Things got ugly late in the Flyers 8-4 absolute butt-whipping of the Pittsburgh Penguins. At one point late in the third with the game already decided, Scott Hartnell was being restrained rather awkwardly by Sidney Crosby when Hartsy was attacked by another Penguin, Craig Adams.
Unlike Crosby, Hartnell was willing to dance with whoever wanted to drop the gloves. Hartnell and Adams never really landed many punches, but the Penguin certainly managed to pull Scott Hartnell's hair. It was just the latest in a long line of gutless Penguins moves.
After the scuffle, Hartnell played the role of pump-up man to perfection to get the Wells Fargo Center crowd into an absolute frenzy. As if they weren't frothing at the mouth already.
Not to be outdone, Hulk Hogan himself appeared on the jumbotron to deliver a pro-Flyers message. Our beloved teeth-less Cooter got quite a chuckle out of Hulkamania making a cameo.
If you're not familiar with the Hartnell-Hulkster connection, it stems from a regular season game in Pittsburgh when a Penguins' fan dressed up in a full Hulk-like getup was taunting Hartnell only to have Harsty taunt right back. Watch video of that here.
Here's the fight and hair-pull incident that lead to the Hartnell pump-up: (video of Hulk's appearance below)
Here's the real Hulk:
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The t-shirts given out before the game were perfectly darn fitting as well. AP Photo:
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.