November 27, 2007

YLD Holiday Party This Thursday

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The YLD Holiday Party will be held this Thursday from 6 - 9 p.m. at Triumph Brewing Company in Olde City.

The cost of $30 includes open bar (microbrewed beer and mixed drinks) and food. If you are a law student member of the YLD, tickets are $25. Non-members may also attend for $35.

Triumph Brewing Company is located at 117-121 Chestnut Street.

The YLD Holiday Party is sponsored by Dechert LLP.

Purchase tickets now. Tickets will also be available at the door.

State Civil CLE Potpourri and Reception Tomorrow

The State Civil Litigation Section is sponsoring a CLE potpourri at its Wednesday, Nov. 28 Annual Meeting at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St.

Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. and the CLE sessions run from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The election of the Section's 2008 Executive Committee and a reception follow. The reception is co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division.

Participants must pay to attend the reception in order to receive CLE credit. For members admitted to the bar for more than five years, the cost is $65. For members admitted for less than five years, the cost is $60. The cost for attending the reception only without CLE credit is $50. CLE faculty can attend the reception for $30. Judges are admitted without charge. Interested parties must register in advance at pbi.org or by calling 800-932-4637.

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Philadelphia Flyers Present Lawyer Appreciation Night

Come mingle with fellow lawyers as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Montreal Canadians on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m. Between now and December 12, selected seats in the mezzanine level of the Wachovia Center are available to lawyers, friends and family members for a discount of $10 ($47.50 seats for $37.50 and $42 seats for $32). To take advantage of these discounts, please click here and enter the promo code LAWNIGHT. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Remillard at 215-952-5727.

Urgent, Creative Eagles Need to Keep it Going by Jeff Lyons

The Eagles might have found an identity in Sunday night’s loss to the Patriots. They played with urgency and creativity, something that has been missing for most of the season. They were fun to watch.

They need to carry over this passion to their remaining games if they want any chance at all of making the playoffs. I’m not sure what it will take to keep them playing at such a level. Maybe they can all wear those eye shields and rig up some kind of special effects/Photoshop deal that makes opposing players look like they’re wearing Patriots uniforms.

There was a flea flicker, a successful onsides kick and an option pass. The Eagles were creative and actually looked like they were having fun. Too often, this team is predictable and boring. And predictable and boring won’t win you too many football games, unless you’re the New England Patriots. And let’s just stop all this quarterback controversy nonsense right now. A.J. Feeley is what he is – a capable NFL backup. Feeley had his moments on Sunday night, but he was picked off three times, all of which led to the Eagles loss. If the Eagles have any chance at all of making the playoffs, it will be up to a HEALTHY Donovan McNabb. Let’s remember that McNabb is coming off of a major knee injury and was finally getting close to being completely healthy before thumb and ankle injuries forced him to miss the last 1 1/2 games.

A healthy Donovan McNabb (circa 2004) combined with creativity on both sides of the ball makes the Eagles a formidable foe.

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Remember the scene in Animal House where pledge Kevin Bacon is paddled by a fraternity brother and keeps repeating “thank you sir, may I have another?” That’s got to be the way the Flyers feel after Scott Hartnell was thrown out of Monday’s game for a hit on Andrew Alberts of the Bruins. He’ll probably get suspended, just like Steve Downie, Randy Jones and Jessie Boulerice before him. Except the guy with paddle isn’t Niedermeyer, it’s the NHL’s lord of discipline, Colin Campbell.

For those of you that missed the second-period hit, Alberts went to his knees near the boards to play a puck that was up around his thighs. Hartnell finished his check and laid Alberts out. It looked scary for a time, but Alberts was up and skating off the ice in a couple of minutes. Click here for video of the play. Hartnell was penalized for finishing his check. Unbelievable. Alberts, for some inexplicable reason, dropped to his knees to play the puck. I’ve only seen goalies do that. He made himself vulnerable with a stupid decision and Hartnell hit him. It looks to me like Hartnell slowed down before hitting Alberts. The game was the first between the Flyers and Bruins since the Oct. 27 matchup when Jones hit Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, leaving Bergeron with a concussion. Bergeron, who hasn’t played since, put himself in a vulnerable position by bending over near the boards when Jones hit him. The Flyers have been penalized twice for the poor decisions and positioning of their opponents.

I can’t really say anything about the Sixers because a) I don’t watch them and b) they’re not very good. The Phillies should offer Aaron Rowand arbitration and hope he accepts, keeping the centerfielder with the team for another year. I think that’s the safest bet the money being thrown at free agents this year ($90 million over five years for Torii Freaking Hunter!). I like Rowand – he did a nice job for the Phils this year. But to offer more than a two- or three-year contract to a guy like Rowand is just nuts. He had a career year and will cash in. But I don’t think he’ll be able to keep playing like that for a sustained period. If the Phils offer arbitration and Rowand declines and signs elsewhere, the Phils will get a top draft pick from Rowand’s new team. If he agrees, he’ll get a big raise (I’m thinking around $8 million to play in 2008) and the Phils will have their same outfield from the 2007 division-winning team. Don’t break the bank on Aaron Rowand. He’s just not worth it.

Remember last January when Jimmy Rollins said the Phils were the team to beat in the National League East? That worked out OK. But on Monday night, Rollins said the 2008 Phils would win 100 games. Yikes.

Jeff Lyons, senior managing editor of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and Bar Reporter Online, is a fanatical Philadelphia sports fan who is already counting down the days to when pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

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