Dan Gross: Tra Thomas' training site

Posted: March 09, 2011

AFTER SPENDING 11 seasons with the Eagles, Tra Thomas says there was "No question I would return back here" after retiring.

Thomas is gearing up for next month's opening of 7 Deuce Sports (175 Rt. 70 E.) in Medford, N.J., a 7,000-square-foot training facility for high-school and middle-school athletes. He hopes to enlist professional coaches to work there a bit in their off seasons.

The offensive tackle, who retired last year after a knee injury ("Instead of trying to be that old guy hanging on," as he says) and a staff of trainers will work on technique with athletes age 10 and older in a variety of team sports. Thomas is studying to be certified in strength and conditioning, and has enlisted the help of his longtime trainer, Chuck Morse, to work at 7 Deuce, named after Thomas' jersey number, 72.

Dykstra gets bling from NBC10

 Being interviewed by NBC10 could be one of the best decisions Lenny Dykstra's has made in ages. On Monday we told you that Dykstra and a hot blonde were comped a meal at The Palm (200 S. Broad) where NBC10 sends its "Sports Final" guests for dinner. We've since learned that the bankrupt former Phillies star, in town for a sports-card show, also picked up an $1,800 diamond bracelet for his ladyfriend at Steven Singer Jewelers (8th & Walnut), which also has a trade arrangement with NBC10. The Palm dinner and Steven Singer gift cards are disclosed as gifts to guests at the end of the Sunday "Sports Final" show. We're told that Nails let his companion choose her gift while he spent most of his time in the store talking on his phone and signing baseballs for a few employees. A station spokeswoman did not return our inquiry as to whether most guests receive nearly two grand in gifts to the jewelers.

Biden praises Kimmo in Finland

 Vice President Joe Biden spoke of wife Jill's love for hockey, specifically the Flyers, during a visit Monday to Helsinki, Finland. According to the White House press pool report, Biden told Finnish President Tarja Halonen that his wife, a "rabid hockey fan," was grateful for the Finnish people's contributions to the NHL, including Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, whom he praised for having recently scored his 100th goal.

Speaking of Flyers fans . . .

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will host a pre-game happy hour and viewing party in Toronto for tomorrow's Flyers-Maple Leafs game, at the new Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square. There will be beer and hors d'oeuvres and Flyers merchandise giveaways.

Out and about

Actor Luke Wilson, who shot indie comedy "Tenure" here in 2008, has been seen in the Rittenhouse Square area this week. Not sure why he's in town, nor does his publicist seem to know.

* Kevin Durant and Royal Ivey of the

Oklahoma City Thunder picked up a few varsity jackets and hats at Mitchell & Ness (12th & Chestnut) yesterday.

* Fox 29's Mike Jerrick must have

enjoyed last week's opening event at Opa (1311 Sansom) as the morning host returned Monday to the Greek spot for dinner of grilled octopus and rabbit.

Bradley bunked at Rittenhouse

Rydal-raised Bradley Cooper crashed at the Rittenhouse Sunday before a busy half-day promoting the Philly-shot thriller "Limitless," which opens March 18.

Boxer, rapper, are no bullies

Rapper Freeway and boxer Eddie Chambers join state Sen. Anthony Williams at the Universal Institute Charter School (811 S. 15th) at 1:30 today to talk with students about bullying.

Signe speaks at Morris today

Daily News editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson gives a lecture called "Compost Based Comics: Horticultural Humor Hits the Funny Pages" at 2 p.m. today at the Morris Arboretum. Wilkinson's garden cartoons appear in her syndicated "Family Tree," found in the Sunday Inquirer.

Vote for her on Regis & Kelly

Maureen Mattson of Audubon, N.J., just won $5,000 from the "Live with Regis and Kelly" show for its Great Days Start Here Video Contest. Her clip, featuring her two children, was seen on the show yesterday, and is one of six finalists for a $15,000 prize if she wins a viewer contest that runs from 10 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday. You can see the clips and vote at dadt.com/live.

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