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Crossing Broadcast: Eagles/Panthers, Pivot to Video, Fultz/Simmons, Local TV and Apps, Hockey Beat

JoyOnBroad - October 22, 2018

Kyle and Russ discuss the Eagles’ loss to the Panthers, revisit the Pivot to Video, break down Ben Simmons’ and Markelle Fultz’ start to the year, assess NBCSN Philadelphia’s “My Teams” app and Post-Postgame show, and Russ recaps the early takeaways from the Flyers’ beat.

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“Watch the Game a Little Bit More” – Takeaways from Flyers 5, Devils 2

Anthony SanFilippo - October 20, 2018

Jake Voracek wants everyone to do a better job when watching hockey games.

Well, at least the media. I guess, as the people who have the ability to shape public perception – although that’s in doubt these days – he wants the media to pay attention to things other than the score sheet.

He’s right. Too much of what is written about the sport of hockey is based on numbers. Whether it’s the old school writers who focus on goals, assists, plus/minus, goals against average, save percentage, hits and blocked shots, or it’s the analytics-driven generation that touts Corsi, expected goals, high danger chances and zone entries, too much of what is written about this sport is driven purely by numbers.

So, when he was “demoted” from the top line after the last game in Columbus, many assumed it was for shoddy play. And when he posted three points Saturday in a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, the same scribes assumed he had a great game.

Voracek wants you to know it’s pretty much the opposite.

“I think the first 39 minutes I played like horse shit. You guys got to watch the game a little bit more, you know what I mean? It’s not only about points. The last three games, I thought I played good hockey,  it just didn’t go in. It doesn’t mean that if I’m not on the score sheet that I didn’t play well. So many times it’s happens. But [today] I was on the board and I had a good third period, but overall, in this game I wasn’t at the level I wanted to be. I think I was pressing a little bit too much the first 39 minutes. I think that’s when the experience comes in, you kind of use it in advantage in the third period.”

But if you’re the Flyers, you’ll take his “horseshit” performance, thank you very much.

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Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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Need To Know Betting Trends For The Eagles and Panthers

After seemingly getting back on track last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles will look to climb over the .500 mark when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers, who are 1-4 all-time in regular season games played in Philadelphia, are looking for their first road victory of the season, and they will have their work cut out for them if they hope to get it. The

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FanDuel Sportsbook Is Offering Up To $200 in Risk Free Bets This Weekend

When FanDuel Sportsbook first launched, we noted in our review that their initial deposit bonus – $100 – paled in comparison to what SugarHouse and BetStars were offering new players. We figured maybe they were resting on their brand recognition and felt they didn’t need to offer aggressive promotions to get new players to sign up. Whatever they’re doing is working, though, as evidenced by the fact that DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away

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No Defense: What’s Ailing the Flyers after their 6-3 Loss to the Blue Jackets

Anthony SanFilippo - October 19, 2018

This summer, Russ and I had Flyers GM Ron Hextall on the Snow The Goalie podcast and asked him about the team’s identity.

Hextall admitted they didn’t have one yet and that they would be looking to find that identity this season.

Well, after seven games, they better hope the identity they have to start the season is not the identity they keep for the entire season because this identity is one of a bad, bad defensive team.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I did not see the 6-3 loss to Columbus last night live. I had a conflict and instead scheduled myself to watch it at the crack of dawn this morning. I made it through a period and a half and then just fast forwarded to the goals.

I mean, to be honest, with the exception of the game against Vegas last Saturday, what I’m seeing is quite repetitive.

This team’s defense is dreadful right now.

And it’s not just the defensemen, although they are part of it. It’s the forwards not helping out by not getting back into the zone or by turning the puck over and allowing for an odd man rush the other way, or not winning 50/50 puck battles that lead to goals.

It’s also goaltending, too. Yes, Brian Elliott’s numbers looked terrible to start the season, but he was pretty darn good in those first couple games. But then he started to get mediocre and eventually had to get pulled in the 6-5 shootout win over Florida Tuesday. Meanwhile Calvin Pickard, who was brought in because the Flyers apparently have no confidence in Anthony Stolarz at the NHL level, has had one OK start, one OK relief performance, and last night’s poor outing in which he let up six goals on 28 shots, only one of which he had no chance of stopping.

Let’s remember this guy was a fourth string goalie in Toronto before being waived.

Nevertheless, the mistakes are mounting. The Flyers have allowed 31 goals in just seven games for a 4.43 goals against average. Somehow that’s only the second-worst mark in the NHL as Detroit has allowed 33 goals in seven games (4.71 GAA) but the difference is the Red Wings also are the worst team in hockey right now at 0-5-2.

Frankly, only in that Vegas game – a 1-0 loss by the way – was there a collectively well-played defensive game. Every other game, including all three victories for the Flyers, was below the bar or much worse.

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The Weal Deal

JoyOnBroad - October 17, 2018

Going into the 2018 offseason, Flyers forward Jordan Weal was considered by many to be a frontrunner for the vacant 3C position behind Sean Couturier and former #2 overall pick Nolan Patrick. As training camp unfolded, Weal found himself being supplanted by a somewhat surprisingly strong stretch of play by Mikhail Vorobyev. Fast forward to the regular season and Weal was a healthy scratch in three of the first five games, including two straight to start the season. It seemed inconceivable that coach Dave Hakstol would turn to Weal with the game on the line. That’s exactly what he did. Following a 6-5 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers – the team’s first home win – there were plenty of questions centered around the second line center, notably the decision to make Weal the third shooter:

Crossing Broad: When you make the decision to use [Weal] in the shootout, is that decision based on how the game is going, or is that something you’ve though out in advance?

Hakstol: A little bit of both. If you remember, Jordan had a great stretch for us last year where he was our first shooter. He was really effective, then he went cold. He struggled a little bit after that. He was a guy that coming into the game was in my top 4. As the game goes on, we made the final decision. I knew who 1 and 2 were gonna be coming into tonight. Like I said, I had a top 4, he was in that top 4. It seemed like an obvious decision to me as we got to that three spot.

So what was Weal thinking on that play? When asked if he had a pre-determined move, he said, “[It’s] Not every day you see the opposite hand goaltender there, so, I’ve always wanted to be lefty, so I thought I’d try something that only lefties can do on the regular guys and Jake’s move is so effective when he comes down with speed. Just sneaks it in under the stick there, so I thought I’d give it a try… I’ve done it in the past, but every time Jake does it, I love it. It only works when you’re coming down on the blocker side. I thought I’d give it a go.”

There was a belief that Weal’s confidence in the shootout could’ve had something to do with him netting his first goal of the season. Another reporter asked if the fist pump after his regulation goal was an expression of some relief. “Yeah,” he said, ” it was just a bunch of hard work again by our line. We’ve been on the same page getting pucks and going to work, playing below the the goalline.”

Confidence was a common theme in exchanges with his coach:

Reporter: Ron [Hextall] has talked about Jordan Weal as being a guy who gets in his own head. Did he need a game like tonight or do you think the confidence was there?

Hakstol: I think he had that game two nights ago where he felt good. He didn’t have the numbers to show for it like he did tonight. But that game came Saturday afternoon. He played very well, his line played very well. The challenge for him was to come out and do that again tonight. That line did exactly that. They went out and played a hell of a game. Jordan, give him alot of credit, I believe he played really well tonight. Not just offesnively because there’s some numbers behind his name. I thought he was good in the faceoff dot in our defensive zone. He knew what he was doing if he won a draw, lost a draw, and I thought through the game his coverage was good. Pretty complete game.

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Wild and Crazy: Thoughts on Flyers 6, Panthers 5 (SO)

Anthony SanFilippo - October 17, 2018

You may have heard, the Flyers gave out a Jake Voracek Chia Pet to fans at the game Tuesday. They smartly handed them out to fans on the way out the door rather than as they entered the Wells Fargo Center.

That’s because there’s a good chance that midway through the third period they would have become instant hand grenades.

Blow a three-goal lead to a winless Florida Panthers team, and who knows what lengths the fans might go to.

However, some of the business and marketing smarts of the organization must have rubbed off on the players during a well-used timeout by Dave Hakstol after the Panthers tied it, because the Flyers were able to get themselves righted, remain tied through overtime and win the game in a shootout 6-5 to even their record this season at 3-3-0.

Jordan Weal had the game-winner in the shootout. He also had a goal and an assist in regulation and played a pretty solid all-around game. Claude Giroux was the Flyers’ best player with a pair of goals and Wayne Simmonds continued his torrid start with two goals as well in what amounted to a wild game from start the finish between two teams who threw out the playbook when it came to defense and instead played a sometimes entertaining, sometimes frustrating game of shinny that ended with a Flyers win.

At the end of the season, when the regulation and overtime win (ROW) tiebreaker comes into play, Flyers fans might look back at this early season circus on ice and shake an angry fist, but a win is a win, and the Flyers will take it.

Weal is a great story. He’s been through the ringer confidence-wise in the past month. He went from entering camp as the leader in the clubhouse to earn the No. 3 center’s job to being the Flyers’ extra forward and a healthy scratch three times, to filling in for an injured Nolan Patrick on the second line and having two successive well-played games in a row, including netting the game winner.

Russ spent some time talking to Weal after the game and has a nice piece on his sudden emergence as a contributing player to the Flyers.

As such, I’ll leave that to him, but there are plenty of other observations from this game. Most aren’t great… but I’ll do my best to find some positives – heck they did win the game!

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NBC Sports Rolls Out New “MyTeams” App

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2018

I’m not a cord-cutter, but I hope to be in the near future.

We’re still hooked up to FIOS up here in Fishtown, so if I’m not watching the Sixers or Flyers or Phillies on TV, the routine has been to log in to NBC Sports Philadelphia via our cable provider and stream the games on my laptop. Then my wife watches Below Deck or The Real Housewives or whatever is on Bravo.

It’s been possible to stream games on the NBC Sports app since 2014, and a new service also allows you to stream local non-game footage from out of market locations.

Now NBC Sports is running out another app for Philly fans.

Writes Rob Tornoe at Philly.com:

Dubbed the MYTeams app, NBC Sports’ new mobile and tablet app wraps up coverage from NBC’s 11 regional sports networks, including NBC Sports Philadelphia, into an interface that focuses on team verticals. There’s not even a home screen — just a slider at the bottom that lets fans scan for live video, highlights, and stories across all the teams they decide to follow.

“There’s a difference between how we cover sports in Philadelphia, especially as it relates to the voice and tone of our coverage versus NBC Sports,” David Preschlack, president of NBC Sports Regional Networks, said. “I mean, we’re communicating to Philly fans in a really different way that Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison are on Sunday night, so there’s a different value to viewers.”

Fans will still need a cable subscription to view live game coverage, and the app is only available on smartphones and tablets, meaning viewers will still use the NBC Sports app to stream games on their television. Still, Preschlack said, the app is the largest non-game investment in the regional sports network’s history. The network hopes the app will counter a narrative in Philadelphia that NBC Sports is cutting back.

My first thought is that I’d rather have fewer apps than more apps. I remember when Facebook rolled out their messenger app, which was totally separate from the main app and took up a lot of space on your device. That was sort of a head-scratcher. In that regard, I’d prefer NBC just roll these two apps together.

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Harry Mayes and Rob Ellis: Reunited

Kevin Kinkead - October 15, 2018

Harry Mayes is making the rounds.

The former 97.5 the Fanatic host spoke with Kyle and Russ on Crossing Broadcast two weeks ago, then linked up with Tony Bruno to do his podcast about 24 hours later.

This week he appeared with another former co-host, Rob Ellis, for “The Sitdown” podcast on Sports Radio 94 WIP’s “Go Birds” network.

It’s an excellent podcast. Truly. It’s Rob and Harry unfiltered, talking for 15 minutes about the current state of the radio business before shifting into Eagles/Sixers/Phillies/etc without bullshit disruptions from “Bob in South Philly” or other jabroni callers.

Regarding the radio stuff, one of most intriguing passages expounds on what Harry told Russ and Kyle about keeping the show on track and sticking to Eagles coverage without deviating or getting goofy.

Rob explains the interactions they had with 97.5 bosses on this topic:

Ellis: “You and I would fight this daily battle of, the fun police would try to stomp out our good times. We won’t name names, but this stuff would go on, and you and I always thought the best part of the show is when we would go off the rails. We would get lectures about going off the rails. We were like two kids coming into the principal’s office. We would walk in and be like, ‘oh God, here we go,’ right? We would sit down and (the boss would say) ‘um.. around 11:06, you guys went off the rails.’ Literally 11:06, he, this individual, there’s technology now where you can literally break down every second of a radio show. You and I would start talking about something pop culture, or whatever -”

Mayes: “Well in your defense, you would kind of like to bring it back on track, because you realized, you had the guy on your shoulder telling you to get it back on track, and I would take it further off the rails.”

Ellis: “I was trying to keep us on the rails, so to speak. But secretly I’m loving every second of it. So we would get yelled at… and you and I would sort of put up a fight and defend it, then we’d get beaten down to the point where we’d be like, ‘alright, I guess all we can do is sports for every second of every minute.’ And you and I would say to each other secretly, ‘some day we’re just going to do whatever the hell we want.'”

I’m sure that’s former program director Matt Nahigian they’re talking about. Sources tell me he was all about snuffing out the fun in order to rehash the same boring shit over and over again.

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This Was Better Than You Think: Thoughts from Golden Knights 1, Flyers 0

Anthony SanFilippo - October 13, 2018

Losing a hockey game in the final two minutes of regulation always hurts.

Losing a hockey game in the final two minutes when your most defensively responsible player commits a turnover that results in the game-winning goal, hurts even more.

Losing a hockey game to a long-time nemesis goalie who made one spectacular save after another after another, pretty much crushes the soul.

But losing a game when you played exactly the way you wanted to play and did all the things correctly that you wanted to improve, well, I’ll let coach Dave Hakstol tell you how that feels:

“We played a hell of a game today and it stinks walking away with nothing to show for it.”

The Flyers lost to the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 in an entertaining, fast-paced, grind-it-out, flat-out fun hockey game, and although it was eye-candy for those of us whose only job is to be a spectator, it’s easy to understand the frustration that permeated the Flyers’ locker room after such a loss.

The primary reason the Flyers came up empty was Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped all 26 shots he faced. You could see it from early on; he was dialed in. He made several incredible stops – two particularly on Claude Giroux.

I’m not going to dive in too deeply on Fleury, because Russ caught up with the Golden Knights’ netminder after the game as has all those details for us. 

The Flyers, though, should take solace that except for not being able to cash in against Fleury, they played exactly the kind of game that winning hockey teams play. They locked it down defensively in the neutral zone and really played solid team defense. When that defense broke down, Brian Elliott was there to make the needed save… right up until the very end. They played the game with a lot of speed. They created a bevy of scoring chances. They killed penalties with great pressure up ice, not really letting Vegas set up in the offensive zone.

The Flyers should take this as a blueprint for the way they need to play moving forward and carry that banner through the remaining 77 games. Because if they do, more often than not they’ll be earning points in the standings.

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