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We’re Giving Away a Pair of Tickets to the Eagles-Titans Game

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Our friends at NRG Energy – the company responsible for those Earth-saving wind turbines and solar panels at Lincoln Financial Field – emailed me last night and said, “Hey, we have two last-minute Eagles tickets to give away for the game on Sunday. Want to help us with that?”

“Yes, I do.”

So that’s what we’re going to do. Here’s the deal:

From now until 8 pm tonight (Saturday!) you can enter to win. We’ll pick a winner this evening and notify you via Twitter. How to enter? Well, that’s easy:

1) Have a Twitter account.

2) Follow NRG Energy (@NRGEnergy) and Tweet the following: Follow @NRGEnergy and listen to Philly sports podcasts on LibertyBroadcast.co to enter to win 2 Eagles tickets http://bit.ly/PHinf3

That’s it. We’ll pick a winner, at random, tonight. Oh, and listen to The Tony Bruno ShowBGN (Bleeding Green Nation) Radio, and our podcast, Crossing Streams, at LibertyBroadcast.co– you won’t go back to radio. And you can find out more about NRG and their Eagles giveaways right here: http://bit.ly/PHinf3.

UPDATE: The winner:

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Andy Reid Gobbles up Another Ex-player

Jason Avant. From Pro Football Talk:

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Chiefs are signing Jason Avant, who worked out for the team on Friday. The Chiefs haven’t made an announcement, but Avant’s agent Doug Hendrickson congratulated his client on finding a new team.

Andy loves his guys.

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Nike Pulls Psuedo-Iverson Sneakers after A.I.’s Lawyer Presumably says “Really?”

Photo via Nice Kicks

Photo via Nice Kicks

Allen Iverson was basically the face of Reebok from 1996 until the mid-2000s, and they were still putting out new Iverson sneakers (not re-issues) until 2009. There was a period of time where every family within the city limits of Philadelphia had at least one pair of these in the house, and to this day, Iverson (along with Shaq) is probably the one athlete most affiliated with Reebok in people’s minds. That is why Iverson’s lawyer made a whole fuss over those Nike shoes above.

According to the Associated Press, those Nike sneakers — part of the Zoom Flight ’96 collection — will no longer be released. Nice Kicks described the shoe as an “imagined Allen Iverson PE of the classic 1996 hoops shoe, featuring a 76ers color palette of blue nubuck with red and white accents … a speckled midsole, ice clear outsole and AI’s #3 on each heel.” Iverson’s lawyer described the shoe as an unauthorized use of Iverson’s identity, likeness, and persona. Nike says the shoe will still come out, but in “other color schemes” and presumably without the #3 on the back. If you’re really dying for an Iverson sneaker though, there are always the old stand-bys.

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You Can get Two Sixers Tickets in Exchange for a Box of Macaroni and Cheese

And that is a sentence I never thought I'd type.

And that is a sentence I never thought I’d type.

When Kyle and I sat down with Scott O’Neil to talk about the business side of the Sixers, the toll all of these losses take, and the in-arena experience, O’Neil mentioned wanting to give back to the fans who show up to watch what is unquestionably a bad basketball team (my words, not his). And Monday night, they will give back if you give back… an entire box of macaroni and cheese.

The Sixers are hosting … you know what? I can’t even type these words myself, here’s what the press release says:

The Philadelphia 76ers today announced details for the first-ever macaroni & cheese drive, taking place on “Mac & Cheese Monday,” November 24 when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at 7:00 p.m. to benefit regional food bank Philabundance.

Fans in attendance are encouraged to bring one or more boxes of macaroni and cheese – one of Philabundance’s the most needed food items – to the game, and will be asked to use them as noisemakers for the first half of the game. At halftime, bins will be available on the concourse for fans to drop off their donations.

Fans who donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming 2014-15 Sixers home game.

Please, please, please do not use the mac and cheese boxes as noisemakers. Donate food? Yes. Get free tickets in exchange? Sure. Shake boxes of mac and cheese around like this is some post-apocalyptic world where mac and cheese is currency and you’re placing a bet on a cock fight? Hell no.

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The 44 Most Memorable Things about the Eric Lindros Era (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of 2. Part 1 is here. I think I went over 44. Oh well.

 

Lindros’ game-winner with seven seconds to go against the Rangers

He had a hat trick in Game 3 and scored the game-winner in Game 4 to give the Flyers a 3-1 series lead against the Rangers in the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals.

 

Lindros snubs Quebec, arbiter awards him to Flyers over Rangers

For those of us under 40, it’s easy to forget what a HUGE deal this was. From Wikipedia:

Lindros’s entry to the National Hockey League proceeded in much the same manner. Lindros was selected first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Lindros had signaled in advance that he would never play for the Nordiques, citing distance, lack of marketing potential, and having to speak French; the team selected him anyway. Nordiques president Marcel Aubut publicly announced that they would make Lindros the centrepiece of their franchise turnaround, and refused to trade Lindros, saying that he would not have a career in the NHL as long as he held out. Because of Lindros’ popularity and hype, it is alleged that NHL President Gil Stein intervened to get the Nordiques to trade him, as it would otherwise damage the image of the league. While he awaited a trade, Lindros spent the time playing with the Oshawa Generals and also participated in the 1992 Winter Olympics, winning a Silver Medal with Team Canada.

In 1992, the Nordiques worked out trades for him with both the New York Rangers, and Philadelphia Flyers. Eventually an arbitrator, Larry Bertuzzi (granduncle of Todd Bertuzzi), ruled in favour of the Flyers, for whom Lindros played from 1992 to 2000, most of the time as the team’s captain.

Many consider this trade a key reason that the Colorado Avalanche (the new name of the Nordiques after they relocated before the 1995-96 season), went on to be an NHL powerhouse. They received in the trade the rights to eventual Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg, as well as Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, a 1st round selection (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993, a 1st round selection (later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, later traded to the Washington Capitals—Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994, and $15,000,000 cash. Since the trade, the Avalanche have won eight division titles and two Stanley Cup championships, due in part to the play of Forsberg, and the later addition of Patrick Roy, whom the Avalanche received in a later package deal that included Thibault.

 

Craig MacTavish’s head

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One day, you’re going to tell your kids that you remember when hockey players played without helmets.

 

Kristen Clement

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Still have no idea if this was true, but Lindros supposedly dated a 16-year-old high school basketball player. If this happened today it would break Twitter.

 

Garth Snow’s gigantic shoulder pads

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Ever wonder how Garth Snow became a part-time goalie on a Stanley Cup contender? Continue reading

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Videos: Eric Lindros and John LeClair Flyers Hall of Fame Ceremony

Here are highlights of the 30-minute or so ceremony, of which I spent the entirety trying to suppress the lump in my throat so my wife wouldn’t see that I was on the verge of collapsing into a puddle of my own memories. I’m not a big ceremony guy, but this one… these guys… they were my team from ages 12-17.

Neither Lindros nor LeClair is a particularly good speaker, but I thought they both did a nice job. As did the Flyers. Somewhat disappointed that Carl and Bonnie Lindros didn’t show, though.

Two more videos after the jump. Continue reading

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The 44 Most Memorable Things about the Eric Lindros Era (Part 1)

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With the Flyers inducting Eric Lindros and John LeClair into their Hall of Fame tonight, we thought it would be a good idea to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the 44 most memorable things about the Lindros era (loosely defined as 1992-2000).

This is Part 1 of 2. Part 2 will be posted later.

 

The Crazy Eights

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Before The Legion of Doom, there was The Crazy Eights– Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi and BRENT FEDYK(!). I literally have no idea what happened to Fedyk, and I’m not sure I want to know. I’d prefer to keep him and his gorgeous, sweet mullet a mystery.

 

Keith Jones saving Lindros in a bathtub

I asked Glen Macnow about this one. His words:

The shame of the Lindros Era is that fans were dragged into an unending feud between Lindros’ family and Bob Clarke. They wanted to like Lindros. They always loved Clarkie and the Flyers organization. So fans had to feel like the children of divorcing parents.

Low ebb came after Lindros sustained a concussion in a game in Nashville in 1999, and was discovered shivering in the hotel bathtub by teammate Keith Jones. Flyers management wanted Lindros on a plane back to Philly, but Jonesy took him to a Nashville hospital. Turned out to be a life-saving move by Keith, because Lindros had a collapsed lung, had lost half his internal blood and a plane flight could have been disastrous.

That, of course, led to Carl Lindros, Eric’s dads, writing a letter accusing the team of intentionally trying to kill his son. Which led to Clarkie calling Tim Panaccio an asshole on live TV, and Eric accusing the Flyers of improperly sharpening his skates, and then Clarke’s “What are we selling — wheat?” quote. Damn thing all spiraled out of control.

The rumors

Oh, the rumors. It’s hard to know where the truth ends and the fiction begins when it comes to Lindros. If you believe everything you hear, he was basically a drunken mobster who spit on chicks when he wasn’t boinking Rod Brind’Amour’s wife. How much of that is true? Who knows. But when I tweeted about this topic this morning, looking for some items I may have missed, so many more stories crept to the surface:

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I asked Sarah Baicker about that last one. Her words:

“I was told that Brind’Amour’s wife was very pregnant when all those rumors were going on. So I’m under the impression no one who was around actually believes it. [But] it’s good to know good storylines come back all the time (a la Jeff Carter-Scott Hartnell et al). Everything is a cycle. Also, I have a picture of me and Eric Lindros in 1997 and he’s wearing acid wash dad jeans. So that really bums me out.”

HEY– did you hear the one about Sarah Baicker and Eric Lindros?!

 

Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens and Eric Lindros had some battles, but unfortunately, if you mention the name Scott Stevens in Philadelphia, the only thing anyone remembers is the hit that ended Lindros’ Flyers career.

Side note: I’m fully convinced that Lindros coming back in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Devils that year cost the Flyers the Stanley Cup. They were rolling without him and still held a 3-2 lead in the series. Throughout his career, things always got weird when Lindros returned from injury. Teammates, who would grow accustomed to playing without 88, seemed to defer to him upon his return. Lindros didn’t play poorly in Games 6 and (a little bit of) 7, but the Flyers were a different team.

Side note 2: It was trainer John Worley that Lindros and his family blamed for misdiagnosing a concussion that season. The assistant trainer for the Wild when they take on the Flyers tonight? John Worley. Continue reading

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The Sixers Are so Bad That Papa John’s Had to Dumb down Their Promotion

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This has to be a new low. According to Papa Johns, a Sixers “Win” = any time they score 90+ points. This is a change from the other teams, who have to score a certain number of points, goals, or runs AND actually win the game.

What’s more incredible – or sad… probably sad – is that this is the first time the Sixers have “won” in their last five games.

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