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Man U's Wes Brown

Man U's Wes Brown

Consider it a day of visitors. As in Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi in town to raise money for U.S. Rep. candidate Bryan Lentz at the Sheraton in Center City …

By the time Vice President Joe Biden was escorted to the Sheraton City Center Hotel by a helicopter, 13 motorcycles, four cars, nine SUVs and an ambulance yesterday, a few dozen protestors toting signs painting fellow visitor House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a witch crying “I’m Melting” were gone. Their claims that 7th District Congressional candidate Bryan Lentz was a “limousine liberal” lingered after the $1,000-a-head ($5,000 for VIPs) fundraiser headlined by Biden and Pelosi was over, though.

Amid recession and polls favoring Republicans in races for governor and U.S. Senate, support from Biden and Pelosi might backfire. Lentz, who also trails in the polls, said it just proves his campaign against Patrick Meehan in a district that’s gone for a Democrat representative in just 20 post-Civil-War-era years “is the top race in Pennsylvania.”

“If there’s any anger I’m seeing out there, it’s with government itself. You may not like my answer about how I stand on an issue, but I’ll give you an answer,” Lentz said. He claimed he and Meehan differ on tax breaks for companies sending jobs overseas (Lentz is against them) and Florida gun-purchase loopholes (Meehan wouldn’t close them).

Asked what he’d have said to protestors calling him “Pelosi’s rubber stamp,” Lentz drew on a resume of three overseas tours as an U.S. Army Airborne Ranger for evidence and said, “I ain’t no limousine liberal.”

… and Manchester United in town for a pre-their-season match with the Philadelphia Union …

When the Philadelphia Union face Manchester United at Lincoln Financial Field on Wednesday, the final score isn’t what matters most to either franchise. Sir Alex Ferguson, world-renowned manager of Man U since 1986, considers the current American tour a means to get his troops in shape for the 2010-11 English Premier League campaign. His Union counterpart, Peter Nowak, sees it as much more.

“It’s a great experience to face such a prestigious team but it’s more about what’s behind the game itself, that we continue to grow as a team, to learn what work still needs to be done,” said Nowak at a press conference at the Eagles’ Novacare Complex where Man U is undergoing two-a-day workouts.

After sharing the stage with Man U players Nani and Wes Brown – who, along with Ferguson, were given Desean Jackson jerseys and Union scarves – Union captain Danny Califf didn’t promise a Miracle on Grass.

“We don’t get many chances to play a team that plays this kind of style. We have a chance to show people who don’t really get to watch the Union that we put out a good product, and that we work really hard,” Califf said. “I don’t think they’ll walk all over us.”

As of last night, an estimated 35,000 tickets have been sold to what is only the franchise’s 15th match. Ferguson, who saw part of the Union/Celtic match, said he’s impressed with the improved quality of Major League Soccer play since Man U’s 2004 visit.

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