Most Popular Philly Sports Blog Posts of 2012 Dominated By Flyers, Sidney Crosby, Iverson, Hartnell and Jagr

Most Popular Philly Sports Blog Posts of 2012 Dominated By Flyers, Sidney Crosby, Iverson, Hartnell and Jagr

Maybe many casual fans around the continent aren't missing hockey all that much, but you know there's a hardcore contingent in Philadelphia that's missing the Flyers a whole lot. We have some data today to prove it. After messing around on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, we determined that 13 of the top 18 most visited blog posts on The700Level.com in 2012 were about the Flyers. We listed all 18 posts below with a few takeaways.

First, you guys really love to hate Sidney Crosby. The Penguins' villain popped up in 3 of the top 18 posts.

Allen Iverson was the only Sixer to get his name in the top 18 posts, but the Sixers' new t-shirt cannon made the cut as well. Another A.I. post also just missed the top 18. You guys really miss Bubba Chuck.

You all love Scott Hartnell, especially when he falls down.

Charlie Manuel and Jonathan Papelbon were the only Phillies to get huge numbers, mostly because they were arguing with umps and fighting with fans. Controversy!

Jason Babin whining was quite popular.

Here's the full list. Jagr's beard beat out Lavvy's rant as most visited post of the year by only a few hundred pageviews. Wonder how Jagr's beard was so popular? Some giant web portal in the Czech republic linked to the post about Jaromir's "scholarly beard."

Good night, good blogging.

1. Marvel at Jaromir Jagr's Unique Playoff Beard

2. Peter Laviolette Goes Ballistic On Penguins Bench; Hartnell Taunts Hulk Hogan Wannabe

3. Watch: Sidney Crosby Reacts to Daily News 'Cowardly' Cover

4. Jonathan Papelbon Wins Cage Match With Fan

5. Flyers Turn 'Knock, Knock' Winning Anthem into Playoff T-shirt (this was RT'd by Mac Miller to his millions of fans)

6. Sixers to Unveil Big Bella, World's Largest T-Shirt Launcher Tonight

7. Philadelphia Bar Brews a Beer Called 'Crosby Tears'

8. Jason Babin Laughed When Andy Reid Told Him He Was Released, Then Laughed Some More When He Shared the Story

9. Video: Allen Iverson at the Wells Fargo Center for Game 6

10. Scott Hartnell Channels His Inner Hulk, and the Hulkster Himself Makes Jumbotron Appearance

11. Watch—The Quintessential Scott Hartnell: #hartnelldown, goal, fight! The Hart Trick? (pretty sure Matt coined "The Hart Trick" in this post)

12. Jagr: 'I have never seen a team like the Flyers'

13. Both Charlie Manuel and Ump Bob Davidson Get One-Game Suspension

14. Jaromir Jagr Pulls His Own Goalie

15. 'Uniform Monitor' Ranks Flyers Orange and Black as Best Unis in Sports

16. Watch: Chris Therien's Fantastic Crosby Rant Set to Game Video

17. Bettman: ‘This Process Is Over,’ NHL Prepared to Martyr Itself

18. 'Knock, Knock' From Xfinity Live! After Flyers Game One Win in Pittsburgh

This naked guy didn't crack the top 18 but we wanted to include him in the montage above. Here's the other A.I. post that just missed. Good stuff.

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."