The Flyers Have a New Awful Victory Song

The Flyers Have a New Awful Victory Song

For whatever your opinions on the artistic qualities of Mac Miller's "Knock, Knock" song in a vacuum, it's tough to argue with the sheer awesomeness it brought to see Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, and co. dance to it in the locker room following a nice Flyers victory last season.

That scene -- along with every Bryz scene -- from the HBO 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic special is pretty much eternally etched in our minds. For better or worse.

[24/7 Instant Classic: Flyers' Celebration Dance Party]

Now, according to the Daily News' Frank Seravalli who was in Winnipeg last night following the Philadelphia victory, they may already have a new victory anthem (small sample size) for the 2013 season, “Bring Out The Bottles” by something called "Redfoo."

Never in my life did I ever think I'd be clamoring for Mac Miller.

Give it a listen. Share your love/hatred of the new jam in the comments.

And while the song is fairly awful based off of a YouTube listening. I'd imagine the enjoyment level would get cranked up a few notches if you got to see Tye McGinn busting a move to it.

[via Spike]

Instant Replay: Temple beats No. 19 Navy for 1st American Athletic Conference championship

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Instant Replay: Temple beats No. 19 Navy for 1st American Athletic Conference championship


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Temple bided its time, waiting a year for a chance to wash out the sting of last year’s American Athletic Conference title game defeat to Houston.
And on Saturday, the Owls let out a year’s worth of frustration as they achieved the goal they’ve talked about for months now.
They can stop talking about it because Matt Rhule and his Owls can finally call themselves the AAC champions.
On the backs of seniors Phillip Walker and Jahad Thomas, Temple (10-3, 8-1 AAC) rocketed out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, leaving No. 19 Navy (10-3, 7-2 AAC) in the dust Saturday afternoon in a 34-10 rout in the AAC title game field at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.
It’s the second conference title in program history and first since the Owls brought home the Middle Atlantic Conference crown in 1967.
Walker ripped Navy’s lackluster passing defense apart for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player for his efforts.
But just as impressive was how the Owls handled Navy’s potent triple-option attack, especially after the way Army dominated Temple for 328 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in a 28-13 loss at Lincoln Financial Field in the season opener.
The Owls held Navy to just 168 rushing yards Saturday. The Middies came in averaging 342 yards on the ground per game, second most in the nation. A big reason for that was an ankle injury to Navy quarterback Will Worth, the leader of the triple-option, who left in the first half with an ankle injury and did not return.
Temple now has 24 hours to celebrate a mission completed before learning of its postseason fate.
Bowl outlook
Let’s start here since this is the most pressing issue after Saturday’s result.
Is Temple still eligible to be invited to the Cotton Bowl, this year’s New Year’s Six at-large bowl? Yes.
But with MAC champion No. 17 Western Michigan sporting a 13-0 record after Friday’s win over Ohio in the conference title game, the odds of the selection committee picking a three-loss Temple team over an undefeated WMU squad are slim.
But anything is possible. On the slight chance Temple is selected for the Cotton Bowl, a rematch from September with No. 7 Penn State is possible.
We’ll find out Sunday afternoon when the bowl selections are announced.
Turning point
On the opening drive of the game, Temple wideout Keith Kirkwood dropped a Walker dart on 3rd-and-7. Instead of having freshman kicker Aaron Boumehri kick into the wind from the Navy 28, Rhule decided to go for it on 4th-and-7. Kirkwood made up for his mistake with a 13-yard reception. Thomas bounced to the outside on the next play and set the tone for the day for Temple with a 15-yard touchdown run that put the Owls up 7-0.
With the Owls leading 14-0 two drives later, Worth hit Dishan Romine down the seam for 24 yards, setting Navy up at the Temple 25-yard line. The only reason the play didn’t end in the end zone was because of safety Sean Chandler’s touchdown-saving tackle. On the next play, Navy tried a screen to Darryl Bonner, who was stripped by Chandler. Temple recovered the fumble and Walker hit Kirkwood on 56-yard bomb for a touchdown three plays later to extend Temple’s lead to 21-0.
You could have started shining up the trophy from there.
Big men on campus
Walker, a four-year starter, was stellar in his penultimate act as an Owl. He completed big pass after big pass to lead to Owls. His 56-yard touchdown rainbow to Kirkwood was a beauty as he put just the right amount of touch on it. He also had a clutch 3rd-and-12 completion to Ventell Bryant in the fourth quarter that eventually led to a field goal that made the score 27-10.
Thomas was his usual productive self with 19 rushes for 62 yards and a score.
Kirkwood had a big day in the receiving department with five catches for 98 yards and a score.
On defense, Chandler had a monster afternoon eight tackles a pick and forced fumble. Linebacker Jarred Alwan led the Owls with 12 total tackles.
Abey filled in admirably for the Middies with 104 passing yards and 70 rushing yards, but there was only so much he could do against a vicious Temple defense.
Injury report
Temple senior linebacker Avery Williams, the Owls’ leader on defense, was hurt in the second quarter after hitting Abey following a pitch. Williams limped off the field, but he couldn’t return even if he wanted to as he earned a targeting call for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Abey after the pitch and was disqualified from the game. It was a good call as Williams forcefully drove the crown of his helmet into Abey’s chin.
Navy’s offense was depleted by injuries in the first half.
Worth, who captains the Midshipmen’s triple-option attack and entered Saturday as the nation’s leader in rushing touchdowns with 25, left limping early in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Needless to say, losing Worth was a critical blow to Navy’s chances of a comeback.
Navy senior running back Toneo Gulley and junior back Darryl Bonner, the latter of whom is the Midshipmen’s second leading receiver, both left Saturday’s game in the first half with injuries and did not return.
History has been made
In addition to winning the first conference championship for the program since 1967, the Owls now have back-to-back 10 win seasons for the first time in program history. They’re also heading to a bowl game in consecutive seasons for the first time ever.
Temple also set a record for points in a season with 427, breaking last season’s record of 417.
The Owls’ 20 wins over the last two seasons are the most in consecutive years in program history. Matt Rhule also now has 28 wins as the Owls’ head coach, tying him with Bruce Arians for sixth most in school history.
That 2-10 season in Rhule’s first season in 2013 seems like ancient history now, doesn’t it?
Up Next
Its regular season complete, Temple now awaits its bowl fate. The AAC’s bowl ties are as follows: AutoNation Cure Bowl (vs. Sun Belt in Orlando, Florida), Miami Beach Bowl (vs. MAC in Miami), Boca Raton Bowl (vs. Conference USA in Boca Raton, Florida), St. Petersburg Bowl (vs. ACC in St. Petersburg, Florida), Military Bowl (vs. ACC in Annapolis, Maryland), Birmingham Bowl (vs. SEC in Birmingham, Alabama).
It’s entirely possible the Owls could be right back here in Annapolis for the Military Bowl on Dec. 27.
The American also has a tie to the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, but Navy is already scheduled to head there to face a Big 12 team. The Midshipmen will head there after their annual showdown with Army next week in Baltimore.

Instant Replay: No. 2 Villanova 88, St. Joe's 57

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Instant Replay: No. 2 Villanova 88, St. Joe's 57


VILLANOVA, Pa. — Villanova showed no mercy Saturday against rival St. Joe’s.

No. 2 Villanova handed the Hawks their fourth straight loss, a 88-57 loss at The Pavilion. 

Both teams got off to sluggish starts, but Villanova was able to find its rhythm, ending the first half on a 20-4 run.  Seniors Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart accounted for 15 and 12 points, respectively, in the half. 

Hart recorded his first triple-double of the year with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. 

St. Joe’s dynamic backcourt of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble — the team’s two leading scorers — did their best to keep the Hawks in it.

Newkirk nailed a contested three with 8:40 to go in the first half to give the Hawks a 23-22 lead before 'Nova pulled away. Kimble led the way for the Hawks with 15 points.

Villanova moves to 8-0 with the win, while St. Joe’s falls to 3-4 on the young season. 

Turning point
Just when it looked like St. Joe’s might be able to hang around with the reigning champions, the Wildcats pulled off a massive 20-4 run to end the half. During that span, 'Nova found its shot, shooting 8 of 11 to end the half. The Wildcats began to assert themselves on the other side of the floor, too, forcing six Hawks’ turnovers in the final six minutes to pull away. 

Senior dominance
With the rest of the team struggling in the early going, Hart and Jenkins kept the Wildcats afloat early, before Villanova went on its run. The duo finished with 27 of the Wildcats’ 44 first-half points. Jenkins finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. 

Inside the box score
• The Wildcats shot a lights-out 47 percent (16-34) from three. Jenkins led the way with four treys. 

• Freshman forward Charlie Brown kept the Hawks in the game early, scoring the team’s first six points. Brown finished with eight poijnts

• St. Joe’s hung around early thanks to some hot shooting (4 for 9) from deep in the first half. 

• With 11 Saturday, Newkirk fell short of a 20-plus point game for just the second time in seven games this year.

Villanova has won the last five games between the two schools, and leads the all-time series, 49-25. The Hawks’ last win in the series came in 2011, a 74-58 win at Hagan Arena. 

Up next
Villanova continues its Big Five tour with a matchup vs. La Salle at the Palestra Tuesday.

St. Joe’s has a week off before taking on Drexel on Dec. 11.