Jul 14, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT
It seems like a year ago that the Flyers were actually alive and well in the NHL playoffs, but some video we hadn’t previously seen has surfaced via the illustrious Puck Daddy vaults. Check out how Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres responded to some pre-game jeering by a Flyer fan:
Jul 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT
Enrico picked up the early leg of our comprehensive ESPYS coverage last night, noting that the Eagles’ Miracle at the New Meadowlands won the award for best game. (You may recall your humble narrator was at that shizz.) Turns out the Birds weren’t the only local winners, with Roy Halladay’s name finding its way onto a pair of awards. Doc’s no-hitter over the Reds in the playoffs won “Best Moment,” while the man himself won Best MLB Player.
Your Desolate Sports Morning Links: Haynesworth & Donny Mac, Deion & Dez, Plax, Sixers Sale, and Vokoun
Jul 13, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT
So, it’s midsummer, and the Midsummer Classic is behind us, which can only mean one thing. There’s no sports today. Nada. I’m on vacation as I often am when the All-Star Game rolls around, so it’s decent timing for me, except that I usually like to spend these few days reading up on the next NFL season in preparation for dominating my fantasy football league. With the lockout still in place and free agency yet to have its way with the current league reality, it hardly seems worth the effort yet.
But two full days without any live local sporting action are underway, so we’ll get our Wednesday programming started with some stories of interest from around the Webs this morning. On the docket for today: The Sixers sale could happen very soon, reports on the future of McNabb and Haynesworth in DC, Plax’s game of Mad Libs, Deion’s Dez diss, Conlin declares WAR, and the “market” for Tomas Vokoun.
Jul 2, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT
Two former faces of the Flyers have today find themselves teammates again. After Simon Gagne was firmly asked to waive his no-trade clause last off-season, he was dealt to Tampa Bay, where he spent 2010-2011. This off-season, with a year left before his own no-trade clause kicked in, Mike Richards was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings. Now, Flyers nostalgists have another reason adopt LA as their Western Conference team this season. Already dubbed Flyers West, the Kings added another former Broad Streeter today, signing Gagne to a 2-year, $7 million deal. Meanwhile, Tomas Vokoun signed with the Washington Capitals for well below what most thought he’d fetch on the open market.
Jul 2, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT
Roy Halladay returned to Toronto to face the Blue Jays on Saturday and received a well-deserved, long standing ovation before making his first pitches of the game. Doc gave his former fans a show, thrown yet another complete game win, as the Phillies took game 2 of the series by a 5-3 count.
The Phillies’ bats gave Halladay some decent support, particularly later in the game. The kind Canadian crowd began to sour after the Chase Utley bopped a two-run homer to get the Phils a 4-3 lead in the seventh. By the time the game was over, Blue Jays reliever Jon Rauch had been ejected, forcefully and with some amount of disrobing (video below, while it lasts), as had manager John Farrell. Long live umpire Alfonso Marquez. One Jays fan ran onto the field, and quite a few threw trash on it.
Jul 2, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT
Everyone’s favorite San Francisco Giants closer, Brian Wilson, loses it.
Jul 2, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT
Whether you’re a fan of the Flyers signing Jaromir Jagr on merit alone or not, I hope you can at least derive some pleasure from the fact that the city of Pittsburgh had to cancel its Welcome Home parade for him. It’s a little funny to me to see how many hockey media personalities—not even just Pittsburgh folks—are treating Jagr as some sort of traitor in the wake of his signing with the Flyers. I guess that has more to do with his side not being perfectly forthright with the Pens, but when you look at the result, it’s hard to fault them. First of all, he’s been a Capital, a Ranger, and played in the KHL, then had multiple teams courting him the whole way back to North America. Second, the Flyers gave him $1.3 million more than the Pens reportedly offered. It’s kind of a no-brainer for the Jagr camp.
Jul 1, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT
We knew Dan Carcillo was highly unlikely to be back in Orange & Black, and word’s just come over the wire that he has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jul 1, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT
After reportedly rejecting an offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins, legendary Czech winger Jaromir Jagr has signed a 1-year, $3.3 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Jul 1, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT
Well the hour is finally almost here. At noon today, the NHL will open free agency, which is a welcome relief for fans who have sifted through countless speculative reports ranging from ‘obvious maybes’ to headline-heavy/reality-light big-name web traffic grabbers. When summer started early for the Flyers, we gave the reasons we wouldn’t be getting too deep into all the possibilities, which can be summarized as: Through our many hockey hot stove seasons here in Philly, we’ve learned that (A) the Flyers are annually among the teams linked to nearly every available player, and (B) few people correctly predict the major moves they do end up making before their announcement. To try to address every rumor… It just seems like a waste of our time and yours. And this is coming from someone who knows how to waste some time.
Jun 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired tired tired of watching the Phillies lollygag their way through the first half of the season. ONLY 20 GAMES OVER .500?? GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND FIGHT, FIGHTINS.
Fortunately, motivational speaker and champion pugilist Bernard Hopkins was brought in to give them the what-for before Wednesday night’s game against the Red Sox.
Jun 29, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT
Yesterday, one of the greatest Flyers of our generation received acknowledgement as one of the greatest hockey players of any lifetime. Mark Howe, defenseman for the Flyers for 10 seasons spanning from 1982 to 1992 received a call informing him that he would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. It’s about time.
Jun 29, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT
Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies shuts out the Boston Red Sox to keep his amazing scoreless inning streak alive.
Jun 26, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS DRAFT PICK DEREK MATHERS FIGHT VIDEOS!!!
Jun 26, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT
Another complete game win for the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay, who also humanely dispatched of an insect.
Jun 26, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT
Down 1-0 to visiting Chivas USA and approaching 300 minutes without a goal, the Union finally gave the PPL Park faithful something to Doop about. The team dominated the inferior Sporting KC side on Wednesday but failed to score in a 0-0 draw. On Saturday night we got pretty much the exact opposite.
A near last-place Western team, Chivas came to play on Saturday, giving the Union some real competition and even a bit of a fright, once leading and once leveling the match. But the U found their scoring touch, with Veljko Paunovic notching his first MLS goal to level it at 1, and Carlos Ruiz punching home a beautiful go-ahead finish. Chivas would tie it at 2 on a goal by the giant, Justin Braun, whom Rev warned us about in his preview. But the Union finally went ahead for good on a gorgeous Danny Mwanga strike in the 82nd minute.
Jun 25, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT
While last night wasn’t necessarily the pitchers’ duel you usually get in a walkoff 1-0 game, the lack of offense was nonetheless its hallmark. Despite having some command issues, Vance Worley allowed just one hit, and the bullpen conceded the same amount in the final three innings. Two-hit in the opener, the A’s now face Cole Hamels, the NL’s WHIP leader, who is trying to become the first NL pitcher to 10 wins.
Jun 25, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT
For most of the night, the only thing really laughable in the Philadelphia Phillies-Oakland A’s series opener was the inability by either team to get a hit. Credit both sides’ defenses with a lot of that, because despite carrying dual no-hitters into the sixth inning, the starting pitching wasn’t exactly crisp all night. Vance Worley allowed just one hit in six innings, but part of his no-hit effectiveness included walking four batters. A’s starter Guillermo Moscoso let up two hits over seven, walking three of his own.
It wasn’t a terrible night for Worley, who also struck out four. But he wasn’t thrilled with his outing, taking a moment in the post-game press appearance to have some fun at his own expense.
Jun 24, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT
Remember that time the Flyers had a pick in the first round? Me neither. It’s been a while (2008, Luca Sbisa). But, one of the pieces they received in return for sending Jeff Carter to Columbus was the #8 overall pick in this year’s NHL entry draft.
Jun 24, 2011, 12:55 AM EDT
Mike Richards was expected to be the Philadelphia Flyers captain for the rest of the decade. Is the job automatically Chris Pronger’s now? If so, for how long?
Jun 23, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT
Just Like You, Mike Richards Found Out He Got Traded on the Internet [link to full audio]
Jun 23, 2011, 7:52 AM EDT
The stars were out in The River End last night…
Jun 22, 2011, 7:40 AM EDT
After being silent through most of the game, the Phillies erupted (with a lot of help from the Cardinals bullpen) in the eighth.
Jun 21, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT
A look at how a higher salary cap and floor affect the Flyers and their plans heading into the draft.
Jun 19, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT
The Phillies evened the series in Seattle on a great night by Shane Victorino.
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