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Stadium Series Stunner: Elliott Will Start Over Hart

Russ Joy - February 22, 2019

Holy crap. I made the joke before about Scott Gordon came to the podium, “What if Carter Hart comes out and says, ‘I have good news and better news: good news, I’m not playing tomorrow. Better news, we have a chance to win.’?”

Hart didn’t have the chance to pull an Ilya Bryzgalov. His coach did.

I’m absolutely dumbfounded.

I was so shocked I ended my livestream to tweet and I missed a question. Here’s the rest of the presser:

Penguins by ___.

Snow The Goalie: Behind The Bench with Flyers Head Coach Scott Gordon

Russ Joy - February 18, 2019

Anthony and Russ sit down for an exclusive interview with Flyers coach Scott Gordon to discuss:

  • The decisions made that have led to the Flyers’ turnaround
  • Implementing changes to the team’s tactics on the fly
  • How he found out that he’d be taking over and the challenges of taking over mid-season
  • Why he enjoyed coaching in the AHL and how this NHL stint has affected his view of coaching at this level
  • Challenges in his previous NHL coaching tenures
  • Similarities between Sean Couturier and Patrice Bergeron
  • The importance of his young players helping to implement game plan wrinkles
  • Breaking down an individual player’s game and what he’s learned about coaching
  • Choosing his Boston College over Harvard
  • Being the first goalie to ever put his water bottle on his net
  • Playing in the Olympics
  • His favorite arenas
  • How he likes to decompress
  • The movie “Miracle” and how Jim Craig made his son’s day

Anthony and Russ then discuss some interesting quotes from Shayne Gostisbehere and Scott Gordon’s reaction following the Flyers’ OT winner over the Detroit Red Wings. They also give their thoughts on the Cam Talbot/Anthony Stolarz trade and read new iTunes five star reviews.

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Plus, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row! The show streams on Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page and Periscope via Anthony’s Twitter account.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Inside the Linc’s Stadium Series Conversion at Lincoln Financial Field

Russ Joy - February 14, 2019

The NHL is in the process of converting the home of the Super Bowl LII Champions into the stage for the Battle of the Keystone State. When I got to the Linc on Wednesday afternoon, I didn’t expect much – after all, the league’s crew only arrived on Monday. What we found was a stunning display of human ingenuity.

In about two days of working in frigid conditions – including a snow and ice storm – workers had not only laid out the base covering that protects the field underneath, but also established the eventual site of the rink itself.

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Snow The Goalie: An Unexpected Turnaround

Russ Joy - February 13, 2019

Anthony and Russ reflect on the play of Carter Hart and Anthony Stolarz, a potential deal for Brian Elliott and Wayne Simmonds, the team’s chances to make the postseason, the Flyers’ chances of contending in 2019-20, Jake Voracek’s play and contract, the concerning play of JVR and Ghost, plus “Who’s That Flyer?” and five new 5 star reviews.

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Plus, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row! The show streams on Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page and Periscope via Anthony’s Twitter account.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Crossing Broadcast: Sixers Trade, A Secret Meeting, Sports Talk Radio

Russ Joy - February 7, 2019

Kevin and Russ dissect the Sixers’ trade for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott. The guys then recap the “secret meeting” between six Eagles reporters and Carson Wentz, the Phillies’ interest in JT Realmuto, Mike Missanelli’s hockey take, and the Union’s rumored target.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Snow the Goalie Special: The Flyers Podcast Roundtable

Russ Joy - February 7, 2019

On February 2nd, following the Flyers OT win over the Edmonton Oilers – their seventh straight victory – Anthony and Russ joined a large group of Flyers writers and podcasters at Bullies Pub at Xfinity Live for a roundtable to talk about the team.

The first panel included Jason Myrtetus and Russ Cohen (Stick 2 Hockey), Anthony SanFilippo (Snow the Goalie/Crossing Broad), Bill Meltzer (HockeyBuzz/Flyers.com/NHL.com), Charlie O’Connor (The Athletic/BSH Radio), and Anthony Mingioni (Off the Post/Center Ice Magazine). The first panel was joined by Flyers head coach Scott Gordon.

The second panel included Jason Myrtetus, Charlie O’Connor, Russ Joy (Snow the Goalie/Crossing Broad), and Bill Matz, Steph Driver, Kelly Hinkle (Broad Street Hockey/BSH Radio).

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @JoyOnBroad

Plus, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row! The show streams on Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page and Periscope via Anthony’s Twitter account.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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NHL All-Star Game and NFL Pro Bowl to Provide Real-Time Player-Tracking Data

Russ Joy - January 26, 2019

This is really, really cool. During tonight’s NHL All-Star Game and Sunday afternoon’s NFL Pro Bowl, all nine fans watching both games will be treated to data-tracking technology previously tested in restricted settings. The user experience will be drastically different in terms of presentation, however it’s worth taking advantage of the unprecedented access on a few levels. If you’re a fan of either sport, you’ll be treated to tracking data that’s been limited in scope (NFL) or has never been seen in any live setting (NHL). If you’re into sports betting, welcome to the advent of a new level of prop betting.

The NHL’s technology is so much more innovative and engaging it’d be doing it a disservice to supplant it as the lead, even though the NFL is exponentially more watched. Available via a digital-only broadcast, every player and puck will be fitted with a microchip that will track every player’s skating speed, shot speed, and time on ice. Not to be confused with FOX’s glowing puck of the 90’s, NBC will experiment with the live usage of a small trail behind the puck to aid viewers in tracking the small rubber disc.

NBC Sports producer Steve Greenberg said to the Associated Press:

“Eventually it’ll go to possession time and more advanced (data), but right now it’s mainly focused on speed, shift time, distance traveled, mph on the shot and virtually connecting players on a goal. We’re scratching the surface here, and what we’re able to display this weekend is not what we’re going to be able to display next year and in the future, but it’s going to be able to be a really good first look at what these chips are going to be able to give us.”

In terms of something fans are somewhat used to seeing, the graphics – specifically player bubbles with names and speed – will likely look like this:

The initial graphic on the lower third of the screen is as traditional as it gets, but 35 seconds into that clip, you see something akin to what a player in NHL 19 would see. It’s important to point out that the live digital broadcast could overwhelm viewers, especially with every skater on ice having his own bubble. That’s part of the reason the NHL chose to debut the technology for public consumption during the 3-on-3 All-Star Game rather than normal 5-on-5 play.

In an interview with the Associated Press, NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood said of potentially overwhelming viewers with new technology:

“It’s a balancing act. Think about years ago when the yellow line came in for the first down in football. It’s now universal. There are going to be elements that’ll become universal in hockey telecasts based on what we learn over the next period of time.”

When you parse together Greenberg and Flood’s comments, along with previous statements by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and other high-ranking officials, it’s clear that there’s more to the implementation of the technology than just improving the broadcast experience. The potential live-betting possibilities seem endless. Imagine watching a seemingly meaningless game between the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets. One one side, the league’s fastest skater Connor McDavid is squaring off against Columbus’ Cam Atkinson, who in his own right is one of the league’s fastest skaters. McDavid would likely be installed as the odds-on favorite to reach top speed in the game, but with 30 seconds left, Seth Jones finds Atkinson on a breakaway. While he misses the game-winning shot, he edges out McDavid’s top speed by 0.1 mph. That’s the future of prop betting, and the NHL is at the forefront of what’s possible.

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Carter Hart Loaned to Phantoms

Russ Joy - January 24, 2019

Flyers Twitter erupted this afternoon with news that the team loaned wunderkind netminder Carter Hart to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms:

In the most ill-informed segments of the fanbase, some panicked that the team is about to go into full tank mode. That is, to put it simply, moronic. Are there people in the Flyers organ-I-zation with their eyes on top draft prospects Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko? Of course. However, if you honestly believe that Comcast Spectacor Chairman and CEO Dave Scott – who fired GM Ron Hextall due in part to the loss of merchandise and in-arena revenue  – would now endorse a full tank, I don’t know what to tell you.

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