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Mayor Kenney Warns Mummers Leadership to Make Changes, or Else the “Future of the Parade is in Jeopardy”

Kevin Kinkead - January 24, 2020

This has nothing to do with sports, but it’s a Friday afternoon and people seem to have rather inspired takes on the topic of the Mummers Parade.

As you know, there was another instance of black face that took place this month, with members of the Froggy Carr group disqualified despite their explanation that the orange and black color scheme they used was based on the Philadelphia Flyers (who later distanced themselves from the brigade). In years prior, an image of Caitlyn Jenner appeared on a box of Froot Loops and other assorted performances and behaviors took place that were considered to be inappropriate by a portion of the general public. It feels like there’s always some controversy every year.

One of those people in the “disapproving” category is Mayor Jim Kenney, who this week sent a letter to Mummers leadership, asking them to take steps to improve the image of the parade and correct problematic behavior, threatening changes if those requests are not met.

Here’s the letter, via Matt Petrillo over at CBS 3:

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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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Father Who Accused Gritty of Punching His Son Tells His Story on the News

Kevin Kinkead - January 23, 2020

Big hubbub yesterday after the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Christian Hetrick reported that police were investigating after Gritty was accused of punching a 13 year old during a photo op for Flyers season ticket holders.

The incident stems from November, when Chris Greenwell says his son Brandon was hit in the back after he touched the mascot on the head. Comcast Spectacor says they took the allegations “seriously” and conducted an investigation that was not able to support Greenwell’s claim.

Understandably, the story was all over the local news, with the TV stations getting in touch with the father and seeing what he had to say. Here’s the NBC Philadelphia story, reported by Drew Smith, via Johnny “Airport” Clark:

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Philadelphia Police Investigating After Gritty Accused of Punching 13 Year Old (Updated)

Kevin Kinkead - January 22, 2020

Did Gritty punch a 13-year-old boy in the back?

That’s what the teenager’s father alleges, in a story written by Christian Hetrick at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The incident in question goes back to November, when season ticket holders were invited to an exclusive photo session before Flyers game. After reportedly waiting in line for an hour, Chris Greenwell says his son Brandon was struck in the back after he touched the mascot on the head.

Per Hetrick:

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Blank You, Pittsburgh! Thoughts after Flyers Shut Out Penguins in Final Game before All-Star Break

Anthony SanFilippo - January 22, 2020

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Usually after a team loses a game, somebody in the media asks what sounds like a stupid question.

Are there any positives you can take out of a loss like this,” or something to that effect.

Just like players and coaches have cliche answers, reporters have cliche questions. Sometimes you just need to keep the line of questioning going until you can think of a better question. It’s the nature of the beast.

And most times, when that question is asked, it’s done so innocuously without any real expectation for an insightful answer.

So, it was a couple of weeks ago, when the Flyers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, that the question was asked several times. And to a man in the locker room as well as coach Alain Vigneault, there was a unified response. It went something like this:

“There wasn’t a lot of room out there. Both teams played a tight, defensive game. Neither team was willing to give up any space. The game was decided because they got a fortunate bounce on the only goal and we didn’t. But I really liked the way we played defensively as a team.”

Now, that sounds like a typical, boring answer. And, in a vacuum it certainly is.

But let’s extrapolate it out now 10 days later.

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Snow The Goalie: Making an All-Star with Flyers Forward Travis Konecny

Russ Joy - January 21, 2020

Anthony and Russ break down the Flyers’ exceptional week, the flawed playoff structure, and how many of the preseason “ifs” have come through. The guys are then joined by Flyers All-Star Travis Konecny for a wide-ranging interview of on-ice and off-ice topics. The guys then preview the game against the Penguins.

Mark your calendar! We’re taking the show on the road to Odd Logic Brewing Company on January 31st for a Flyers v. Penguins watch party/live show! We’ll have specials, giveaways, and plenty of hockey talk ahead of the first game following the team’s bye week/All-Star break.

*This episode of Snow The Goalie is brought to you by DraftKings Sportsbook and Odd Logic Brewing Co. 

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Video: Crossing Broad vs. Branded Sports on The Philly Pheud

Kevin Kinkead - January 20, 2020

It’s the matchup you’ve all been waiting for.

Not Chiefs/Niners.

It’s Crossing Broad vs. Branded Sports on The Philly Pheud, hosted by Mike Missanelli and Natalie Egenolf of 97.5 the Fanatic.

CB was represented by Kyle, Bob, Russ, and Craig, who went to Harrah’s Chester Philadelphia back in December in a battle for blogging supremacy. You can watch the entire episode on Youtube now, after the jump:

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Is Something Wrong with Claude Giroux? Also, Alain Vigneault Calls Let Down ‘BS’ After Flyers Lose to Canadiens

Anthony SanFilippo - January 17, 2020

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After the Flyers beat the St. Louis Blues Wednesday, toppling the third top team in the league in less than a week, the common phrase in the locker room is “We can play with anybody.

The Flyers proved that again on Thursday, stooping to the level of the free-falling Montreal Canadiens, losers of nine of 11 coming into the game, dropping a sloppy 4-1 decision on home ice.

Yep, they can play with anyone – at any level – and let their game slip considerably in this loss.

It was a classic trap game too. Coming off of four high-energy, high-intensity games against Washington, Tampa Bay, Boston, and St. Louis – arguably the four best teams in the sport – and having won three of them, the Flyers were ripe to be toppled coming home after playing the night before, starting an AHL goalie in Alex Lyon and still having some issues on the blue line and with the power play, it set up perfectly for a let down game.

And it was. There was no doubt about that.

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