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Your Wednesday Afternoon Flyers Roundup: Ryan Miller in a Urinal and Game 1 is on NBC Edition

Kyle Scott - April 27, 2011

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Here's a photo via reader Jake Malin (@jakemalin85), who says he saw these in at least three separate urinals at The Well last night. Anyone else have a similar experience, mass murderers?

– Last night's Flyers game was the most watched hockey game in the history of CSN:

The game was the most watched Flyers game in Comcast SportsNet’s history, delivering a 12.6 rating (383,000 households), with a peak delivery of 14.7 (446,000 households) at 9:45 p.m.  Last night’s Game 7 ratings bested the previous high set on May 14, 2010 when the Flyers came back from a 3-0 deficit in the game, and in the series, to beat the Boston Bruins and advance to the Stanley Cup Conference Finals.

During the first round of the playoffs, Comcast SportsNet is averaging a 7.8 rating (237,000 HHs), topping last year’s first round by 47%. In 2010, the Flyers defeat of the New Jersey Devils scored a 5.3 rating for the series.

 

To put that in perspective, the Phillies peaked at 562,000 households last September. Not bad, hockey. Not bad.

– According to John Clark of NBC 10 – and as we predicted – the Flyers will play Saturday at 3 P.M. on NBC. That is not being reported anywhere else, so it still could change. But that's looking like the most likely start time.

– Finally, let's check in on our playoff beards. Send your beards to crossingbroad [at] yahoo [dot] com. I'll post the best ones we get. I will grudgingly accept any merkins you may have purchased or fashioned. No snatch pics, please.

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Video of Boucher's beard and a pic of mine after one round, which is at a perfect length between I don't give a fuck and Mike Richards… after the jump.

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Briere Smacks Miller

Kyle Scott - April 26, 2011

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Danny Briere ran a train on the back of Ryan Miller's head.

Ryan Miller Continues to Whine

Kyle Scott - April 25, 2011

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Yep, that's Ryan Miller (pic via this chick's Flickr stream)

Encore!

Ryan Miller didn’t like the NHL’s decision not to punish Mike Richards for his hit on Tim Connolly:

I’m pretty upset. Still upsetting. The guy who was complaining the most about how we were getting away with murder has delivered two of the dirtiest hits of the series. Blatant elbow to the face, which is something the league said they were going to try to take away, and driving Tim Connolly head first into the boards. It wasn’t just a hit, it was a push. It was blatant.

I don’t know, I don’t know where to go with this one, because, at the same time, it’s a tough game, its rough. You know Richards wants to win. It’s not lost on me that he’s a hard competitor, but I just think that was reckless. And it just kind of irked me how he’s talking about how we’re getting away with stuff, when – I mean both sides are getting away with pushing – I mean, it’s just more annoying than anything to hear that come out of a good player's mouth.

 

You’re annoying, Ryan.

Ville Leino was asked about Danny Briere’s second intermission speech today. He said he wasn’t listening. Heh.

via the Flyers

Q: Do you recall what Danny said before the start of the third period? 

“I don’t really listen that much always.  I’m in my own little world out there, but I remember he was giving a speech out there. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t really listen to it.  I’m sure it was good.”

 

Audio of Ms. Miller after the jump.

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Lindy Ruff and Ryan Miller Whine

Kyle Scott - April 25, 2011

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My vagina, it hurts

Oh look, the tables have turned. It’s now Lindy Ruff and the Sabres who are whining. 

Both Ruff and lead-blower Ryan Miller are pissed that Mike Richards only got two minutes for his hit on Tim Connolly.

Ruff:

Tim’s not doing very good. I’ve watched it. I think it’s something the league definitely has to take a look at. It’s a lack of respect for another player on the ice, it’s from behind, it’s head first into the boards. That’s a tough play. We lost a good player.

 

Miller:

Before we get any further, I’d just like to add one thing: If Mike Richards thinks we’re getting away with murder, I don’t know what he just got away with. Mass murder? [nice joke, asshole] Are we stepping it up a notch? Unbelievable. We lose a player for the rest of the game… that’s the kind of hit the league has been talking about, and it’s dangerous. They better seriously consider looking at that one. It’s unbelievable.

 

Here, I’m going to translate that for you:

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh.

Stop whining. Maybe stop blowing two and three goal leads, too (well, don’t).

Richards’ hit was dirty, but he was penalized for it. In the playoffs, you’re going to have to do much more than that to get suspended. He guided Connolly into the boards and Connolly ducked. The first thing you’re taught playing hockey is to never duck when going into the boards. As awful as it sounds, it was partially his own fault.

As for Miller, does he not look like Cole Hamels’ unfortunate twin? He has the general appearance of the Phillies' ace, only there's an oogly eye, a horrible new beard (unlike Cole’s goatee), a receding Jim Carrey side part, and an I used to squeal on the cool kids who copied my answers cadence which dwarfs any past whining we’ve seen from Hamels. Good Christ, Ryan. Man up.

You can watch Miller’s post game comments after the jump. Look at that little valley girl head shake at the 47 second mark. I’m fully endorsing the distribution of 3,000 tampons to the folks seated behind Miller’s net in warmups.

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Ryan Miller Laughs at Danny Briere’s Trash Talking

Kyle Scott - April 19, 2011

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Yo, Ryan

Today after practice, reporters asked Sabres goalie Ryan Miller if his former teammate, Briere, has been able to get into his head. Miller laughed it off.

Reporter: I talked to Briere, he said I’ll talk to him [Miller], I’ll try, but I’m not going to get in his head.

Ryan Miller: It’s all fluff coming from him, the amount of years we’ve known each other… you can’t automatically hit a light switch and be a hardass to me.

 

No, but ripping the back of the net will work just fine, Ryan.

When he gets the better of me, it's the headline, even though he gets however many chances. But I try to hold my ground, get in his face. That's what you have to do with Danny: Hold your ground and make him work.

 

Audio [6:30 mark] via Sabres.com

The Ryan Miller Effect

Kyle Scott - April 15, 2011

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Source: PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

Questions:

Will Chris Pronger play? We don't know.

How will Bob handle playoff hockey? Just fine.

Will the Flyers "flip the switch" (a phrase I love, but am getting tired of using)? Seems like it.

Can they slow down the Sabres? Yep.

Look at some of these stats, courtesy of the Flyers' release:

The Flyers directed 74 shots towards the Buffalo net (35 on net, 16 that were blocked, and 23 that missed) compared to 36 by Buffalo (25 on net, 4 that were blocked, 7 that missed).  On March 5, the Flyers directed 83 shots towards the Buffalo net (36 on goal, 29 blocked, 18 missed) in a 5-3 loss. 

The Flyers recorded 40 hits tonight.  That equals their regular season high set at Dallas on March 19.

 

They more than doubled Buffalo in the number of shots taken. They tied a season high for number of hits. But they still lost.

While a number of questions were answered in the affirmative last night – yes, Virginia, the Flyers can flip the switch (uhhhh) – one somewhat overlooked query will now be the refrain: What if Ryan Miller stands on his head?

It's the one variable in sports over which you have almost no control. A hockey team can play a perfect game and still lose. It's sort of like a summer's eve in Sea Isle. Carts (in theory) could play his perfect game: Luke warm keg on berber rug, shooters served by a sexy college student, meticulously scripted Taio Cruz playlist interspersed with selected pop ballads like The Climb (you go to a party and find me a bunch of drunk girls who won't break-out into harmonic ballad during a post midnight Miley play), and ripped jeans. Yet, if at the end of the night, – insert conquest here -'s friends want to take her home and not have her make an awkward and yet somewhat memorable mistake with a professional athlete, well, there's nothing Carts can do. Sort of like last night.

Ryan Miller is the clam-slam friends. Don't invite them to Game 2. 

Parenting FAIL: Child Drinks Beer at Phillies Game

Kyle Scott - June 7, 2010

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Puking?  Check.

Tasers?  Check.

Beer guzzling 3 year olds?  Check.

The guys at TheFightins.com first noticed this during yesterday's broadcast.  A kid drinking from a 16 oz. plastic Miller Lite bottle.

Now the real question… is there anything in the bottle?  It's possible the kid is just playing with an empty pop, but other videos (now removed by MLB) show the little guy taking at least two swigs with no intervention from Dad. 

Now, I used to be allowed to take little supervised sips from my Dad's beer when I was like 14, but 3 (or so) is pushing it.

MyFoxPhilly, Deadspin, and Yahoo have already picked up the story.  You can expect to be seeing it on a national newscast soon too…

Video after the jump.

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