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Go Ahead, Call it a Comeback: Flyers 7-4 Blue Jackets

Russ Joy - October 27, 2019

With 17:45 remaining in the third period, Josh Anderson took a wide shot that ricocheted off the board behind the Flyers’ net and deposited it past the outstretched glove of a sprawling Brian Elliott to put the Columbus Blue Jackets up 4-2 in the teams’ first matchup of the season. It looked like it would be more of the same for the Orange & Black, who came into Saturday night’s game having dropped all four matchup a year ago and an even more woeful 5-11-8 record against Columbus dating back to December 21, 2013.

It would’ve been understandable if Anderson’s goal shut down any hope of a Flyers comeback and to be quite honest, last year’s team may have very well turned off the effort when they fell behind 3-2. But this isn’t your 2018-19 Flyers. This isn’t your 2017-18 Flyers. Heck, this isn’t the past six years’ Flyers. This is a confident bunch that entered Saturday night’s game outshooting, out-chancing, and outworking the opposition game-in and game-out.

When I went back to rewatch the third period this morning, my wife looked at the score with just over nine minutes remaining and uttered, “I thought you said they blew out Columbus.” With both teams skating 4-on-4, captain Claude Giroux whipped the puck to Shayne Gostisbehere, who waited in the slot an absolutely buried a one-timer past Joonas Korpisalo for the team’s third goal of the game and Ghost’s first of the season:

 

With just under seven and a half minutes remaining, the offensive zone face-off worked its way to the blue line, where it was swung to Jake Voracek, then to defenseman Ivan Provorov, who got the puck into the left circle, unleashed the puck with all of his might, and pinged it off James van Riemsdyk, who was credited with his second tally of the evening to tie the game at 4:

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Snow The Goalie: Turning It Around with Bill Meltzer and Todd Fedoruk

Russ Joy - October 22, 2019

This episode of Snow The Goalie Radio aired Monday, October 21, 2019 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

Anthony and Russ discuss the Flyers’ recent skid and Alain Vigneault’s shuffling of the lines. The guys are joined by NHL.com’s Bill Meltzer, who offers his thoughts on the call-ups of Joel Farabee and Misha Vorobyev. They are then joined by former Flyer and Phantoms color commentator Todd Fedoruk, who breaks down Farabee’s game and his thoughts on the role of Chris Stewart on the Flyers.

This episode of Crossing Broadcast is brought to you by FanDuel Sportsbook PA, where you can take advantage of their $500 risk-free bet  with the promo code “STG”.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [iHeartRadio] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @JoyOnBroad Also be sure to tune into The Press Row Show as Anthony and Russ live stream during pregame and the first and second intermission breaks of every Flyers home game live from press row of the Wells Fargo Center via the Crossing Broad Facebook page and Twitter.

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 PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast, and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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The Phillie Phanatic Tattoo Guy Got Some Gritty Ink

Russ Joy - October 19, 2019

Remember Robert Dunphy? Well, the man who captured the hearts and minds of the Delaware Valley during a 34-27 win over the Packers at Lambeau Field and eventually raised nearly $20,000 for charity popped up at the Flyers game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night:

The lady next to him looked a bit less enthusiastic than the rest of the Wells Fargo Center faithful. Regardless, I’m glad to see Dunphy’s fifteen minutes of fame get extended. Anyone who raises money for a children’s charity is good people in my book. If you’re interested in learning more about that charity, Storm The Heavens Fund, head over to their site.

Snow The Goalie: Off to a Good Start with Riley Cote, James van Riemsdyk, and Amy Johnson

Russ Joy - October 14, 2019

This episode of Snow The Goalie Radio aired Monday, October 14, 2019 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

It’s a jam-packed episode featuring three separate interviews! Anthony and Russ break down the Flyers’ win in their home opener and OT loss in Vancouver, as well as discuss AV’s comments about Jake Voracek’s play. The guys are then joined by forward James van Riemsdyk, who talks about the team’s start to the season, his role, and his teammates’ fashion. Anthony and Russ then offer opinions on the renovations at Wells Fargo Center and are joined by former Flyer and Phantoms assistant coach Riley Cote. Finally, Amy Johnson of The NHL Report joins the show to discuss the early play of Joel Farabee, Phil Myers, Isaac Ratcliffe, German Rubtsov, and Morgan Frost.

This episode of Crossing Broadcast is brought to you by FanDuel Sportsbook PA, where you can take advantage of their $500 risk-free bet  with the promo code “STG”.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [iHeartRadio] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @JoyOnBroad Also be sure to tune into The Press Row Show as Anthony and Russ live stream during pregame and the first and second intermission breaks of every Flyers home game live from press row of the Wells Fargo Center via the Crossing Broad Facebook page and Twitter.

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 PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast, and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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Crossing Broadcast: Replacing Kapler, The Vikings Game, Interview with JVR

Russ Joy - October 14, 2019

This episode of Crossing Broadcast first aired on Monday, October 14 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

Russ, Bob, and Anthony react to the firing of Gabe Kapler, the John Middleton press conference, and potential managerial replacements. Kevin then joins the show to break down the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings. The guys then debate where Carson Wentz falls in the top tier of quarterbacks. Finally, Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk joins the show to talk about the season thus far, bonding as a team, and more.

This episode of Crossing Broadcast is brought to you by FanDuel Sportsbook PA, where you can take advantage of their $500 risk-free bet  with the promo code “CB”.

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

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 PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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The Hart of a Champion

Russ Joy - October 10, 2019

I’m not trying to start the talk radio debate about the most important position in sports. You wanna argue till you’re blue in the face that playing quarterback in THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE is the toughest? Have at it. I’d contend that a 1A to quarterback is standing between the pipes of 72″ x 48″ net while a disk of vulcanized rubber is propelled through the air at 90mph. I’d elevate the position’s importance in Philadelphia, where -I don’t know if you’ve heard- the Flyers haven’t had a rock-solid net minder in… [looks at records] nearly thirty years since Ron Hextall. Even then, Hextall was far from elite. The late Pelle Lindbergh aside -seeing as we’ll never know how good he truly could have been- the last great Flyers goaltender was Bernie Parent back in the 70s.

“But, Russ, the Flyers had a Vezina Trophy winner in their organization and they traded him away.”

Fair, but it was never going to work here. Ed Snider practically forced the hand of former GM Paul Holmgren to sign Ilya Bryzgalov, who flat-out refused to mentor or help a young Sergei Bobrovsky.

This isn’t a matter of Philly fans being out of their minds or blowing the goalie issue out of proportion. When we sat down with head coach Alain Vigneault and mentioned Hart, his response -amid a smirk and chuckle- was, “So I’ve been told.” That’s why Carter Hart’s performance on Wednesday night, featuring the first shutout of his NHL career, wasn’t just big. It was… humongous big. In fact, it’s the biggest thing to happen to a Philadelphia sports team in the past few months.

(Side note: Save your Kapler firing cheers for joy. The Phillies are a fundamentally flawed organization and kept the architects of a mediocre-at-best franchise in favor of cleaning house like they should’ve done. Also, the Ben Simmons three was delightful and could prove to be the most important added dimension to a Philly team this side of DeSean Jackson popping the top off an opposing defense. I digress…)

Hart didn’t just make the saves. He dominated the Devils. He embarrassed them:

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The Flyers’ New Rage Room is the Most Philadelphia Thing Ever

Russ Joy - October 9, 2019

Tonight’s the Flyers’ home opener and instead of talking about the team on the ice, we here at Crossing Broad are absolutely obsessed with the Wells Fargo Center’s newest fan experience. No, I’m not talking about the two new sports lounges with a sport betting twist, nor am I focusing in on the esports areas. Friends, we’ve reached peak Philly.

Remember all those annoying national TV references to the “jail” under Veterans Stadium? The Eagles did a pretty decent job of shedding the image of Roman Colosseum savagery, when they announced a sensory room for individuals with Autism and sensory challenges at the Linc, something that represents an excellent way for all fans to enjoy a game. The folks across the street at the Wells Fargo Center have picked up the hard-nosed, blue-collar image of the Philadelphia fan and doubled down as they’ve announced the first-ever rage room in a major professional sports arena, which they’ve dubbed “The Disassembly Room”.

You heart that? That’s the sound of Katie Nolan piecing together a longform takedown of the Philadelphia fan culture. Get ready for the onslaught of ESPN and FS1 talent taking shots at the Delaware Valley.

So what’s a rage room, you ask? Per the press release:

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BetRivers and Wells Fargo Center Will Unveil Sports Lounges at Flyers Home Opener

Russ Joy - October 8, 2019

The Flyers’ home opener is Wednesday night against the New Jersey Devils and there are changes abound at the Wells Fargo Center. We’ve previously covered the standing-room-only ticketsvideo game areas, and overall improvements to the Center, but this newest announcement should be of interest to anyone looking to enjoy a multitude of games on screens while watching the games below.

As part of “Transformation 2020“, Wells Fargo Center and BetRivers will unveil two new, high-tech lounges to coincide with the Flyers’ home opener.

Valerie Camillo, President of Business Operations for the Flyers and Wells Fargo Center, said of the new lounges:

We are thrilled to launch our partnership with SugarHouse, soon to be Rivers Casino and BetRivers.com, through these sport lounges which will undoubtedly elevate the game day experience at the Wells Fargo Center. Both spaces are stunning additions to what has already been the most transformative phase of our renovation project and we know our fans will be delighted with the design and experience.

The mentioning of SugarHouse’s transition to BetRivers is something we previously covered, as was Wells Fargo Center’s initial partnership with SugarHouse.

Per the official press release, Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the operator of the in-casino and online sportsbooks for SugarHouse, soon to be Rivers Casino Philadelphia expressed excitement:

We can’t wait for Philadelphia sports fans to experience these new sports lounges. We know how passionate this city is when it comes to sports and we took great care to make sure these lounges have everything guests need to watch and get in on the action as it’s happening.

Let’s take a look at the lounges and what they’ll feature.

BetRivers.com Sports Lounge

Wells Fargo Center Sports Lounge

The BetRivers.com Sports Lounge, located on the New City Terrace, will face the arena’s bowl, allowing fans to watch the live action below, while taking in games on a massive LED wall that measures 22-feet long by 8-feet tall. The sports lounge, occupying nearly 6,500 square feet of space, will offer an open environment for fans to take in the game while betting online through the BetRivers Pennsylvania app.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia Sports Lounge

Wells Fargo Center Sports Lounge

The Rivers Casino Philadelphia Sports Lounge, located on the Main Concourse level, is located in the completely redesigned south end of the Wells Fargo Center. This 5,680 square foot lounge will feature ten 86″ screens grouped throughout seating areas, as well as odds boards and sixteen additional 65″ monitors at the bar.

If you’re heading down to the Flyers’ home opener and happen to check out either lounge, let us know what you think.

For more Flyers coverage, check out Snow The Goalie Radio Mondays from 5-6PM on 610 ESPN Philadelphia and subscribe to Snow The Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, GooglePlay, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also be sure to tune into The Press Row Show as Anthony and Russ live stream during pregame and the first and second intermission breaks of every Flyers home game live from press row of the Wells Fargo Center via the Crossing Broad Facebook page and Twitter.