Comment of the week sponsored by Smith's Restaurant and Bar: Have a Chipper New Year's Eve

Comment of the week sponsored by Smith's Restaurant and Bar: Have a Chipper New Year's Eve

If you're looking for any last minute New Year's Eve plans, the good folks over at Smith's Restaurant and Bar wanted us to let you know they're having a customer appreciation night with no cover charge and a complimentary champagne toast in addition to plenty of food and drink specials. So if you're in Philly on the 31st, head over to Rittenhouse and check out Smith's.

As for our winner this week of a $25 gift card to Smith's, we go to a Chip Kelly fan, NYPhilsPhan, who goes with honesty this time of year:

You know, I was skeptical of Chipper’s obvious fan baiting early on (the Steak and Rocky signs…), but it’s nice to have a coach with some goddamn emotions about the game.

Because I was raised in a household that lived or died by the Eagles on Sunday (and most of the week after a loss). But it’s refreshing to see a guy enjoying himself on the sideline, getting fired up, and going out there and dropping a bomb on Chicago because they were playing like a team that clinched and that doesn’t sit right.

Win or lose next week, I know one thing for sure: I really like Chip Kelly and I hope he sticks around for a long time. Superbowls are a nice goal, but the reality is we spend a lot of time with our head football coach though the media. It’s time well spent for the first time in over a decade, and all of the sudden we’re a young team with some real pieces in place is rather than the movie Groundhog day except no one learns anything in the end.

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.

In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.

Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.

Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.

- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

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Associated Press

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

Updated - 5:55 p.m.

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.

The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.

Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).

In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”