Your Full, Awkward Spectrum Demolition Roundup

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That was, quite possibly, the most awkward hour in Philadelphia sports history.

If you weren't there in person, or didn't get a chance to watch the live feed, well, you didn't exactly miss much.

Peter Luuko got the party started.  He talked about his memories of the Spectrum and "that funny smell" during Grateful Dead concerts.  Rebel.

Speaking of rebels, Mayor Nutter followed Luuko.  He sheepishly told the crowd about the time he left school early to go see the Flyers' Stanley Cup parade.  Oh man, just a couple of gangstas up on that stage today.

Then it came time for Dr. J to speak.  FOR 15 MINUTES.  He waxed poetic about life, tombstone dashes and… I don't know, I stopped listening.  Is it just me, or is he starting to look more and more like Jackie Childs?


Ed Snider had the quote of the day, when speaking about the future:

In The Wells Fargo… whatever it's called center.


Well played, Ed.  A bunch of Tweets say that he left before the wrecking ball could do its damage. UPDATE: here he is watching from his car.

We use that term loosely.  At 12:35, with Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball blaring, the crane operator took his first swing.  And then another.  And another.  Then, on his fourth attempt, knocked some dust out.  Boos prompted him to go after some windows.  Only in Philly.

Sadly, the most emotional moment came in CSN's studio.  Michael Barkann held back tears as he talked about how he met his wife in the bowels of the old showplace.  

Video of the demolition and booing after the jump.  And a picture of a guy in a kilt wearing a Hextall jersey playing the bag pipes.  I love you, Philadelphia.





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  • Njsurfrgurl November 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Ah you forgot the epic quote made by one of the commentators: ‎”That ball has a slower swing than Pat Burrell”

  • Kyle Scott November 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Dammit. I must have missed that. Heard a lot of Ryan Howard jokes too.

  • Eric November 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Yeah if they got Howard to do it, he would have just stared at the place.

  • wildcat November 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    My dad works for the company thats doing the demolition. He said the guy who was operating the crane has no sense of humor. priceless.

  • EEB November 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    hahaha how anti-climactic. Wish they could have just imploded it Vet-style…but I guess then they couldnt sell off every last bit of the building. Bottled Spectrum dust?

  • Mario November 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    by the time they’re done knocking the building down with that bowling ball, the sixers will have won a championship…in 2030

  • Scramblin Randall November 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    They can’t implode it Vet style because it is too structurally sound. they would have had to use too much dynamite, and it would have turned the implosion into an explosion.

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