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Exploring Bryz’s (Dangerous?) Stick Throwing Habit

Kyle Scott - February 22, 2013

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After a six-game road trip that twice took the Flyers to Canada, and coming off an emotional 6-5 win in Pittsburgh the night before, the Orange and Black returned home last night to play the Florida Panthers. 

That’s not the lede for this post… that’s the definition for Letdown Game. So, we can sit here and talk about how the Flyers are really inconsistent… or we can just chalk it up to their plane still being on the runway in Pittsburgh when the puck dropped last night. Yeah, let’s do that. And then let’s talk about the goofy goalie.

On Wednesday, in an apparent fit of rage, Ilya Bryzgalov launched his stick at the glass during practice

He did it again when he gave up a penalty shot goal on Thursday. 

And again when he was pulled from the game after giving up a fourth goal.

As you may know, I’m not very good at math. But by my unofficial count, Bryz has now thrown his stick three times, given up nine goals, and allowed 11 pucks to cross the goal line (if you count two disallowed goals against the Penguins) in just over 36 hours. It would appear that we've turned back toward negative town. Or, you know, high school.

Let’s explore Bryz’s two stick throws last night.

Here’s a GIF of the first one courtesy of Jeff Carter’s favorite CB reader, Amanda:


You’ll notice that Bryz nearly killed the referee, which probably would have been bad. And then that throw. Who throws like that, except for maybe Katniss if she were trying to maim a small Indian child in The Hunger Games?

The second throw was a bit more conventional, sort of a Tom Hanks-spears-a-fish-in-Castaway spear technique… one that almost killed the Flyers’ smokeshow trainer and a Ben Franklin-looking security guard:


Note the equipment guy retreating behind the wall just before Bryz kicked what looked like a floor seat from the Spectrum (for real, can the Comcast Spectacor folks move past that awful 1970s red motif on everything, or is it mandated by Ed Snider?). 

Not sure what’s up with Bryz, who apparently irked reporters by initially refusing to speak with the media last night. He eventually came out, and explained his stick throwing (at least on the penalty shot) thusly:

"I was mad because I just missed him on a poke check.  I knew he was through it, between the legs, I couldn’t regroup quick enough and it was three-nothing and two-nothing it’s a big difference.  I almost had it then it was in the net and I am so upset." 


Yeah, this is all going to stop when he hurts someone, that someone being Claude Giroux.

[Andrew Porter over at The School Philly has a problem with this, too.]

Ilya Bryzgalov Launched His Stick at the Glass in Practice Today

Kyle Scott - February 20, 2013

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I feel like Bryz is always just a moment away from snapping… and I can't tell if that turns me on or frightens me.

Penguins Broadcasters Thought Jaromir Jagr Cheated in Game 2

Kyle Scott - April 17, 2012

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As you know, Yinzers live in a bubble. It’s a bridge and river and steel and tar-filled bubble… but still a bubble. And when it comes to their hockey team, people from Pittsburgh – thanks to the NHL and NBC stroking Sidney Crosby and his teammates for seven years – believe that the Penguins are superior to all others. They can do no wrong. There must always be an explanation – an excuse, really – for their failures.

Their broadcast crew is firmly entrenched in the bubble.

Two years ago, one Penguins TV producer purposely didn’t send a replay feed to the league because it showed that then-Flyer Simon Gagne had, in fact, scored a goal against the hometown team. The play had been under review, and, since the league didn’t have evidence to overturn the official ruling (no-goal), Gagne and the Flyers were never credited with the score… though they went on to win, 7-4. That’s an old story, but worth bringing up today as we present to you this bit of tid from the Penguins Game 2 broadcast on Friday night: 

Lost in the shuffle of the Flyers destroying their unfortunate foes this weekend was an (albeit minor) controversy that arose when ex-Penguin Jaromir Jagr scored the Flyers’ game-winning goal on Friday night. The controversy existed solely in the minds of ROOT Sports broadcasters Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey, who thought that Jagr had an illegal stick. Behold:

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Your Monday (Late)Morning Roundup: Fights, Inquirer and Daily News Sold, Phillies are “Team to Beat”

Kyle Scott - April 2, 2012

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How’s everyone doing? We OK following that Flyers game yesterday? None of you have a Yinzer tied up in your basement, do you? OK, good– because we may have three more weeks of this.

Ms. CB and I are sick. Again. I was sick two weeks ago, got sick again this weekend, gave it to Ms. CB, and now we both remain home, sick. This time I’ve managed the perfect trifecta of a disastrous head cold, what I think is either Bronchitis or Walking Pneumonia, and Pink Eye. Yep, it’s all topped off with Pink Eye. But that won’t get in the way of your weekend links… even if they are a few hours overdue. Let’s hit it.


But first, a word from our sponsors:

– We’re having 2011-2012 FLYERS QUIZZO next Thursday night at Drinker’s Tavern. Depending on the schedule, it may or may not fall during the first playoff game, in which case we’ll stagger questions during commercial breaks and intermission. Keep an eye out for more details shortly, as well as details about a Phillies game watch at Drinker’s West on Wednesday, April 11.

Brian Dawkins is signing autographs at the BC Sports in the King of Prussia Mall on Sunday, April 29 from 1 – 3 p.m. Details and tickets here.

– Get all of Philly Phaithful’s 2012 baseball t-shirts here, including Cholly-San, an homage to the skipper, and Pissing Excellence, an homage to one Clifton Lee. Shop here.

– We have OPENING DAY Phillies tickets starting at $177 on Crossing Broad Tickets. Sit in the first level for as low as $110.


The roundup:

– Lost in yesterday’s madness was Wayne Simmonds’ face, which scored a goal on Saturday:

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Simmonds was named the NHL's first star of the week

Jamie Moyer is a starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies.

– A story about Jonathan Papelbon jumping off roofs as a child.

– Here's better video of Peter Laviolette grabbing Max Talbot's stick and slamming it over the glass. Talbot was sad:

"He actually took my stick and broke it. I was pretty sad about that. It was a good stick."


– has 106 pictures from the opening weekend at Xfinity Live! 

– Jimmy Buffett is awesome. He rocked a “Free Sean Payton” t-shirt at a concert this weekend. Payton joined him on-stage to play the bongos during Margaritaville.

– The Redskins are having a D.C. Takeover of their own… they’re taking over a strip club.


– The Inquirer, Daily News and have been sold today… for a measly $55 million.

– Nike NFL jerseys are being kept hidden in New York.

– Charlie Manuel thinks the Phillies are the "team to beat."

Danny Briere, The League Would Like a Word With You

Kyle Scott - October 31, 2010


The NHL will have a conference call hearing with Danny Briere tomorrow morning at 10 AM to discuss his high-stick on Frans Nielsen that sparked mini-melee in the third period of last night's game.

Video after the jump, but quite honestly, it was pretty blatant.

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