Your Monday Morning Roundup

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This was honestly one of the slowest local sports weekends of the year. For example, the most popular story on CSNPhilly.com this morning – besides autoplay video ads for shitty local car dealers – is a standard article about Michael Raffl’s contract extension, which is about the most mundane news humanely possible. I mean, unless you’re Broad Street Hockey’s Charlie O’Connor, who contorted himself in the most Flyers fan way possible into lauding the signing as some stroke of genius under the headline “Michael Raffl extension a shrewd move by GM Ron Hextall“:

Raffl is certainly having a down year from a scoring standpoint in 2015-16. After potting 21 goals in 67 games in 2014-15, he only has eight goals in 61 games this season, totals more in line with those of his rookie season.

But are Raffl’s career NHL scoring statistics really that underwhelming? He hasn’t established himself as a power play forward, so it’s best to judge him based on his even strength scoring. To that end, it helps to use 5-on-5 points per 60 to evaluate a player’s efficiency at even strength. This allows us to account for the amount of ice time a player receives when judging his scoring talent.

Over his three NHL seasons, Raffl has posted a Points/60 of 1.41, ranking him ninth among Flyers’ forwards over that timespan. But while the Austrian forward has scored a rate worthy of top-nine minutes with Philadelphia, that does not necessarily mean his statistics are truly top-nine worthy at the NHL level. After all, the Flyers have been far from an elite team over the past three seasons – maybe having players like Raffl playing on one of the team’s top three lines has contributed to their mediocrity.

Fair, but he goes on to conclude that Raffl is a solid third line scorer, slotting his Corsi among other forwards and comparing his contract to other third line scorers. It’s a tome… on, at best, a third line scorer. The analysis itself is tremendous, but this has simply never been the sort of sports coverage that interests me. It’s so far in the weeds that I have mosquito bites all over my legs. And yet, here we are– your top Philly sports story of the weekend: Michael Raffl. Fun times.

Let’s hit it!

 

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The roundup:

The Flyers extended Michael Raffl. He has 17 points in 61 games this season.

 

Brett Brown called the Sixers’ effort “unprofessional.”

 

Steph Curry, stop it:

 

The Washington Post has an article about Trump’s failed mortgage program. It’s just the latest damning Trump factoid to be unearthed. This one came from solid reporting, but most are coming from Marco Rubio, who has the full Republican establishment handling the research on his behalf. It’s fun to watch. Rubio, who has stepped up his performance, is operating with the full weight of virtually every member of the Grand Old Party… and yet Trump seems to be gaining steam. This is a highly enjoyable circus.

 

Meanwhile, John Oliver:

Go here.

 

The Eagles increased their offer to Sam Bradford, reportedly. Does anyone care about this story? Because I’m “wake me when it happens” level. Eagles offseason quarterback talk is the worst talk.

 

Disney is rolling out surge pricing.

 

Dirty.

 

Adam Aron was at the Oscars and can count himself a winner, kinda

 

College baseball walk-off bat flip.

 

You can’t say that on television:

 

Raccoons love trash, so it’s no surprise one wanted to take in a Yankee spring training game.

 

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26 Comments

  • Fletcher Cox February 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Think maybe you owe me an apology.

    Try and do some research before you jump to conclusions!

    Reply
  • Chris Rock February 29, 2016 at 10:04 am

    There’s only one minority in America and they’re blacks. Diversity should only be given to black people

    Reply
  • Paul Jolovitz Fan Club President February 29, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Kyle is a racist. Do disgusting.

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  • Slowpoke Rodriguez February 29, 2016 at 10:16 am

    the inevitable crossingbroad t-shirt jinx, clearly those shirts went in to production right before gostisbehere lost his consecutive points streak. thanks, kyle.

    Reply
  • James Falyeez February 29, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Internet troll by day ——Regular troll at night.

    Reply
  • AL Tru February 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Once again, for the Mensa members: Trump is working for the Dems. He’s “poisoning the well” in the Repub party.
    Rubio’s young past as a “pickle park” cruiser and dancer ( google Rubio foam party).
    Hillary is the anointed Dem candidate; even top secret email offenses will be forgiven. if not ? Biden is in the bullpen.
    Supreme Court Judge Scalia belonged to a secret society . kind of a minor league version of the Illuminati.
    Google: Bohemian Grove.

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    • paul jolovitz fan club president February 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      The Gay rumor about Rubio has been around for years… who gave what the man puts in his mouth? not me. Vote for Hillary if you don’t want to persecute gays and minorities. Vote for Hillary if you want to to outlaw automatic weapons.

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      • Rush Limbaugh February 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

        Please do vote for Hillary for lezbo rights as she is one. Just ask Huma Weiner.

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  • Rob February 29, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Nothing on Eric Staal being traded to the Rangers?

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    • Phil Theecolards February 29, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Why in the fuck would would there be any thing on that, here?

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    • Phil Theecolards February 29, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Why in the fuck would there be any thing on that, here?

      Reply
      • Rob February 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Well it is the NHL trade deadline today so there’s that and it’s better than more Fletcher Cox ‘updates’. Can you post without cursing? Do you talk like that too?

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        • Slowpoke Rodriguez February 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm

          do you shake your mother’s hand with those hands?
          stop fucking cursing, rob.

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          • Rob February 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm

            Never understand why people randomly curse. It’s kinda like jokes about people’s mothers. Don’t you stop doing that when you get above 10 years old? I know you’re slow Rodriguez but you’re over 10 aren’t you?

          • Slowpoke Rodriguez February 29, 2016 at 2:24 pm

            jesus christ, rob.
            it wasn’t a mom joke. it was like when people say “do you kiss your mother with that mouth?” he didn;t say it, he typed it. therefore, the hand reference. you’re stupid & whiny.

  • but phoque February 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Trump is the next president. and there’s nothing you can do about it. so stick to sports instead of confirming everyone’s suspicions that you’re a liberal pu$$y.

    Reply
    • Phil Theecolards February 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      no shot. sorry hateful.

      Reply
  • latinos for trump February 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Cant wait for Trump to dominate super Tuesday! Cruz is a creep who uses the Bible to trick stupid southerners. Rubio is a nervous little clown who has never accomplished anything. Trump owns the room, he does not have a submissive bone in his body. He will be the greatest president since Lincoln.

    Reply
  • gary the conqueror February 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I heard that Jim likes to play Bruce Springsteen’s “Philadelphia” whilst making love to women.

    Reply
  • I agree with Rob February 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Almost 1pm on the NHL trade deadline day and not one post. Nothing on potential trades? Who may go, who may they pick up? Almost 1pm and all we get is a roundup?

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  • Bob February 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm

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  • Moo Stonky February 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I once did a dookie so massive it curled around the toilet bowl and stuck out of the water.

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    • Keith Krepfle February 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      ahh..the fabled helicopter snap

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  • Nothing better to do February 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    When that happens to me, I call it a Loch Ness Monster. My wife didn’t find that very funny, though.

    Reply
  • Awaiting Moderation February 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Hey Kyle! How’s the ticker?

    Reply
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