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.”

There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian


There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers and it is sad.

Not in the sense that it's a move that remotely affects anything about the current state of the Phillies. It's sad simply because Chooch -- lovable and awesome and wonderful Chooch -- is no longer a Phillie.

Chooch will be remembered for catching Roy Halladay's perfect game and no hitter and that little dribbler down the line in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, dropping to his knees in celebration with Brad Lidge making them World Effin Champions.

But mostly he'll just be missed. What a guy to have aroud for so long.

Roy knows how hard it is not to have him around. I guess Chase won't need his any longer since the two will be reunined with one last chance of glory in L.A.

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Jimmy Rollins. Then Chase Utley. Now Carlos Ruiz.

Thursday closed another chapter of the Phillies' golden era.

Ruiz, the Phillies' catcher since 2006, has been traded to the Dodgers (along with cash) for catcher A.J. Ellis, right-hander Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Rollins was dealt to the Dodgers in December 2014. Utley, still with Los Angeles, was traded to the Dodgers in August 2015.

Ryan Howard is now the lone leftover from the Phillies' 2008 world champion club.

In 11 big-league seasons — all with the Phillies — Ruiz has hit .266 with a .352 on-base percentage and has been lauded for his game-calling abilities. This season, the 37-year-old is batting .261 with a .368 OBP, three home runs and 12 RBIs in a reserve role.

"I met Chooch in 2009 for the first time and immediately sensed that he was a special player," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "But more importantly, over the years I grew to know that he is a special person. I'll miss him."

Ruiz caught Cole Hamels' no-hitter in July of last season, marking the catcher's fourth no-no behind the plate, tying him for most in MLB history with Jason Varitek.

"He’s a tremendous catcher and it just shows," Hamels said after no-hitting the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25. "If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be catching this many no-hitter, perfect games. All of us have been fortunate enough to have him."

The Panama native, beloved and known by the Delaware Valley as "Chooch," quickly became a fan favorite. He was the staple behind home plate of the team's five-year run from 2007-11, in which it won five National League East titles, two NL pennants and, of course, the World Series championship in 2008.

"They are my favorite fans in the world," Ruiz said in February, "and we have some good memories together."

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

HBO's Last Week Tonight

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

Charter schools. They're complicated!

After watching John Oliver's segment on them over the weekend, you'd agree there is plenty of nuance involved in the charter school debate. But also that some of them are dirty as all get out. An underground nightclub at a SCHOOL? Jeez. That can't be okay anywhere.

It's a solid segment. But it also took a couple of unneeded digs at the city of Philadelphia, its cuisine, and its sports fans.

That irked the Mayor of Philadelphia and he fought back today on Twitter.

"Agree on charter oversight but English soccer fan who eats fish from newsprint can't judge Eagles fans, cheesesteaks," Jim Kenney tweeted.

Take that you fish-eating Brit!

You can also watch the entire John Oliver segment from Last Week Tonight below.