What Will the Birds Do in the First Round?

What Will the Birds Do in the First Round?

Just a quick pulse-taking among the Philadelphia faithful—which of the following do you think the Eagles will do in the first round of the NFL Draft tonight?

    (A) Make a selection at 23

    (B) Trade up    

    (C) Trade down

If you pick A, let us know which player or position you think they'll target.

Two well-known draft experts, Mike Mayock and Mel Kiper, each have the Eagles taking Gabe Carimi, OL, Wisconsin, with the obvious caveat that most mock drafts are done without trades involved. Others like a DB with this pick, possibly Jimmy Smith out of Colorado. Meanwhile, despite the prevalence of NFL experts and media agreeing with the Carimi pick or at least some other offensive lineman, CSN's Eagles beat Reuben Frank emphatically says not to expect the Birds to go O-line if they stay at 23.

In other words, who the hell knows. The fact that the Eagles may be as likely to trade their pick as select at 23 kinda illustrates how little predictive value most mock drafts have.

They can still be pretty fun though, as are the big nights themselves. Not even the confusion over the labor situation can spoil draft day for me, although I do wish there were a few more certainties upon which a methodical front office such as the Eagles' could base their moves. Or maybe all the confusion will somehow benefit them. Yep, I'm about as full of definitive information as a mock draft of mascots.

Kulp will be along shortly with your proper Draft Night thread...

Report: Kings called Flyers about bad goalie Steve Mason

Report: Kings called Flyers about bad goalie Steve Mason

Dealing with injuries in their crease, the Los Angeles Kings called the Flyers to check in on the availability of bad goalie Steve Mason, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Kings starter and otherwise really good goalie Jonathan Quick is out up to three months with a groin injury, while backup Jeff Zatkoff is currently on injured reserve with a groin injury too.

Before eventually brining in former Predators and Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindbach, Los Angeles called around the league to see if any teams might be able to help them find a replacement for Quick. Mason was one of the potential candidates, Friedman said, but Mason's $4.1 million cap hit couldn't fit into their cap situation. Plus, the Flyers don't have any cap flexibility, either.

Mason is 4-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in six games this season.

Sixers fan ejected for flipping Russell Westbrook the double bird

Sixers fan ejected for flipping Russell Westbrook the double bird

Get this guy season tickets! (Just kidding, we don't endorse this kind of behavior and almost don't find it funny at all)

A man who if you were kind of drunk could almost look like Larry Bird's second cousin was ejected from the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night for showing a bit of negative emotion directed at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Kids, if you're reading at home, stop....

earmuffs ** He flipped him the double bird ** earmuffs

The fan was later removed from his seat and probably told to act like a decent human.