The Philadelphia Flyers are on a bye week, but that isn’t keeping them out of the news.
Claude Giroux was selected to play in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, which takes place later this month in Tampa, Florida.
This is Giroux’s fifth trip to the All-Star Game, with his last coming in 2016.
Here’s a rundown of the weekend, which is Jan. 27-28:
The 2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 (7:00 p.m. on NBCSN) and the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. on NBC).
The annual mid-season event returns to a 3-on-3 tournament format for the third straight year – Nashville (2016) and Los Angeles (2017). Under the tournament rules, the NHL All-Star Game will be divided into three 20-minute games, with star players from each NHL division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.
The Flyers return to regular season action on Saturday.
Our Kevin Kinkead takes a deeper look at the Falcons-Eagles matchup:
I think it makes the most sense for the Eagles to establish the running game early instead of asking an out-of-form quarterback to do too much in the passing game. The Falcons allowed 7.2 average yards on 16 rushes, with Gurley cresting the 100 mark, so Los Angeles did do some damage on the ground. The problem was that they were playing from behind, lost the time of possession battle, and ended up throwing it 45 times for a ridiculous 75/25 pass/run split. That’s the kind of number that would make Andy Reid proud.
Football is still top dog, despite an NFL decline, according to Gallup.
Bleacher Report’s Gridiron Heights nails the atmosphere around the Eagles:
You can win $500 worth of tailgating fun from AmeriGas, here.
The latest Crossing Broadcast dropped yesterday.
Speaking of the podcast, the live event from Carlino’s Market in Ardmore is tonight! Details here.
NBC Sports Philadelphia asked Londoners to pronounce Philly terms. It’s quite good:
How many London locals can correctly pronounce Conshohocken? Bala Cynwyd? Yuengling?
They gave it their best shot! 😂 pic.twitter.com/mfTjtY2G6z
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 10, 2018
Matt Rhule interviewed for the Colts head coaching job, yes, that Matt Rhule.
Kevin Durant eclipsed 20,000 points last night.
An MLB agent was reportedly filming players in the shower:
Baseball agent Jason Wood is being investigated by the player’s union for allegedly filming numerous clients while they were using his shower, seven sources tell FanRag Sports.
Three sources say that Wood has been fired by CSE, where he was the President of Baseball. A search to replace him is underway, with the agency hoping to find someone to fill that role soon. Some players have already fired CSE and have hired new representation or are looking to do so in the near future.
Recently, a player who chose not be identified, was using a shower at Wood’s home and found a camera, sources say. The player confronted Wood, then followed by firing him immediately, sources say.
Former Phillie Cody Asche was once represented by Wood.
Mets sign Jay Bruce to a 3-year deal.
People still aren’t buying the Raider Rooney Rule explanations.
In non-sports news…
17 dead and 13 missing after mudslides in Southern California.
Bitcoin is dropping quick.
And to start your day on a high note, here are Carson Wentz highlights 😍:
— NFL (@NFL) January 10, 2018