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The Wayne Simmonds Conundrum

Russ Joy - February 25, 2019

Today’s going to be tough on a lot of people in and around the Flyers’ organization if rumors and reports are to be believed.

Wayne Simmonds has spent the past eight seasons donning the Orange and Black, serving as the personification of the Broad Street Bully mentality with the dynamic point production of a modern forward. He’s hit the 50+ point mark in half of his seasons in Philly, twice hitting 60 points. Despite having been plagued by injuries in recent years, he’s only missed fifteen total regular season games over the past six seasons.

He’s been known as a real presence in the locker room – not just a mediocre player tagged as being a “team leader” – and the roster from top-to-bottom has been adverse to discussing the mere possibility of Simmonds not being on this team after 3PM today. I pulled Travis Konecny aside after Tuesday’s beatdown from the Tampa Bay Lightning to ask whether the team had gone into that game with the added pressure to win it, knowing it could be Simmonds’ final game at Wells Fargo Center as a Flyer:

Konecny: No one’s thinking that way. That stuff’s up to the management side of things, we love Simmy in the locker room and we’re not planning for him to go anywhere. It’s just a matter of: it’s a business, so it’s nothing we can control. I think everyone just treated it like a normal game. Simmy went out there and played hard for us like he does every night.

TK’s comments weren’t different than I had expected. It’s been a long-held belief that the players have voiced their support – including a reported approach to management from the leadership core of the team – every step of the way. Captain Claude Giroux didn’t want to comment on that specific report around the Stadium Series game, but he did acknowledge the players’ support for their teammate. Giroux said of Simmonds after that 4-3 OT win, after the jump:

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Jake The Snake Tricked a Bunch of Fat, Sweaty Yinzers Last Night

Kyle Scott - February 21, 2013

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Dan Bylsma looks like a little boy.

Is it weird that's all I can think about after a thrilling 6-5 Flyers win against that god awful, pansy-ass team from the sweaty undercarriage of Pennsylvania? Dan Bylsma looks like a little boy in a big boy suit. Sweet glasses. Fix your collar, sir.

If that observation from the big win seems rudimentary, I do apologize– I didn’t see much of the game live, as I was hosting pro wrestling quizzo at a packed Drinker’s Tavern, where the questions stopped during the thrilling final five minutes of the game. And the only thing on the TV screen that continually distracted me as I hurled questions about beefy men in tights was Bylsma’s wayward tie and collar. I have issues.

Now, let’s talk about the game.

Perhaps it was fitting that Jake the Snake recorded a hat trick on this night. You can say many things about him not being consistent, but you can never argue the fact that he always looks like he just scored a conference finals OT winner when he puts the puck in the net– pale, a thinning, never been kissed down there-style beard, and that open-mouthed electric shock therapy thing. It’s all fucking gross, actually. Gross, but hot, too.

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Even better about Jake’s hatty was that he became the second player obtained from Columbus in the Jeff Carter trade to record a hat trick at the Consol Energy Center in front of unemployed Yinzers (Sean Couturier did it in the playoffs last year), and that makes Pens bloggers all sorts of sad:

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Some cold water for your post-game boner: Yeah, yeah, I know– Claude Giroux spoke in Montreal and his team has scored 12 13 goals in the two games since. Great effort by the Flyers last night. But that kind of ignores the fact that the Penguins put the puck in the net seven times. One disallowed goal was kicked in. The other, Evgeni Malkin’s shot was snared by Bryz when the puck appeared to have already crossed the goal line. The unofficial O.J. Rule came into play… that is, the puck appeared to be in the net, but there was no conclusive video evidence because of some controversy surrounding a glove. Whatever. Bryz staring down his Russian buddy – the only hockey player he follows on Twitter – made it all worth it: 

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Maybe if he stopped slashing G’s wrists, via the Flyers’ city-leading PR department: Claude Giroux (232 wins) and Sidney Crosby (212 wins) came into tonight’s game 1st and 3rd, respectively, in the NHL in faceoff wins; Giroux was 5-for-17 (29 pct) against Crosby tonight. 

This: Tonight vs. Fla is cheapest game at Wells Fargo rest of the year. Pairs from $42.

Mike Milbury called Sidney Crosby and Malkin "crack addicts."

Finally, two must-watch videos after the jump: Wayne Simmonds – who , yes, was called a “nigger” by Penguins fans on Twitter – polishing Tanner Glass, and the full game highlights, which, when condensed, are awesome. Spoiler alert: that second video, much like the game, ends with this:

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Racism is Alive and Well in Pittsburgh

Kyle Scott - January 20, 2013

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There will always be a few… and I’d expect that, especially when it comes to black hockey players, you’ll often be able to find at least some racist Tweets from fans of the predominately white sport. But, Penguins fans on Twitter took it to another level yesterday.

Over a dozen Tweets, all from different idiots, called Simmonds either a “nigger” or some variation of a primate. 

You can see them all after the jump. Feel free to respond, too.

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Racist Czech Fans Arrested for Chants Directed at Wayne Simmonds, Who Has Since Left Team

Kyle Scott - November 14, 2012

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Unfortunately, this seems to happen to Wayne Simmonds every year.

Last season, a jackass from Canada was arrested for throwing a banana at Simmonds during a preseason game. Now some Czech folks find themselves in trouble for directing racist chants toward the Flyer.

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Czech fans calling themselves “Black Commando” chanted “opice” at Simmonds during a game last month. Opice is monkey in English. According to a Czech report, translated, those fans were arrested yesterday and charged with "misdemeanor disorderly conduct, defamation of nation, race and other ethnic groups."

There were other chants and insults, though it appears the fans, who were drunk at the time, are saying those were part of tradition at the arena. Some tradition.

Accusations are members of the fans, who call themselves the Black squad. They come in a black hooded sweatshirt and black scarf with the character that will now be examined by experts. Most of them were drunk. For example Pribyl admitted ten beers and two shots, which, according to him only "mild drunkenness, because it is trained."

According to the plaintiff Simmonds also shouted "hu hu hu", "Ku Klux Klan" and the song "Dead Gypsy floats on water and it belongs to nature." Fans in court mostly agreed that they are cries that the many years screaming hockey what it is.

"Hu hu hu is chanting at weakening, it has cast an opponent. Ku Klux Klan has always sung to We Will Rock You. Racism has nothing to do," said Pribyl. Ditty about "Gypsy" by other fans are traditionally referee when viewers dissatisfied with him. 

 

Simmonds said he didn’t know anything about the chants until a video was posted online. He has, however, since left the team, according to this report. His departure appears to be unrelated.

via Puck Daddy

Signs of a Lockout: Wayne Simmonds Beat the Shit Out of Someone in Germany, Danny Briere and Claude Giroux Introduce Themselves to New Fans

Kyle Scott - October 8, 2012

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Let’s frown together.

From FlyersNation.net we get this video of Wayne Simmonds absolutely beating the shit out of someone in Germany.

UPDATE: via his Facebook page, Ralk Rinke, Simmonds' punching bag in this video, shows us his face after its meeting with Simmonds' fist:

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via (@Sean_Leahy)

Other signs: Ilya Bryzgalov is playing in his second game for CSKA in Russia today. He blew a 2-0 lead and his team is currently trailing, 4-2. Ilya Kovalchuk has a hat trick against Bryz, proving that in Soviet Russia, some things never change!

And from the Twitter account of Eisbaren Berlin-DG (@Eisbaeren_B), we get these two nice to meet you, I’d rather not be seeing you videos from Danny Briere and Claude Giroux, introducing themselves to their new fans. Those short videos are after the jump.

If you feel like you are being cheated on right now, don’t worry, I do too. We’ll get through this together.

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Wayne Simmonds Reacts to Racist Tweets About Joel Ward

Kyle Scott - April 26, 2012

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Wayne Simmonds was asked about racist Tweets fired out into the ether about Joel Ward, the Capitals forward who scored the Game 7 winner against the Bruins last night. Simmonds has worked out with Ward each of the last two summers.

[Philly.com

“It’s the Internet. They can say whatever they want, and they don’t have to show their faces,” said Simmonds, who, like Ward, is one of 28 black players in the NHL. “It’s disgusting. Things like that have happened to me before. It’s not something you want to happen, but it’s sad in this day and age that it continues to happen.” 

“It is what it is. People can be as gutless as they want,” he said. “They don’t have to show up. They just throw a comment out on the Internet and it’s getting kind of ridiculous. Social media is not meant for that. It’s for ‘Say, hey, nice score. Congratulations.’  You’re not supposed to throw things out like that.” 

 

Gutless, seems to be the Flyers word du jour (mmm that sounds good and you’ll have that), but it works here. Though we're probably required to mention that Simmonds allegedly called Sean Avery a faggot during the preseason… which was a week after Simmonds had a banana thrown at him in Canada. Bigotry FTW!

As we pointed out earlier, there were similar Tweets about Simmonds during the Penguins series, but they weren't nearly to the level of what we saw from Boston fans last night. Of course, Simmonds didn’t score any overtime winners, so it’s entirely possible that we would have seen the same thing happen had he been the one to finish off the Penguins in historic and damning fashion, like his teammate Claude Giroux did.

It’s also worth noting that while last night’s Tweets mostly came from Bruins fans, this probably – unfortunately – would have happened in just about any city. 

Video: Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds Warm Up For Game 6 by Playing Basketball

Kyle Scott - April 23, 2012

Not surprisingly, Giroux has a sweet mid-range jumper.

via reader Matt

Wayne Simmonds: Man

Kyle Scott - April 2, 2012

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Here's an excerpt, courtesy of the Flyers, of Wayne Simmonds speaking to reporters today:

Q: Wayne, do you expect that, after what you saw yesterday, that this is the kind of playoff series you guys are going to get with them [Pittsburgh]?

“Yeah, definitely. It’s fun hockey, it’s like old school hockey. You come to the rink, you battle everyday, you know there’s going to be fights, you know you’re gonna get hit and you know you’re going to have to hit back and that’s the type of hockey that we like to play. So I think that suits our team well.”

Q: Were you going into yesterday’s game saying ‘I don’t want to get in a fight’ and then all of a sudden you’re fighting on of the toughest guys in the league…what’s going through your mind there?

“Obviously it wasn’t ideal for me to fight in that situation but, Danny took a solid hit there and obviously I’m going to go to my player’s defense, that’s the type of player I am. It doesn’t matter if I have stitches in my eyes, I have to go in there and stand up for my teammate.” 

Q: Is it a real toll on you, whether or not to keep wearing a visor?

“Yeah, this year is my first year without a visor and I’ve taken a few shots to the face but…obviously it’s something I’ll keep mulling over but, I don’t know. I like it without the visor but then again, I want to have my eyes after I’m done playing hockey.”

 

Who needs eyes?!?

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