Huber-Doh! Flyers Mauled by Young Panther

Huber-Doh! Flyers Mauled by Young Panther

If it’s possible to be both cautiously optimistic while
simultaneously expecting the worst, that range of emotions would probably best
describe the feeling heading into the Flyers’ Thursday night date with the
Florida Panthers. Regardless, lowered expectations will do little to combat the
unpleasant taste that follows a 5-2 loss, especially to an opponent who began the
evening with the fewest wins in the Eastern Conference.

Florida scored the first three goals of the contest during a
two-minute flurry in the opening period and never looked back. Rookie Johnathan
Huberdeau – the third-overall pick of the 2011 draft – keyed the Panthers’
offense, achieving a new career high with four points on two goals and two

Given such basic information, it’s easy to question Peter
Laviolette’s judgment to ride Ilya Bryzgalov for a second day in a row. As
has often been the case in Bryz meltdowns this season however, his teammates didn’t
give him much of a chance. Florida built their 3-0 lead on a wide-open shot from
the slot, a breakaway, and a penalty shot. It would be nice if Bryzgalov would
make a stop every once in awhile when he’s left one-on-one, but that has less
to do with fatigue as much as it’s just one of his shortcomings. Florida went up
4-0 on a power play in the second period, signaling the end of the cosmonaut’s

Disappointing as this loss was, you can’t easily claim it was for
lack of effort. While the Flyers were undoubtedly weary, they had their share
of chances and kept on fighting until the end, but Panthers' netminder Scott Clemmensen was up to the task. Meanwhile, turnovers and defensive breakdowns
proved Philadelphia's undoing, and this time the hole was simply dug too deep.

Not their night. Not surprising, either, given the energy it
took to outlast the Penguins a mere 24 hours earlier. Unfortunately, degree of difficulty doesn’t mean a thing in the standings.

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Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Mike Piazza has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Selected by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft with the 1,390th pick, ahead of only five other players, Piazza is the lowest-drafted player to reach the Hall of Fame. He made it in on his fourth try.

Piazza played 16 years with five teams and hit 427 home runs, including a major-league record 396 as a catcher. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.

Perhaps even more impressive, Piazza had six seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .300 batting average. All other catchers in baseball history combined have posted nine such seasons.

Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Ken Griffey Jr. inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr. has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Griffey, the first No. 1 draft pick to be selected for enshrinement, played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era.

A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs.

Griffey also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.

In the 1995 ALDS, he became just the second player in major league history to hit five home runs in a postseason series.

Report: Eagles to re-sign QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson

Report: Eagles to re-sign QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson

The Eagles are reportedly bringing back a familiar face at quarterback, and no, it's not Tim Tebow. 

The team will re-sign quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan

With the addition, the current roster will be capped out at 90 after the reported signings of former Villanova LB Don Cherry and Alabama S Nick Perry go through (see story).  

The Eagles first signed Bethel-Thompson in February to pair with Mark Sanchez at the lone quarterback on the roster. A lot has changed since then, with the team re-signing Sam Bradford and drafting Carson Wentz. Bethel-Thompson was then cut by the Eagles in May. 

Bethel-Thompson has been in the NFL since 2011, after going undrafted out of Sacramento State. The 6-foot-4, 230 pounder has spent time with the Dolphins, the Vikings twice, Patriots and the 49ers three times. He has never played in a game. 

It'll be an uphill battle for the 27-year-old to make the roster with the quarterback position locked up with Bradford, Chase Daniel and Wentz.