Category Archives: Sports

XFINITY Live! VIP Grand Opening Party

The highly-anticipated opening of XFINITY LIVE! occurred on Friday, March 30th with a VIP’s-only opening party hosted by Philadelphia Style.

Local Philadelphian celebrities, athletes and city influencers came out on Friday, March 30th to the newly opened XFINITY Live! – a new dining and entertainment district located in the Wells Fargo Complex. Hosted by Philadelphia Style Magazine, the Grand Opening Party took place at Spectrum Grill, one of the many venues included within XFINITY Live! complex. As guests mingled and enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, outside was host to a free concert featuring Third Eye Blind as they performed some of their top hits. Check out pictures below from the opening party! To keep up with future events and concerts at South Philly’s latest hotspot, like XFINITY Live! on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @XFINITYLive.

Second Annual Phillies Charities 5k Race

A record 5,000 runners filled Citizens Bank Park to support iconic local charity. 

It was easy to become lost in a sea of red baseball caps on Saturday morning, despite the obvious absence of the sun. Phillies fans love an underdog, and the looming clouds in the sky the morning of the 2nd annual Phillies Charities 5k were no exception.

A little rain wasn’t enough to stop thousands of participants from rising early and stepping into their sneakers. By 9am, a record 5,000 runners were organized behind the START banner at Citizens Bank Park. The mass volume of families and solo runners in Phillies garb was a sight to behold; a select few even arrived dressed in full uniform as their favorite player. A resounding “GO!” echoed past the stadium, and a spirited ocean of red, white and navy blue spilled through the grey haze.

First place can only be earned by one person, and this year it went to gifted local runner, Chris Lyons (26, Huntingdon Valley), with a mind-boggling 16 minute and 18 second finish (5:15/ mile pace). Despite some grunts along the way, nearly every finisher looked pleased as they crossed the end of the 3.1 mile course. Finishers made their way into the stadium for a ‘victory lap’, a stroll through the outfield and green perimeter, some stopping to check the Jumbotron for their name and time. Friends and families shared hugs with the Phanatic, who was decked out in red, and snapped photos with Phillies Ball Girls, while wearing their new home plate-shaped finisher medals.

The team may be away for Spring Training, but the fans who ran for Phillies Charities last weekend seemed content just to be back at the ball park.

Philadelphia District Court at Center of NFL Concussion Lawsuit

Philadelphia will be front and center in the National Football League’s latest legal woes, this time relating to concussions and their continuing effects on players lives and well-being long after they have retired.

Over 300 lawsuits have so far been filed by former football players or their spouses. Four of these cases will be consolidated and heard in Philadelphia by Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody.

So far cases have been submitted by players in Pennsylvania, Georgia, New York and  New Jersey. Attorney Larry Coben filed the first lawsuit in August on behalf of two-time Super Bowl winner Ed McMahon and six other individuals. He said of the consolation of cases,

“(This) allows Judge Brody to now bring everybody together and put this in an organized environment where all the legal issues and the medical issues and the scientific issues can all be decided in one place.”

The cases allege intentional misconduct on the part of the NFL with regard to concussion related symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and dementia.

At the core of the issue is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that affects individuals who have experienced multiple head injuries and has in particular affected former NFL and NHL players. The suicide of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson one year ago is a recent example of the tragedy that brain injuries sustained on the field have on the lives of players and their families long after their playing days are over.

Duerson was so convinced that the injuries he sustained during his playing career affected what he was about to do that he chillingly shot himself through his chest in order to preserve his brain for testing to further study the effects of CTE.

Brent Boyd, a former Minnesota Vikings lineman, is the only known living player who suffers from the condition.

As for what will take place in Philadelphia, Judge Brody will review pretrial evidence and findings that may pertain to the case to determine what is relevant and allowable. It is possible that the cases will then return to the districts in which they were filed after Judge Brody has completed her findings.

The NFL seems to be exploring a controversial approach to avoiding such lawsuits from players in the future. FOX Sports reports that the league is seeking to adopt language into contracts beginning in April following the draft that will prevent players from seeking legal recourse for any head injuries sustained during their playing careers. Per the report,

“Sources told The Daily a legal team is preparing a waiver that the NFL wants to insert into contracts of new players, starting with the draft in April. It would stipulate that the league will do its best to educate and protect players from concussions and head injuries, but the athletes will not be able to sue the NFL for any long-term medical issues caused by such injuries.”

The NFL faces an enormous challenge and responsibility in continuing to learn about the medical implications of repeated brain injuries and its role in preventing them. The league must manage the lawsuits against it and do right by those who gave their well-being to play football while at the same time constantly reviewing procedures for current players. While it is understood that football is a violent game, too many men have played too high a price playing America’s most popular sport.