Michael Del Zotto is new to town, so how’s he getting on? He’s at least trying his hand at the Tinder game, according to one fellow Tinderer out there, who sent these along. And he knows what he’s doing too, as you can see in the screengrab above, dropping his Instagram and Twitter handles so you know he’s a pro hockey player. As you can see below, he also wants you to know that he goes to cool events:
And if you still haven’t looked him up, he might as well just lay it all out for you with a picture that screams “I’m a pro hockey player”:
And in this new landscape of having to compete with professional athletes on hookup apps, how is the random dude supposed to compete? By piggybacking on Jeff Carter:
Let it be known that the O.D. hoodie is a lot lamer than the O.D. t-shirt.
Not unlike the respective teams’ actual rosters and on-ice success, the Flyers’ Ice Girls may be fan favorites… but they still have a long, lean, bronzed, and supple way to go before they’re the LA Kings Ice Crew, which recently put this calendar on-sale in the name of charity or something. I don’t know. I don’t read the articles.
Do we think Comcast has the balls to put out a Flyers Ice Girls calendar? What’s that? We do not? Aw, shit.
Ice Girls, along with cord-cutting and media stuff, may totally be a niche we start (un?)covering around here.
There are subtle clues here – the giant illustrated head of Ron Hextall with the 90s era Itech mask and the “1HEXY” license plate, for example – which indicate the owner of this super chill truck is a Ron Hextall fan. Upon deeper inspection, you notice Hexy’s airbrushed-dome is backgrounded by two crossed goalie sticks. The dates on the crossed sticks? 12-8-87 and 4-11-89, which, of course, are the two dates on which Hextall parted the heavens and achieved hockey immortality… by scoring goals on empty nets, accomplishments that are very deserving of being celebrated in airbrush form. The tagline “Lightning Strikes Once, Hextall Strikes Twice” also honors those two goals, while bumper memorials — the best kind of memorials — to Pelle Lindbergh and Barry Ashbee remind drivers to remember those who came before us. Mongrel.
WHO SAID WE CAN’T GET THINGS DONE IN THIS COUNTRY? WE’RE FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHT TO LIVE, TO EXIST.
We told you last week the Flyers were indeed considering bringing back the Ice Girls. Tonight, it became official. After the Ice Men were booed off the ice during the first few preseason games, tonight the Flyers announced, with this video on the scoreboard, that they’re bringing the girls back, baby. I don’t even know how to react, but I feel like we should all run around like Iraqis with our purple thumbs in the air. Be proud of yourselves, Flyers fans, you cast a vote for change, and change you will get… by way of more of exactly the same.
The decision to cut the Ice Girls was a bad one. The Flyers blinked in the face of (non-)public pressure, because one or two former Ice Girls complained about conditions that… sounded exactly what they probably knowingly signed up for. And wave of political correctness briefly swept the hockey landscape after the San Jose Sharks were criticized for putting their Ice Girls in skimpy outfits. As if cheerleaders aren’t a widely accepted thing. It made no sense. The boos were heard, loud and clear, and tonight, we celebrate our Independence Day. Or something like that. Someone get me Bill Pullman.
Apply to be an Ice Girl here.
Not sure how I feel about sort of Flyer Jason Akeson using a sick child to lure women on Tinder*, but using pics with his buddy Claude Giroux is a total power move. It’s like when girls only post group shots with their model-caliber friends in their online dating profiles and conveniently leave out that they’re the one in the background with the lazy eye and braces being forklifted into a holding tank. Going on a first date with one of them is like the modern version of Russian Roulette. At least, that’s what I imagine it would be like.
Anyway, being a professional athlete and using Tinder is fishing with dynamite… in the fish section of a pet store. It should be illegal.
*Though somehow less scummy than (we think married) Wil Nieves using his adorable baby daughter.
H/T to anonymous tipster
Photo Credit; John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
From our friends at TiqIQ:
The Philadelphia Flyers are no stranger to postseason play. In the franchise’s 46-year history, the team has made 37 playoff appearances while winning two Stanley Cups in back-to-back seasons (1975 and 1976). They will enter the upcoming season on the heels of a 42-30 record, finishing third in the Metropolitan division and sixth in the Eastern Conference before being ousted in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals by the New York Rangers in seven games. Despite the team’s shortcomings in the playoffs last season, the Flyers will see secondary ticket average rise at the Wells Fargo Center in 2014. Following an impressive showing by several young Flyers in the annual rookie game against Washington and an impressive split-squad showing both here and up north, Philadelphia’s potential on the ice and the secondary ticket market has only continued to rise as the regular season quickly approaches.
According to TiqIQ, the season average for Flyers tickets is currently $159.16. This is a relatively significant increase from last season’s average of $85.79, marking an 85.5% jump. In a rare postseason miss by the Flyers in the 2012-2013 lockout-ridden season, the average price for Flyers tickets at home was $103.75 over 26 home games, sitting in the middle of the past three seasons, 21% above last season’s average and 32% below the upcoming season’s average price.
The Flyers will play their most expensive game on the secondary market against the Minnesota Wild this season. The November 20 game currently has a secondary market average of $298.32, 95% higher than the season average, with a get-in price of $100. The price for the game, though, has little to do with the Wild and everything to do with the pre-game ceremony. Beloved Flyers Eric Lindros and John LeClair will be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame prior to the start of the game. The second most expensive game on the Flyers schedule will be played against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 5. The average price for Flyers vs Penguins is currently $229.20 on the secondary market, 50% above the season average. The get-in price for the early-April game is currently $61.
Interestingly enough, the Flyers will host their two cheapest home games on the secondary market against teams that made the playoffs last season. A game against the Los Angeles Kings on October 28 serves as the second cheapest game of the season, with a $103.49 average price, 32.2% below the season average, while an October 14 game with the Anaheim Ducks is the most inexpensive ticket at Wells Fargo Center this season, averaging $77.87, 49% below season average.
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Take this with a thin shaving of ice, but a confirmed tipster, a relative of a former Ice Girl, reached out to me yesterday and said that after the booing of the Flyers Ice Men Monday night, the team contacted his kin about the possibility of getting the team back together:
… she said she was contacted by the flyers about possibly putting the team back together real quick…
The organization heard the fans and heard them loud and clear. Nothing official yet but I would say seeing the ice girls in 2014-15 is a distinct possibility.
People need to boo louder next game.
This wouldn’t surprise me. Getting rid of the Ice Girls was reactionary and stupid, all because a couple of them quacked about being paid little to do exactly what they signed up for. We’ll keep you updated. GIRLS ICE TOGETHER! Or something like that.
On Monday, a story about Steve Coates, written by our old friend and ex-AFL China sideline reporter Randy Miller, appeared on NJ.com. This was the (gross-ish) lede [preserved and sent to us by a tipster]:
Steve Coates was standing outside the media room at Skate Zone after Flyers training camp had begun Sunday morning when a passerby realized someone had let one slip.
“Was that YOU?” Chris Therien asked Coates after getting a whiff.
“Yeah,” Coates admitted.
Overhearing everything from inside the press room, Tim Saunders called out, “That’s my partner!”
Coates is funny, zany and has a thousand hockey stories from his playing days that will crack up anyone. And, as we just saw, the lovable long-time member of the Flyers’ broadcast team is honest, too!
Not quite the journalistic money-grab that was Miller’s Harry Kalas book.
As you might imagine, Coatsey, chapped after being quasi demoted from TV to radio, wasn’t too thrilled about being portrayed as a fool by Miller, according to our tipster. Can’t blame him. And at some point between Monday and this morning, Miller or his editors did some, well, editing. Here’s how the article now appears on NJ.com:
Steve Coates is funny, zany and has a thousand hockey stories from his playing days that will crack up anyone.
Some have been told on the air during his many years as a Flyers broadcaster, while others are reserved for a bar stool.
Man, Miller would have a field day in the Phillies’ clubhouse.