Philadelphia

Gerard Butler may have received A Liberty Bell at his presser but do you know what NCAA’s Greg Shaheen Received Yesterday

Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx and F. Gary Gray had some fun at Philadelphia City Hall 2 years ago as Mayor Michael Nutter presented the cast and crew of Law Abiding Citizen with a Liberty Bell honor. Fine and dandy, but

Yesterday at a presser in the Mayor’s Reception Hall to announce six NCAA events coming to the Philadelphia area over the next 3 years, which include wrestling this year in March, the men’s lacrosse quarterfinals will be at Chester’s PPL park in 2012. In 2013, an opening weekend of the men’s basketball tournament will be at the Wells Fargo and the men’s lacrosse championship will be at Lincoln Financial Field (it will be the third time overall and first time since 2006 that Philadelphia will welcome the competition.). The 2014 Frozen Four men’s hockey finals will be at the Wells Fargo.
The room was packed with Athletic directors, coaches, cheerleaders, city officials and press. It was an impressive turn out I was a bit late and missed the cheerleaders give a rousing welcome to the guests in attendance. (I wonder if any of them were lifted in the air as former Philadelphia Eagles Freddie Mitchell did to his cheerleader date last night on Millionaire Matchmaker. Definitely the funniest episode I’ve seen in awhile.)
Mayor Nutter welcoming Greg Shaheen, the interim executive vice president of championships and alliances, representing the NCAA as Philadelphia Phillies Public Address Announcer and broadcasting legend Dan Baker, and Jack Ferguson, President of the PCVB, look on. Shaheen accepts a Rocky statue as a gift, a Rocky statue you say. I know I’ve been to hundreds of the Mayor’s pressers where gifts have exchanged and this is the first time I’ve seen a an official Philadelphia “Rocky” gift. There’s usually bells, proclamations and for the really lucky the Liberty Bowl. Liz Sullivan at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau tells me “The Rocky Statue was actually something given by the Philadelphia Sports Congress and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. It is a gift we typically give out. In this circumstance we had the Mayor present it to Greg Shaheen because we were in the Mayor’s Reception Room.”

I want one to go with my Liberty Bell Ice Bucket and my William Penn Statue. The first event NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships is March 17-19, 2011 book now: http://www4.secure-reservation.com/ACG/WrestlingEvent/Wrestling.html