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Ron Hextall announced this morning than defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald both have lower body injuries and will miss “approximately four weeks.” Coburn hasn’t played since opening night and had been rehabbing an injury he suffered during that contest, while MacDonald had played in all seven games so far, with three points and a second-place spot on the team in average ice time. Having a (more) depleted defensive squad is certainly not going to help the already struggling Flyers. So far, there’s no word on who will be called up to fill their spots.
With Week 8, the mid-way point (more or less) of the NFL season, comes another chance for you to turn as little as $27 into prize money up to $1,000,000. Draft Kings is running another Millionaire League this week, and like previous weeks, the rules are pretty much the same. You’ll draft a team featuring one QB, two RBs, three WRs, and one TE, Flex and Defense. You’ll deposit $27 (first time depositors receive a 100% bonus on their deposit up to $600). And then you wait. The top 15,500 lineups win cash and you can pick anyone in the league to be on your team (other than the Thursday Night guys and those in the Detriot/Atlanta matchup with its 9 A.M. EST kickoff), fitting the best team you can under a salary cap of $50,000. The total prize pool consists of $2,2 million.
The contest goes live this Sunday, October 26th, at 1 P.M., so all you have to do before then is PICK YOUR TEAM, make your deposit, and cross your fingers. At the very least, you’ll probably be able to beat Kyle, who finished 53,851st last week. Nice job, Kyle.
No idea why. But I encourage all Penn State College (and University) goers to have their douchebag cams on high alert. I expect – no, demand – pictures.
James Neal, whom you may remember as the guy who almost ended the life of young wolf Sean Couturier, was in shock this summer when the Penguins traded him to the Predators (the Pittsburgh-to-Nashville career arc is not one any human should be subjected to). He recounted the surprise to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review this week, and in doing so told Yohe that the 2012 playoff series with the Flyers basically destroyed the Penguins organization. This excerpt is delicious [I have bolded the parts that excite me greatly]:
Although Neal doesn’t have answers for the Penguins’ playoff flameouts, he believes the team’s course was altered permanently after falling to the Flyers in 2012.
“Why we struggled in the playoffs is still a tough question to answer,” Neal said. “I don’t think anyone really can.”
Without prompting, the Flyers entered Neal’s mind.
“I didn’t watch the game (on Wednesday),” Neal said. “But I guess they lost again to the Flyers, eh? It’s the same thing that went on when I was there. What the Flyers do to the Penguins … I don’t know why things didn’t go the way they should have gone in the playoffs. I don’t know why everyone got so rattled. But it’s not my problem anymore.”
The Flyers are so far inside the Penguins’ heads that it’s almost become a joke. You know that stomach-churning, suddenly-self-aware feeling you get when you run across an ex years later, because even though you’ve totally moved on, the resentment is still there? You feel that puffing up your chest (guy) or pushing out your chest (girl) will suddenly make them envious of your recent success and happiness, but all it really does is make you seem more awkward and pathetic than they already thought you were? Well, that’s the Penguins when the Flyers come to town. They’ve been so wronged over the years that they can’t help but be a bumbling mess at the mere site of G or Coots. They may have moved on to bigger and better things, but the Orange and Black will always be their kryptonite. Neal left town, and he still can’t shake them from his memories.
Dave Gibson, master mixer of that Gary Matthews remix a few years back, sent along his latest – Nick Foles’ What The Hell?! - compiled from Foles’ mic’d up session during the Eagles’ 27-0 beatdown of the Giants last Sunday.
I haven’t listened to that Meek Mill mixtape yet (and I don’t intend to), but I think this is going to be my late fall jam. Who said Foles was boring? Errrrrrryago Sproles!
The Sporting News read way too much into things and tried to say this mixtape title and cover was a shot at fellow Mayback Music Group member Wale (because he once name-dropped Alex Ovechkin). What it really is though, is a ridiculous cover for Meek Mill’s newest mixtape, which comes with this tagline:
After facing time in the penalty box, Meek Mill jumps back on the ice, faces off and scores big with Philadelphia Flyer, a slap shot of the latest and flyest music from Maybach Music Group’s very own.
Between this and that carjacker, will the real Giroux please stand up?!
You can grab the mixtape (and the cover) for yourself over here.
Pat Gillick spoke to John Clark today and was shockingly realistic — though maybe still a bit optomistic — when considering the Phillies’ potential for future success. Said Gillick:
“I think where we are right now, it’s probably a couple years,. I wouldn’t think  or [2016,] ’15 or ’16 I don’t think is in the cards. I think somewhere around 2017 or 2018.”
It’s a welcome change of pace from Ruben’s (and the team’s) former stance of “this core still has some success left in them.” Gillick then told Clark, kind of against what Ruben and Dave Montgomery said during the season, that the near-future will be more of a “rebuild”:
“I think we’re more toward rebuilding than reloading. That’s my opinion. I think it’s hard to ask the fans, it’s hard to ask the media, it’s hard to ask, you know, anyone, to be patient. Patience is kind of thin these days. But I think this is going to be more of a rebuilding, more of a restructuring than a reloading.”
It’s still not the full-rebuild that Rube and Dave said wasn’t in the cards, but it’s at least more of an admission that something has to be done. 2017 or 2018 might still be a bit on the early side to turn a 73-win team into a major contender, but the first step to rebuilding is admitting you have a problem. Or something like that.
Move over, Susan Finkelstein. Kansas City radio host Dave O (@daveo933) has dug up a Facebook post from a Royals fan who is offering to trade some, well, favors for Game 6 tickets: Continue reading