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  1. Cole Hamels gives the most Cole Hamels answer when asked which Olympic sport he’d play

    Apr 18, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

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    The Phillies and Braves got rained out the other night which meant plenty of filler programming on the TV. One of the segments had the Phillies players and coaches answer some quirky questions. The guys were posed the question: “if you could play any one Olympic sport, which would it be?” Cole Hamels gave the…

  2. Steve Mason is alive and on the ice in New York

    Apr 18, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Goaltending wasn’t really the issue Thursday night. Stupid penalties, stupid rules (based on bleeding) and all-around sloppy play were far more to blame than anything Ray Emery did or didn’t do in his crease. But here we are on Friday and Steve Mason is back on the ice. Mason, who was injured in a collision…

  3. The Secret Service once threatened to kill Mr. Met

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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    At some point, this country is going to have to have a serious talk about national security. Because the Secret Service has actually been threatening to kill mascots for far longer than we all want to admit. An excerpt from the book Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots, which…

  4. Jason Akeson doesn’t deserve to be portrayed as goat

    Apr 18, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Jason Akeson on the back page of tomorrow’s Philadelphia Daily News: pic.twitter.com/BBDaKDZgWG — Frank Seravalli (@DNFlyers) April 18, 2014 If the Philadelphia Flyers eventually lose their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers as they did Game 1, Jason Akeson’s four-minute high-sticking penalty will live in infamy as one of the turning points. Should…

  5. The Evster’s NBA Playoff Preview

    Apr 18, 2014, 8:24 AM EDT

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    This is not an NBA Playoff preview. I don’t know why I called it that. I guess I figured no one would click on a link titled “Some Things The Evster Felt Like Talking About This Week on a Blog That Actually Pays Him to Write Stuff.” But then again, it’s not like you think you’re about to get legit…

  6. 3 Stars: Sloppy Flyers completely unravel in third period and drop Game 1 to Rangers

    Apr 18, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

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    A look at the Philadelphia Flyers’ 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the teams’ Eastern Conference first-round series on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden through the perspective of two players and one almost invisible unit. Ugh. That was not fun. Luckily, it was just the first game of the…

  7. Getting to know the enemy: Four under-the-radar Rangers the Flyers have to keep in check

    Apr 17, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Leading into Game 1 tonight between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, here’s a look at four under-the-radar Rangers – ok, well, three players and one inanimate object – that the Flyers will have to keep in check in order to ensure success in the series. You won’t see star…

  8. The five best/worst tweets about Donovan McNabb’s mugshot

    Apr 17, 2014, 3:47 PM EDT

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    The Maricopa County (Arizona) sheriff’s office released a mugshot of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on Thursday afternoon but it was initially unclear what alleged crime was committed. Deadspin then tracked down a criminal traffic citation from back in January, and PFT says the two are likely related. It’s still not really clear what…

  9. Whoever’s in own goal not Flyers’ gravest concern

    Apr 17, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

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    The news that Steve Mason is out for Game 1 of the Philadelphia Flyers’ first-round series versus the New York Rangers hurts. The possibility he could miss even more time with an “upper-body injury” stemming from a controversial collision against the loathsome Pittsburgh Penguins would be a huge blow to say the least. Yet the…

  10. Debating the Sixers’ 2014 Draft Board with Michael Levin (Pt. 1: #1-8)

    Apr 17, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

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    With the Sixers’ season coming to an end, we turn our attention to what we all truly showed up for: The draft. To that end, we invited our old friend Michael Levin of Liberty Ballers to come on and debate the Sixers’ big board for this June, with our ordered picks for the 20 names…

  11. Wayne Simmonds on Hartsy and Voracek playoff beard dye jobs: ‘Gingers should stick to being gingers’

    Apr 17, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

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    “I couldn’t let [Voracek] do it alone. After dinner last night I went to the drug store and got the Just for Men.” That was Scott Hartnell’s explanation for the dark dye job on his playoff beard this morning. If you missed it, Jake Voracek showed up at practice yesterday with a dyed beard of…

  12. Brett Brown is absolutely nervous like the rest of us about the NBA Draft Lottery

    Apr 17, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT

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    Brett Brown tells it like it is. That’s one of the things most Philadelphians like about him. When the guys in suits on Draft Lottery Night reveal the teams hidden in those cards determined by some ping pong balls bouncing around, Brown is absolutely going to be nervous. “That night when you find out where…