Phillies: Week 4

The Phillies’ offense was definitely visible this week coming off a tough stretch. Jayson Werth had a fantastic week as he filled in for Shane Victorino. Chase Utley continued his torrid start. The pitching has been solid, especially the back end of the bullpen.

The games on Monday and Tuesday were rematches of the Phillies’ playoff series against the Colorado Rockies. Kyle Kendrick was pitching on Monday and gave up three runs before the Phillies got on the board. Pat Burrell hit a two-run homerun to get them within one. Kendrick turned around and gave up a homerun to give Colorado some insurance. That ended Kendrick’s outing. The next half-inning, Werth and Utley got those runs back. Werth hit an inside-the-park homer and Utley hit a homer right after him. In the eighth, Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run double with the bases loaded to give the Phils the lead. They added three in the ninth for a 9-5 win. Rudy Seanez picked up the win in relief.

Tuesday’s game started a little better as Utley knocked in two runs with a double. The Phils added another run in the fourth, but the Rockies scored in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take the lead. Werth tied the game in the seventh with a homer, but Colorado came back with a two-run blast in the bottom half of the inning. That was the end of the night for Brett Myers, who lasted seven innings and gave up six runs. Again, like Monday, the Phils scored late when they needed to. After the Phillies tied the game in the eighth, Burrell hit a three-run double to win it in the ninth. Ryan Madson won the game and Brad Lidge picked up the save.

On Wednesday, the Phils were in Milwaukee. Cole Hamels was fantastic, but might have been left in for a couple more batters than he should have. Cole got off to a rough start, giving up three runs in the first. Utley got one back with his 10th homer in the third inning. Greg Dobbs hit a two-run blast in the fifth and Burrell added one in the sixth . Coming into the seventh, Hamels had struck out 11 and had thrown over 100 pitches. However, he stayed in and got burned as he gave up a two-run homer, which was the eventual winner.

Thursday’s game was a pitching duel between Jamie Moyer and Jeff Suppan. Moyer pitched six innings and only gave up one run. He gave up the run in the third, but Werth got it back with a solo homer in the sixth. Moyer loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, but Tom Gordon came in and did not give up a run. Burrell was once again the hero, hitting a two-run double in the eighth for the win. Gordon deservedly got the win.

The Phils were in Pittsburgh for the weekend. The games on Friday and Saturday seemed to be one and the same at first. In both games, they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first couple innings. Chris Coste and Werth both had big games. Coste drove in three runs and Werth hit his fourth homer of the week. Adam Eaton only lasted 3.2 innings and gave up three runs. Chad Durbin gave up two more runs to make it a one-run game. Gordon picked up his second straight win and Lidge saved his sixth game of the year.

On Saturday, Kendrick was the recipient of the early runs. Ryan Howard homered after sitting for two games. The Phils scored five runs in the first to help in the victory. Kendrick lasted seven innings and gave up four runs. The Phils were able to hold on for an 8-4 win.

The offense went silent on Sunday as the Phillies managed one run on two hits. Paul Maholm threw a complete game for the Pirates. Myers gave up four runs in five innings in his second loss of the year. The Pirates added a couple more for a 5-1 win.

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Flyers: Round 2

Lets get right to it. Game 7 was unbelievable. The Flyers and the Capitals each needed the win to move on. Washington took an early lead on a power-play goal. Scottie Upshall tied it up on a slap shot that snuck through the five-hole of Cristobal Huet. In the second, the Flyers got a break when Huet found himself out of the net. Sami Kapanen buried the puck into the open net. After the Flyers killed off a power-play, Alex Ovechkin slipped by and beat Marty Biron to tie it at 2. The third period was scoreless but the Caps dominated the Flyers. Game 7 would be decided in overtime. The Flyers received a rare overtime power-play. After Danny Briere had a shot blocked, Kimmo Timonen ripped one that Huet stopped. However, he lost track of the rebound, and Joffrey Lupul won the series with a goal.

The Flyers’ next opponent was the No. 1 seeded Montreal Canadiens. The Flyers dropped all four regular season meetings. But the playoffs are a different season.

In Game 1, the Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period. Jim Dowd and RJ Umberger scored. In the second, Montreal got a couple of breaks and tied the game. Lupul gave the Flyers the lead early in the third. It looked to be in the bag, but Mike Richards was called for an unfortunate penalty. With less than 30 seconds to go, Jeff Carter broke his stick on the face-off. Alexei Kovalev wrested a shot past Biron for his second goal of the game. Tom Kostopolous won the game 42 seconds into overtime.

Game 2 was more of the same to start. Carter and Umberger tallied first period goals before Montreal struck on the power-play. In the second, Briere put the Flyers up by two again. Montreal scored early, but it was not enough. Umberger added another goal. Biron was outstanding in a 4-2 win. It evened the series going back to Philly.

Monday was a great game until the third for the Flyers. The first period was even and it showed, as nobody cracked the score column. The second period was a Flyers’ period, as they struck three times for a 3-0 lead going into the third. Upshall, Richards and Umberger scored. Early in the third, Derian Hatcher took a five-minute major for boarding and he was ejected. The Canadiens were able to strike twice on the major power-play. Biron was good again for the Flyers, who only managed 14 shots. But they held on to take a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 victory.

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Song Sung Blue

Song Sung Bluewas just one of the many powerful documentaries featured at the 17th annual Philadelphia Film Festival this year. Not only was it a festival favorite in its last week, but it was the winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah, giving it a screening spot at the IFC Center in New York City.

Michael Kohs, in his directorial debut, captures the story of a loving husband and wife who, against the worst of tribulations, achieve their dreams.

Mike and Claire Sardina have a Neil Diamond tribute act called Lightning & Thunder and their big dream is to make it to Las Vegas. Using home footage and photographs from the Sardina’s family collection, along with camcorders given to the couple, Kohs’ film embodies the often heart-wrenching story of a duo’s love for each other and their “us against the world” mentality.

The couple starts out playing small venues like the Wisconsin State Fair (where they eventually get married) and hit a turning point when they are invited to sing at a Pearl Jam concert beside Eddie Vedder. The film’s most enjoyable scene is when Vedder joins in on a version of “Forever in Blue Jeans” that you will never forget.

When the couple’s act finally receives a strong fan base, their lives take a sudden and traumatic turn. Lightning and Thunder are suddenly thrown into a world they hoped would never come. They must decide whether a 9-5 job is the outcome of a disastrous fate or if the faith they have in each other is enough to bring their act back, no matter how long it takes.

Kohs focuses on the family’s desire to keep moving forward even though everything possible is moving against them; their withering health, increasing debt, and protective mothers. This film can prove to anyone that there is hope for second chances and that the love of one person is enough to withstand the loss of everything else.

Of course, the aspect of the film that can only be captured through a documentary is how the Sardinas show their true selves on camera. At times, it feels like you have just awkwardly stepped into their house and caught the end of a fight between mother and son or witnessed Michael Sardina walking around in his underwear.

Throughout the course of eight years, this film successfully tells the tragic story of Milwaukee’s greatest sensation. It makes you wonder how many times you have been to an amusement park or a local fair and never gave a second look toward the band performing on the outdoor stage. Lightning & Thunder was just one group of many who were trying to live the American Dream.

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Pete Dominick

Comedian and radio talk show host, Pete Dominick, was in town last week as the country was tuned into see how Pennsylvania would vote in the Democratic primaries. After getting to catch a bit of two of his shows (which aired live from the Platt Arts Performing Center at UPenn), I was able to chat with the comedian before he went on air about comedy, politics, the issues and why college students have such a bad rep when it comes to voting.

Campus Philly: First off, why you don’t tell me how you got involved with the radio station [Sirius Radio]?

Pete Dominick: Well, I’m a stand-up comedian, first and foremost. They wanted someone to come in and host a show called “Comedy by Request.” It was a show on the Raw Dog channel and I auditioned, with a bunch of other comedians. I got the job. Was doing that for about a year but was always antsy—wanted to do something more. This new channel got launched, called Indie Talk, and I knew I wanted to live on this channel, somehow, some way. I pitched my idea for a show, did a demo and auditioned and they bought it. That was about two months ago when we came on the air.

CP: Tell me more about the show [“Pete’s Big Mouth”]. What was your original idea for it?

PD: Well, I didn’t want it to be…every political talk show I hear just seems like…all they ever do is demonize a person or a political party or an ideology. Liberals, conservatives, Republicans, Democrats…those are just false labels. I wanted to do something on this channel that focused on issues and that I could put my personality into. I’m a comedian, so I wanted to make political talk more entertaining, more fun and less, uh, more real, more the truth, without some kind of ideology behind it. I don’t think you can pin me down to one ideology. I’m just a real curious, real passionate guy. I’m no genius by any means on this stuff, but I wanted to do something about politics, current events and life. Just life. We’ll go from talking about snoring to talking about abortion, the abortion issue, gay marriage, race and then we’ll talk about…what’s another example [asks his brother, Brian, who is featured on his show]? My drive to work. Road rage. It doesn’t matter.

It’s like stand-up in that it’s easier than stand-up. Talk radio is easier than stand-up, because with stand-up you have to have a point and then you have to have a punch line or a laugh every few seconds. With talk radio…the thing that they share is both have to appeal to a broad mass of people. People have to relate to it. Who can’t relate to snoring? Who can’t relate to road rage? We can do those topics because people relate to ‘em. Yesterday, we talked about Catholicism in America and people know about that. Or have a feeling about that. We have a really broad mandate and with satellite, we’re uncensored, so it’s really cool and really exciting with everyone involved, I think.

CP: I was at Tuesday’s show and I noticed you had a general talk session, but then [at the end] I noticed you had an a cappella group [Pennsylvania Six-5000] come on…are you’re shows always that different?

PD: You know, we like to do a fun segment. I think, it seems like we like to do it at the end, near the 4 o’clock hour, but we like to do a fun segment. We like to wrap up a show that may be really serious, you know, talking about race or religion—something people get really passionate about…its fun to wrap up with an a cappella group singing. I wasn’t sure how that segment was going to go, but my producer thought it’d be a great idea…I try not to put my opinion on it, but from my point of view sometimes, things are bad when they’re good. But everyone loved it.

Today, we’ve got Ben Franklin coming on, so there’s always something you can take away from it. The bottom line is: it’s talk radio. It is a form of entertainment. I like to think that a lot of times, it’s a form of information or a platform for people to discuss different issues, which is great, but it’s still a form of information… It’s hard to believe some of these guys. I believe what I’m saying. I may be wrong a lot, but I believe what I’m saying. People can call and be like, “you’re wrong,” and I’ll be like, “oh.” And that’s what’s funny. I think what people like about the show is that I admit when I’m wrong all the time and that’s what I want in a politician…and that doesn’t happen.

CP: Considering you’ve talked about a variety of the issues at stake, what would you say are the main ones that are affecting people who call into your show?

PD: The ones that they’re calling into the show about—I decide the issues we talk about on the show. The question isn’t really fair to the listeners. I have a blog that my brother maintains for me, where people throw out ideas and we’re going to try to make a way for people to have some controls on what we talk about. Generally, it’s what I want to talk about. I guess I could answer the question, “What are people getting most passionate about?” I think that the Iraq War, for me—I’m very passionate about my opinions and what’s going on. How we got in. What are we going to do? The phones always light up for that. People always have an opinion on that. It’s a really interesting thing and it’s the thing that people are least apathetic about. People think there’s a connection between 9/11 and Iraq and people…know more about that than they do other issues…One thing I like to push and talk about is the dumbing down of America. It’s something I like to bring up a lot. Reality shows. Video games. Just the fact that we’re being passed by so many other countries and cultures right now focusing on education and we’re sitting there watching “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol,” which while it’s entertaining, it’s mindless. So I drive that home a lot.

I’m a father; I have two kids, so…the future, you know? Education, social security, national security and any social issue you want to talk about. I also rail against religion a lot, which get people fired up about obviously and I’m totally in a minority there, I think, in terms of being an atheist…so we talk about that a lot… those are the things that come up a lot that people are really interested in and care about.

CP: Now I know that you do the warm-ups for “The Colbert Report” Is there any reason you were here in Philadelphia the same week Colbert was or was it just luck that it happened like that?

PD: No, no. They’re completely connected. When “The Colbert Report” announced that they were going to go to Philadelphia, I knew I had a dilemma. I wanted to have a solution because I have to do my radio show. I’m under contract there. I’m not under contract with Colbert, but they do pay me a lot of money and I’m committed. I’m a part of that family there, as well. There’s really two jobs. I said to my bosses at Siruis, “How about we go to Philadelphia? It ties in with everything we talk about” and the reason why Colbert came is the same reason…there’s overlap there with my show. It’s politics. It talks about the news. So the primary is next week, here in Pennsylvania, so it’s a perfect way…Plus we’ve been wanting to take the show on the road and give it a run and see how it goes. Obviously, UPenn—an ivy league school, smart students, smart professors. They bought it right away. I was like, “Can we go to UPenn? It will be easy.” As soon as I’m done with the radio show, I run over to “The Colbert Report” for about an hour and warm up that audience.

CP: Have you noticed that that audience has been any different than the New York audiences?

PD: Yes. It’s the first time that “The Colbert Report” has ever been out of the studio. It’s 900 people. The New York audience is 100. And they’re fired up. I mean they love it. It’s big guests: Michelle Obama, John Edwards. I mean it’s a big thing. It’s a big production. It’s a big audience. The energy coming from Stephen and the audience and coming from the staff is all different. We had the Governor of Pennsylvania, the Mayor of Philadelphia, so it’s a different show almost in a way. Yea, everything about it is different. It’s going to be tough to go back to the 100-seaters.

CP: Now you said you wanted a talk show that wasn’t as “hard-hitting.” You can still have fun with it, in a sense. You can still bring your comedic background in.

PD: I’m finding myself being mostly serious. But you know, “John McCain” calls in. And we do a very funny call with the fake “John McCain.” I want to do more bits that correspond with things that we’re talking about, but it’s three hours. When you listen to a talk show, a lot of times it puts you in a bad mood. You disagree with the host. It’s depressing. A lot of stuff we talk about gets pretty depressing…

CP: Bringing that stuff [comedy] in, along the lines of what Jon Stewart and Colbert are doing—bringing the comedy in, but still incorporating the issues—do you think there’s a main reason that college students or people between the ages of 18 and 30 are attracted to that instead of more hard-hitting shows?

PD: That’s a great question. I think they’re more attracted to it, because the truth—some of it, the journalism aspect of it, of “The Daily Show,” specifically—they can find a clip of a politician—they will find it. You get away with it more because you have that “it’s on Comedy Central” so you don’t have to have the journalistic integrity. No ones going to hold you to that. But they actually do a lot of the times and they show a senator saying one thing five years ago and then tonight he said the complete opposite, where the night leaders aren’t putting that on. CNN isn’t putting it on. There’s a lot of legitimacy to it and through comedy, you get away with…you know, Katie Couric can’t go on CBS Broadcast at night or Wolf Blizter or Anderson Cooper or any of these quote on quote journalists who are supposed to have journalist integrity—they can’t joke about race or religion. Jon can do that. Stephen can do that and drive home a point with sarcasm. I think with my show…the difference with my radio show is when I’m interviewing someone, I make the interview fun, but when I’m funny, I’m actually funny. When all these other guys, all these other talk show hosts, aside from maybe Al Franken, very few of them have a very genuine sense of humor. It’s like it comes from training of years and years in comedy. So when they try to be funny, it’s never as funny as I’m going to be…been doing comedy for years. It’s real. It’s different. And the same thing obviously with Jon and Stephen. While a lot of times they’re being funny, they’re driving home a pretty important point about something very serious.

CP: Speaking of your background, you said you’ve been doing it for years. How has the comedic factor helped you with your radio show?

PD: It’s just being quick on my feet. That’s the type of comedian I am. I’m not a prolific writer. I don’t write great material. I come up with a lot of my ideas while I’m working them out on stage. I’m not like a Jerry Seinfeld or a Jim Gaffigan. I’m more like a Jon Stewart or a Bill Maur. Jon Stewart was never known for his stand-up act as much as his wit and personality. I can always talk…I can easily fill up three hours. I think that helps me. And I care a lot about a lot of things. And I know a little about a lot of things and I think that helps me. The reason I know a little about a lot of things because as a comedian, you want to be able to do jokes about a lot of things. Some guys are only known for one thing, but I’ve always wanted to cover as much as I could…from my personal life to the news and anything observational.

CP: Our audience is college students in the area. College students generally have a bad reputation when it comes to voting. People think that college students just don’t care or that they have no worries about what’s going on outside of college. Any advice to college students who might be on the fence about actually going out and voting?

PD: I think that was more accurate in the last election. I don’t think that’s true now. I think the college students are going to make up a huge percentage of voters this year because people really think that the stakes are a lot different. I think the apathy among college students, certainly that I had when I was a college student, is a lot less. You certainly have those students who could care less…about having a voice or opinion. I understand that. I’ve performed at over 300 colleges and I went to college a little bit. I wouldn’t say there’s no advice. I think they’re stepping up this year. It seems that they’re voting more in the primaries and I would say my only advice is to try to register or do you part to register voters. It’s an easy thing to do to get your friends registered…have it be part of your social life and it’s something to put on your resume, too. I helped register voters, you know, I helped work on this campaign. Or more importantly than campaigns, specific issues. As my brother taught me, you can change a lot about the way people think when you can focus in on one or many issues rather than a candidate. It seems like it’s hard to believe in a candidate. They don’t really…they don’t seem real at some point. After a certain point, it’s like “that’s not even a real person with their own ideas anymore.” It’s cut and paste.

CP: Do you think that can affect students’ voting?

PD: Their campaigns are drastically different…one is very successful, one is a failure. As far as the issues, yea, they’re not that far off with the issues. When it comes to issues, let’s talk about the issues—that’s one thing. When it comes to delivering a message, that’s one of the most important things a political leader can do. Delivering a message, in my opinion, is sometimes more important than anything else…it’s more about the body that the message comes in. How it’s going to get done. That’s where the difference between Obama and Hillary is really…I think that’s the main difference…I’m not even saying who’s better or who’s worse.

CP: Finally, what’s next for you and your show?

PD: We’ve learned a lot here this week at UPenn. It’s hard. There’s a lot that goes into it, a lot of logistics that go into it. There’s booking guests and the fun things we can do and so on…taking advantage of the place that we’re in. The actual space that we use, like I decided I don’t like the space we use because there’s not a lot of traffic. I want to get out there and get the publicity. We’re in a basement of a building. There’s no windows or stuff. A lot of people don’t know we’re there, no matter how hard my producer, Sean, has tried. He’s handing out fliers and putting out signs and stuff. I’ve performed at colleges doing my stand-up and no matter how they promote it, the fact that people don’t know who I am, they’re not showing up, which is the sad thing, too, about college students. That’s disappointing that because I’m not Dane Cook, they’re not coming to the show because they haven’t heard of me. When in fact, aside from me, the comedians that I know that you probably have never heard of are much better than the comedians that you’ve heard of. The equation is obvious. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re still starving; they’re still trying to be better. A lot of these guys, once they get to the top, kind of peak or they stop, they have to hire someone to write their stuff…you want people to come and take advantage. When I was in college, I didn’t miss a beat. I didn’t miss an event. I wanted so much. I was so curious, so curious about everything. Everything. Sexuality. Race. Religion. Politics. Government. Economy. Sports. You name it, I wanted to learn about it. It seems like college students get stuck, I think, in their social groups, in their cliques or their likes and their dislikes and in a larger sense, Americans…we have all this diversity here and we don’t take advantage of it, I think, because we’re scared of it. You’re scared of anything that’s different. But when you learn, when you meet someone who’s different from you, it’s the great feeling in the world. To me, it’s just logical…Be curious. Keep asking questions. Be open to having your opinions be completely turned around, because I’ve had that happen to me and it is really enlightening and refreshing. And get a Sirius satellite radio subscription.

To learn more about Pete Dominick, check out his official website at

The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect those of Campus Philly.

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Phillies: Week 3

The Houston Astros were in town this week. The bats for the Phils seemed to go quiet for most of the game on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Astros’ starter Shawn Chacon shut down the Phils for eight innings. The Astros were able to squeeze three runs out of Adam Eaton, who was solid in six innings. In the ninth, the bats woke up. Chris Snelling, who was called up for Shane Victorino, hit a pinch-hit solo homerun. Chase Utley was the next batter and he was hit. Two batters later, Pat Burrell hit a homerun to right field to tie the game. Geoff Jenkins then reached on a dropped third strike. Pedro Feliz hit a double and Jenkins came all the way around to score from first to give the Phillies the win, 4-3.

On Wednesday, the bats were silent again. Kyle Kendrick gave up two runs in seven innings. Ryan Howard singled in a run in the first, but that was all the Phils could score against Astros’ starter Roy Oswalt and the bullpen. Former Phillie Michael Bourn hit a homerun in the fifth inning that ended up being the winning run as the Astros won 2-1.

The bats woke up again on Thursday and the Phillies scored 10 runs in support of Brett Myers, who pitched well for the second straight start. He gave up one run in seven innings. The Phils scored three runs in the first inning. Chase Utley and Chris Coste hit two of the Phils’ four homeruns. Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell went back-to-back in the sixth inning, as the Phillies won 10-2. Astros’ starter Brian Backe did not have the same luck as the two previous starters, as he only lasted three innings.

The Mets were in town over the weekend. Their prized off-season acquisition, Johan Santana, went up against Cole Hamels on Friday. Hamels gave up a couple runs early and pitched 7 innings, while giving up five runs overall. The Phils tried to make a comeback late as Chase Utley and Greg Dobbs went deep to cut the deficit to one, but the Mets added a run in the ninth to win 6-4. Santana struck out 10 Phillies in seven innings. Dobbs’ homerun was a pinch-hit three-run shot.

On Saturday, the Mets shut down the Phils for most of the game. They got to Jamie Moyer early for two runs. He lasted 6 innings. The Phils went down 4-0 before Utley homered again. They loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but only managed one run on a Carlos Ruiz single. The Mets won the game 4-2. It was their fourth straight win over the Phillies after losing nine straight to them.

Jimmy Rollins missed his 10th straight game on Sunday. He has pinch-hit a couple times, but is still struggling fielding the ball. The Phillies decided to put him on the disabled list. They put Chris Snelling on the DL as well and called up Brad Harman and T.J. Bohn.

Adam Eaton was on the mound Sunday and did well for the first five innings. Chase Utley continued his hot streak as he homered in the first inning. In the fifth inning, he hit a three-run homerun to put the Phils up 4-0. It was his eighth of the season and gave him the Major League lead. The Mets fought back in the sixth to tie the game. Eaton gave up four runs and could not get an out in the inning. Pedro Feliz saved the day with a pinch-hit solo homerun in the seventh. Brad Lidge picked up his third save after a great play by Eric Bruntlett to save the game.

The Phils will play two games in Colorado, as the teams battle for the first time since last year’s playoffs. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Phillies will be in Milwaukee before going to Pittsburgh for the weekend.

You can contact Colin Fry at

Still Not Over

The Flyers took over the series, but the Capitals decided to keep playing and have now forced a seventh game in Washington.

On Tuesday night, the series shifted back to Philly and was tied at one. The game was scoreless until there were about five minutes left in the first period. Danny Briere received a great pass from Vinny Prospal, skated down the right wing and put the puck top-shelf on Caps’ goalie, Cristobal Huet. Minutes later, the Caps’ fourth line struck to tie the game. It was the third goal of the series by this line. Then, the Flyers entered the zone and Prospal slid a pass across the ice to Scott Hartnell for a one-timer that gave the Flyers the lead. The very next shift, Jim Dowd stole the puck and hit Sami Kapanen for a pass. He scored to make it 3-1 (Flyers) after the first period.

The Caps scored midway through the second to get within one. It was a power-play goal. Later, Flyer defenseman Kimmo Timonen was pushed into the Capitals’ net and hurt his shoulder. He left the game and did not return. The Flyers were able to push on without him. In the last minute, they were on the power-play and Mike Richards found Briere at the side of the net for a huge insurance goal heading into the third.

The Caps again got within one late in the third. Later, Richards went in on a breakaway and was pulled down. He was given a penalty shot and scored on a fantastic move. Mike Knuble added an empty-netter to give the Flyers the 6-3 win and a 2-1 series lead. Derian Hatcher returned from a broken leg after missing 12 games and Patrick Thoresen also played after missing the second game following the gruesome injury he suffered in the first game.

Game four on Thursday at the Wachovia Center was highly intense. The fans were as loud as ever as the Flyers looked to take control in the series. The game began with a bang as Jeff Carter scored within 42 seconds. The Caps put forth their best effort as they came back with two power-play goals. In the last minute of the first period, Modry found Carter who tied the game. The second period was even, but the Caps had an edge. They got a fluke goal to take the lead into the third. It did not look good for the Flyers until after the halfway point when they got a power-play. Richards again found Briere open at the side of the net and Briere tied the game with his fifth goal of the series. He is currently the leading goal scorer of the playoffs.

The game went into overtime. In the playoffs, overtime is a full 20 minutes continuously until someone scores. The first overtime was even as each team had a couple chances, with both goalies coming up huge. About eight minutes into the second overtime, Knuble parked himself in front of the net. After Carter and Scottie Upshall had chances, Carter fed Knuble with a pass. Knuble was stopped initially, but scored on the rebound. The Wachovia Center erupted and the Flyers took a 3-1 series lead with a 4-3 win.

Game five was on Saturday in Washington and the Capitals were ready. They came out firing after the Flyers had an early rush. After a couple penalties, Washington scored on a 5-on-3 for the all important first goal. It stayed that way until early in the second, when Washington added another goal. The Flyers struggled to get any momentum as they tried to close out the series. They got a two-man advantage and were able to get one back as Prospal scored his second of the playoffs. Midway through the third, the Flyers took three consecutive penalties and were burned on the last one. The Caps scored an insurance goal. Hatcher scored with less than five minutes to go, but it was not enough. The Caps staved off elimination with a 3-2 win.

Game six on Monday ended up like Game one. The Flyers’ power-play struck twice. Midway through the first, Richards picked up the puck off the boards and put it home. In the beginning of the second, Briere scored and it looked to be smooth sailing. However, the Caps took over for the rest of the game. They tied the game before the end of the second and Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the third to win it for the Caps.

Game Seven will take place Tuesday night in Washington.

You can contact Colin Fry at

Girl In Coma

Girl in a Coma, a rock band from Texas, was in town recently to perform at Millcreek Tavern. I was able to speak briefly on the phone with their drummer, Phannie, in regards to being signed to Joan Jett’s record label and having their album selected as an album pick on ITunes at the beginning of April.

After six years of writing and performing, the female trio (composed of Phannie, Nina and Jenn) was given a career-changing opportunity. They had been involved with a television show, which was doing a documentary about the band. At one point, the three were supposed to sit down with legendary rocker, Joan Jett, to listen to any advice that she might have had for them. What they walked away with was a record label.

The trio had previously been looking at labels and had planned to sign with another indie label, Phannie said. Yet, that day plans were changed and the girls joined the Blackheart recording family.

So what about that advice Joan was supposed to have given them? Phannie said, “Her best advice was to realize what’s going on around you. Take in every moment that you can. Have fun, but don’t forget where you came from and just try to take it all in.”

Since then, the trio has recorded their debut full-length, Both Before I’m Gone, as well as having played Warped Tour and opened for several bands. But out of all the moments, Phannie admitted that one of the biggest highlights was being asked by Morrissey to play on his tour. Phannie talked about the honor, considering their band name comes from one of his songs.

The band is currently on tour until May 3 From there, they’ll begin to tour with Tegan and Sara in the fall, but will also focus their energies on working on their second album. According to Phannie, the band is about halfway through the record. So how does it differ from Both Before I’m Gone? “It’s more rockabilly

Kate Nash

The line for Kate Nash’s show at the Trocadero last Saturday stretched down Arch St. in typical fashion. If driving by, one would only see this as another show, but for most of her fans, this is something they’d been looking forward to for a long time. Taking a closer look, the majority of her fans are female, still in high school, and the kind of girls with a bit of attitude. For some, it was the first concert they’d ever been to. I couldn’t help but overhear a few fans comparing how “real” of Nash fans they are. Did I mention that they looked like they were in high school?

Still, it’s a nice idea that they’re looking up to Nash, of all accessible artists. She may only be 20-years-old, but she has a number one record in the UK to speak for, a BRIT award and her tour is being put on by NME, a magazine famous for putting bands like The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys on the map. But even more reassuring than a legit publication is the quality of music Nash plays.

The stories she tells are real, introspective and follow common, but important experiences for young people. She’s not trying to be the next misunderstood female songwriter prodigy that will change the world, or really, be anything more than a 20-year-old with a pretty normal life. The content of her songs are down to earth, embrace individualism and readily show weakness, without being melodramatic. Finally, pop music for the masses that isn’t disgusting and shows a semi-intelligent perspective behind the songs.

Yet, none of those things necessarily answer the question: can Kate Nash’s UK success cross over to the US? Number one UK records don’t readily equal chart or mainstream success here. But in this age of short attention spans, Nash has a fighting chance. Her influences are all over the place, but never abrasive to an ear appreciative of post-punk, smile pop, reggae, mo-town and even a little bit of hip-hop to spare (don’t worry, she’s not trying to rap). While it is unconventional to accept, there are more kids who embrace all those types of music in sitting than there were 10 years ago. Her piano, guitar and vocal skills are only rooting themselves at an early age, provided she stays on track.

Anyway, that all has yet to play out in her young career. For now, she’s going on tour in every major city in the U.S. and selling out shows. As the words “sold out,” began to pop up, I had to see what the hoopla was all about.

As the neon lights bearing her name lit up and the band began, Nash seemed a bit too serious. She could have looked a bit more expressive in singing, but as I stopped hoping for something that didn’t seem there, she started talking to the audience and smiling and laughing. Then she started rocking out and yelling into the microphone. Maybe it was the inexperience or simply acting appropriately in the way of how her songs play out, but the energy level picked itself up as the show went on.

At some points, it seemed that she was a little too deeply affected, if not lost in internal thought on “Nicest Thing,” and “Birds,” which she described as her quieter songs (consequently asking the crowd to “please shut up,” and laughing it off as a half-joke, half-truthful request). The crowd loved her and could barely contain themselves, proclaiming their excitement through each song. The energy and interaction was there, but for someone who’s been to about eight shows in the past week, I think that there is definitely room for improvement, while she’s got a nice start.

From here on out, it would only seem that Nash’s fan base will continue to grow, and I would hope that her “thousand opinions,” will continue to mature into something that isn’t purely for young adults, unless that’s the idea. Everything rests on the sophomore record. Surely, there will be another U.S. tour to find out how far she’s come.

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Nada Surf

On April 14, Nada Surf played the Trocadero alongside Pennsylvania locals Illinois. I walked into the venue not knowing what to expect. I had heard Nada Surf’s most recent album,Lucky, although I thought that their February release did not fully sum up their 16-year-career that featured five full-length releases, 2 EPs and a live album. My thinking was correct and what followed was perhaps the best crash course I could have received.

Illinois took the stage at about 8:15 p.m. and the crowd received them quite well. Although they are technically from Bucks County, one could easily make the mistake that they truly were from Philadelphia. They had many friends at the show, many of which yelled at singer and sometimes banjo player Chris Archibald to play the songs they wanted to hear. That being said, the boys on stage seemed to have a lot of fun playing to a hometown audience, which reacted extremely well to the song “Nosebleed” (which was also featured on the popular Showtime show “Weeds”). They played for a good 45 minutes, then left the stage so Nada Surf could set up.

At about 9:30 p.m., Matthew Caws, Ira Elliot, and Daniel Lorca of Nada Surf took the stage, opening up with “Hi-Speed Soul” from 2003’s Let Go, then went into several songs from the course of their career. A couple songs in, they played “Weightless” from Luckyand made a point to make the crowd sing along. Shortly after they stated that they wanted the crowd to do a “two-step” they made up for the song “Inside of Love,” which gave the impression that audience participation was a big thing for them. A little later, drummer Ira Elliot made a comment on an audience member’s hat, which caused singer Matthew Caws to put on a ridiculous hat with a stuffed fox, prior to the song, “Ice on the Wing.” This song was aptly followed by the Radiohead-esque “The Fox,” which Caws revealed was a metaphor for Fox News. This information was followed by a collective “ah” from the audience.

The band left the stage, and after little prodding returned for their encore. The opened with “Blizzard of ’77,” after which they said that they would only be playing older songs for the remainder of their set. They also informed the crowd that they had under-estimated the amount of time they had left, and said in so many words that they would be taking requests. A wave of requests erupted from the crowd, which caused Nada Surf to state that they didn’t remember how some of the older songs went. However, they did play “Hyperspace,” and “Blonde on Blonde” from The Proximity Effect and Let Gorespectively. They then played the song “Stalemate,” for which they interjected part of the popular Joy Division song “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” To close out the show they played “The Blankest Year,” and had the audience sing the chorus.

Overall, I thought that this was a great show. They had fun, but they weren’t stupid. They rocked, but they weren’t angry. They did a cover that few would expect them to do, because let’s face it: they sound nothing like Joy Division. They also had a great opening band that I would see if they were headlining. In short, the next time Nada Surf comes to Philadelphia, see them. I’m so glad I found this band recently and I’m even happier that I went to their show.

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Eco Couture Fashion Show

The Philadelphia University Fashion Show will host its annual gala on April 30th at 7:30 p.m. This year’s gala, Eco Couture, will take place at the Academy of Music and showcase the best of the students’ creative and innovative fashion designs. Generally, the show is sold out every year with 2,200 attendees, including students and their families, faculty members, designers and fashion and apparel industry professionals. Proceeds from the show will support scholarships for the Fashion Industries Association, a Philadelphia University campus group representing Fashion Design, Fashion Industry Management and Fashion Merchandising students.

The fashion show has a yearly theme; this year the theme, Eco Couture, has the focus of sustainability. The show is the culmination of years of study and hands-on practical work for the Philadelphia University students. This is an opportunity for dozens of students to showcase their work and talent. The students have been preparing their pieces during both the fall and spring semesters. The Fashion Design faculty then chooses which works will be presented.

Clara Henry, the director of the Fashion Design Program explains the role of the students in creating this annual event, “Our students work extremely hard on this event and it’s a wonderful evening of elegant, innovative and creative fashion. The event celebrates the best of this year’s student designs and we are pleased that a number of designers and fashion industry representatives come to have a fun, exciting night and scout for the design talent of the future.”

This year, the fashion designers and fashion industry representatives will not only include Philadelphia University graduate, current teacher and “Project Runway” season one winner, Jay McCarroll, but also Francisco Costa. Costa is the creative director of the Calvin Klein Collection for women. He will receive the 2008 Sprit of Design Award at this year’s Eco Couture Show.

“We are thrilled to welcome Francisco Costa, one of the world’s top designers, to the Philadelphia University Fashion Show and honored to present him with the 2008 Spirit of Design Award,” said Henry. “His clothes are beautifully cut and uncompromising. He takes a minimalist approach by defining shapes through skillful tailoring and attention to line. Francisco Costa is truly an inspiration to our student designers, who soon will be making their own marks in the fashion industry.”

In addition, the show is a competition for the students. Last year, there were 14 awards given out, including: Best of Show, Most Creative, Best Senior Collection, Neiman Marcus Award for Most Saleable Collection, Good Lad Award for Children’s Wear, Ann Taylor Award for Design Excellence and Mothers’ Work Award for Sports Design.

Bill Henley and Lori Wilson, co-hosts of “The 10! Show” on NBC10 will emcee this year’s fashion show. They are familiar with the participants, as 10 fashion design students have been competing in the second Philadelphia University/NBC10 Runway Challenge, a fashion reality show that has been airing on Mondays on “The 10! Show.” The Runway Challenge winner will be chosen after their final runway show on April 28, the highlights of which will be shown at Eco Couture.

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