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Shit That has happened since I Last Posted




Well well well…..it has been quite a while since I have had the motivation to write anything in this space and I really don’t have any excuses except that I am lazy as a sloth.  Just to bring you up to speed here are a few of the highlights/lowlights in my life since my last post on March 13th 2012.

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard missed half a season

Cole Hamels Made a lot of money

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Game 5

As I watched Alex Rodriguez strike out to close the book on the Yankess 2011 campaign last night, i felt a eerie sense of caution.  Normally i would have howled with delight that my least favorite player had just blown the season (twice…K with the bases loaded a few innings before).  Normally I would be giving faux masturbatory motions towards all Yankee fans within 5 miles.  Normally I would have sent arrogant text messages to all of my Yankee fan friends illuminating that the reason A-Rod failed was because he missed Kate Hudson and her strap on.  This didn’t happen though for a variety of reasons.  The most important being that I am a nervous wreck.

"Yeah we dont know what you were thinking either Penny Lane"

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Yeah I Think Jaromir Might enjoy playing with Claude….

So I’m going to do everything in my power not to talk about the Eagles/Giants debacle this past weekend, and what better way to start it off by talking about the results of a preseason NHL Game!

::Borat Voice:: "I LIKE YOU!"

Last night on the heels of the much anticipated announcement of the 2012 Winter Classic being held at Citizens Bank Park, the Flyers and Rangers took part in some pre-season puck.  I have to be honest, I was one of the first people to question the off season moves of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, two of the most productive players in the Orange and Black’s recent history.  Not only were they productive, they were two of my favorite players who I loved rooting for.  But this is a business and it is the way things go sometimes (god GM’s around the world have brainwashed me).  Not only did they give up two of my faves, they acquired two of my LEAST favorites in Jaromir Jagr and agitator Max Talbot.  First of all, I thought Jagr had retired to some Russian Gulag to spend his latter days drinking Stolichyna and gambling away his life savings with Russian prostitutes all around (rash generalization).  Little did I know that he was actually tearing it up in the KHL, working out like a fiend, all while finding God.  Well it paid off.

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Its always tough to say goodbye

Well Ilya Bryzgalov might be remembered for the guy that finally brought the cup back to Philly, or the guy that got our leading scorer (Jeff Carter) and our Captain (Mike Richards) traded away.  It is clear that Paul Holmgren felt he needed to do something drastic to make this team a contender.  Here’s the thing: I’m calling bullshit.  I can understand why you would trade carter (I guess) but WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU TRADE THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE WHOLE FUCKING TEAM!?!?!?!  Yeah maybe Richards had a salty attitude towards the media and Coach Peter Laviolette (allegedly) but it still doesn’t make any sense.  Maybe Homer thought since the two were such good friends if he traded one of them, he would have lost the other completely.  I’m gonna call double bullshit on that one.  These guys are Professionals.  Trades happen, friends leave teams, people and franchises move on.  I just don’t see a reason why he had to go.


The only thing that I can take away from this is that the 2011-2012 flyers are going to be missing a lot of what made me love the team.  I assume this means Pronger gets the C, and I cant believe im typing this, but Scott Hartnell becomes a veteran leader.  Shocking day for the Orange and Black.  Carts and Richie will be missed.

You better be the second coming of Bernie

Once a Scumbag, Always a Scumbag

Well I didn’t expect to be having such a great morning when I first woke up.  First off I had to work, and secondly the beers I had last night were apparently disagreeing with my brain.  But I made it here, fired up the Kuerig, turned on the Pandora and all seemed to be coming together.  Then I saw it.  Something that made me smile ear to ear.  The scumbag that is Matthew Barnaby got arrested last night for an apparent domestic dispute, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, harassment, criminal contempt, and aggravated harassment.  Now you may be asking yourself, “But Dan why would you be so happy at the misfortune of others?”

definition of "shit eating grin"

Let me elaborate.

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On the Brink

Now Starting in goal for your Philadelphia Flyers......

Well here we are again sports fans, down 0-3 to the Boston Bruins.  I’d like to say that last years run to come all the way back instilled confidence in the me and the team that they could do it again.  But in reality all last year gave me was an ulcer.  Between watching the Phillies struggle to score runs and the Flyers constantly “having to go to the well” (Lavs said it, so I write it) definitely gave me some gray hairs and acid indigestion.  Our goaltending situation is an absolute joke, and if I have to read one more story about how courageous Brian Boucher is after being pulled and then being reinserted into the starting lineup I’m going to puke.  I would be more comfortable with 70 year old Bernie Parent out there with his one goddamn eye.  We don’t have the heart and soul of our team playing (Pronger), and we looked so flat in game three that I couldn’t bear to watch the third period.  So we are one step away from becoming a baseball only town for the rest of the summer which is very discouraging considering the high hopes myself and the rest of the Phans had in store for them.  Last years run through the playoffs was about as magical as you can get, given the fact that Michael Leighton seemingly came back to earth faster than Apollo 13.  I could have almost envisioned the Stanley Cup coming down Broad Street on a float with Phish playing a celebratory concert at the site of the old spectrum (yes I fantasize about things like this daily).  Twas not to be though, we were left looking at the Douche Patrol that is the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate on our home ice.  While we are not without hope, we are running low.  I will not be watching the game tonight.  I honestly cannot bear too.  I will be attending the Dark Star Orchestra at the Electric Factory to help take my mind off it.  So if you see a tall drunken asshole yelling obscenities about goal tending; that will be me.  Come up and say hi and we will talk about how the “New” fake Jerry, isn’t as good as the “Old” fake Jerry.

Briere, Flyers Arrested for Publicly Sodomizing Sabres in Game 7

From start to finish, last night’s Game 7 between the Flyers and Sabres was arguably the Flyers’ most complete game they have played all season. Down the stretch run of the regular season, the Flyers built leads only to let up on the gas, allowing inferior opponents that should be put away to crawl back games. Not last night. The Flyers rode the energy of a rowdy Philadelphia crowd and came out forechecking and hitting like a pack of ravenous wolves. They wanted that game so badly, and showed it by winning every one-on-one battle and smothering whatever little offensive attempt the Sabres had. Last night was the Flyers most dominating playoff performance since they shat on the Maple Leafs 6-1 in Game 7 of the 2003 Eastern Conference Quartefinals.

Good night Buffalo

Series MVP: C, Danny Briere

This one’s a no brainer. Briere had 7 points (6G, 1A) in the series and 4 points (3G, 1A) when the Flyers faced elimination in Games 6 and 7. In my Game 7 Notes, I talked about Danny Briere and how he elevates his game when the pressure is on. He loves the big stage and once again proved why he has earned the nickname Mr. Playoffs. Just as impressive, Briere was able to achieve success in this series while overcoming the emotions of playing against good friends (Ryan Miller, Jason Pomminville) and being booed in his former hometown. 

Said Briere following Game 7: “Honestly, it was one of the toughest series I’ve had to go through. When you’re facing a lot of friends — it’s no secret that in the playoffs there are no friends. You’re out there, it doesn’t matter who has the puck, you’re going through them.”

Briere now has 94 points in 93 career playoff games. Among active players, only Sidney Crosby is operating at a point-per-game clip in the playoffs for their career (minimum 15 games).

Briere: “I’m way better than you.” Miller: “Go fuck yourself.” Briere: “Love you, bro.”

 Some quick numbers:

 – The Flyers powerplay began the series 2 for 26 (7.7%) in the first 5 games. With Chris Pronger’s return, it finished 4 for 9 (44.4%) in Games 6 and 7. 

– With the Flyers victory last night, the home team has only won 3 of the past 11 playoff Game 7’s since 2009 in the NHL.

 – The Flyers have won their last three Game 7’s, two of which were on the road (2008 Conference Semifinals @ Washington, 2010 Conference Semifinals @ Boston, 2011 Conference Quarterfinals vs. Buffalo)

The next opponent:

The Flyers second round opponent won’t be determined until the end of tonight, as both remaining matchups are headed to Game 7. If Boston wins their deciding game tonight at home against the Canadiens (Versus, 7pm), they will face the Flyers in a rematch of the epic 3-0 comeback from last year’s Conference Semis. If Montreal takes that series, the Flyers will face the winner of the Lighning @ Pens Game 7 (8pm).  I look forward to sitting back stress-free tonight and enjoying a couple of great hockey games knowing that my boys are moving on.

Predictions: Bruins 2 Canadiens 1 (OT), Lightning 5 Penguins 3

Oh and by the way, suck it Rangers you pack of losers!

Not Such a Good Friday

I don’t know why Bob didn’t come in either buddy

All day long I was waiting for this game. Daft Puck and I were talking about it all morning over a couple games of NHL 11. He was convinced the Fly Guys were going to pull up lame facing Ryan Miller. I of course offered the opposing opinion in that we were going to put up a touchdown on Miller. So after a very uneventful round of Disc Golf, me and a few buddies decided to head to Triumph Brewery and Pub in New Hope PA to watch the game. No seats at the Bar so we took a table away from the TV’s. While we ate our food, I was thoroughly distracted by the conversation between friends on how we are going to get to Phish’s 4th of July Festival in Watkins Glen and had admittedly forgot that the game was on (poor fandom in every sense). After realizing my mistake I went to the Bar to check the score. 3-0! What the hell happened?!?! Then after watching the low lights in the intermission report it was made clear to me. God was clearly mad at Brian Boucher for eating that cheeseburger at lunch (Its Good Friday Brian! JESUS DIED FOR YOU!) And thus punished him by allowing two of the weakest goals I have ever seen. A third goal in the first and that was the end of Bouche. Well at least we have Bobrovsky coming in to clean up this mess right? Oh shit that’s right we have Michael “sloth man” Leighton as the backup (“bartender I’ll take 4 beers please”). To make matters worse I was sitting next to the only two Sabres fans outside of Buffalo’s city limits. While I wouldn’t exactly say they were running their mouths, they were making it known about how excited they were. After self medicating with a few delicious brews at intermission, I made the decision that since a badass funk band was playing, I would stay and finish watching the game. This was the playoffs so nothing is impossible (or is it “anything is possible!”…….ill have to ask KG). Then it started to happen. Comeback.

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Playoff Ruminations

Just some playoff thoughts I’ve been having…

New York Rangers = New York Knicks

Just like their hardwood counterparts, the New York Rangers are showing their true colors. While the New York Knicks problems seem to be stemming from one source (Re: Anthony, Carmelo.), the Rags are choking as a team. When you really think about it, there is no reason the Rangers shouldn’t be up 3-1 in this series. The Game 1 OT loss was the result of a poor  defensive breakdown. The result of Game 4 was just downright ugly. Forget how super star Marian Gaborik and super star Henrik Lundqvist managed to pull a move out of a “Three Stooges” episode (my vote for Larry is of course, Sean Avery) on the game winning goal. The fact that the Capitals were allowed back into a game, a game where they saw a one-goal deficit turn into three in 7 seconds.  A game where the crowd was absolutely electric. Instead of turtling and taking it on the chin, returning home to a best of 3 series with the advantage, the Capitals showed something about themselves we had been waiting for years for them to reveal. With that fire, they made it clear they weren’t going to falter again in the first round. I don’t see the Rags having a chance in Game 5.

The Big Red Machine rolls on

Just another first-round win for the most consistent team in hockey. Just like the Atlanta Braves of the last two decades, it seems like every year I think this team is going to have a bad season, that their age and unwillingness to overhaul a roster would bite them in the ass. And every year I’m wrong. Sure, they didn’t have much of an opponent in Phoenix, but it’s just in typical Detroit fashion to have an easy round. The Red Wings next opponent will be either the Ducks, the Preds, or the Sharks. The only team that scares me there is the Sharks, and even then I think this Detroit team is Western Finals bound. If any team is going to upset Vancouver, it’s this team.

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The Daily Drive – April 20th, 2010

The Daily Drive is a daily (duh) post of all the prominent things going on in the sports world we didn’t cover, and anything else we might want to share with you. Like this J. Just hit it man, it’s cool. 

Happy 4/20 guys! Let’s start things off with a classic PSA featuring the Ninja Turtles telling kids to not smoke pot, by offering them pizza. I gotta admit, that’s not a bad strategy. Take notes, DEA.(via)

Man, I remember getting offered joints in the hallways during school. Catholic school was crazy.

-As if going down 2-0 to the Celtics wasn’t bad enough for the Knicks, we could be getting some more news later in the day as the team is awaiting MRI’s on both Amare Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups.

-A-Rod is expected to return to the Yankees line-up tonight against the Blue Jays.

-This NFL/NFLPA labor situation is getting messier, as a group of players are feeling unrepresented and are planning to intervene. Riveting hockey last night, baseball in full gear, NBA playoffs heating up, and all ESPN has been talking about today is this NFL story. Don’t ever change, World Wide Leader.

Pitching robots, playoff mustaches, and Brooklyn Decker in lingerie, after the jump. Read more of this post

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