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A Backbreaking Road Trip

I live in Voorhees Township, in eastern Camden County in South Jersey. Around here, odd as it may sound, the arbiter of our cultural and societal zeitgeist is a chiropractor named William Nicoletto. Dr. Nicoletto is an institution–the sign out in front of his practice, as long as I can remember, has been a running commentary of our shared experience as Voorheesians. Every few days, the message is changed to a different statement on the weather, or current events, or, most often, sports. He’s such a part of the culture that when the township made road signs with movable letters illegal (they’re allowed in Gibbsboro, literally across the street from Dr. Nicoletto’s office), he was allowed an exception.

Earlier this week, with the Phillies seemingly in a free fall from playoff contention, I was driving home from work when I noticed that the sign had been changed. I submit the following without commentary.



  1. Bart Shart

    July 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Very profound sign.

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  3. BurrGundy

    July 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Chiropractors are highly manipulative professionals

  4. BurrGundy

    July 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Phillies have taken a giant step toward the playoffs by signing Timo Perez today.

  5. Ted Bell

    July 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Courtesy of Salisbury: The Phillies had a 5 game lead on May 17. Since then, they’ve averaged 3.88 runs per game. Only three teams in baseball (Seattle, Pittsburgh, & Baltimore) have scored less runs during that span. The 5 game lead is now a 7 game deficit…

    I’m Ted Bell.

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  7. Adam

    July 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    So here is a question for everyone. Since most of the wins recently feel like losses (either cause the Phillies were handed the game or because one aspect of the team was non-existent–generally the offense) what was the last Phillies game that you felt the Phillies played really well in all four key phases of the game (offense, starting pitching, bullpen, fielding). Would it be a stretch to say the opening day 11-1 against the Nats?

  8. Dylan

    July 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Nah, 10-0 above the Mets while Doc pitched a 3-hit shutout.

  9. Terri

    July 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I just read on twitter Milt Thompson was fired.

  10. branderson

    July 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

    yay SPAM!

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  12. Ryan H

    July 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    the fans are so hysterical and out of their minds. sure it doesn’t look great right now but there are two and a half months left in the season. Tons of baseball left to play. It’s too early to scoreboard watch. Just win games.

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