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Poor Eric Lindros Had to Perform Two #IceBucketChallenges Because His Wife Forgot to Press Record

Poor E Train. As if his head didn’t hit the ice enough in during career, he had to perform two #IceBucketChallenges because his wife forgot to press record* the first time. Loving the IBC fails, though.

*No offense to the ladies, but women and camera phones are a dangerous combination. “Which one’s the flash? Oh, OK, got it. Never mind. OK, ready? Smile. The flash won’t go off. Should I hold the button down? Oh wait, my finger’s in the way. I think I’m doing a video. Yeah it’s a video. Now it says my storage is full. Can I just delete that? How do I delete that? I don’t want to do a Panoramic! I’m just going to Snap it.”

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Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins Will Be Inducted into Flyers Hall of Fame

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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.

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Flyers Equipment Manager Claims Eric Lindros was Not a Huge Jerk When He was Young

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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.

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Eric Lindros was a Huge Jerk When He was Young

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Jim included this in the Roundup yesterday, but I felt it deserved further calling out.

In an article for some reason written for the Huffington Post, former referee and noted tough guy Paul Stewart wrote about his first encounter with 19-year-old Eric Lindros:

Eric Lindros was a player I got off with on the wrong foot and we never developed a rapport because neither he nor I wanted one. It started out innocently enough.

I was working an afternoon Philadelphia-New Jersey game at the Spectrum; the back end of a home-and-home. The Devils won the previous game, 6-4, in a game refereed by Mark Faucette. The game got chippy late in the third period, with about 40 penalty minutes being handed out in the final five minutes, including roughing penalties to Lindros and Scott Stevens in the waning seconds of the game.

The start of the game at the Spectrum was delayed several minutes. I had to wait for the red light on the scorer’s table to indicate that the broadcast had returned from a commercial and it was OK to drop the opening faceoff.

During the delay, I made small talk with several of the Devils and Flyers on the ice. I said hello to Mark Recchi and talked to Bernie Nicholls. I then tried to greet the 19-year-old rookie Lindros.

“Hey, Eric. How are things going? How’s your dad?” I asked.

The response: “[Bleep] you. Just drop the [bleeping] puck already.”

Lindros was apparently in a bad mood because he’d recently missed 12 games with a knee injury, the team was in a losing skid, and he’d had a tough game in New Jersey. This game was also played about a week after Lindros had to go to court in Toronto after the Koo Koo Bananas incident. You know what? Those were his problems, not mine. But we were about to have a mutual problem.

Right off the opening faceoff, Lindros bulled forward and drilled Nicholls under the chin with his stick. I ditched Lindros on a high-sticking penalty.

Before the game, I had brought a tube filled with posters to Flyers’ equipment manager Jim “Turk” Evers. The posters, which depicted Recchi and Lindros, were to be autographed and then donated to a charity auction. I had done a similar thing in other cities, such as a Cam Neely and Ray Bourque poster in Boston, and a Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in Pittsburgh.

After the game, I want to Turk to collect the poster tube.

“Stewy, you’re not going to like this,” Evers said. “I don’t have them.”

“What do you mean you don’t have them?” I asked.

“Well, Rex signed the posters but when Eric found out they were for you, he tore every one of them up. I’m sorry about that.”

I never spoke to Eric Lindros again.

One year, much later in his career when he was with the Rangers, I ended up getting him on eight minor penalties that season. I caught some heat for it from John Davidson on the Rangers’ broadcasts, but the truth of the matter was this: I did NOT go out of my way to “invent” penalties on Lindros — or any player — but I wasn’t going to give that guy a break on anything borderline that I might have let slide with a player who had gained acceptability with me.

I cringed reading that. But, two things: 1) Lindros was 19, so he had some growing up to do. 2) Stewart mentions asking about Lindros’ dad, a notorious figure and the subject of many digs at Lindros. Maybe Lindros took the remark – rightfully or wrongfully – about his father to be some sort of shot. Hey Eric, how’s your dadddddy? Something like that. I don’t know. But this made me sad.

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Your Mid-Week Roundup: The Sixers Get Social and the Phillies Get Desperate

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The Phillies really miss having you at the ballpark. How do I know? Because they probably sent you that email above, saying:

“Hey, listen. I know things aren’t great right now, but how about we lower the price on these tickets and you can at least come in so we can talk about it. I don’t want it to be over between us, and I’m willing to change. [Note: "Willing to change" is open to interpretation and the decisions of Ruben Amaro Jr.]”

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Whoever the Sixers ended up hiring as their social media coordinator is doing a good job right out of the gate. That exchange above, which came to us from reader John, is some major league level stuff. Take notes, Phillies.

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Starting this season, you will no longer have to be a DirecTV subscriber to have access to the NFL’s Sunday Ticket service on your phone, tablet, game console, and computer. The service will be available to non-DirecTV customers starting at $199.99 for the season for eligible areas. I plugged my address into DirecTV’s service website and it said the service was unavailable to me, but it was available when I used a different local address, so some of you may not be able to access it.

And finally, over at Huffington Post, former NHL player and referee Paul Stewart posted a blog in which he shared a story about the first time he met Eric Lindros, young asshole:

“The start of the game at the Spectrum was delayed several minutes. I had to wait for the red light on the scorer’s table to indicate that the broadcast had returned from a commercial and it was OK to drop the opening faceoff.

During the delay, I made small talk with several of the Devils and Flyers on the ice. I said hello to Mark Recchi and talked to Bernie Nicholls. I then tried to greet the 19-year-old rookie Lindros.

‘Hey, Eric. How are things going? How’s your dad?’ I asked.

The response: ‘[Bleep] you. Just drop the [bleeping] puck already.’

Lindros was apparently in a bad mood because he’d recently missed 12 games with a knee injury, the team was in a losing skid, and he’d had a tough game in New Jersey. This game was also played about a week after Lindros had to go to court in Toronto after the Koo Koo Bananas incident. You know what? Those were his problems, not mine. But we were about to have a mutual problem.

Right off the opening faceoff, Lindros bulled forward and drilled Nicholls under the chin with his stick. I ditched Lindros on a high-sticking penalty.

Before the game, I had brought a tube filled with posters to Flyers’ equipment manager Jim “Turk” Evers. The posters, which depicted Recchi and Lindros, were to be autographed and then donated to a charity auction. I had done a similar thing in other cities, such as a Cam Neely and Ray Bourque poster in Boston, and a Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in Pittsburgh.

After the game, I want to Turk to collect the poster tube.

‘Stewy, you’re not going to like this,’ Evers said. ‘I don’t have them.’

‘What do you mean you don’t have them?’ I asked.

‘Well, Rex signed the posters but when Eric found out they were for you, he tore every one of them up. I’m sorry about that.’

I never spoke to Eric Lindros again.”

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Great Article About Eric Lindros in ESPN The Magazine

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Remember this?

Still the coolest moment of the Winter Classic festivities was when Lindros set up LeClair for a goal. The ESPN article touches on that day, but mostly it’s about Lindros and concussions:

In a twisted way, that knowledge and the caution it fostered in Eric made him something of an outsider. Nowadays, most hockey fans applaud and defend Penguins star Sidney Crosby for having the guts and perspective to sit as long as he needed to fully recover from a concussion. A dozen years ago, when Lindros tried to do that? The reaction was, shall we say, slightly less enlightened. The media snickered about his manhood and mocked him as a head case. Fans threw pacifiers on the ice. And when Lindros and his parents dared to question the Flyers medical staff after the team first sent Eric to a migraine specialist in March 2000 instead of a neurologist who focused on concussions, the old-school Clarke flipped. He isolated Lindros from the team, at one point going weeks without speaking to his injured star. Then he stripped him of his captaincy.

Looking back, that’s one of the moments of his experience that irks Lindros the most and makes him worry about today’s nonmarquee players: The pressure to play, the alienation from teammates and the other mind games used to get players back on the ice — those things worked on him, in large part because he let them. “The athletes are the worst advocates for this crap by not disclosing enough,” he says. “Who wants to admit deficiencies and put that X on your back? Are you gonna take yourself out? Because now it’s who do they have in the minors to replace you? It’s a sh — y business in that regard.”

Read the full thing here.

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