Watch: Wayne Simmonds Scores a Goal Off His Face

Watch: Wayne Simmonds Scores a Goal Off His Face

And it appeared to be as painful as it sounds…

And if that isn't the most hockey thing of all time, Simmer's absolute calm while bleeding from the face in the interview below might be. Game notes afterward.
We've said it before and we'll no doubt be saying it again soon. What a Flyer.
The Flyers found themselves in an early hole, down 3-0 before the first period was out. All season long, they've done well in the second though, and by the game's 40-minute mark, the Flyers had tied it. After a scoreless third and overtime, the Sens took the extra point in the shootout. 
NotesAfter Simmonds' face-goal, Sean Couturier scored his 13th on a long-reviewed play that involved the net magically jumping off its moorings. 
It's that time of year again. Danny Briere is catching fire. After notching four assists in the 7-1 win over Toronto, he added two more against the Senators. The second came on Braydon Coburn's equalizer and was a thing of beauty:

The Flyers weren't as blown out in the first as the score might indicate. They had great chances, but Craig Anderson nabbed them all. Bob struggled some at the other end, but got a lot better as the game went on. Anderson was amazing, star of the game. 
The OT was wild, which made the need for a shootout that much more painful. Some great opportunities gave the feeling that even an extra minute would have been enough to settle the game. 
Matt Read scored the opening goal for the Flyers in the shootout, but both Claude Giroux and Danny Briere failed in their attempts. Ottawa scored on each of their three attempts, with Jason Spezza's winner being the exact opposite approach of Giroux's. G came in slow and on his backhand side; Spezza looked like he was shot out of a cannon and blazed one past Bob. 
Flyers PR relays that this is the ninth time the team has been down by two or more goals and gotten at least a point out of it. If we know anything about this team, it's that they can't be counted out despite early deficits or crappy play in the first 10 or 20 minutes. 

Joel Embiid questionable with flu; T.J. McConnell (wrist) upgraded

Joel Embiid questionable with flu; T.J. McConnell (wrist) upgraded

CAMDEN, N.J. — Whether or not Joel Embiid suits up against the Raptors tonight remains to be seen. He is listed as questionable because of illness and did not participate in shootaround. On Tuesday, Brett Brown said Embiid was dealing with the flu

If Embiid is unable to play, Jahlil Okafor would see more playing time. After four straight DNPs, Okafor started in Embiid’s absence on Saturday against the Wizards and had 26 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes. The following game, he came off the bench against the Bucks (10 points, two rebounds, 20 minutes) without Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle).

Noel went through shootaround and is probable for Wednesday.

“I know I can’t control what’s going on with all the DNPs,” Okafor said after shootaround. “I just try to work as hard as I can to stay prepared for whatever happens.”

T.J. McConnell has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable after he was able to go through shootaround with a right wrist sprain. He wore a splint on Tuesday but just had his wrist wrapped to limit swelling. The Sixers' medical staff will evaluate McConnell before the game to determine his status.

“A lot better today,” McConnell said. “Optimistic about tonight. We’ll see how it responds this afternoon during warmups and make a decision there.”

Richaun Holmes remains on assignment with the Delaware 87ers. He is currently participating in the NBA D-League Showcase, which runs Jan. 18-22 in Mississauga, Ontario.

Angry, awful human Chris Christie calls Eagles fans 'generally angry, awful people'

Angry, awful human Chris Christie calls Eagles fans 'generally angry, awful people'

When he's not battling bridge scandals, getting kicked off trainsfalling out of chairs, making trips to McDonald's for Donald Trump, or eating M&M's, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sure seems to be fond of insulting Philadelphia Eagles fans.

The oversized personality was at it again this morning when he spoke with the Boomer and Carton show up on New York's WFAN.

Christie is a well-documented Dallas Cowboys fan and again discussed his fandom and why people seem to care about it.

And in case you needed a reminder, the Cowboys' season is currently over and they didn't even win a single playoff game. Sad!

“I understand why people are interested if you are a public figure, as to who you root for,” Christie said. “They’re interested. But the hostility, I will tell you that I take for being a Cowboys fan — and this is what I say to Giants fans all the time, and Eagles fans. Now Eagles fans I can understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”

He then goes on to say he's not a front runner for liking the Cowboys because they've been far less successful over the last ten years than the New York Giants. Mostly true.

You can listen to the whole interview right here. Via CBS Philly