HBO's 247: FlyersRangers Ends As Expected

HBO's 247: FlyersRangers Ends As Expected

We didn't rush to write about last night's finale of HBO's fantastic series 24/7: Road to the NHL's 2012 Winter Classic mostly because of the outcome of the game. The Flyers lost. It's never as fun when you lose.

That said, the production on the HBO show was once again top notch despite the result of the game not being what we would have liked.

The finale had plenty of noteworthy moments: getting to see things like Lavvy decide that Bob would be his goalie for the classic and his reasoning behind it, Sean Avery wondering if he'd have to pay extra for more orange juice, Max Talbot showing that athletes aren't robots when he returned to Pittsburgh, etc.

But my personal favorite from the finale was getting a chance to listen to Claude Giroux on the ice at Citizens Bank Park in the heat of the game. His asking Henrik Lundqvist if he could let him score just one goal was simply awesome. It showed that even the most skilled and talented of Flyers wants to score a goal in the Winter Classic just as badly as a kid playing his first hockey game.

(Giroux sticking up for his linemate Jagr after the unacceptable salute was also a personal favorite. It would have been so much better had the orange team won, however.)

The Love of the Game really came through on HBO. A job well done.

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What will you remember most about the series? Clearly the love for Peter Laviolette in Philadelphia has only skyrocketed since the show first aired. Knock, Knock and "Typical Montreal" also entered our lexicon. And then there's the Universe.

For more on last night's finale, you can check out CSN's recap.

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.