Could DOOP Song Be Used in Flyers' Playoff Opener?

Could DOOP Song Be Used in Flyers' Playoff Opener?

With the Flyers ready to get underway in the NHL playoffs tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, fans could be in for a notable addition to the arena music. No, we haven't heard that they'll stop playing Black Eyed Peas before the game, but there appears to be a strong possibility that the "DOOP song," formally known as "Maria (I Like It Loud)," will be part of the in-game experience in some form. The DOOP song is the song you hear at PPL Park after the Union score, although it is used elsewhere and is not specifically unique to the Union or PPL Park. However, it has become a huge part of the Union experience (more on that story here), with the team's ownership even trademarking the word.

I'm not sure yet what place it will take in Flyers games, but I've heard it could possibly even be the new goal anthem, replacing Bro Hymn.

I've been unable to get any confirmation from the team so far, but Bryan James, President of the Union's Sons of Ben supporters group, told me that he's heard Danny Briere requested that the Flyers front office use the song after goals. James says that the Flyers contacted the Union about it, and the Union front office in turn contacted the SoBs, adding that it was classy of the Flyers to inquire regarding their interest in possibly using the song. 

We reiterate that we don't know anything for sure at this point; if the song is to be used, we may not know the context until the Flyers' first goal is scored—or longer if it's not to be the goal song, but it sounds like there's at least a chance DOOP will travel north from Chester to find a second home in South Philly, whether as the goal song or just a new addition to the music played to hype up the crowd. Below, video from a recent DOOP celebration at PPL Park. 

Would Flyers fans be OK with a possible change to the team's goal song? Hard to say. One thing I'll add is, while the song would surely be seen as borrowed from another team, the same was true of Bro Hymn, which was in use by the Anaheim Ducks and in other sporting events before the Flyers began using it here. 

Source: Phillies have agreement with free-agent OF Michael Saunders

Source: Phillies have agreement with free-agent OF Michael Saunders

The Phillies are putting the finishing touches on a deal with outfielder Michael Saunders, according to a source.

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported the deal was close early Monday afternoon.

When the medical reviews and other loose ends are complete, Saunders will end up with a one-year contract for 2017. It is believed that there will be an option for 2018.

Saunders, 30, will give the Phils the left-handed bat they’ve been looking for in the outfield. Saunders is likely to play right field and his addition will likely push Roman Quinn back to Triple A, where he will get more seasoning.

Saunders is a veteran of eight seasons in the majors. He played in a career-high 140 games with Toronto in 2016 and made the American League All-Star team on the strength of a first half in which he hit .298 with 16 homers, 42 RBIs and a .923 OPS. He fell off in the second half and hit just .178 with eight homers, 15 RBIs and a .638 OPS. Saunders finished the season at .253/24/57/.815.

With less than a month to go before spring training, the Phillies are likely done with their significant offseason moves. The offseason began with trades for reliever Pat Neshek and outfielder Howie Kendrick. Later in the winter, the club traded for starting pitcher Clay Buchholz and signed reliever Joaquin Benoit. Now Saunders is on his way.

Villanova returns to top of AP poll after a week away

Villanova returns to top of AP poll after a week away

It didn't take long for Villanova to get back to the top of the AP poll.

A week, to be exact.

The 'Cats jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 in this week's AP poll, edging out No. 2 Kansas by just 16 total voting points. Villanova had 1,580 total points compared to the 1,562 total points the No. 2 Jayhawks received from voters.

In a twist, the 16-1 Jayhawks actually had more first-place votes than the 17-1 Wildcats. Kansas received 32 first-place votes compared to Villanova's 28 first-place votes. But total votes are the deciding factor, so, advatange: Wildcats.

UCLA hopped up to No. 3, Gonzaga jumped up to No. 4 and Kentucky checked in at No. 5 to round out this week's top five.

Baylor, the No. 1 team in the land last week, fell to No. 6 after it was blown out by No. 7 West Virginia.

Beginning on Dec. 5, Villanova was No. 1 for five straight weeks before falling at No. 13 Butler on Jan. 5 and seeing a 20-game win streak come to an end.

Jay Wright's Wildcats blew past No. 22 Xavier and St. John's last week, but will face another Big East test when 12-5 Seton Hall visits The Pavilion on Monday night. The last time Villanova and Seton Hall met, the Pirates upset the Wildcats at MSG in the final of last season's Big East Tournament.

The Wildcats' schedule this week is closed out with a visit from Providence on Saturday afternoon.