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Groundhog Day 2012 Marks Punxsutawney Phil's Day in Spotlight and Sixers Beat the Bulls

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The Omelette Thursday February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day 2012 Marks Punxsutawney Phil's Day to Shine in Punxsutawney, PA

So far the weather has been anything but winter-like in the Philadelphia area. Temperatures have soared into the 60's over the past few days. Alas, Groundhog Day 2012 is here - the day when thousands descend upon the town of Punxsutawney, PA to eat, drink, and wait for Punxsutawney Phil to declare whether or not we'll have six more weeks of winter or not.

Punxsutawney, PA is in the middle of nowhere and home to just over 6,000 residents. But on Groundhog Day it might as well be Penn's Landing on New Year's Eve as people come in droves to celebrate this annual tradition, which was started by German settlers.This marks the 122nd year that Punxsutawney Phil has made a weather prognostication on Groundhog Day.

UPDATE: Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter. Considering this "winter" has been anything like winter, does that mean we'll finally have cold weather for a prolonged period of time? Not according to the 10-day weather report from weather.com. Temps are expected to be above-average through next week.

The Sixers Defeat the Chicago Bulls 98-82

Ok folks. It's time to say it - the Philadelphia 76ers are for real. Going into last night's matchup with the best team in the Eastern Conference - the Chicago Bulls. The Sixers were tied for the 4th best record in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers have been criticized for having an easy schedule thus far this season and many pundits feel they will be exposed now that they play some tough teams. They passed their first test on Monday by defeating the Orlando Magic.

Last night the Sixers passed another test and demolished the best team in the Eastern Conference 98-82 behind Andre Iguodala's 19 points and 9 rebounds. Thaddeus Young also scored 19 points.

The Sixers are sitting at 16-6, just 2 games behind Chicago who has an 18-6 record. The Sixers' next test will be on Friday night when they take on the Miami Heat.

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