Doug Collins and Herm Edwards Discuss Playing in Philly During the 80s

Doug Collins and Herm Edwards Discuss Playing in Philly During the 80s

While the 76ers still haven’t found their new head coach, Doug Collins isn’t having any trouble locating new gigs. He spent Wednesday morning as the guest host on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show, all four hours of it.

Collins has always been an engaging speaker with plenty of broadcast experience, so I’m sure the program was as entertaining as could be. At one point during the show, ESPN analyst and former Eagles defensive back Herman Edwards also paid the set a visit, which inevitably led into he and Collins reminiscing about their playing days in Philadelphia.

Collins and Edwards, who both played here into the 80s during the glory days of Veterans Stadium and the Spectrum, talked a little about what it was like for pro athletes during that era. Apparently there was a lot more camaraderie amongst the big four – Sixers, Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers – for that time period than there is today.

Collins: “I used to watch all the Eagles games, Herm knows. I used to go over there with my buddies. That’s the interesting thing back about that point in time. Guys from other sports would really hang around with each other. I’d go to Phillies games. … Actually, Dick Vermeil asked me to speak to the team (Eagles) one day before the game. I was used to a basketball locker room where there’s dancing, music playing, whatever, and I walked into the NFL locker room. It was like funerial. And I asked Jaws [Ron Jaworski], ‘what’s going on’. He said guys are wondering if they’re going to be able to walk after the game. Guys were taping themselves up. That was a rude awakening for me.”

Edwards: “Back in those days when we were in the old Vet [Veterans Stadium], we shared a shower with the Phillies, so we were all closely connected – the baseball team, the football team, the basketball team, even the hockey guys. It was a city, as we say, of Brotherly Love. Athletes knew each other and we’d be at a lot of functions together. It was a great time to be in Philadelphia.”

For more on Collins' appearance on the show, here's a clip of him talking about what it was like to coach Michael Jordan, and how he feels LeBron James stacks up against the greatest hoops player of all time.

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).