Just one more point. That’s all the Flyers need to make the playoffs.
Thanks to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Flyers need to either beat the Rangers on Saturday or have Florida lose one of their two games this weekend.
Brian Elliott was a little shaky in his first start in nearly two months, stopping 19 of 22 shots. But thanks to goals from Michael Raffl, Ivan Provorov, Claude Giroux, and Jake Voracek, they got the job done.
It doesn’t surprise me that this will come down to the last weekend of the season to decide whether the Flyers make the playoffs or not. So Flyersy. And it comes against the Rangers as well. And we know what happened the last time the Flyers needed to make the playoffs on the last day of the regular season against the Rangers:
Game’s at 3 PM on NBC. Florida hosts Buffalo on Saturday and then visits Boston Sunday night. They defeated the Bruins last night in Sunrise.
Prior to the game, the Flyers gave out their season awards, headlined by Giroux winning the Bobby Clarke Trophy as team MVP.
Make sure you also listen to the latest episode of Snow the Goalie.
With all the negativity surrounding the Phillies this past week, at least they shutout the Miami Marlins 5-0 in their home opener yesterday afternoon! Maikel Franco was a double short of the cycle in what was a big game for him and his hitting, knocking in four runs on the day. On the opposite side of the spectrum, J.P. Crawford isn’t doing so hot.
It all started with the question of whether or not Gabe Kapler would get booed. Well, he did. Also credit Dan Baker for swiftly moving to announce the starting lineup in the midst of the boos. Kapler would also get booed when he pulled Nick Pivetta after 97 pitches in 5 2/3s innings.
It didn’t stop there. Prior to the game we learned of an anonymous player wanting Kapler to “get out of the way.” Oh? And after the game, a disgruntled Nick Williams was disappointed over the lack of player time he gets. Okay, he should be and that’s not good. But he also admitted that since Kapler notifies him of his schedule ahead of time, he plays video games late at night without feeling guilty about it. OH?!
To add to that, the locker room after a win is similar to…a rave?
It's a whole new Phillies clubhouse. Victories now include fog machine, lasers and strobe lights. "It's not just a business, it's a game," J.P. Crawford said. "You've got to win and when you win you've got to have fun," Tommy Hunter said.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) April 5, 2018
I feel like this is gonna be a real-life version of Major League.
There was also a beautiful tribute to Roy Halladay, where Eagles head coach Doug Pederson threw out the first pitch (a strike) in Halladay’s actual jersey. Maybe Pederson’s popularity can be something Kapler can learn from.
The Phils are off today, but resume their series with Miami on Saturday. Vince Velasquez looks to go more than three innings on the mound, while Jake Arrieta will make his team debut Sunday afternoon.
If the Phils lose these next two days, try to forget about the games and remember the hilarious video applications for the team’s left-handed batting practice pitcher, including Greg Gonet.
The Sixers have a huge game tonight at home against Cleveland at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. It should feel like a playoff game. The Cavs somehow came back to beat the Wizards last night to give them a half-game lead on the Sixers for third place.
JJ Redick likes his chances this time around after making the NBA Finals in his first year with Orlando and countless disappointments with the Clippers:
Nobody, including the Sixers, the front office, the fans, and Redick thought that the team would be where it is now — tied for third in the Eastern Conference, with a home-court advantage in a playoff series potentially around the corner, and growing expectations.
“If you had told anybody in the organization that we’ll get the eighth seed, at 42-40, five months ago, they would have taken that,” Redick said.
It’s that surprise factor and untapped potential of this Sixers team that has Redick thinking this could be another year in which a championship is within reach. Even being the realist that he is, Redick thinks the Sixers could make a run at a championship this year.
“I don’t want to put a ceiling on our team this year,” he said. “I think this group has the potential to win the Eastern Conference. Whether that’s this year or three years from now, having guys like Ben [Simmons] and Jo [Embiid], you have a chance. Those guys are that good.”
Kevin recaps Wednesday night’s win over Detroit and thanks Stan Van Gundy for being wrong and an idiot.
Sixers will also host Dallas Sunday afternoon.
Villanova had their parade yesterday, and head coach Jay Wright had yet another classy speech.
Would you make a sign like this? How many words is too much for a sign? 610…
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery says he should be ready for the regular season after getting offseason shoulder surgery.
How “mesh” carried the Eagles from Chip Kelly to the Eagles’ Super Bowl win:
“We ended up calling it like four or five times in the game, but that was actually a play that Sam Bradford brought to us that he ran in Chip Kelly’s offense,” Pederson said. “So that is where the play came from. We ran a version of it, but I liked that version better. Sam brought it to my attention. We put it in our first year, probably didn’t call it as much. Our quarterbacks really like the play. It is not a play that is in every week because of the structure of the defense, but we just so happened to have several of them
in for the Super Bowl.”
Kelly brought it to Bradford. Bradford brought it to Pederson. Pederson brought it to Foles, who had already previously run it with Kelly.
And so goes the time-honored football tradition of recycling great ideas.
“If you and I go in the backyard, we’d probably come up with something that looks like the mesh pretty quickly just trying to get open against man coverage,” Brown said. “I run by you, you run by me going in opposite directions, and make the defenders run around us. One of us will pop open. So a version of that has been around a long time. And then, the thing that’s gone on the last however many years is what apparatus you build around it.”
In other sports news, Kyrie Irving’s done for the season. Eastern Conference finals anyone?
Jordan Spieth leads the first round of The Masters at -6, two shots in front of Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar. Tiger Woods is +1. Defending champion Sergio Garcia is +9 after shooting 13 on the Par 5 15. He hit five straight shots into the water:
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 5, 2018
He had some fun with it earlier today:
What happened on 15 @TheMasters yesterday was unfortunate for me and it hurt but I tried to handle it like a Masters Champion should. That same hole gave me that green jacket last year so we might end up naming our next kid Firethorn after all, funny man!😉 https://t.co/vMIDTMGhrf
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) April 6, 2018
Conor McGregor went on a rampage yesterday at UFC 223’s media day.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) April 5, 2018
— joshua. (@jrsvx) April 5, 2018
yoooooo… first time seeing this one. Conor has legit lost his mind. pic.twitter.com/XcLFd2FIMo
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 5, 2018
Three fights are cancelled, two fighters were hurt, and one angry Irish man is in jail for three counts of misdemeanor assault and a felony count of criminal mischief.
Dana White spoke about it this morning:
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) April 6, 2018
Stipe Miocic took a shot at McGregor as well.
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) April 6, 2018
What an end of an era for Henrik and Daniel Sedin:
The Sedins walk off their own era in Vancouver with a Daniel overtime winner on a dominant cycle powerplay. What a comeback. What a perfect ending. pic.twitter.com/Z9LyjBZYOQ
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 6, 2018
A bald eagle landed on Mariners pitcher James Paxton:
BALD EAGLE ATTACK 😂
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) April 5, 2018
In the news, a woman was killed as a car crashed into her home in Montco.
The U.S. added 103,000 jobs, way less than expected.
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California.