wrong, it was good for just people watching, but I definitely didn't feel compelled to stick around as we kept getting run into by drunk people who clearly had no business even trying to dance. Perhaps it was "Grand Mal Seizure" night at McFadden's. Anyway, maybe McFadden's (and the ballpark in general) is still in "College Night" mode (a much younger demographic) until Summer officially starts and they'll start catering to a more widely dispersed age range (and actually play music that contains some guitar).

- The NBA draft lottery is tonite and let's hope the Sixers do better than the 12th pick that they'll probably end up with as a result of needlessly playing hard down the stretch. I hate like hell to pick on Bill Simmons again, but I hope he was kidding when he says that the Boston Celtics deserve some sort of good luck because of some of the things that have happened to the franchise since they last won in 1986. Boston fans have celebrated 3 Super Bowls and 1 World Series title in the last 5 years, yet somehow, we're supposed to feel bad that the Celtics have fared poorly? Yeah, ok.

Here's to rooting for the Celtics to somehow get bumped from the top two picks and end up with some unknown project like that Chinese kid with the fake birth certificate.

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