Penguins Fans Can't Stop Wearing Costumes to Games

Penguins Fans Can't Stop Wearing Costumes to Games

First it was a guy dressed as Hulk Hogan, gesticulating constantly behind the Flyers bench and getting mocked by Scott Hartnell. Now Penguins fans are coming to the arena dressed in full bear costumes, a play on Ilya Bryzgalov's declaration that the only thing he's afraid of is a bear in the forest
Pictures and video below. Pic by the Tribune-Review's Josh Yohe
Of course it's always possible he just had the wrong night for Pittsburgh's Furvert Festival...
Pookie had a pretty good view of Brayden Schenn's game-tying goal in the third period too:
Notice Malkamania not jumping around and banging on the glass so much... 
Video from the locker room, where Jaromir Jagr was having some fun with the bears...

Sevyn Streeter claims Sixers stopped her from singing national anthem

Sevyn Streeter claims Sixers stopped her from singing national anthem

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.