Bloggers Top 40 Sports Figures 2006

Bloggers Top 40 Sports Figures 2006

Jamie Mottram, of AOL's Sports Bloggers Live and the organizer of the Fanhouse, polled some of the top sports bloggers to compile a list of the top 40 sports figures of 2006.  Only one person I voted for cracked the top 40 and he doesn't even play his ball in Philly.

Check out the full list at Jamie's blog Mr. Irrelevant.

My 10 person list after the jump.

1. Ryan Howard     - 58 Home Runs - In the blink of an eye Ryan Howard has cemented himself as
Philadelphia's best athlete.  Move over Allen Iverson and Donovan McNabb, you're in
Ryan's town now.  In a city where fans want attitude, Ryan Howard makes us happy and keeps us watching baseball with his genuine respect and love for the game.

2.
Donovan McNabb

- From proving the Eagles could win without number 81 to ending another
season sidelined by injury, the water cooler talk never ends with
McNabb.

 

3.
Allen Iverson

- Instead of talking about practice, we're likely talking about trading
the most entertaining athlete Philly has seen in decades if not ever.

4.
Sal Fasano
- When the New York papers write an article about a career back up catcher getting more love than A-Rod, you know there's something crazy going on.  Philly loves a hard worker.

5. Terrell Owens - The Eagles defeating the Cowboys in the return of T.O.
was one of the most hyped games Philly has seen in years.  The only
game comparable to it I can remember was the 2004 NFC Championship
game.  Philadelphia will never stop asking what could have been if
Terrell just stopped being Little T.  From Children's books to attempted suicide, it never stops with Terrell Owens.

6. Aaron Rowandn - "The Catch" guaranteed Aaron Rowand that he'll never have to pay for his own drink in Philadelphia ever again.

7.n Brett Myers - A guy who beats his wife will never get any respect in Philly.

8. Andy Reid - Is his time done in Philly? Has the window closed? Times yours.

8. nChase Utley - He's gotten lost a little bit in the giant shadow of Ryan Howard but Chase doesn't mind. He'll bring his winning attitude no matter what and Philly will love him.

9. nJimmy Rollins - Spending a winter wondering if Jimmy could catch Joe D. sure was fun.

10. Cole Hammels - Could Philly finally get an ace?",1]
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6. Aaron Rowand
- "The Catch" guaranteed Aaron Rowand that he'll never have to pay for his own drink in Philadelphia ever again.

7.
Brett Myers
- A guy who beats his wife will never get any respect in Philly.

8. Andy Reid - Is his time done in Philly?  Has the window closed?  Times yours.

8.
Chase Utley
  - He's gotten lost a little bit in the giant shadow of Ryan Howard but Chase doesn't mind.  He'll bring his winning attitude no matter what and Philly will love him.

9.
Jimmy Rollins
- Spending a winter wondering if Jimmy could catch Joe D. sure was fun.

10. Cole Hammels - Could Philly finally get an ace?

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

We love you, Dario Saric.

For you being you, and not just a significant part of the Sixers' process.

And if you don't enjoy the Croatian Sensation, you most certainly will after watching him open up during a fun game of "Quick Six" on CSN's Philly Sports Talk.

From orange juice and beer, to his gluteus and T.J. McConnell's hair, Saric discussed plenty.

The questions had him feeling all over the place. But he was terrific.

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For the full video, watch above.

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry from how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 — the last time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a gigantic one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.