One of the biggest positives from the Flyers first round victory over the Sabres was the play of James van Riemsdyk. JVR really stepped his game up in a big way in the playoffs, a tremendous sign for the potential impact this kid can have both now and in the future. His play on the ice aside, he also seems to have embraced the local sports scene in a great way -- a trait we Philadelphians always appreciate -- showing his love for the other team that plays in the Wells Fargo Center by rocking a Sixers cap following last night's game 7 win. Now only if one of the Sixers can have the opportunity to rock a Flyers hat after a game 7 playoff victory... [photo via @centericephilly]
One other quick note on Buffalo: Be sure to check out the Sabres Eulogy over at Puck Daddy which was written by the rapscallions over at Flyers Goal Scored By.
You can see JVR's hat in moving pictures below:
Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.
Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.
Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."
The Sixers responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.
Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.
In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.