Seventeen games away from playoff hockey, the Flyers are right in the thick of things, holdinf their fourth seed in the NL East as they take on Ovechkin and the Washington Nationals tonight.

Next door, the .500 Sixers are gearing up for what will be the final professional basketball game played in the Wachovia Spectrum — the venue that served as their home court for almost 30 years. When the red, black and white clad players thake the court tomorrow evening to take on the Chicago Bulls it’ll be a sad and yet strangely nostaligic occasion for fans and team alike.

With special touches like the floor — which is a refinished version of the 1983 championship Sixers’ home court — extensive planning and promotion has gone into giving the beloved venue a proper send-off. Playing in the closer quarters than the 76ers’ current home should give the night an intimate feeling as past and present clash into a hopeful look to the future.


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