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Hartnell's Huge Weekend Comes With Dad in Attendance

Hartnell's Huge Weekend Comes With Dad in Attendance

The following is guest coverage from Flyers reporter Dave Isaac. Follow Dave on twitter at @davegisaac.

For the past two days, Scott Hartnell has
palled around with his father, Bill. He may want to keep him around a bit
longer, because in the last two games, Scott has five goals. In the second period of the Flyers' 6-5 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins, Hartnell tallied a natural hat trick.

Bill will join the Flyers in Sunrise, Florida, too, but after
that, the trip may end if Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu doesn’t bow out of the
All-Star Game and allow the Flyer to make his first trip to the NHL’s All-Star
Game. Did the father's presence have an impact on his son's game?

“Yeah, he was sort of ‘on’ I guess you’d say,” said Bill,
after watching Scott score a natural hat trick. “Opportunities were there,
eh? Linemates are getting him the puck and he happened to be able to connect in
his spot. It was pretty exciting.”

After 30 years as a teacher and principal in Lloydminster,
Alberta, Bill Hartnell retired and now finds joy in watching his son Scott play
live as much as he can.

“It’s just quality time is what it is,” said Bill. “You’re
away from home. It’s quality time. It’s great."

If witnessing five goals in two games is any indication, the
Flyers might want to keep him around. In fact, Jaromir Jagr interrupted the
interview to lobby for just that.

“Did the Flyers just offer you two years, $6 million?” asked
the injured Jagr. “Scottie’s going to have to take a pay cut a little bit.
You’ve got until tomorrow. Make a decision.”

“I need an agent,” said Hartnell’s father.

“I’ll be the agent,” said Jagr. “Five percent.”

Maybe while he’s lobbying, Jagr can help Hartnell get to
Ottawa on Thursday when the top players report for the All-Star festivities. He
has scored 25 goals and 19 assists on the season and is on pace to score 44
goals on the year with 33 helpers. But still no call to the All-Star Game. Not
yet, anyway. The school of thought exists that Koivu won’t play due to injury
and that if he can’t go, Hartnell might be at the top of a short list of
replacements. But he can’t bank on that.

“I have plans made already,” said Hartnell. “But obviously
if the call does come, I’ll be there in a heartbeat. That’s about it.”

Keeping in line with his son, Bill says he won’t let himself
think about his son’s potential to go to his first All-Star Game either.

“No, what happens, happens,” said the elder Hartnell. “It’s a big league and there are a lot of good players out there. Sure it’s a feather to be asked to go, but there’s an awful lot of other ones, too.”

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The Giants are a bad football team

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The Giants are a bad football team

It sounds like Giants coach Ben McAdoo is growing tired of Eli Manning doing Eli Manning things.

Manning’s season is off to a horrendous start, and by extension, the Giants are, too. New York’s record fell to 0-2 on Monday night, as the franchise’s two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback was responsible for blunder after blunder in a 24-10 loss to the Lions.

Manning only threw one interception, but it was so bad, anybody could plainly see it was destined to get picked off the moment the ball left his hand. With 10 minutes remaining and down by 14, Manning decided to look short of the sticks on 4th-and-3, which resulted in a turnover on downs.

But the play that seemed to grate on McAdoo the most after the defeat was a penalty for delay of game in the third quarter. Trailing 17-7 in the third quarter, the Giants lined up to go for it on 4th-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Somehow, Manning didn’t get the snap off in time, New York was penalized five yards, and the team wound up settling for the field goal anyway.

"Sloppy quarterback play," McAdoo said via Jordan Raanan for ESPN.com. "Quarterback and center need to be on the same page there. We need to get the ball snapped."

It’s not very often you hear an NFL coach be so bluntly and specifically critical of one of his players. Then again, most NFL coaches don’t know the joys of coaching Eli Manning, who does this kind of stuff all the time.

"Because we have a veteran quarterback who has played a lot of football and I expect us to get the ball snapped," McAdoo said, explaining why he didn’t call a timeout with the play clock winding.

Translation: That was entirely, 100 percent on Manning.

Granted, Manning isn’t to blame for all of the Giants’ problems. Not unlike the Eagles, the offense can’t/won’t run the football, averaging 3.4 yards on 18 attempts against the Lions. The pass protection isn’t any better, either, allowing Manning to take 5 sacks and 8 quarterback hits – also reminiscent of the Eagles.

Yet, unlike the Eagles, people were strangely afraid of the Giants coming into the 2017 season. A lot of people had this team pegged as a contender for an NFC East championship, and while it’s too early to rule it out, I’ve never quite been sure why.

Manning and the Giants’ offensive struggles date back to last season, as the team hasn’t eclipsed 20 points in its last eight regular and postseason games – since November. All the only real upgrade the front office made in the offseason was to sign 33-year-old wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Sure, New York’s defense is excellent. This isn’t 2007 though. It’s not good enough to overcome this level of offensive ineptitude.

Barring a sudden and dramatic turnaround, the Giants are a bad football team. The offensive line stinks. They have no ground attack to speak of whatsoever. Odell Beckham is the offense’s only viable threat, and he probably isn’t 100 percent. And Eli Manning is as mistake-prone as ever, except he’s 36 years old now and almost certainly is not putting the same mustard on the ball like he used to.

The Eagles host the Giants on a short week this Sunday. Make of that what you will.