As you may know, the Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi and will continue for about another week or so.
What you may not know is that these Sochi Olympics have mascots and they are terrifying. The most terrifying of those mascots may be this creepy polar bear with disproportioned facial features that Deadspin has labeled the “Nightmare Bear.”
Well, the bear has at least one friend over in Sochi and it’s our pal, Flyers and NBC hockey analyst Keith Jones.
Prior to yesterday’s hockey game between host Russia and Slovakia, NBC cameras caught the bear dancing up a storm in the crowd.
I mean, the bear is no Phillie Phanatic, but what is?
Anyway, Jonesy seemed mesmerized by what was taking place and began kicking his legs up in the air, waving his arms back and forth and dancing like the bear for a sustained period of time.
After his wonderful display, Jonesy made his admiration of the bear known by proclaiming that he thought he’d be able to do that job.
He may have a point, too. Look at Jonesy’s flawless agility and grace all while fixing his microphone and putting his sports jacket on. That’s the sign of a true pro.
Never change, Jonesy. Never change.
Also of important note, in case you were living under a rock, sucked into a mysterious black hole or trapped in the Bermuda Triangle, this beautiful display of hockey unfolded in front of our very eyes on Saturday morning.
Move along, everyone else. T.J. Oshie is your new American hero and will be haunting Sergei Bobrovsky’s dreams for weeks.
Team USA’s next game will be on Wednesday against the winner of tomorrow’s Czech Republic/Slovakia game.
Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack?
After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”
The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.
Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.
Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.
“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.
Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?
As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.
Check out the video above to see the full game.
PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.
McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.
"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.
"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."
Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.
"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."