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It has been nine years since the Philadelphia 76ers have won a playoff series.  It was so long ago, that LeBron James was still a high schooler, Larry Brown was still coaching the Sixers (resigning after their loss to the Pistons), and the Eagles were coming off their 2nd straight NFC Championship loss.

Lou WilliamsSince then we have seen Larry Brown coach three different teams, the Eagles rise and fall, the Flyers lose to Chicago in the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Phillies win one World Series.

Friday night the 76ers finally won a series with their dramatic 78-77 victory over the Bulls, which could have gone either way in the last few seconds. Andre Iguodala has been maligned for much of his career for not being a clutch player, but he came up huge in the waning moments for the 76ers.

While the Sixers have benefited from the Bulls' losses of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, you have to admire their passion. Their talent level is mediocre, but their heart and passion are incredible. With the Flyers' debacle against the Devils and the Phillies looking like a team on the downswing, the Sixers have our attention once again.

Doug Collins had gone 23 years without a playoff series victory to his credit. Now he has finally gotten that monkey off his back.

Back to reality though; the 76ers are going to face a brutal defensive matchup in round two against the Celtics. Sure, they caught a break by not having to face Miami, but they will be lucky to score 75-80 a game against a stout Celtics defense which ranked 2nd in the NBA in points allowed. Chicago was #1 and the 76ers were #3 overall.

Until then, the 76ers need to enjoy this victory. They have Philadelphia's full attention now.

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Ten years ago today, one of the most legendary press conferences of all-time happened right here in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia 76ers were fresh off a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001, but had just been beaten by the Boston Celtics in a five-game series in the first round of the 2002 NBA Playoffs.

When head coach Larry Brown insinuated that his star player Allen Iverson’s lack of practice may have been one of the reasons the Sixers failed to repeat their success that season.

What ensued was the following. You’ve all seen it. Just enjoy it one more time.




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When the news broke Wednesday afternoon that “America’s Oldest Teenager” Dick Clark died at age 82 following a heart attack, I think a little part of everybody’s youth was lost as well.Dick Clark photo: aberdeennews.com

After all, do you remember a New Year’s Eve (with the exception of 2004) without Dick Clark? Better yet, do you parents remember life without Dick Clark?! Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Believe it or not, a fact that’s not discussed all that much is that Clark’s career was practically launched right here in Philadelphia.

After spending time on local television and radio in his native New York, Clark moved to Drexel Hill in 1952 and took a job at WIFL (the old call letters of WPVI, which was also a television station) as a disc jockey. Around the same time, Bob Horn’s Bandstand premiered on WIFL. Originally just a fill-in host for Horn, Clark became the full time host after Horn was fired after a DUI arrest. The show was renamed American Bandstand, it went national the next year, and rest is history. Bandstand moved to California in 1964, and Clark stayed on as the show's host for 25 years just prior to the show’s cancellation in 1989.

Clark’s Philadelphia roots were also evident in American Dreams, a show which he produced involving a Philadelphia family which ran on NBC from 2002 to 2005.

Of course, in between Clark’s time in Philadelphia and his run on Bandstand, he developed countless game shows, hosted numerous radio countdowns, opened a chain of restaurants with the ‘American Bandstand’ theme (one formerly in King of Prussia), and produced and hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. With the exception of 2004 (the year Clark suffered), Clark hosted the show every year in some capacity, as he counted down the New Year as the ball dropped from Times Square in New York.

There might never be another career in the entertainment industry that was so diverse as well as successful as Dick Clark’s. And if he didn’t move here to Philadelphia, chances are none of that would have been possible.

For now, so long Dick Clark.

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Johnny's Rainbow Foundation Golf Outing benefits local families in Delaware County

Johnny's Rainbow Foundation was created in 2006 when Lisa and Jack Bellopede lost their son Johnny at the age of 9. Johnny had Smith-Magenis Syndrome and Autism. He was an amazing little boy who loved life and would always greet you with a smile! Johnny's legacy lives on by helping his friends. It is the foundation's mission to help families with special needs children by providing them with financial support called a Rainbow Grant.
This grant is intended to make a significant difference in the life of the special needs child by funding equipment, experiences, parent education, family counseling, therapy, or any other of the child's needs. In order to raise funds for JRF, we hold an annual golf outing and social fundraiser. All proceeds from our event will benefit local families in Delaware County. Your support is greatly appreciated. Johnny's Rainbow Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Johnny's Rainbow Foundation
4th Annual Golf Outing & Social

Friday, June 8, 2012
Paxon Hollow Country Club
850 Paxon Hollow Road, Media, Pa 19063

Golf starts at 2:00 PM
Social starts at 6:00 PM

We are looking for event/table/hole sponsors for the event as well as items for our raffle/auction. As always we'd love to have new golfers and social attendees! You can register online at www.johnnysrainbowfoundation.org or contact lisa@johnnysrainbowfoundation.org  for more information.

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The Philadelphia Flyers are outclassing the Pittsburgh Penguins in every facet of their game during the NHL Playoffs.
And now they have the real Hulk Hogan in their corner, as opposed to that wanna-be look alike they have in Pittsburgh.

Yep, the Hulkster himself appeared in a video at Wells Fargo Center during Game 3 Sunday to deliver a special message to Flyers fans!  Now apparently, Hogan did the same thing for the Penguins recently, taking away some of the pizzaz of this. Nonetheless, it's still cool that he did it, and the fact that the Flyers are rolling all over the Penguins helps too. Man, what some people will do for a buck these days.


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Philly2Philly fans can win tickets to an advance screening of the Bob Marley Documentary 'Marley.'

Date: Thursday, April 19th. Tell us your favorite Bob Marley song on Facebook. It's THAT simple!

You can also RSVP to info@philly2philly.com

NOTE: There will be no actual passes for the film screening.  Your name will be on a list that admits two on the night of the screening.


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1st Annual SPIN Possibilities in the Park 5K

A Run, Walk, Roll to Benefit Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities,

Developmental Disabilities, and Autism


                     WHAT:  Individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to run, walk, or roll for a life of possibilities at SPIN’s 1st Annual Possibilities in the Park 5K! Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, the 5K will benefit SPIN’s efforts to provide residential, educational, early intervention, behavioral, employment, recreation, and wellness services for those with intellectual disabilities, autism and developmental disabilities.

1st Annual SPIN Possibilities in the Park 5K on Saturday April 14th

The 5K Run, Walk or Roll will start at SPIN’s Drummond Road Campus. In addition, participants will have the option to partake in a non-competitive one-mile walk to further benefit SPIN.  


The course will take runners, walkers, and rollers through the SPIN campus and surrounding neighborhood, and end at a family-friendly festival full of freebies, fun, and games with event sponsors PhillyHealthWatch.com, Skinny Water, MIX 106.1 FM, and Academy Injury and Health Center. Food trucks Sweet Bo x, Lil Dan’s, Foo Truck, and Say Cheese Philadelphia will be selling their goodies at the festival, and 10% of the proceeds will further benefit SPIN.


To register for the 5K, visit www.spininc.org/5K.


                       WHEN:      Saturday, April 14, 2012

7:30 a.m. Warm-up

8:00 a.m. 5K Kick-Off

8:30 a.m. 1 Mile Kick-Off

9:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony




                   Industrial Park of Northeast Philadelphia

                   10501 Drummond Road 

                   Philadelphia, PA 19154


                   WHY: SPIN is a nationally recognized, regionally based, nonprofit provider of people first services and supports for those with intellectual, developmental and autism spectrum disabilities. Providing residential, educational, early intervention, behavioral, employment, recreation and wellness services for over 3,000 people each year, SPIN supports each person to achieve a life of possibilities.  For more information about SPIN, please visit www.spininc.org. “Like” us on Facebook at SPIN, Inc. or “Follow” us on Twitter at @spin_inc 


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Warm weather is hitting and instead of snagging a ticket to Brazil, we suggest a budget-friendly alternative by submersing yourself in an authentic Brazilian experience at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse.


Chima Brazilian Steakhouse is celebrating the change of seasons with a Restaurant Week April 9th through the 12th and April 15th through the 19th. During these weeks, guests can enjoy the entire rodizio and salad bar for only $39.50 (regularly priced at $49.50). Fully indulge in Brazilian culture by ordering a caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil using cachaça, sugar and lime and satisfy your sweet tooth with a Brazilian-style flan, cream caramel, for dessert.

If you don’t have time to stop in for the fun, try making a caipirinha at home with Chima’s recipe:

-          1 lime, quartered
-          2 teaspoon fine sugar
-          2 ounces cachaça (Chima uses Leblon)
-          Optional: strawberry, mango or kiwi flavoring

1.            Place the lime wedges and sugar into an old-fashioned glass.
2.            Muddle well to create a paste.
3.            Fill the glass with ice cubes.
4.            Pour in the cachaça.
5.            Stir well.

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I met a guy about a month ago who really seemed to be quite a prince charming.  He was a lawyer, good looking, and appropriately aged (this means he Qbert photo: g42.orgwas old enough to get my joke/reference to Q*bert, and mature enough to not know who I was speaking of when I made a comment about Justin Bieber).  After speaking for an evening he asked for my telephone number and I obliged. He immediately called me the next day and we spoke for a while, pretty long by “first phone call” standards. I gave him some sound advice I could tell he really needed and for that I think he was grateful. 

Well, I know he was grateful. To show his gratitude he sent me a text message immediately following our conversation of his six-pack abs.   

Many issues with this: A) at first glance, I couldn’t make out what in the hell this was a picture of. I was actually concerned that it was his junk and that he had a Nike “swoosh” tattooed on it.  I had to have someone else look at this picture and explain it to me as if I was looking at a sonogram. B) The whole thing was way too “Situation” for me.  He’s pulling up his own shirt to reveal his signature AB-alanche of pride.  C) It was really presumptuous of him to assume I would find this flattering or sexy, and came off kinda creepy in the long run. 

Of course, this whole situation (no pun intended there) immediately launched the red flags of narcissism, but other than that it got me grandly thinking about the standards for telling a girl you like them and OH how they’ve changed.  We all remember being in the 3rd grade and Johnny would punch you in the arm, or push you in the hall, only to have it revealed later (through a note where as you should circle “YES” or “NO” to confirm) that he in fact likes you. Situation photo: wetpaint.com

As a kid, I found that stuff to be ludicrous, but it sure made a lot more sense to me than Captain Ab-Slide sending me a candid of his physique as a hint to his intentions and/or affections. I just want to find a place in a time where we all, guys and girls alike, capture that value and the innocence of the first meetings again. That time is so short compared to the possibility of a lifetime that I look forward to each one of the moments. Because, if a relationship does bloom, it’s only a matter of time before you are forced to then see those sides of one another that don’t come out on a first, second, or third date.  And you all know you’ve got some of these sides!  I just don’t see the point in rushing through this phase. I know we’re in a different age of technology and chivalry now-a-day, but I still need to believe that we practice standard respect and consideration for those we meet and “like.”

Getting to know me is the best part about me. It’s the best part of you. Your family is bored with you, and your friends know you backwards and frontwards by this point. Get back into the habit of enjoying the nuance of relationship.  It’s a hell of a lot of fun to have someone new come along who’s never heard about your family trip to the place where celling fans are made, or you’re intense fear of sporks!  

After the incident with AB-raham Lincoln above, I decided there is nothing wrong with having adult standards, especially if you are an adult. Just because we’re not living in an era anymore where a man would place his coat over a puddle for a woman, we can still move in the direction where the “getting to know you phase” is a cherished time again.  

Ladies, ever wonder where the phrase "tapped that" originated?  Fella's, ever wonder if girls had slumber parties with nighties and pillow fights?  Yeah, well me too.  The Vagina MonoBlogs takes a proactive but honest point of view on some of these timeless questions and offers some perspectives to apply...or avoid for that matter!

Contact Brandi Conrow at brandi.conrow@hotmail.com

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  Philly2Philly followers can win tickets to an advance screening of ‘The Hunter’ starring Willem Dafoe Thursday, April 12th.

Starting Thursday April 5th, we will be asking trivia questions relating to 'The Hunter' star Willem Dafoe on our Twitter and Facebook pages. The first to answer gets passes that admit two for the screening!!

NOTE: There will be no actual passes for the film screening. Just RSVP to info@philly2philly.com


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