Good morning, Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. Joe Paterno news notwithstanding (more on his passing below), yesterday was an incredible day of sports. For those of you who enjoy soccer, the morning brought two big-time English Premier League matches, one between Manchester City and Tottenham (my squad), and the other, Manchester United and Arsenal. The latter, on FOX, was the first live EPL game to ever be broadcast on one of the four major US networks, and it wasn’t a coincidence that it happened on a Conference Championship Sunday– the second occasion will be just seven hours before the Super Bowl next month. FOX is trying to sell you soccer whether you like it or not.
So that was the morning. Then there was the simultaneous excellence that was the Flyers-Bruins and Ravens-Patriots. The first period of the Flyers game was the sort of hockey Ed Snider loves: hard hits, lots of fights, and mediocre defense and goaltending. The rest of the game included a natural hat trick from Scott Hartnell, two comebacks by the Flyers, more mediocre defense and goaltending, and the always fun end the period early because we have to clean up hats from the ice routine. The game finished just in time for you to watch Billy Cundiff begin a long, downhill spiral which will eventually land him at Shady Acres, and most likely end with him having breatseseses and working as a detective in South Florida. Maybe.*
Then there was the Giants…
*Just to bring that Jim Carrey-Ace Ventura reference full-circle: Carrey’s daughter was a contestant on last night's American Idol, which FOX is also trying to sell to football fans (it wasn’t an accident that they opened the show on an aircraft carrier with a half-naked jugfest and a 26-year-old MILF with pipes… and a good singing voice). Jane Carrey could actually sing, too, but what I want to know is how organic her audition was. Like, there’s no way daddy did hook that up for her, right? This whole thing has the feel of a gigantic, two-way PR stunt. Plus, Jane was cast as a “waitress from Los Angeles,” a waitress whose dad is a multi-millionaire, talented actor and one hell of a model American. Your Ace Ventura reference is now complete.
Let’s hit it.
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– Joe Montana is signing autographs tonight at the BC Sports in the King of Prussia Mall from 6:30-8. You can make fun of his 49ers if you want. Details and tickets here.
– Philly Phaithful is back at it again with their Knock Knock, Another Win t-shirt, which pays tribute to the Flyers’ victory song. Get one here.
– The Sixers lost to the Heat on Saturday, but after Friday’s game, Doug Collins got all Zen again. And we like it.
– Sebastien Le Toux watched Bolton-Chelsea match.
– The Flyers are the worst team in the National Hockey League in shootouts.
– David Beckham is wearing a Phillies hat again.
– Busted Coverage put together a gallery of Julie Dorenbos pictures, which, as is often the case with Julie Dorenbos pictures, are worth viewing.
– Ravens fan absolutely loses his shit over Billy Cundiff.
– This, which I don’t think was a joke:
– Jaromir Jagr wants to give Scott Hartnell’s dad a contract.
– Penn State student newspaper’s coverage of Joe Paterno’s death.
– Jerry Sandusky issued a statement on Paterno’s passing.
– Bill Lyon, legend, weighs in on Paterno, the man he knew so well.
Finally, here's a hard-to-watch slideshow of Joe Paterno remembered through student pictures. Watch it after the jump.
Video is via The School Philly, who has continuing coverage of the Penn State student reaction to Joe Pa’s death.