Slow starts, a typical Flyers thing.

It happened again last night as the Avalanche got off to a quick start on the power play en route to a 4-1 win. Colorado’s top line scored three goals in the game with two of them coming from Mikko Rantanen.

Nolan Patrick scored the lone goal for the Flyers off a deflection from Travis Sanheim. Brian Elliott stopped 29 of 32 shots.

But hey, at least the Flyers have Gritty, right?!

I have a conspiracy theory: The Flyers introduced Gritty this year as a way to get all the negative attention off of the actual team. Having Gritty do things like crashing into people wearing inflatable sumo suits grabs attention more than a team that has slow starts. Gritty is more popular than the Flyers.

Those Flyers won’t have Gritty on Thursday, as they travel up to Boston to take on the Bruins.

The Roundup:

Speaking of meh teams, how about the Eagles? They have some explaining to do after their 21-17 collapse to the Panthers on Sunday.

After going on WIP Monday morning, Doug Pederson got a little angry during his day-after presser with reporters.

I think we can officially announce that the “new norm” is dead.

Unless Howie Roseman can try and revive it. The Eagles are trying to pry cornerback Patrick Peterson from the Cardinals, and also had some discussions with the Broncos.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys got Amari Cooper from the Raiders… for a first round pick. The Eagles reportedly offered a second rounder to the Raiders last week.

Over on the opposition side, the Jaguars are sticking with Blake Bortles on Sunday.

The Sixers play their first game of a back-to-back tonight as they visit the Detroit Pistons. Tipoff is at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. They play at Milwaukee tomorrow night.

Ben Simmons is questionable to play with the back tightness he had on Saturday night, while Mike Muscala has been upgraded to questionable.

In other sports news, the Giants fell to the Falcons 23-20 thanks in part to a failed two-point try.

Trail Blazer players dominated with their Halloween costumes:

The Premier Lacrosse League, a pro lacrosse league founded by Paul Rabil and his brother Mike, was officially introduced. They also have a media deal with NBC Sports, including a couple games on NBC.

Roman Reigns’ leukemia returned.

In the news, tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is $1.6 BILLION.

The killing of a Saudi journalist was “savagely planned”, according to Turkey’s president.

Bob Barker was rushed to the hospital due to back pain.