OK so let’s talk about the Flyers. It turns out they’re not going to win in 5. They’re not going to win the series at all. They might lose in 5, actually. My precidiction went awry. I contribute it to…
@CrossingBroad still. i give you a lot of credit for sticking your neck out on the flyers.
i would blame it on a Villanova hangover though.
— F**K CANCER (@delbrander3) April 18, 2016
Yep, that. Once your team wins it all, you just assume every other team can have success, too. Not so.
The Flyers are being outclassed. The Capitals don’t even need to find their high intensity level because they’re just that much more talented than the Flyers. I’ve said it all season long – even after they started streaking – but the Flyers are missing an entire second line. Two of Michael Raffl, Brayden Schenn and Matt Read are third-liners only really good teams. It’s that simple. They don’t have enough scoring depth. An injury to Sean Couturier doesn’t help, neither does this…
— Section 357 (@PreventOffense) April 17, 2016
… and it’s all compounded by piss-poor officiating, where the whistle blows seemingly for the hell of it. THIS, TOO, IS BAD:
— toolboa (@toolboa) April 17, 2016
It’s never been a question of talent – the Caps were always the better team – but they seemed ripe to get picked off by a hot Flyers squad. I was wrong. The Flyers don’t have nearly enough firepower, talent or depth to beat them. But, I do think they win for Ed tonight.
Let’s hit it!
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Nothing better than seeing Jonathan Papelbon have to admit defeat to a bunch of guys I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of after Freddy Galvis put one over Jayson Werth and his increasingly played-out hair:
“All of them suck,” Papelbon said, when asked if it was worse to blow a save in South Philadelphia. “Your job is to go out there and preserve the win. When you don’t do your job, you have to learn how to turn the page and move on. . . . I’ve blown plenty of these in the past. I know how to handle them.”
“We’re in first place and we won the (bleeping) series, man,” he said. “You know?”
“Personally, I like Pap. He is the villain; closers are villains to visiting teams. I like the guy, but it’s good to beat any closer. I’m happy about that.”
Mrs. CB and I have very strong thoughts about NBC 10’s new local weather forecasts:
Too granular. Too much detail. Too busy. It’s like I’m looking at a vendor pitch filled with stock photography for how something could work. Like someone took Philly.com’s former endless widget array and brought it over to TV. In theory, the more specific and localized forecast works great. In practice, it sucks.
There’s a fundamental flaw here. Everybody has this super local weather in their pocket. Almost every single one of us can just ask Siri or pull up an app like Carrot of Weather Underground and see what the weather is “where you are.” Hell, my watch face will tell me how many minutes until it starts or stops raining. We watch local news to get the big picture (and for Cecily, Sheena, et al.). We want the quick look, with explanation, when we’re too lazy to look for ourselves. We all understand that it’s generally a little warmer in the city, cooler at the shore, and just right in the suburbs. Giving us “the city weather” is good enough about 90% of the time. Which days might it rain or snow? When is they’re a cold blast coming? That sort of thing. This local stuff is too much for TV. It’s confusing, distracting, and hard to look at.
JJ Watt tore all five of his groin muscles last season. All five. I once went to the ER because I had a bruise on my leg. Pretty sure I would’ve amputated my own leg if I tore all five groin muscles.
I love how just now Chase Utley is getting a reputation for being a hard-nosed badass, like this wasn’t a thing before:
— Jared Shelly (@JaredShelly) April 18, 2016
Do you, Chase.
Today we step out of the shadow.
Today we put others on notice.
Today marks the beginning. pic.twitter.com/eEaMFdx69Z
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 18, 2016
— Jacob Neville (@llamafeed) April 18, 2016
At first I was shocked that this shows the Eagles wearing silver. But then I realized Jeffrey Lurie and and the rightful owner of his testicals, Christina Lurie, are small people and wouldn’t dare allow the team to wear Kelly Green and thus create demand to bring it back full-time. So yeah, silver, which everyone will hate, sounds about right.
This will be cool:
Remember tonight! pic.twitter.com/UzPLcar0xv
— Phans of Philly (@PhansofPhilly) April 18, 2016
The Tennessee Titans invited everyone to watch a movie on the field and then their sprinklers went off.
Here’s an Australian Rules Football hit that is essentially attempted murder.
DeAndre Jordan: Bad a free throws.
USC’s blind longsnapper made his debut in the spring game this weekend.
Mayor Jim Kenney announced the Philadelphia International Unity Cup, a World Cup-style soccer tournament of immigrant communities within the city whose championship game will be played at Citizens Bank Park.
We have a new episode in the hopper. I just need to edit it and post.
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