Per this graphic, beer prices at Wells Fargo Center are kind of reasonable

Per this graphic, beer prices at Wells Fargo Center are kind of reasonable

And that's a perfectly horrifying headline.

Before this goes any further, we should clarify right up front that we're using "reasonable" in the positive "this is how things are" sense and not the normative "everything is outrageous and should be cheaper" sense, which we're sympathetic to.

Anyway, this graph below was created by SaveonBrew.com (whose little mascot dude I love) and found after wading through a lot of other stuff on Darren Rovell's twitter feed. For a larger look, click on it and blow it up.


The key to what you're looking at here is not necessarily the price, but rather the price per ounce, and in that sense, you'll notice Wells Fargo Center is, at least according to the grahic, actually a shockingly cost-effective place to get drunk when compared to many of its  NHL counterparts.

The obvious caveat: it's unclear exactly how and why the prices on the pucks came to represent the entire building. As at least one of you is already typing in the comments before you finish reading, "THAT'S NOT TRUE I'VE PAID $9 FOR A 12 OZ. BEER AT STAND X."

Indeed, you are correct, sir. And I've paid $13 bucks for some kind of large (possibly 24 oz.) Molson up on the second level. I'm pretty sure a similarly sized Miller Lite is $11 at that same spot.

So I can't say I know where these prices or these 20 oz. beers are coming from. Anyone who frequents and/or works at the building that could point us in this magically frothy direction?

Either way, I advise you to continue aggressive tailgate activities in the back part of the parking lot that sits under 95. You know, the hot spot.

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

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. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

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."