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  1. HIP HOP IS DEAD

    Nov 22, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    No, not just the genre! The Sixers mascot of the same name has met his end. When we first heard this was likely and/or possible, we couldn’t have been happier. And it’s not like we’re in the minority or part of some vanguard revolution against the roided up rabbit here. I can’t think of any fans Hip Hop had.

    And now, per an investigative report by Rich Hofmann, the Sixers have announced the retirement of Hip Hop, who has fallen in love, married (far be it from him to live in sin), and moved away to start a family.

  2. Ward Boss: Carolina Wins Despite JVRRead Brilliance

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    Notes and highlights from the Flyers’ 4-2 loss to Carolina. If nothing else, worth a look at JVR’s sick move on the assist to Matt Read.

  3. Sidney Crosby Loudly Announces His Return

    Nov 21, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    The NHL’s poster boy and arguably its best player returned to the ice on Monday night after a 10-month layoff due to the effects of concussions. On his third shift, Crosby scored. And it was pretty sick, a backhander to the near top corner.

  4. Do Not Leave Your Goalie Alone With Matt Read

    Nov 20, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    For the second straight time against the Winnipeg Jets, the Flyers started the game in embarrassing fashion, conceding the first three goals of the night to the Jets. Scott Hartnell scored before they went to the dressing room, but the Jets came out flying in the second, notching two more before Hartnell again tallied on the power play. That’s when Flyers rookie Matt Read got hot.

  5. Winnipeg Wins, Ilya Bryzgalov Apologizes to Its Good People

    Nov 20, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    A look Ilya Bryzgalov’s efforts to make amends to the fans in Winnipeg, who had as good a showing as their team on Saturday.

  6. Game 19: Flyers at Winnipeg Jets Another Run and Gun Game?

    Nov 19, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    A preview of the Philadelphia Flyers-Winnipeg Jets matchup in the ‘peg.

  7. 2 the Rafters? Sources Say Flyers Will Retire Mark Howe’s Number

    Nov 19, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    CSN’s Tim Panaccio and Sarah Baicker are hearing that the Flyers will retire Mark Howe’s number before a Flyers-Red Wings game on Tuesday, March 6th. Howe, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last week, finished his career with the Red Wings and currently works as their Director of Pro Scouting.

    The Hall of Fame induction news brought with it a resurgence in the calls to see Howe’s 2 raised to the rafters in Philadelphia, and the Flyers appear ready to oblige.

  8. Mark Howe Sports a Red Wings Jersey at His Hall of Fame Induction, and It’s All Good

    Nov 15, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    With nods to his former teammates, the men who drafted him, the victims of the plane crash in Russia—including his former blue line partner Brad McCrimmon, and loving and thankful words to his mother and father, Howe represented everyone on his hockey career path well.

  9. Flyers Send Us Into the Work Week With a Win

    Nov 13, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Recap and highlights from the Flyers’ 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers

  10. Game 16: Flyers at Florida Panthers Oh Hey Kris Versteeg.

    Nov 13, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Having wrapped up the “annual bonding trip” portion of their road set in Florida, the Flyers are back in action Sunday afternoon at 5, when we’ll either be celebrating the Eagles stay of execution or possibly setting things on fire. The Flyers are in Sunrise to face the Panthers, who are off to a good start, with a record exactly on par with that of the Orange & Black (8-4-3).

  11. DJacc Inacc: Eagles Scratch DeSean Jackson for Missing Meeting

    Nov 13, 2011, 9:06 AM EDT

    Some surprising news to start our Eagles-Cardinals game day… Les Bowen of the Daily News is reporting that DeSean Jackson missed a team meeting and has been told by the Eagles that he will be inactive for this afternoon’s game game against the Arizona Cardinals.

  12. A Surreal Game Day Has Dawned in State College

    Nov 12, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Some weren’t sure there’d be a football game between Penn State and Nebraska today. Would they cancel out of shame, respect, fear? The answer is no, that the game will go on, unless something shocking happens between now and kickoff. One person has already tried to derail the game with a bomb threat, just part of the circus going on in Happy Valley today.

  13. Union to Sport New Kits in 2012

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    We’re still smarting from the Union’s first round playoff loss at the hands of the Houston Dynamo, but a week later, it’s already starting to settle in that 2011 was still a productive step toward true contention in the MLS. The Union have begun looking ahead too, both in regard to the players who will be on the field and the unis they’ll be wearing.

    Tonight, Union fans got an email saying that the team will soon be unveiling new primary and secondary kits for the 2012 season. We don’t have any idea what they might look like, but they’re offering up an incentive to get the unveiling to happen sooner rather than later. As of this posting, the Union have 85,291 ‘Likes’ on Facebook. When they hit 92,012 (emphasis on the 2012), they’ll unveil the new gear.

  14. Lavvy Don’t Play That: Flyers Employ ‘Stall’ to Counter Lightning’s 1-3-1, But Lose in OT

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    If there was a polar opposite to Saturday’s 9-2 Flyers win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, it was on the ice last night in at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. In an effort to dissolve Lightning head coach Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 neutral zone landline, Peter Laviolette sent his units to the ice with a standing order to, well, stand still with the puck in their own zone until pursued by a Lightning forechecker.

    Considering the Lightning took the ice with the standing order not to forecheck, the end result was essentially no one doing anything. For 30 seconds of the game’s first minute, Braydon Coburn stood over the puck, his stick on the ice but not touching the rubber.

  15. Board of Trustees: Joe Paterno Officially Out at Penn State

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Joe Paterno has coached his last game at Penn State.

    The Board of Trustees met Wednesday night and came to the decision that it was in the universities best interest if Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier were to immediately leave their respective positions. ABC’s Jim Gardner broke the news on twitter tonight that Paterno would not coach another game, and that Spanier had resigned.

    Gardner reports that assistant coach Tom Bradley will be interim coach.

  16. Game 15: Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning Let the Pronging Resume

    Nov 9, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Most of the news in the sporting world this week has had very little to do with the actual playing of games. Unfortunately, what little we had from the field of play was a crushing Eagles defeat on Monday Night Football, wherein the only thing keeping the door from slamming shut on our hopes for meaningful football in the coming months were our now bloody fingers.

    That finally changes tonight when, after a seemingly long layoff, the Flyers are back in action as they begin a road trip in Tampa. As opposed to some of the shitful teams they’ve played lately, the Lightning are actually pretty good despite currently sitting in the middle of the Southeast Division standings. After a terrible start to the season saw them winning just one of their first six contests, Tampa have put together a fairly impressive run of late.

    Fortunately, the Flyers appear to have weathered the storm of being without their top defenseman, as Chris Pronger is expected back in the lineup tonight.

  17. Four More Years: Flyers Extend Braydon Coburn

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    On the morning all the local precincts counted their ballots and announced who would come, go, and stay in office, the Flyers cast their vote to keep defenseman Braydon Coburn stationed on the Philadelphia blue line for another four years.

    Despite being just 26, Coburn is the longest tenured Flyer currently on the roster. Tim Panaccio reports that he’ll be paid $18 million over the next four seasons, with his annual cap hit increasing from $3.2 million to $4.5 million.

  18. Voracek and Couturier Shine as Flyers Top Blue Jackets in Jeff Carter Bowl, 9-2

    Nov 5, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

    The talk heading into Saturday night’s matchup between the Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets naturally focused on the big off-season trade that sent Jeff Carter to Ohio in exchange for winger Jakub Voracek and a pair of draft picks, one of which was the eighth overall. Sean Couturier was selected with that high pick, and he made the club out of training camp. Voracek was off to a quiet start heading into the game, which Jeff Carter would watch from a suite, still recovering from a broken foot.

    Trades aren’t won and lost based solely on what each set of players does for their new team, and they especially aren’t won based on a single head-to-head matchup. But damn if this didn’t at least feel like a statement game as to which side is currently holding the better cards. Voracek, who was criticized by his former coach upon his exit from Columbus, took advantage of the opportunity to not only prove his former coach wrong, but also put a few nails in his coffin. With the Blue Jackets now 2-11-1 after being throttled 9-2 by the Flyers, Scott Arniel might not make it out of the Wells Fargo Center with a job.

  19. Game 14: Flyers Host Blue Jackets, Voracek Has Something to Prove

    Nov 5, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    After dropping a disappointing shootout loss to the Devils on Thursday, the Flyers get a rebound game with what has to date been one of the worst teams in the NHL. Maybe the worst. The Columbus Blue Jackets opened the season with eight straight losses and have won just twice to date. After trading the eighth overall pick and Jakub Voracek to the Flyers for Jeff Carter and signing free agent defenseman Jeff Wisniewski in the off-season, the team was expected to improve on its 81-point offering from last season. Instead, they’re bailing water over the side to keep some glimmer of hope alive.

  20. Jeff Carter Has Fond Memories of Philly Fans

    Nov 5, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are in town to face the Flyers tonight, and although Jeff Carter will unfortunately not suit up, he did have some kind words upon his return to the Wells Fargo Center. Per Adam Kimelman of NHL.com, Carter had this to say:

  21. Sexual Abuse Charges Filed Against Jerry Sandusky; Penn State Officials Charged With Perjury and Failure to Report

    Nov 5, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    Disturbing news out of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office today, where charges of child sexual abuse have been filed against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Charges of perjury and failure to report have been entered against Timothy Curley, Penn State’s Athletic Director, and Gary Schultz, Senior VP of Finance and Business, a position that oversees the Penn State police department. Head coach Joe Paterno is also said to have testified to a grand jury, although he has not been charged with wrongdoing.

    Sandusky is the founder of a program called The Second Mile, which operates programs for young people, according to a press release given by the Attorney General’s office. A grand jury investigation has identified eight boys as being targets of sexual activity by Sandusky between 1994 and 2009; all of the encounters began with Second Mile activities.

  22. Flyers Ride Great Start, Chase Ryan Miller and Hold Off Sabres

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Coming into Wednesday night’s Flyers-Sabres game in Buffalo, Ryan Miller was had lost his previous three starts, with Buffalo’s only win in its last four games commune with Jonas Enroth in net. The all-world goalie (you apparently can’t talk about Miller without saying “all-world”) wouldn’t survive the first period against the Flyers, with the visitors putting three of their first ten shots past him before Lindy Ruff turned the game over to Enroth.

    The change in net (and presumably a Ruffing up in the intermission) revitalized the Sabres, who got their act together to start the second and eventually score the game’s next two goals. Ceding momentum, the Flyers weren’t able to beat Enroth at all, but they managed to keep Buffalo at bay despite facing some good opportunities right up until the final whistle.

    A look at how the Flyers got to Miller, and why bad bounces and deflections refuse to let Ilya Bryzgalov find his way completely out of the woods.

  23. Apparently Lenny Dykstra’s Gonna Fight Jose Canseco or Something

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Former Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets centerfielder Lenny Dykstra will fight Jose Canseco in a pay per view celebrity boxing match.

  24. Call Reversed: Bryzgalov Media Ban Deemed Un-CBA’able

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

    The big Flyers story yesterday—an off day following a big weekend win—was the muzzling of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. The quote machine’s media availability was limited to a scant amount, either by the man himself or his team. You may have noticed a lot of people getting pretty upset over it. And, as we learned in Puck Daddy’s coverage of the news, Sam Carchidi filed a complaint with the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

    According to Tim Panaccio, Kevin Allen of the PHWA had a conference call with the Flyers, during which he informed them that limiting the media’s access to Bryzgalov violated the league’s media policy as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.

  25. Eagles Opposition Report: Dallas Cowboys Offense

    Oct 30, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    The Eagles have already faced the Giants and Redskins, and tonight we’ll finally get to see them up against the Cowboys, who have rounded into a solid if not very good team. Under Rex Ryan, they’ve bolstered their defense despite maintaining most of the same on-field personnel. On offense, we’re looking at a talented, balanced, and yes, dangerous group. Most of the faces are familiar, but worth reviewing to see what they’ve been up to lately.

    Juan Castillo’s defense will have its hands full today.