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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Day the Spectrum Came Down . . . Sort of

It may go down as the most anti-climactic moment in Philadelphia sports history since the Eagles lost their final game at Veterans Stadium. Of course, this one will hurt a lot less.

Today, the historic Spectrum, home of the Sixers and Flyers for most of the second half of the 20th century, finally met the wrecking ball – a very small, slow moving wrecking ball. Someone forgot to tell the gathered crowd, media, and those of us watching from home, that today’s long-awaited demolition was sort of like putting the first ceremonial shovel into the ground to build a new arena.

Not quite what the fans were expecting.

Apparently, the demolition is going to take as long as it took to start taking the building down – slightly shorter than Julius Erving’s speech today. (Sorry, I love the Doc, but he rambled a bit today.) Nonetheless, today seemed worthy of noting.

See below for a photo from and a video from (Hopefully, they won’t be moved at least for a while and the images will remain. No copyright infringement is intended – just looking to mark the day.)

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