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Phillies Go HD with $10 Million Upgrade to Video Board January 20, 2011

Posted by Matt Wargo in Philadelphia Scoop.
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49 life-size Phillie Phanatics standing next to and on top of each other.

That’s how many furry green guys will be able to squeeze into the mammoth 76 feet high by 95 feet wide high-definition video board being installed at Citizen’s Bank Park in South Philadelphia.

Not impressed?

How’s a 1,478 inch television sound?

Officials say when the new $10 million video board is installed in the left field stands, between Harry the K’s and the iconic Phillies sign, it will be the largest in the National League and rival others around the world.

The upgrade will also provide better viewing opportunities around the ballpark for fans by offering nearly three times more display area than the previous setup, in addition to crystal clear resolution.

“We’re truly excited to bring the HD experience to our fans,” said Mark DiNardo, Director, Broadcasting and Video Services. “The new technology and dramatically larger image will bring our fans closer to the action than ever.

Additional video components in suites and public areas, such as concourses, are also being upgraded.

Fans can experience the state of the art improvements during the On-Deck Series, March 29-30, when the Phillies host the Pittsburgh Pirates in preseason action.

The original Phillies video board has been relocated to Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL, the team’s Spring Training facility.

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College Crowd Goes for Self-Esteem Over Sex and Pizza, Survey Says January 17, 2011

Posted by Matt Wargo in Haphazard Happenings.
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What exactly does a college student want? A boost to their libido or a desire to feed those hunger growls? Surprisingly, neither.

A new study shows when it comes to sex, pizza, or self-esteem, college kids just want a lift in their self-esteem department.

The results led researchers and skeptics to question if the “me-generation” is so self-absorbed that all they desire is a positive note attached to their coursework or a friendly smirk from a colleague across the classroom.

The results, published in The Journal of Personality, described two separate studies, according to The New York Times.

In one study, 130 students at the University of Michigan were asked to think about their favorite food, their favorite sexual activity and their favorite self-esteem-boosting experience. Participants were asked both about how much they “liked” the activity and how much they “wanted” it on a scale of 1-5.

Results showed that students “liking” and “wanting” a particular area was lowest for self-esteem.

The second study surveyed 152 students enrolled at the University of Michigan. This time, students were asked about their favorite activity, but with an expanded list in mind. The list included: receiving a paycheck, seeing a best friend, drinking alcohol, eating a favorite food, engaging in a sexual activity, and having a boost to their self-esteem.

The result was the same; students wanted a pick-me-up and a bump to their self-pride over all else.

So, what do you think? Weigh-in on this post through the comments section below.