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Jaromir Jagr Blogs About Losing to the Devils, Being Injured in the Playoffs, and Returning to the Flyers

Kyle Scott - May 30, 2012

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Jaromir Jagr continued his blog on this Czech website over the holiday weekend and he had some interesting things to say about the end of the Flyers’ season and his future with the team. Not interesting in the ohhhh he threw this player under the bus way, but in a wow, that was candid sort of way. 

Keep in mind, this is translated (I think), so some meaning gets lost:

On losing to the Devils:

I still can’t explain why we stopped skating, all of a sudden! Or why we were so weak, when everything had been ideal against Pittsburgh. I don’t understand at all how they could suddenly outplay us…

The matches were tight, but our overall performance was worse than theirs, that much is clear. Perhaps we had all been convinced we would win before the tie actually started. And that might also have been a problem.

None of our team had the drive and skating we had shown against Pittsburgh. The Devils’ players were much stronger at the boards, we were not helping each other and seemed to be scattered on the ice. It reminded me of a basketball match in which all of us are moving somewhere at the three-point line and wondering why we are unable to go after and snatch any rebound…

We were simply too dispersed. We were like a palm; they were like a fist. They were sticking together; we were like a hand with outstretched fingers. We really were feeling desperate at that time.

 

On being injured

As to myself, there were rumors regarding my injury. The fact is I did have problems with my thigh, it had happened during the last game against Pittsburgh, but then I had a week to get myself together. The thigh actually did not hurt that much during the games, so I don’t think I should use it as an excuse. 

But the fact is I could not train so much, I attended perhaps one training session. And when a man of my age misses five or six training sessions, it is felt … Especially if you take into account the pace of play-off games. But there is no use to dwell on it; injuries are part of play-off games. I wasn’t the only one. However, there was another thing that struck me.

 

On his future with the Flyers:

As to my future, we’ll see which way the winds will blow. There’s no reason to hurry. I do not intend to make any keynote statements now. There is some situation now, but what if Philadelphia decides to sign other free agents to whom it will give more chances to play?

In that case, it wouldn’t make any sense for me to stay. It wouldn’t be good, either for me or for the Flyers. For the time being, what I have said still holds true – I would like to spend another year in the NHL. But let’s see what will happen. A lot will depend on the direction the Flyers will want to follow.

 

There was more, about how much fun he had and his playing time, which you can read here.

H/T to reader Matt

Jaromir Jagr Blogs About The Penguins, Claude Giroux and Ilya Bryzgalov

Kyle Scott - April 25, 2012

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Jagr's post-game celebration… sleeping, photo via his Facebook page

Jaromir Jagr penned his latest blog post on this Czech website. It’s somewhat mundane, but, as usual with Jagr, introspective and thoughtful.

Here’s what he had to say about the Penguins: 

"In any case, it’s a thing of the past now, and I’m not dwelling on it any more. And maybe what happened was for the better. This is destiny. If there had been more interest on the part of Pittsburgh, I might have gone there. And perhaps the season would have been over for me now…. Everything has its reasons."

 

Ouch. 

On Claude Giroux:

Claude Giroux played fantastically. I have been comparing him to Mario Lemieux since the beginning of the season; in my opinion, he has matured into a player who can decide games, including playoff ones, himself, just like Mario used to.

However, our opponents will pay much more attention to him now, after the series with Pittsburgh, much more than they used to. Which means he is in for tough times, but I believe he will cope with it well. In any case, it’s amazing how he plays. Especially now, when the nature of the game has changed, everything is faster and defensemen are bigger.

 

And on the Russian goaltender:

As to our goalkeeper, Ilya Bryzgalov, his performance in the decisive game was excellent. He had done very well in Pittsburgh before, but it was not so good at home. So I am happy he was able to prove he’s an excellent goalie to our home crowd as well. It’s good for his psyche.

 

There you have it. Stay tuned for hockey in, like, 12-18 days, or whenever the second round begins.

Jaromir Jagr Blogs About Sidney Crosby: “He Does Harm Only To Himself”

Kyle Scott - April 17, 2012

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Somewhere, Mario Lemieux is punching himself in the dick. This must be so difficult for him– watching as his former mate brushes off his gnat of a star.

I truly don’t know what has happened to Jaromir Jagr over the last few weeks. He was quickly embraced by Flyers fans this season, but, other than The Jaromir Jagr Hockey School, there wasn’t one story that stood out, and Jags didn’t do anything extraordinary in terms of marketing himself (like, say, Scott Hartnell, Hunter Pence or Shane Victorino, all of whom are very active on Twitter and hardly camera shy). 

Something changed last week (for the better, of course).

Jagr joined Twitter and Facebook. Playfully taunted Ilya Bryzgalov with a “beeaaaars” chant during a post-game media scrum. Fired out one of the most genuinely funny Tweets you will see. Randomly popped up in a promotional video, flexing for Hartnell and Claude Giroux. And he writes his own blog for some Czech website.

While he doesn’t give us a ton of quotable material, his blog is certainly more insightful and lengthier than what his younger teammates are doing for the Flyers’ website and Philly.com. One item of note is Jagr’s take of the antics of Sidney Crosby. Hint: he doesn't have one.

There is a lot of talk now about Sidney Crosby and what he’s been doing on the ice. Some give it a lot of thought, others less. And I am a guy who does not care at all, I take no notice. He does harm only to himself. But every man is different, perhaps this helps him get into the game and play better.

But I don’t want to add any more comments; I really take no notice of it. In fact, when on the ice, I hardly know something like this is going on. I really want to focus on my game, to be as useful as possible to my team.

And that he swept Voras’ (Jakub Voráček’s) glove away with his stick? Well, it’s no big deal; one can pick it up a few yards further on… Sure, I understand there are people who take it differently, which is right. This is what the team is about. Every player is different, every team needs someone with a cool head to calm things down, but also players with an emotional attitude.

If everyone were like me, the team would get roughed up and beaten by others all the time; on the other hand, if all of us were short-fused, we would spend most of our game time inside the penalty box rather than on the ice. So this is what the team is about.

Personally, I don’t care about the “Crosby issue”. I even don’t know what newspapers have written about it. I believe we shouldn’t care; we should stick to our game and try to maintain the same excellent team spirit we have enjoyed throughout the regular season. There is no point in changing anything.

 

In effect, Jagr couldn’t care less that Crosby dislikes every. single. Flyer. He’s too busy scoring goals and tweeting about beautiful naked women. Plus he touches on a really interesting point: teams succeed because different players have different roles. Zac Rinaldo and Scott Hartnell stir the pot (Hartnell scores, too). Sean Couturier purchases the manhood of Evgeni Malkin. Giroux dangles. It all balances out. Unlike the Penguins, who have 20 goons of varying skills levels who start shit all over the ice and get so incredibly sidetracked talking about how much they hate the other team that they almost can’t recognize the fact that they’re down 3-0 and about to be sent back to their cribs for the summer. Oh wells.

Washington Capitals Fans Really Don’t Like Jaromir Jagr

Kyle Scott - December 13, 2011

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Jaromir Jagr did not enjoy his time in Washington, and reiterated that sentiment yesterday: [Philly Sports Daily]

“I don’t like that arena much,” said Jagr. “I’ve not really had luck there. It’s a tough place to play, even if I was in Pittsburgh and New York. It was always tough. But hopefully we can stay on winning.” 

 

Tonight, he’s probably not going to like the Verizon Center much better. This Captials blog, RussianMachineDon’tBreak.com, has created these two signs for fans to bring to the game:

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Welcoming.

Their reasoning: 

Jagr had been poison to D.C. through the 1990s, but the organization (including GM George McPhee) considered him the missing puzzle piece. This consideration somehow overlooked the declining speed of a once-gifted skater; his dependence on the 90′s biggest playmaker, Mario Dagnabbit Lemieux; and his diminishing constitution and increasing weight.

The Caps never won the Southeast Division with Jagr. They saw only one playoff series, winning only two games in it. Jagr played hurt. Also: poorly.

 

Face-off: 7 PM

Bonus video after the jump: nine-year-olds fighting in hockey brawl!

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Phillies Beat Writer David Murphy Creates Hipster Blog, Rips Mike Missanelli

Kyle Scott - November 28, 2011

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I wonder if Murph ever redeemed his gift card from this McFadden's email…

Yes! One-sided media fight! Excellent.

A while back, after I made a comment about David Murphy’s Daily News Live smuggery, someone who knew Murph told me that he was a "meathead masquerading as an intellectual." Which is the worst kind of intellectual. From that point forward, I viewed all of Murphy’s articles and blog posts through that lens. Still, I often found his pithy thoughts, especially those on High Cheese, to be interesting and somewhat humorous in that I’m trying too hard but I’m usually able to hit the mark sort of way. His stuff is different from the 900 other Phillies beat writers, so it’s a breath of fresh, privileged air.

But Murph likes himself. A lot. 

So, now, he’s launched his own blog – here comes the freebie link from Philly’s best* – RebelButter.com. And, naturally, it only took him until his seventh post to lambaste Mike Missanelli, a Philly Media Network colleague.

*Voted, baby.

We use the term “colleague” loosely. Missanelli writes a weekly column in the Inquirer, and undoubtedly doesn’t leave his home to do so. Murph is a Phillies beat writer for the Daily News. They certainly don’t “work together,” and they might not even know each other, but their paychecks come from the same place (for those who prefer to watch the puppets instead of checking out the strings, the Inquirer and Daily News are owned by the same company). As such, Murph v. Miss joins Murph v. Gonzo, Bowen v. McLane, and Seravalli’s lousy sources v. Carchidi’s seemingly good ones in the League of Unfortunate Adversaries.*

*For realsies, the last thing Philly.com and Co. needs is more intracompany feuds. One (both?) of their papers is (are?) dying, their website is lousy, and their tablet program (which they keep pushing– on sale today for $89!) is an unmitigated disaster. Apparently, they have only sold through half of their 5,000 trial tablets, and their entire test has been plagued by faulty devices, buggy apps and lousy customer service. Shouldn’t there be an editor somewhere saying “Hey! Stop critiquing each other… you leave that to Crossing Broad!”?

In taking apart Missanelli’s column (which appeared in yesterday’s Inquirer), Murph attacked “the writer," passively calling him an ass [indirectly] and a “novice writer,” among other not-so-friendly chides. 

I highlighted some, um, highlights from Murph’s lecture “workshop," providing some of my own feedback on his cheesy prose, where necessary.

Give it a little jump.

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Crossing Broad Voted Best Sports Blog in Philly

Kyle Scott - September 15, 2011

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You have spoken: Crossing Broad wins CBS Philly’s Most Valuable Sports Blogger Award. 

Thank you to everybody who voted. I know I pestered you with links, but your support is much appreciated. I’ve been running this site for close to two years, and it’s pretty damn cool to receive recognition from readers, especially when there are so many other blogs out there. So, thank you for sticking with us.

As promised, we are due some sort of prize – I think. When received, I will pass back to you in a Six Pack. If for some reason it’s “non-transferable,” I’ll give away a prize of equal value.

Many of you offered up your congrats on Twitter yesterday, but if there was one response that sums up the way I’d like CB viewed, it’s this one:

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And they say it’s always sunny here…

Q & A with Mets Blog

Kyle Scott - August 24, 2011

Matt Cerrone, who runs Mets Blog (the standard in team-specific blogging) asked me to answer a few questions about the Phillies, their fans, and Jose Reyes. Seems the Mets folks are not happy with my responses…

Give it a read.

Help Us Win: Vote For Crossing Broad

Kyle Scott - August 4, 2011

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I feel a bit sheepish asking you to vote for us again, since I just did so last week in a different poll, but we need your help, and, quite frankly, this time it's a bigger deal.

CBS Philly (full disclosure: I've done some writing for them) is holding Philadelphia's Most Valuable Blogger Awards. Voting will begin later this month, but right now they are taking nominations. I know where your allegiance is, now tell the rest of the city. 

Just click this link, enter our name, and check-off "sports." That's it. Takes 15 seconds. We'll post another link when voting begins.

As always, thanks!