Hey Philly Fans, Maybe Don't Cheer When Opposing Players Get Injured From Now On

Hey Philly Fans, Maybe Don't Cheer When Opposing Players Get Injured From Now On

Because it might, you know, come back and bite you in the ass at some point. Among other reasons.

Let's see: 1.) It's just unsportsmanlike and disrespectful 2.) It's just stupid and 3.) That player may use it as motivation for when he comes back to Philadelphia to kick our asses.

Enter Joakim Noah.

He displayed some nasty finger guns on Wednesday night, likely directed at the Philly crowd, after hitting huge big buckets to help his team earn the 'W.'

You may recall the first round of the playoffs last year when Noah went down with an ankle injury that ended his season. I remember sitting in the Wells Fargo Center and cringing when a good portion of the crowd cheered as he lay on the court in pain. It was not Philly fan's proudest moment.

Turns out, Noah had it on his mind when he helped play his familiar role as Sixers killer on Wednesday night.

From CSNChicago's Aggrey Sam:

“Yes, no question,” he answered, when asked if he had May on his mind
coming into this game, a 96-89 Bulls win, in which he contributed a
team-high 21 points, along with seven rebounds, five assists and three
blocked shots.

“I’ve been thinking about it all summer. All
summer. I just couldn’t wait to come back here. I just felt like when I
went down last year, just people cheering and stuff. I just felt like
that was a little disrespectful and it was definitely motivating for me
to work even harder in the summer.

Noah's turned into one of the biggest pests on the hardwood for the Sixers. He finished last night with 21 points on 7-10 shooting with 5 boards, 5 assists, 3 blocks, and a steal.

The Sixers kept it close and were in it until the final minutes when they made a couple of costly turnovers, namely Jrue Holiday trying to do a little too much and simply attempting to force too much.

For more on Doug Collins' disappointment and the Sixers showing fatigue, check out John Finger's full recap.

>>Noah uses memory of playoff series as motivation against 76ers [CSNChicago]

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."