Jim: I appreciate the fandom. I really do. But there should be a general rule that if you’re going to paint your car with a hockey team’s color scheme and logo, it should look better than your run-of-the-mill goalie mask. It’s nice to run into one of these out in the wild, but we can all do better.
Kyle: It sort of looks like an Eagle in the front, no? Like, if this guy converted the paint from orange to green and ditched the Flyers logo, that’s an Eagles car. Also, the AC-to-Delaware route is exactly the route where you’d see this sort of thing.
h/t reader John
The re-inventing of Eric Lindros continues. From the press release:
The Flyers will induct Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins into the Flyers Hall of Fame during the 2014-15 season.
Thursday, Nov. 20 vs. Minnesota: Eric Lindros & John LeClair
Thursday, Feb. 19 vs. Buffalo: Eric Desjardins
Awesome. My formative years love this. Now, no more stories (and denials) about 88 being a huge dick as a kid.
The now-Lehigh Valley Phantoms have yet another new mascot, this one created by Emperor of Fun and Games Dave Raymond*, the former best friend of the Phanatic.
When the Phantoms moved to Adirondack, they created Dax, named after that guy from TMZ, whose birth was covered here with much snark. He of course replaced Phlex, who was, in case you never noticed, ACTUALLY A PHANTOM. And now we have Melvin.
Look, Melvin here, who’s named after a massive cameltoe, is great, and I truly dig the introduction video** (it’s… cute), but it bothers me when teams with characters in their names divert and go totally off-base with their mascot. Phlex worked, however frightening he was, because he was indeed a phantom. Grooved it down the middle, knocked it out of the park. But what’s the obsession with furry things? It’s the new millennium, haven’t they heard Melvins aren’t supposed to be like that anymore? You’re overthinking this, Flyers minor league affiliate. This one is so easy. Opportunity, missed. Unless… this is misdirection and Phlex will actually be lurking beneath the stands, playing his music of the night on the house organ during stoppages, channeling his true (friendly) PHANTOM spirit.*** In which case: well done, guys.
*Goofy hair. Tail. No pants. It’s no surprise that he takes strong cues from the Phanatic.
**Jim Brooks’ part at 1:15 is painfully awkward and more than a little creepy. It’s almost as if he said, “Hey, I’m the owner and we’re going to show my face, dammit!”
***THAT’S FUCKING WHY THEY PAY ME THE BIG BUCKS. THAT’S A GODDAMN BRILLIANT IDEA.
via Broad Street Hockey
Somewhere, Paul Holmgren has given Ron Hextall the green light to lock her up to a three-year, $18 million deal. Happy Birthday, Helen.
via Puck Daddy
Now that Claude Giroux got all of his public butt-grabbing out of the way, he’s got himself a nice big place to do all of the private butt-grabbing he wants. According to Philadelphia Business Journal, “Claude Giroux, captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, paid roughly $2.2 million for a unit on the 29th floor of Ten Rittenhouse Square at 130 S. 18th St., according to Philadelphia property records.” That unit on the 29th floor may be the one listed above, unit 2901, which is a penthouse (other sites list the sale price of that unit as closer to $2.2 than the image above). The floorplan for 2901 is below:
G’s new place is a quick jaunt across the park from current (and likely future) Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Ryan Howard in 1706 Rittenhouse. But Ten Rittenhouse has its own cadre of powerful people, including Comcast’s Brian Roberts and Eric Foss, CEO of Aramark Corp (putting three of the most powerful people in the Comcast-Spectacor universe in the same building). Maybe next time, Berube can just give his cable box to Giroux, who can then just drop it at Roberts’ place.
If you want to live in a unit just one floor above Giroux, that can be arranged for just over $2.6 million. And if you were, like Foss, getting a bunch of money from all those $11 beers at the Wells Fargo and CBP, that wouldn’t be an issue for you either.
Craig Berube is out there doing ordinary things again. First, he was returning his cable box:
And now he’s chilling on the Ocean City Boardwalk, just being a dad. Kyle is losing his mind because he swears he had a picture of Berube at court fighting a parking ticket or something, but he can’t find it [Editor's note: SEND ME THAT PICTURE AGAIN, WHOEVER YOU ARE!]. So now, we’ve got Berube enjoying a nice day in Ocean City, after allegedly fighting a ticket, and returning his cable box to at the hellhole that is Comcast. We’re glad he’s out there having fun, because if the two pictures we had of him show anything — and literally only one picture does — it’s that he was doing some really boring stuff this summer. His captain’s having more fun.
In a Huffington Post piece published the other day, former NHL ref and “noted tough guy” Paul Stewart told a story about Eric Lindros being a gigantic asshole and ripping up autographed posters meant for a charity auction. A key person in the story was the Flyers’ equipment manager Jim “Turk” Evers. Well, Turk called in to the Preston & Steve show this morning to tell his side of the story. And his side? That it never happened at all.
We’re still waiting for audio, but according to Preston & Steve’s producer’s notes for the show, this was the gist of it:
“[Turk] Said Lindros would never do anything like this, it’s not true. Turk was named in the story as the one telling the ref that Lindros ripped up the posters. He doesn’t know why this ref would ever make these accusations. Lindros is such a great guy, goes out of his way for the fans. Turk couldn’t believe this guy wrote this stuff, he never contacted Turk about any of these supposed quotes. Lindros would never do anything like this.”
Additionally, Buzz on Broad quoted Turk as saying, “I’ve known Stewie (Paul Stewart) for a while, he’s a UPenn grad, and you have to be pretty smart to go there. Maybe he had too many concussions over his career cause he wasn’t a very good hockey player, but I don’t know what would make him say something like that about Eric.” You know, Turk didn’t have to defend Lindros, but he did, and that’s great. He also didn’t have to make a dig at Stewart’s lack of playing ability, but that’s even better.
Jeff Carter’s Sea Isle partying has come full-circle– from single bro-icer to married Stanley Cup Champ. Transformation complete.