Flyers in Jersey for Celebration of a Wide Open Atlantic

Flyers in Jersey for Celebration of a Wide Open Atlantic

Not long ago, the Rangers' lead over the Atlantic Division, and with it the Eastern Conference, seemed insurmountable. Now, after winning their ninth straight, the Penguins are absolutely in striking distance, and after their fifth consecutive win, the Flyers are just four back of the Pens heading into tonight's game against the Devils. Jersey, though having played one more game, is just two points back of the Flyers. 
The Rangers have slowed their pace, losing three straight, and the Bruins have fallen off as well. The top three Eastern teams in terms of points are all from the Atlantic, and NJ is tied with Boston heading into tonight. The Rags will resume winning again, and the impressive Pens and Flyers will lose a few games eventually, but the middle of the pack is climbing the standings ladder, and we're in for an exciting every-game-counts finish to the season. 
Tonight's action pits the currently 5th seeded Flyers against the 6th seeded Devils at 7PM. 
For the most part, no one is playing for seeding aside from a desire to steal the division. Everyone's just trying to get their game in order for the postseason regardless of matchup. These games have some added interest though in that a pair of Atlantic could teams could square off as the 4-5 pairing. 
How do you like the Flyers' chances against Pittsburgh or New Jersey in a seven-game series?
We'll get a good look at Lou Lam's boys with back-to-back games tonight and Tuesday. The Devils have won four of their last five after losing four in a row. Last night, they too were scoreless against the Islanders through two periods, and the Isles had the game within reach after John Tavares scored in the third. But David Clarkson equalized with less than two minutes to play, and Marek Zidlicky put the Devils ahead 14 seconds later. Thanks a lot, Islanders. 
After not getting a single power play last night, the Flyers face the league's top killing unit tonight. Hopefully we'll at least get a shot at them. 
Gotta be a tough call for Peter Laviolette as to who should start in net. Ilya Bryzgalov has gone 11 straight without a break, but he's playing out of his mind right now, currently riding a pair of consecutive shutouts, with three in his past four games. 
Who do you go with in net in this important matchup? The locked-in netminder or the backup who could use a turn? [UPDATE: Sam Carchidi says Bob goes tonight]
The schedule remains jam-packed, with games Tuesday and Thursday, and two battles looming next weekend—in Boston and hosting Pittsburgh. If the Flyers can keep playing at this level, and get healthy, it should be pretty entertaining. 

Jimmy Fallon gives out superlatives to Eagles and Cowboys players

Jimmy Fallon gives out superlatives to Eagles and Cowboys players

Jimmy Fallon, the host of the Tonight Show, handed out his superlatives to Eagles and Cowboys players. 

Linebacker Jordan Hicks was named “the most likely to be one of the Rugrats all grown up,” and safety Rodney McLeod was named “most likely to have been told he’d get a lollipop after the photo was taken.”

Unfortunately, there was not a superlative given to Tony Romo for being named mostly likely to be crying on the ground after getting sacked. 

The Eagles and Cowboys will face off on Sunday Night Football, when we will see the first battle between rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott.

Check out the video for yourself right here.

Phillies fans woke up Rays' players during 2008 World Series

Phillies fans woke up Rays' players during 2008 World Series

The lore of Philly sports fans continue to grow. 

And this time, nothing was thrown.

Current Cubs and former Rays manager Joe Maddon said that during the 2008 World Series, Phillies fans found the hotel his team was staying at, and honked car horns throughout the night, keeping the team up.

"The Philly fans, they knew we were there somehow," Maddon told reporters Wednesday. "Five o’clock in the morning they’re driving around the hotel blowing the horn, trying to wake everybody up at 5:00 in the morning, 6:00 in the morning…."

Maddon says the team had already checked out of their original hotel before Game 5, but because the game was suspended, the Rays had to book another hotel in the area.

Through some impressive detective work, fans found the team's hotel and did their best to wake up the Rays throughout the early morning.

Did it work?

It must have, because the Rays allowed a leadoff double to Geoff Jenkins (remember that guy?) to resume the game.

You have to be pretty exhausted to allow a hit to that guy.