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PSWA Banquet 2010

On Monday night, the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association held their 106th annual awards banquet in Cherry Hill, NJ.  The PSWA honors athletes in every sport around the Philadelphia area.  The event is usually hosted by the great Harry Kalas, but sadly, he is no longer with us.  This same event last year was the last time I spoke with Harry.  This year, the PSWA invited his son, Todd Kalas, who spoke with great affection and admiration about his father.  I have video of the speech that you can watch below. 

The photos below show the empty seat that was left in Harry’s honor right next to the podium, Todd Kalas speaking and a friend of Harry’s who sung “High Hopes.”PSWA Harry.jpg

The tone of the banquet was still very upbeat and in usual PSWA style, many great athletes and coaches from the area were honored in grand fashion.  The Phillies were awarded “Team of the Year” which was accepted by Charlie Manuel and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. accepted the award for “Executive of the Year.”  Former Phillie and current advisor, Dickie Noles was given the “Humanitarian” award and Von Hayes was there also as a guest.

The next set of photos are of Charlie Manuel, Ruben Amaro Jr., me with broadcasters Scott Franzke and Tom McCarthy and Phillies PA announcer, Dan Baker.

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The following video shows speeches from Todd Kalas, Amaro and Manuel.  Note the “jokes” about the Cliff Lee trade; Amaro playfully blamed it on Charlie.  Sorry Ruben, I fail to see the humor.  Ok, don’t get me started on that…here’s the video:

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There were plenty of other sports icons in attendance, including the 76ers Willie Green who got the “Good Guy” award, Eagles head coach Andy Reid and Eagles player Brent Celek who was named the “Outstanding Professional Athlete” of 2009:

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We also heard from Andrew Bailey who was given the “Native Son” award; Bailey grew up in the Philly area and won Rookie of the Year for the American League in 2009 as the closer for the Oakland A’s.  Ruben asked who his agent was and tried to steal him away…no success I’m afraid. 

The MVP of the Army Navy Game, Ricky Dobbs, was also honored as well as Jay Wright, head coach of Villanova basketball, Fran Dunphy of Temple basketball , the 1960 Eagles and many others.  The full list of honorees can be seen at the PSWA web site.  I also put together a Photo Album from the event which shows many of these people as well.

The highlight of the night may have been comedian Joe Conklin who does impressions of his favorite Philly sports figures.  His Cole Hamels impersonation is hysterical.  Take a look:

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And finally, here is clip of a program that will air this Thursday at 11pm on 6-ABC Philadelphia.  The show is about the Phillies Off-Season and will include some photos that I took during the 2010 Phillies Cruise last month :O) 

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If you live in the Philly area, set the DVR or tune in at 11pm on 2/4/10.

Photos by Jenn

 

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Trophy Madness

The World Series Trophy has been making the rounds in the Philadelphia area for months now; you would think the buzz would have died down a little by now.  After stopping by the Concord Mall in Wilmington, DE yesterday, it is clear that
0212091914.jpgall Phillies fans are still reveling in the glory of a World Championship.  The line to see the trophy ran the entire length of the mall.  It was a sea of red; parting the Red Sea, was the Phillie Phanatic.  The green fur flew as the Phanatic wandered through the crowd, hugging excited children and flirting with the moms.  Spring Training is hours away and yet, the party is not over.

I spoke with Phillies radio announcer, Scott Franzke for a little while and we talked about what an exciting time it was for Phillies fans and how we all were looking forward to Spring Training.  I also stopped by a sports store in the mall, Speedzone, and picked up this really awesome Phillies World Series jacket:
Thumbnail image for Jacket.jpg  You can contact Speedzone at speedzone014@aol.com or 302-478-5404 for more information.  The jacket I grabbed was the last one in the store, but they said more are on order and you can contact them for a specific size, from small to 6XL.  So far, this is the most unique jacket I have seen and I had to get it!

15 hours and counting until Phillies pitchers and catchers report.  Are you feeling it?  Peace, Love & Baseball,

Jenn

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