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NHL All-Star Travis Konecny Opens Up About His Breakout Season, Playing with a Contract, Chirping at Opponents, and More

Russ Joy - January 23, 2020

The Flyers enter the All-Star Break with a renewed sense of confidence after knocking off some of the best teams in the league over the past two weeks, including Washington, Boston, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. Sure, they’ve had a clunker or two (see: Montreal), but for the most part, this team is ahead of where many expected them to be at this point in the season. Prior to the season on Snow The Goalie, Anthony and I laid out a list of “ifs” that needed to go right for the Flyers to contend for a playoff spot in a highly-competitive Metropolitan Division with a ridiculous playoff seeding system. I would argue that the biggest breakout star this season has come from fourth-year forward Travis Konecny, who’s just six points away from tying his career high in points at the NHL level, despite being just over half of the way through the season.

Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Konecny to discuss his breakout season and how having his contract situation resolved has been allowed him to play freely. He also shared some stories about interacting with fans, calling Malkin a “****ing nerd”, which of his teammates is a low-key chirper on the ice, and what he watches while away from the ice.

Next week, we’ll release our interviews with defenseman Matt Niskanen and rising star Joel Farabee. If you haven’t subscribed to Snow The Goalie already, please make sure you do. It’s available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, and wherever else you get your podcasts!

Full transcript of the interview, video, and link to the podcast after the jump.

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Clutch Time Execution – Observations from Sixers 117, Nets 106

Kevin Kinkead - January 16, 2020

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Kind of a strange game at the Wells Fargo Center last night.

The crowd was restless early, almost suspicious of what was happening on the floor. There was quiet moaning and groaning as the Sixers traded shots with the Nets while the refs seemed to call every soft foul in the history of NBA basketball. You felt like there wasn’t a lot of “juice” in the building as Brett Brown’s team couldn’t seem to close a gap that continued to yo-yo from two points, to four, up to six or seven at times, then back down. Losing a third straight game, this one in front of the home crowd, would have a been a midseason backbreaker.

Then Furkan Korkmaz hit a pair of consecutive three pointers to give the Sixers the lead and inject some life in the crowd, sparking a fourth quarter defensive effort and execution level that was better than anything we’ve seen from this team since the Christmas Day win. Philly turned their final four offensive possessions into nine points while getting three stops on the defensive end, allowing them to pull away for a double-digit win after 3.5 close quarters of basketball.

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Do the Sixers Need to Take More Three Pointers? An Investigation..

Kevin Kinkead - January 13, 2020

The Sixers are hitting 35.9% of their three point shots this season, which amounts to 12th in the NBA.

But they’re only shooting 30 three pointers per game, a number that places them 25th out of 30 teams. They’re top-12 in three-point percentage but bottom-six in actual attempts.

Wouldn’t common knowledge suggest that if you’re pretty good at something, you should do more of it? If John Lennon was a good song writer, wouldn’t you want him to write more songs? If Neil Peart (RIP) played the hell out of the drums, wouldn’t you want him sitting behind the kit as much as possible?

Perhaps, and while the Sixers might not be the basketball equivalent of The Beatles or Rush, head coach Brett Brown is feeling his way through the push and pull of volume vs. efficiency right now when it comes to team shooting.

“This is where my problem is,” Brown said last Monday. “This team needs to find more three-point opportunities. “We do. We need to hunt threes in a more definitive way than we currently are. I think the 3-point shot is not about, ‘oh, we need to make more.’ We need to take more.”

It was an interesting quote that generated some talk, so let’s dive in.

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Doug Pederson Apologizes for “Poor” Communication With Botched Mike Groh and Carson Walch Firings

Kevin Kinkead - January 10, 2020

PR disaster for the Eagles on Thursday.

They fired offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch 24 hours after head coach Doug Pederson told reporters that they would be back in 2020.

Talk about a shitty way to go. Imagine your boss stands in front of the entire staff at the sales meeting and tells everybody that you’ve been doing a fantastic job. Then you’re called into the office the very next day and canned. Regardless of the coaching job Groh and Walch did this season, it seems like they were done dirty with the way their removal was handled, a removal explained via Pederson statement Thursday afternoon:

Pederson was scheduled to talk to Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP this morning and was asked what exactly happened here:

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Red Zone, Third Downs, and One Final Injury for Good Measure – Ten Takeaways from Seahawks 17, Eagles 9

Kevin Kinkead - January 6, 2020

Did you predict that Josh McCown would be throwing to Deontay Burnett and Shelton Gibson in the playoffs?

Yeah, me neither.

Shame it ended this way for the Birds, but at some point we knew they’d lose the war of attrition, with the medical tent finally running out of room to house all of the bodies the Eagles sent there this season. Sunday, in a grotesque and somewhat symbolic final act, that wretched and disgusting blue fabric pop-up claimed Carson Wentz, as if it remained dissatisfied and insatiable despite feasting on half the damn squad this year.

If the medical tent was a person, it would be an asshole.

But on a serious note, the best case scenario I outlined a few weeks ago came to fruition, somewhat. I think we all know this team didn’t have the horses to make a Super Bowl run, but they redeemed themselves at the end of the regular season, ripped off four straight wins to claim the NFC East, and turned a previously shitty year into a positive one. They were competitive in the playoff game, but not to the point where Howie Roseman could look at his roster next week and say, “I’m good.” The way this all played out, he knows, and you know, that this team needs reinforcements in a lot of areas on both sides of the ball. Some veterans need to ride off into the sunset as this team gets younger and more dynamic.

So we head into the offseason disappointed, but I think overwhelmingly the glass has to be half full when thinking about the 2019 Birds. This team could have folded at 5-7 and limped to the finish line, but they showed a lot of guts and a lot of heart, got themselves into the postseason, and then finally ran out of steam at the end.

They lost this game in the red zone and Seattle won it on third down.

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Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya All to Blame for Failure to Address Clowney Hit on Carson Wentz

Philip Keidel - January 5, 2020

Any rational person knew that once Carson Wentz was knocked out of the Eagles’ season-ending loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the National Football League had a legitimate interest in seeing the Seahawks and not the Eagles make the trip to Wisconsin to face the Green Bay Packers next week.

The Eagles were a compelling story at the end of the regular season, partly because of their resilience in coping with crippling injuries to elite, top-end talent all over the field and partly because, well, all the other NFC playoff berths were claimed before Week 17. The Eagles were going to be must-see TV on NBC against the Seahawks by default because they were playing in the last game of the wild card weekend.

But that’s about as much as the NFL really needed or wanted from the Eagles. League commissioner Roger Goodell was in the building and presumably witnessed the play where Seahawks’ defensive end Jadeveon Clowney targeted the helmet of Wentz as the quarterback was going to ground. He’d probably never answer the question, but he couldn’t have been too heartbroken to see the Eagles’ chances to survive for another weekend driven into the turf.

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DraftKings Sportsbook Is Offering a 3 to 1 Payout on the Eagles to Beat the Seahawks

Bob Wankel - January 2, 2020

The Eagles are NFC East champs and DraftKings Sportsbook PA has a deal for bettors in Pennsylvania to celebrate the occasion. DraftKings is extending its +300 moneyline deal on the Eagles this week by offering the Birds to knock off the Seahawks on Sunday in the opening round of the NFL Playoffs.

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DraftKings Sportsbook has made this same exclusive offer available to Crossing Broad readers dating back to November, but new users that have taken advantage of this deal in recent weeks have scored big thanks to Philly’s four-game December surge that helped secure a division crown. Now, DraftKings is extending the same offer for the Eagles’ postseason run.

Last week, users that cashed in on the deal turned the Eagles -200 moneyline price upside down and scored insane value with a +300 payout. A normal moneyline bettor risking $50 on the Eagles would have walked away with only $75, whereas those that took advantage of our offer walked away with a $200 return. While this week’s game doesn’t present quite the same value, it’s still strong. Continue Reading

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The Sixers Deliver Honest Answers About “Accountability”

Kevin Kinkead - January 2, 2020

Accountability.

Big topic in Camden today after Josh Richardson said he felt like the Sixers needed more of it after Tuesday’s hideous loss to Indiana, their third straight defeat after clobbering Milwaukee on Christmas Day.

The team came home for New Year’s Eve, took Wednesday off, and then hit the practice courts hard on Thursday, a session that took place after a team meeting in which some of the lingering concerns were addressed. The Sixers haven’t had much legitimate practice time during their packed Fall schedule, but two days between games helps them take a step back and reset, if you will.

After the session, Brett Brown, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Al Horford all gave good answers regarding the three-game losing streak, the amount of effort being put into these performances, and Richardson’s “accountability” quote from 48 hours prior.

Let’s go person by person in Q/A format:

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