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The Sixers and Flyers have Been Winning Some Games

Don’t look now, but the two teams whose seasons are still going on are kind of on a roll. Before dropping a few, the Sixers and Flyers won a combined five straight games from Saturday through Friday (three for the Flyers, two for the Sixers), and that is what constitutes doing well for these teams. But it’s not just that:


Photo Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

While they still sit at 5th in the division with a record of 14-15-6, the Flyers have been on a roll. Before their latest loss, they’d won three in a row, five of their last seven, and four of their last five away games. During that three game win streak, the goal differential was in their favor by seven goals. They’re even having some fun:

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Vinny Lecavalier, whose name was mentioned so often in trade talks this year that it’s probably started to sound weird to Hexy, has come alive. He scored three goals during that streak (after a 14-game drought, so it’s not all coming up Vinny), and Jake Voracek added two more assists to increase his point total to 46 and his league lead in the category to three.

On the whole, three wins isn’t much, but they’re starting to put things together. Meanwhile …


Four wins. FOUR WINS! The Sixers beat the Heat last week, but it’s more remarkable how they did it. For all of the talk of “establishing a losing culture” and “bad habits,” the Sixers fought hard to combat that. They came back from a 23-point deficit in the 3rd quarter to win by four, all while getting none of the calls that come with having someone named Dwyane Wade on your team. Oh, they also only had eight available players.

While that fourth win only brought their season total to 4-23 (now 4-25, because god forbid you get a little excited about something), it made four of their last six road games wins (though they’ve since lost two), and improved all around:

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Yes, they did put up the lowest offensive rating in that period, but let’s look at the positives, because what else have we got going on?


You Can Eat a Canadian Bacon Burger or Dip Some Wings in Cheese to Honor Lindros and LeClair Tonight

Tonight, the Flyers host the Minnesota Wild and will be inducting Eric Lindros and John LeClair into the Flyers Hall of Fame. The special pre-game ceremony starts at 7PM, and during the game, the Flyers players will wear special “10/88″ patches on their jerseys. Is that it? No, because you can also shove a Canadian Bacon Burger in your mouth.

There will be two special food offerings to honor the inductees:

The “Big 88″ – monster Canadian bacon burger on a Flyers pretzel – in celebration of Eric Lindros

Left “Wing”ers – fried wings served with a Vermont cheddar dipping sauce – as a nod to John LeClair (who hails from Vermont)

Canadian bacon and pretzel because Canada + Philadelphia, and wings with Vermont cheese because he’s a wing from Vermont. Come on. I can’t wait for Giroux’s hall of fame night when they serve rump roast with no utensils, hands only.

There’s a whole lot more going on, including special Hall of Fame night apparel for sale, the post-game auction of game-worn jerseys, memorabilia displays, and more. For real though, I know I made fun of it, but that burger sounds awesome.


The NHL will use Pre-Recorded GoPro Footage During Game Broadcasts this Season

Unfortunately, we won’t be getting live referee cam, but the NHL and NBC are going to integrate the GoPro camera into their television coverage this season. According to the Verge, the tiny, attachable cameras will be used to shoot “prerecorded footage of select players demonstrating what it’s like to be in specific situations.” What those situations would be has yet to be announced — making a save, taking a penalty shot, deflecting a shot into the goal all come to mind as good uses — but “any player that GoPro has footage for (and it’s not stated how many that is), the networks will be able to cut to their point-of-view demonstration whenever it wants to in order to better illustrate what’s happening in the game.”

The league will also use the footage in commercials, promos on the NHL Network, online, and on GoPro’s Youtube Channel, giving you a chance to say “Man, I wish they’d use those in-game” over and over and over again.

Kyle: I can’t wait for Ray Emery Cam.


NHL Hate Map Shows West Virginia is Pittsburgh Jr.


Like the other sports before it, the NHL now has its own Reddit Hate Map, showing which team hockey fans in each state hate the most. Pennsylvania and California are the only places that hate (one of) their hometown teams.

Though Pennsylvanians’ votes were also tallied against the Oilers, Bruins, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Canadiens, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Blues, Canucks, and Capitals, the final vote totals showed that the Flyers fans who hate Pittsburgh just barely outnumbered the Penguins fans who hate Philadelphia.

Virginia once again agrees, this time bringing Maryland, Ohio, and the Carolinas along. Pens fans carried-over into and stole West Virginia, placing the Flyers in their sole hate-spot on the map. We’re fine with that, because they are still in West Virginia.


A Sports Illustrated Blog Already Compared Booing Bettman to Booing Santa Claus


As mentioned this morning in the roundup, Gary Bettman got a whole lot of boos at the NHL draft this weekend at the Wells Fargo Center. Booing a commissioner is not a new thing. Bettman himself is booed so much he probably can’t even hear it anymore, David Stern used to seem legitimately giddy when he was booed at the draft, and Roger Goddell is basically a super-villian at this point. Yet, as predicted, it didn’t take long for someone to declare the booing of Gary Bettman a disgrace and — once again — bring up the booing of Santa Claus.

Two separate posts on Sports Illustrated‘s Too Many Men on the Site blog tried to shame the crowd for booing Bettman. One post, written by a self-proclaimed Rangers fan, said:

“When Gary Bettman came on stage, and the boo-birds were out in full force. The commissioner is booed in many venues he appears at, especially when he presents the Stanley Cup each summer. I had never experienced it live, but I think it is safe to say this was the loudest he has ever been booed. I watched the broadcast afterward, but the cameras couldn’t do it justice – the booing was much louder in the building than it was on TV. Every time the man tried to speak he was droned out almost entirely to the crowd, and some of the people were remarking how annoying it was because no one could even hear what he was saying. In all honesty, although Bettman is a polarizing figure in the NHL community, the booing yesterday was actually a disgrace to the sport and to the event, and the fans should be ashamed of themselves for such a lack of respect.”

Anyone decrying someone else for not showing “respect” for the commissioner of a major sport is probably a blast at parties. But that wasn’t even the worst one. There was also this, with one of the most tired memes of sports fandom:

“Perhaps it is a clear indication of how the Flyers season and post-season is going when the biggest thing going for Flyers fans is how loud they booed NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Obnoxious booing is the quickest way to spot the Philadelphia sports fan in the room; that and the fact that they’ll proudly tell you in-between bites of a Philly cheesesteak how they once booed Santa Claus.”

You see, that’s where you’re wrong, because the only people who can’t shut the hell up about Philly fans booing Santa Claus are the New York Times, ESPN, and … others. You’re still pulling out the same nonsense line that people have been using since the incident actually happened … in 1968. For reference, that was the 2nd season of the Flyers’ existence.

Can everyone else finally move on? We did. I mean this August will mark the 15th anniversary of the time we threw batteries at J.D. Drew. That was worse and even that was 15 years ago. If you want to keep throwing us on Worst Fans lists and all of that, fine, but come up with some better reasons.

h/t @PhillyPartTwo


Flyers Will Not Play in the Winter Classic After All


Though it had been long-rumored that the 2015 Winter Classic would feature the Flyers playing against the Washington Capitals in Washington, it has been revealed that it was only a rumor. According to Yahoo Sports Canada, the 2015 Classic will feature the visiting Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Caps. The Flyers rumor was a strong one though:

“It’s an interesting choice for a number of reasons. The Winter Classic has traditionally featured geographic rivals, which is why some outlets were reporting the Philadelphia Flyers would be the opponent for the Capitals in 2015.”

The only thing left to decide now is the venue. Though Nationals Park seems most likely, I’d like to know what we have to do to get a Winter Classic at Camden Yards.


These (soon-to-be) NHL Draft Picks Were Eager to Get Drunk and Screw Before Their Big Day

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This post originally ran just over a year ago, when our favorite (NOW MARRIED!) puck bunny conquered roughly half a dozen soon-to-be professional hockey players. Sadly, there was no similar venture this year (that we know of…). So, while the sports world slows for a few days as we celebrate Bill Pullman’s famous Independence Day speech and I stock up on coffee, beer and Haribo Gummy Bears for our Flyers free agency running commentary on Friday, let’s relive the beauty and majesty of Princesss Sass, a tradition unlike any other.


Before we delve into the shadowy world of jersey chasing – puck bunnydom, to be specific – let’s rewind to an earlier time.

Back in April, during that series in which the Flyers embarrassed the half-assed hockey team from the western end of the state, we introduced you to (our favorite) partially cloaked Penguins fan: Princesss Sass, as she’s known on the Interrods.

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We first came across Ms. Sass when she posted pictures of some signs she brought to the CONSOL Energy Center to harass the Flyers. We then followed her solo travels to Philadelphia for Game 3 and, as recently as last week, featured her in our special puck slut PSA relating to the announcement of the NHL Draft coming to the City of Brotherly Love in 2014. Sass’ appearance in our PSA was to demonstrate the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel nature of the NHL entry draft, an event that sees scores of young, mostly Canadian, teen-something boys flock into a particular city for, up to that point, the biggest weekend of their lives. The weekend when they become men.

We have to give Sass credit. She’s taken our heavy ribbing in stride (even though I once called her a slore), almost reveling in her role as the stereotypical puck slut from Shittsburgh. But now she’s outdone herself. She has given us an exclusive, meticulously detailed account of her weekend at the NHL Draft – complete with pictures and screenshots – where she warmed up about a sixth of the top 60 picks.

Before last weekend’s event, which was held in Pittsburgh, Sass tweeted a preview of her outfit for the draft’s first night. For her and other puck bunnies (and I do wish to not be graphic here), the thought of bagging an up-and-comer who might one day drink from Lord Stanley’s Cup (or, less ambitiously, bookend Pierre McGuire along an NHL dasher) makes their underoos drippier than a protagonist during the rain scene in a mid-oughts romance flick.*

*Ryan Gosling vociferously objects! “I’m wetter and I look better! And I’m a poet.”

You see, hockey players, unlike athletes from the other three major sports, are fairly accessible. For example, if you were a jersey chaser and wanted to fuck LeBron James, you’d likely have to make it through long lines, VIP ropes, possibly a background check, a publicist, some posse and Mike Miller before you ever got near King. Then there’s a good chance you’d have to be taken for a test spin (perhaps simultaneously) by a few members of his inner-circle – sexual gatekeepers, if I may – to see if you were up to the task. With satisfactory performance, you might – might – have a chance to score with LeBron.

Conversely, if you wanted to bump baby makers with, say, Jeff Carter, all you’d have to do is wear a revealing tube top to La Costa this Friday night.

It’s just… easier to get with hockey players.

At the NHL Draft, it’s easiest: puck bunnies want in early and not-even-old-enough-to-shave athletes want their first (or second or third) groupie. It’s a perfect balance, this delicate ecosystem of fuck. And that’s where we begin our story.

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[Note: We’ve removed players’ names from the story and texts. But among those included are five first-rounders, four second-rounders, two sons of former NHLers, and one (now) Flyer. All are 18, or younger.]

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Flyers-Penguins as NHL 94 Game

Besides trolling you for the first 30 seconds of this video, Benstonium’s NHL 94-ization of the Flyers’ 2-1 overtime loss to the Penguins is kind of mesmerizing. And sad. It’s sad, too. Because one of the only inaccuracies in the video is the fact that the Flyers’ defensemen move wayyyy slower than those little 2-D sprites in the original game.

via Pensblog

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