No D-Jax? No J-Roll? No Problem! @FakeWIPCaller weighs in

No D-Jax? No J-Roll? No Problem! @FakeWIPCaller weighs in

It's been a week of turmoil for our local teams and a couple of their biggest stars, with DeSean Jackson supposedly about to be traded by the Eagles, and Jimmy Rollins reportedly on the outs with the Phillies, who are asking him to show "leadership."

If you ask me, good riddance to both.

First of all, we have Claude Giroux. He's all the superstar we need.

DeSean Jackson is bad news. He asked for a new contract one time. His house got robbed. Clearly, all the drama this guy brings is more trouble than he's worth.

And besides- it's Riley Cooper's time now. Cooper showed last season that he's able to overcome adversity, redeem himself completely, and emerge as a true  No. 1 receiver and leader. Cooper even got a big new contract, which is proof that here in America, anyone who gets drunk and drops n-bombs at a country music concert can succeed. We don't need a prima donna like Jackson around to get in his way.

Howard Eskin made a good point on the morning show today- even HE could catch 50 balls in the Chip Kelly offense. And whether Jackson stays or goes, the Eagles sure do have a ton of weapons on offense. So ha ha ha, Donovan.

When it comes to Jackson, the Eagles have plenty of options. Ship him to the 49ers for a couple of their linebackers, plus draft picks. Maybe send him to New England for a No. 1 and a couple of No. 2s. If Andy Reid wants him back, go for it, as long as we get a couple of elite pass rushers back.

When it comes to Jimmy Rollins, look- I agree with Ruben Amaro: It's important to keep the core of Howard, Utley and Rollins together for as long as possible because, no matter how old and expensive they get, it's only a matter of time before they bounce back and lead us to another championship. I get that. And I also understand the dream, with Rollins, Byrd, Abreu, Ed Wade and Larry Bowa in the fold, of reuniting the 2004 Phillies.

But eventually the shenanigans just get to be too much. I mean, he's threatening to block a trade! There's nothing Philadelphia hates more than a guy who wants to play here and refuses to leave.

At this point, there's nothing Jimmy gives you that Freddy Galvis can't do better. Plus, he's cheaper- I hear the Phillies' owners like that sort of thing.

So do this: Phillies, trade Rollins to the Detroit Tigers for Max Scherzer. The Tigers need a shortstop, and Scherzer has been the topic of all sorts of trade rumors. Boom, everybody's happy.

You say Rollins has a no-trade clause? Please. The Phillies should trade him anyway, just to send a message.

Other Philly sports takes:

- Please. Like the NCAA was ever going to let that 'Nova/St. Joe's matchup happen.

- Interested to hear that Sam Hinkie literally drove Evan Turner to the airport after he was traded. For three years, I volunteered that I would.

- If nothing else, the Sixers' 22-game losing streak should give the Phillies something to shoot for this year

- Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal calls the Phillies a "soap opera" and quotes scouts who call the Phillies "awful" and "painful to watch." Anyone else sick of the national media picking on our teams?

- This Deadspin bracket of "The Bitchiest, Most Defensive Fans In America" leaves out Philadelphia out completely. Not sure if we should be thankful, or deeply offended.

- You're not gonna believe it, but Andrew Bynum is out for "a while."

- And finally, I don't usually have much time for local newspaper columns. But this one was great, and this one was even better.

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Watch: Travis Konecny scores his 1st NHL goal, joyfully hugs Ivan Provorov

Watch: Travis Konecny scores his 1st NHL goal, joyfully hugs Ivan Provorov

The first of many for the kid.

Travis Konecny on Tuesday night scored goal No. 1 of what should be an exciting and promising career in orange and black.

Not only was it the 19-year-old's first NHL marker, but it ignited a third-period comeback from three goals down as the Flyers stunned the Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center with a 4-3 shootout win when they looked dead in the water at second intermission.

"Obviously, it makes it 3-1," Brayden Schenn said of Konecny's special moment. "It gets the crowd going a bit. It gets us going. Any time a guy scores a first goal, like I said, it gets a little more excitement through the building and through our team."

The goal wasn't of the flashy variety, but it epitomized the youngster's complete game. Teammates have routinely praised Konecny for his willingness to score ugly by finding the greasy areas — as we so love to call them — and doing work, despite his a not-so-intimidating frame.

So skillfully, Konecny deflected a power-play point drive by the other 19-year-old Ivan Provorov. Like a little kid — then again, he is a teenager — Konecny leapt into the boards in celebration, smiling ear to ear. In came Provorov for a big hug. Watching those two have fun is fun.

Flyers fans, frame this screenshot and hang it somewhere (and don't you dare cut out Matt Read). Meanwhile, for Konecny's goal and the celebration, watch the video above.

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Sabres 3 (SO)


A very tired Flyers squad came back with a vengeance against the well-rested Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night to win, 4-3, in a shootout at the Wells Fargo Center.
Claude Giroux got the shootout winner.

It was an ugly affair for 40 minutes, starting with goalie Michal Neuvirth, who allowed three goals on 17 shots before being lifted in the second period for the second time in two weeks. The Flyers trailed 3-0 going into the third period.
Whatever energy the Flyers had coming back from Montreal on Monday was saved for the third period when they got three power-play goals from Travis Konecny, Brayden Schenn and Mark Streit to make it 3-3.
The Sabres had not played a game in five days while the Flyers are in the midst of six games in nine days and it showed.
The rookie Konecny scored his first NHL goal in the third period, tipping home Ivan Provorov’s point drive during a power play.
Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas returned after serving a six-game suspension to begin the season.
New lines
In an effort to get Schenn going — scoreless in three games coming in — coach Dave Hakstol dropped him to the third line with Nick Cousins and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Matt Read, the club’s top goal scorer, moved into Schenn’s spot on the top line with Giroux and Wayne Simmonds.
Boyd Gordon played his 700th NHL game.
Notable goals
Konecny’s first NHL marker.
Goalie report
There was probably not much Neuvirth could do on the Sabres' first goal. Zemgus Girgensons shot from a hard angle in the corner to the net and the puck jumped, hitting Tyler Ennis for a 1-0 lead in the second period. That said, he wasn’t very good on the next two goals. Neuvirth has been pulled twice in just three starts.
Power play
The Flyers' power play awakened. Konecny's goal, plus Schenn's and Streit's. That marked a season high, too.
Penalty kill
Chris VandeVelde overskated the puck during a shorthanded two-on-one for what would have been a goal in the first period. Gordon lost a draw to Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Moulson jumped on it, went to the net with purpose for a quick backhander to make it 2-0 3:56 into the second period. Moulson had two power-play goals. The Flyers' PK units were poor.
Simmonds avoided a hearing and possible suspension for his cross check from behind to Montreal’s Andrei Markov on Monday night that jolted the Canadiens defenseman into the boards face-first. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety reviewed the hit and saw no cause for action.
Dale Weise (suspended), Scott Laughton (knee), Michael Del Zotto (knee), Michael Raffl (abdominal pull) and Nick Schultz (healthy). 
Up next
The Flyers will be off on Wednesday. They are in the midst of six games in nine days and will host Arizona on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.