You may be able to watch a Philly sports team at 'The Spectrum' once again

You may be able to watch a Philly sports team at 'The Spectrum' once again

The Phillies beloved spring training home down in Florida is likely to have a new name when the tiki bar denizens return to Clearwater come March.

Bright House Field has been a destination for Phillies fans every spring looking for a chance to ditch the cold Philadelphia weather and watch their baseball team tune things up before the real thing comes along in April.

But that sports complex could have a different name in 2017. That's because Bright House was acquired by another company recently.

Here's how the Tampa Bay Times described the deal last month: "Customers around Tampa Bay who subscribed to Bright House Networks cable TV, Internet or landline service are now being served by Charter Communications' Spectrum brand."

The Times' Jerome Stockfisch spoke with Charter's director of communications for Florida, Joe Durken, who declined to comment specifically about the name of the Phillies' spring training home, but did say that the Bright House name will be "changing across the footprint."

We were unable to confirm a new name but have heard that "Spectrum Field" is a real posibility and that crews are already working on changing signage down at the park.

It's been over seven years since the last event -- a Pearl Jam concert -- took place at the fabled Spectrum arena in Philadelphia. While this new name for the baseball field has no real relation to the old arena, it should help keep the memory alive when Philly dads putting sun tan lotion on their kids attempt to describe those weird basement bathrooms of the "old Spectrum."

UPDATE: As reader Steve Potter points out, a poster at the Stadium already says "Spectrum Field."

Chris Long experiences what it's like losing to an underdog

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Chris Long experiences what it's like losing to an underdog

Chris Long knows how it feels to win a high-stakes game as an underdog. 

On Friday night, Long experienced what it's like to suffer a devastating loss to an underdog.

Long's alma mater, Virginia, entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, but the Cavaliers are bowing out of the Big Dance much earlier than expected. 

Virginia was not only upset by No. 16-seeded University of Maryland-Baltimore County, but blown out by the Retrievers, 74-54. UMBC, which was a 20.5-point underdog, became the first No. 16 seed ever to take down a No. 1 seed. Until Friday, No. 16 seeds were 0-135 in the tournament. 

The Eagles' defensive end seemed to be taking the loss just as you would expect.

While Long couldn't appreciate the impressive upset effort, fellow underdog Lane Johnson certainly did.

Vinny Curry posts emotional tribute on Instagram

Vinny Curry posts emotional tribute on Instagram

Veteran defensive end Vinny Curry has been released by the Eagles in a cap-saving measure, and he made sure to let Philadelphia know how special it was to be part of the team that gave the city its first Super Bowl title.

He posted this emotional tribute on Instagram, which details his long history with Philadelphia. Curry was a lifelong Eagles fan from New Jersey, so it was particularly special for him to bring the Lombardi Trophy home.

This is what he posted on his official Instagram page.

Who would’ve thought a small town boy from Neptune, NJ who grew up an Eagles fan, would’ve been drafted to his favorite team and win his and the teams first Super Bowl Championship! All Gods Plan! Philadelphia, Thank You! Thank you fans for opening your arms and taking me in as one of your own! This has been a dream come true for me to have the ability to play for my dream team and bring the Lombardi trophy home to you all! Thank you to the entire Eagles organization, coaching staff and my teammates, MY BROTHERS! UNDERDOGS! Without you guys, none of this would’ve been possible! I love you all from the bottom of my heart! I am humbled by this opportunity and can’t be more proud to call myself an Eagle for life! This experience has been one hell of a ride! I can’t wait to see what the future now holds for me. Thank You Philly!

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Curry and the Eagles failed to agree to a pay cut, but it looks like there will be no bad blood between Philly and Flee. In the post he thanks the team, coaches and fans while staying positive about his future.

We’re not crying, it’s just dusty in here.