Philly Winter Classic Wishlist

Philly Winter Classic Wishlist

When reports started to circulate on Friday confirming the rumors that the 2012 NHL Winter Classic would be played at Citizens Bank Park I couldn't help but imagine the ways in which the Flyers could transform CBP. How could the two local franchises combine to make January 2, 2012 a uniquely Philadelphia event? I tossed a few ideas out there on the Twitter, and Matt P. suggested I post them on here and get your thoughts and suggestions. Check out my ideas after the jump.

Let me preface this by saying that the Winter Classic is an unbelievable opportunity to showcase Philadelphia and our rich sports history and traditions. Citizens Bank Park looks unbelievable on television for a ho-hum mid-July game against the Pirates. Imgaine how ridiculous it's going to look when given the full NBC treatment. This is a showcase event. The Phillies and Flyers have a tremendous opportunity to combine to make this Winter Classic truly Philadelphian.

I suppose it bears mentioning that these ideas were prefaced by some tongue in cheek tweets regarding a couple of recurring Flyers themes. First, I wondered what entrance music the Flyers back-up goalie would use when he emerged from the CBP bullpen. Second, I felt some relief for the official NHL scorer who will finally be able to use the scoring shorthand E19 for all of the times Scott Hartnell falls to the ice for no apparent reason.

Ok, here are some of my ideas.

- Put the Phanatic on the zamboni. His ATV license has to be transferable to a zamboni, no?

- Change Ashburn Alley to Ashebee Alley. We're talking about two legendary and beloved players from each franchise. This is a no brainer.

- Similarly, give me "Bernie's BBQ" in place of "Bulls BBQ". Two local legends who still spend lots of time around their former teams. I'll even volunteer to write the copy for the radio spots promoting Bernie's BBQ. I'll simply lift the line from the hair replacement ads he used to do and go with "Great 'Cue, Doc".

- Another name change I'd love to see would be to change Harry the K's Restaurant to Gene Hart's. The iconic voices of each franchise. In my mind, when I think back to great moments in each team's history I hear their voices narrating the action. Make this happen.

- Finally, @cranekicker (one of the funniest follows on Twitter) suggests that they ring the outfield bell after each Flyers goal. Done and done, right?

Ok, those are my suggestions. Thoughts? Additional ideas? Is it January 2nd yet?

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.