Embrace the Swaggy P.

Embrace the Swaggy P.

Following his big team-high 23-point scoring outburst and all-around solid performance -- four assists! -- off the bench in the Sixers come-from-behind victory over the Raptors on Tuesday night, Nick "Swaggy P." Young was wearing a sweatshirt that read "Swaggy P." on it. And he was talking about himself in the Swaggy third person.

One might question Madonna wearing a Madonna t-shirt after her own concert. Or LeBron James wearing a t-shirt with his own face on it at a concert after an NBA Finals win. So one also might be inclined to question Swaggy P. I would do no such thing.

"Y'all are here for Swaggy P.?" Young exclaimed, welcoming the throng of reporters surrounding him in the locker room post game.

"Make sure you all go buy one of these," Swaggy said referring to his sweatshirt bearing his name.

The funny thing was he doesn't even know where you can get one because a fan sent it to him. He wasn't even planning on wearing it, he said, but after the Sixers had such a wild successful fourth quarter, he obviously had a change of swag.

Swaggy P. is just going with the flow, shooting the ball when he gets it, high-fiving fans in the middle of a game, and having fun all along the way.

[Related From Last Night: Video: Watch Swaggy P. Make the Same Circus Shot We All Ridiculed Him for Taking Earlier This Month]

You can hate the term "swag" all you want -- hell, I don't really even know what it means exactly. But it works for Nick Young, a guy with plenty of charisma, an unwavering desire to shoot the rock, flashy sneakers and impressively curly/fro-y hair to go along with his big smile. His shot selection at times will most assuredly drive you Lou Williams-esque insane, but when he's on like he was Tuesday night, he's damn fun to root for.

The only assurance I need that "Swaggy P." is the right name to use for Nick Young is the fact that Doug Collins openly refers to "Swaggy" in his post game pressers. Case closed.

"Swaggy quietly has passed the ball very well," Coach Collins said. "I've been very pleased with him."

Perhaps the best part about the Swaggy P. love fest was that it wasn't a one-man show in the explosive fourth quarter. The Sixers got real solid efforts out of a handful of guys, most notably Jrue Holiday, Thad Young, and fellow newcomers Jason Richardson and Dorrell Wright.

During their huge comeback run, the Sixers got clutch shots from Young (,Nick), Wright, and Richardson, with Jrue doing the drive and setup to perfection. Speaking after the game, Holiday talked about how that's when playing is the most fun, when you're surrounded by guys who can drill big threes which can keep you in almost any game. It's quite the difference from a year ago when the only real long ball option was a #M33KS and a prayer.

This team has plenty of scoring options when they can get things going. And Jrue Holiday is learning to orchestrate with the best of them. He made great decisions on Tuesday night.

And as for the custom-made Nick Young gear that made its debut? It may be a hot item this holiday shopping season.

Even Evan Turner wants in on the action, "Swag, give me a t-shirt so I can swag-out too!"

Flyers-Stars 5 things: Streaking like it's 2002?

Flyers-Stars 5 things: Streaking like it's 2002?

Flyers (16-10-3) vs. Stars (11-11-6)
1 p.m. on CSN and CSNPhilly.com

Remember when it was a fight for the Flyers to simply sew together back-to-back wins?

Prior to this run, they had done it just twice in the first 22 games.

Now, they’re the hottest team in the NHL, winners of seven straight and trying to make it eight on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Wells Fargo Center.

Here are five things you need to know for the matchup:

1. The great eight?
Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins.

Roman Cechmanek and Brian Boucher.

These are just some of the players that were wearing Flyers jerseys when the team last won eight consecutive games, back on Jan. 6-19, 2002.

It’s worth mentioning, before the 2004-05 season, winning streaks were a bit more challenging with a tie being the result if overtime went scoreless. The extra session was also not 3-on-3, like it is now.

Still, what the current Flyers are doing is impressive. They’ve gone to the shootout only once over the seven-game spurt and have outscored the opposition by 10 goals, 27-17.

2. Raffl winners
Dave Hakstol has called Michael Raffl a big-bodied, straight-line forward, which is certainly not off the mark.

But from time to time, Raffl will show the deceptive skill side of his game.

He did it Thursday night to win the Flyers’ 6-5 affair over the Oilers in the final minute and a half of regulation for his second game-winner over the last three contests.

"Raf has this stutter step that's undercover speedy," Steve Mason said postgame Thursday (see story). "He used it in Nashville to get a big goal and then here tonight.

"It looks like he's going to stop fully up, but he finds another gear and he really adds another element to that line that brings physical play.

"He has that sneaky talent, too, that can make you pay."

Raffl is quietly making teams pay. The Flyers are 4-0-2 in games that he scores a goal. Despite missing eight games because of injury, the 28-year-old Austrian is on pace for around 20 goals.

That’s much-valued secondary scoring and complementary play.

3. Not so bright
Before reeling off seven straight wins, the Flyers were in a similar spot to which the Stars are in now.

Dallas, which finished 50-23-9 last season — best in the Western Conference — after starting 19-5-0, can’t find consistency through 28 games this season. The Stars have won back-to-back games just once thus far and goaltending has been an issue as Dallas is surrendering an NHL-worst 3.18 goals per game.

The Stars do not lack offensive firepower, however. Center Tyler Seguin is tied for second in the NHL with 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists), while linemate Jamie Benn isn’t far behind at 24 (eight goals, 16 assists).

Also, veteran forward Jason Spezza is coming off a three-point game (one goal, two assists) in Dallas’ 5-2 win over the Predators.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: We’ve got to go Jakub Voracek after the winger’s one-goal, three-assist performance on Thursday night. Voracek has been an absolute monster on the seven-game winning streak, posting 11 points with three goals and eight assists for a plus-6 rating.

Stars: It’s hard not to say Seguin, a dynamic player who always gives the Flyers trouble. His 21 career points (nine goals, 12 assists) against the orange and black are his second most versus any team.

5. This and that
• Mason is on a career-best six-game winning streak in which he’s posted a 2.27 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Since Nov. 12, Mason is 9-3-1 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

• Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is a dreadful 1-10-3 lifetime against the Flyers with a 3.49 goals-against average and .891 save percentage, while backup Antti Niemi is 4-1-0 with 1.48 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.

• Dallas has won its last three meetings with the Flyers by a combined score of 7-3.

• The Stars have lost 11 of 15 on the road.

• Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games.

Penn State fan surprised with Rose Bowl tickets in heartwarming video

Penn State fan surprised with Rose Bowl tickets in heartwarming video

It's been a long road back to relevance for the Penn State football program. 

The Nittany Lions surprised just about everyone this season by finishing 10-2, winning the Big Ten title and claiming a spot in the historic Rose Bowl against USC on Jan. 2. 

For one fan, the surprise season went one step further.

Per ESPN's Instagram account ...

But wait, there's more. 

Not only was he surprised with Rose Bowl tickets in what could be the most touching video of the year, but he even got a personal call from Penn State head coach James Franklin thanking him for his support. 

Not a bad way to close out 2016.