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11-23-2010, 02:58 PM
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Going to wrestling matches back in the day and standing by the entrance in the afternoon when the wrestlers arrived was classic. Some played their role 24/7
Back in the day before internet spoilers they had to.

Watching Spectrum wrestling on Prism was awesome. Mel Phillips was a great ring announcer. Some great matches were held at the Spectrum, that's for sure. I'll never forget the tag team title match where Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake won the titles from Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham when they "burned" Windham's eyes with Johnny Valiant's cigar.

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Back in the day before internet spoilers they had to.

Watching Spectrum wrestling on Prism was awesome. Mel Phillips was a great ring announcer. Some great matches were held at the Spectrum, that's for sure. I'll never forget the tag team title match where Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake won the titles from Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham when they "burned" Windham's eyes with Johnny Valiant's cigar.
know they did, it was just funny. I remember seeing the wild samoans on the beach in wildwood when I was like 10 or 11. After they played their role, they were really cool. Got pictures and autographs. A friend of mine was real good friends with Mel Phillips. Remember going to a flyers/blues game in the afternoon then wrestling at night. Putski vs. superstar billy graham if my memory is correct, 78 i think.

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know they did, it was just funny. I remember seeing the wild samoans on the beach in wildwood when I was like 10 or 11. After they played their role, they were really cool. Got pictures and autographs. A friend of mine was real good friends with Mel Phillips. Remember going to a flyers/blues game in the afternoon then wrestling at night. Putski vs. superstar billy graham if my memory is correct, 78 i think.
A friend of yours was friends with Mel Phillips? That's cool stuff. I remember the angle he was involved in with Terry Funk when they were portraying him as being a racist.

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A friend of yours was friends with Mel Phillips? That's cool stuff. I remember the angle he was involved in with Terry Funk when they were portraying him as being a racist.
yep, i dont remember how he became friends with him as he was my age, 12 or so at the time. He would go in the lockeroom and he became freindly with angela mosca of all people. I lost touch with him after i moved away. He ended up becoming a wrestler in the local area i heard. Dead Man walking i believe was his ring name.

That angle was funny, especially when he branded his a.s.s!

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From former Flyers' player and current Flames' assistant coach Ryan McGill:

“It just goes to show you what that building was (difficulty in the wrecking ball making an initial impact). It’s too bad they’re knocking it down. It’s a great landmark. The fans were the same way as the players. The atmosphere was so good. It was like a Canadian city. If they didn’t like the way you were playing, they booed you, too. They were tough on the visiting team, but had high expectations on the home team. They were passionate.”

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From former Flyers' player and current Flames' assistant coach Ryan McGill:

ďIt just goes to show you what that building was (difficulty in the wrecking ball making an initial impact). Itís too bad theyíre knocking it down. Itís a great landmark. The fans were the same way as the players. The atmosphere was so good. It was like a Canadian city. If they didnít like the way you were playing, they booed you, too. They were tough on the visiting team, but had high expectations on the home team. They were passionate.Ē
Always liked mcgill when he was here. Remember him beating down Kevin stevens and tocchet had to jump in to save his ass.

He has been successful coaching in the ahl and was wondering where he was at these days as mentioned him as a possible replacement for paddock..

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Always liked mcgill when he was here. Remember him beating down Kevin stevens and tocchet had to jump in to save his ass.

He has been successful coaching in the ahl and was wondering where he was at these days as mentioned him as a possible replacement for paddock..
Though it wasn't with the Flyers, his playing career ended with an eye injury just a few days after Philly traded him.

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Though it wasn't with the Flyers, his playing career ended with an eye injury just a few days after Philly traded him.
what wasnt with the flyers?

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what wasnt with the flyers?
The eye injury that ended his career, came just a few days after the Flyers traded him. I'm pretty sure he is legally blind because of the injury.

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The eye injury that ended his career, came just a few days after the Flyers traded him. I'm pretty sure he is legally blind because of the injury.
correct, not sure if he is legally blind though. to bad he played on a crappy team

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Has anyone checked out the store for Remember The Spectrum?

http://www.rememberthespectrum.com

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For those that aren't from Philly, or don't get the paper, you might not know that Bill Lyon is the greatest sports writer the city's ever had..

(44 Years a writer ∑ Last 27 as a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer ∑ 5 times nominated for Pulitzer Prize as Distinguished Commentary ∑ National Headliner Award ∑ Over 70 national and state writing awards ∑ 9 times Pennsylvania Sports Writer of the Year ∑ 1999 Inductee to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame ∑ Covered 9 Olympics, 26 Super Bowls, Masters US Open and more than 30 Final Fours.)

No one comes close, not at the Daily News, or the Inquirer.
His articles are always entertaining, more so than any other writer in the country imo.. And I know em all, going all the way back to Gratland Rice.

He did a piece on the Spectrum in the midst of retirement, and he still does write for the Inquirer occasionally.. But it aired on CSN during the hour long piece on the Spectrum, in his own voice, it was the highlight of the show.. Always wanted to have it on paper and finally got it when a family member got me Deadlines and Overtimes, Collected writing on Sports and Life for Christmas.

Thankfully it's on the Spectrum site and elsewhere, good thing I searched before starting to type it out:

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Originally Posted by Bill Lyon, Spectrum: Thunderdome (Deadlines and Overtimes
At its ear-shattering best, it was Thunderdome, a Niagara of noise, waves of shuddering sound roiling to the rafters, the echoes ricocheting off the walls.

When a Philadelphia team was playing, you could stand out in the parking lot and the crowd noise would tell you how the home team was faring - if they were winning, the passion was as raw and bone-deep as a January night, an unrelenting, urging surge of support.

And if they were losing . . . ah, well, then it was a mournful wail, so haunting that wolf packs a thousand miles away lifted their muzzles to the heavens and bayed at the moon in sympathetic reply.

To this day, it is claimed that way up there in the cold, cold north there are wolves that know how to boo.

For three full decades and bits and pieces of two more, the Spectrum served its purpose uncommonly well - it was more than just another antiseptic arena, it was one of our civic cathedrals, a signature profile, its lights emitting an inviting glow, tempting, bidding you to come in, suggesting all manner of entertainment.

Crooners crooned there. Dr. J dunked there. Sinatra in a tux, Doc walking on air. Smooth. Silk-on-satin smooth.

The Flyers won Stanley Cups there, won them when the sport was new here - hockey? What's hockey? - won by toothless Canadians long on grit and gristle. They came into their locker room before the deciding game to find this message written on a chalk board by their coach, the enigmatic Fred Shero: "Win today and we walk together forever."

Quite a prophecy.

Clarkie and Bernie. The Watson brothers. Moose and Hound. Big Bird and The Hammer. Lunch-pail, hard-hat athletes, hungry . . . hungry and ravenous because the big money hadn't infected their sport yet.

Even they didn't fully comprehend the impact they would have on this town. None of us could. They were the best and the brightest, and they remain so to this day.

The Blade Runners.

The Spectrum was theirs. They brawled and bashed and splattered its ice with blood - the opponents' and their own. In Philadelphia, blood plays big.

Kate Smith played big, too. In life and in records. Adopted as the Flyers' good luck talisman, when her version of "God Bless America" was played, the Spectrum vibrated like a giant tuning fork, and the hardest of hearts suddenly found it hard to swallow.

And then the hard wood would be placed on top of the ice and the 76ers would take over. Moses and Mo. World B. Jelly Bean. The White Shadow. The Kangaroo Kid. The Boston Strangler.

Remember? They gave us our last parade. Twenty-five years ago. Ah, boy, we know that math, don't we? All of us. Know it by heart. Know every galling, gnawing season of frustration.

Nothing lasts forever . . . well, with the exception of public television pledge drives and the lack of Philadelphia championships. And now the Spectrum is coming down, the judgment, devoid of emotion, being that it has outlasted its usefulness

So, there will soon be a tiny, precise mound of rubble and from the bones will arise new commercial ventures. The Spectrum will be the third sporting venue fatality of recent time, joining JFK Stadium and the Vet. They recede in our memory, and when summoned, now show up fuzzy and indistinct. Years hence, such a fate undoubtedly awaits the Spectrum. But its passing needs to be observed. It was home to heroes and zeros, to moments of giddy exhilaration and wrenching despair, to high drama and low comedy.

The fall of the Wachovia Spectrum thins the South Philadelphia sporting venue ranks. We are left with three playpens now, and we take them for granted. Our sports complex is a thing to be chest-thumping proud of, but of course we would prefer to find nits to pick.

I did 31 years and a small river of words in the Spectrum, hunched over at a Quasimodo trajectory in the cramped hockey press box, or wedged in along the baseline, so close to the floor I could see the whole unit - basket, backboard, stanchion, all of it - be moved by Charles Barkley at the conclusion of a two-handed breakaway dunk. No one tried to step in and take a charge against Charles.

The single best individual play I ever saw in the Spectrum was on a dank, rain-lashed night in March of 1992, Duke against Kentucky in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.

Christian Laettner took a 75-foot inbounds pass at the top of the key, faked, pivoted, and put up a jump shot that splashed the netting at the gun. As is customary in this profession, we were given 37 seconds to write 500 words.

There were a lot of deadlines in the Spectrum, a lot of nights when you looked beseechingly at all those banners draped from the rafters, pleading desperately for inspiration, asking the building to bail you out one more time.

It's only a building, the pragmatist will say, and correctly so. Concrete and steel rods. Inanimate.

Maybe so. But it is also the repository of memories, memories for which there are no replacements.

So then, let us lift a glass. And cherish the memories.

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