A weekend that started out with so much promise really took a turn for the worst for Philadelphia sports fans. LeBron James and the hated Heat simply dominated the Sixers in the 4th quarter on Friday night at a Wells Fargo Center that was frothing at the mouth to watch the smug ones go down. The Flyers dropped two matinee games and really put a damper on the mood leading up to the Super Bowl. At least the Sixers bounced back on Saturday in Atlanta with a real nice win. So it wasn't a total loss of a weekend.
But the best moment came on Friday night at the packed house in South Philly. The fans were reaaaally getting annoyed with LBJ's antics, whining after every single frickin' play, so when Andre Iguodala took the ball coast-to-coast and slammed home one of the most authoritative dunks of the season, it was pure pandemonium.
The feeling didn't last, but it was a brief moment of unadulterated sports joy amid a weekend of disappointment.
Now, Dre has a highlight real dunk pretty much every single evening, sometimes more than one, but this slam on Friday night came after a really nice steal and a length-of-the-court drive and was just so powerful. It brought the Sixers to within two points and really was like a middle finger to the Heat. At least until Miami took over and WENT OFF. But we're allowed to enjoy the little things, yet?
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 Michael Barkann for a game of “Who Does It Better?: Canada or the United States.”
The game started off with a 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.
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."