Yes, Steve Downie is deaf in his right ear and halted today's game due to lost hearing aid

Yes, Steve Downie is deaf in his right ear and halted today's game due to lost hearing aid

During the third period of the Flyers’ Monday afternoon matinee with the Islanders, a scrum ensued in front the teams’ respective benches.

Nothing unusual for a hockey game, especially a hockey game between two longtime rival clubs.

But what was unusual was the short delay after the whistles finally blew to end the tussle and the refs stepped in to send players away to the penalty box.

Jim Jackson and Keith Jones couldn’t figure out what the delay was for until Steve Coates interjected and made it known that the officials and players were looking for Steve Downie’s hearing aid, which had been knocked out during the scrum.

If you’re like myself, your first reaction was, “Wait, Steve Downie is deaf? Really?”

A quick Google search landed on this Denver Post story from earlier this season when the 26-year-old Downie was a member of the Colorado Avalanche, before he was traded to the Flyers in exchange for Max Talbot.

In the “Details” portion of the story, it’s noted that Downie lost all hearing in his right ear at age 13 due to a rare disorder known as otosclerosis.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says otosclerosis is caused by “abnormal bone remodeling in the middle ear, which disrupts the ability of sound to travel from the middle ear to the inner ear.”

Hopefully that clears it up for you if you were wondering much like I was.

It’s kind of interesting that not only is there a partially deaf player in the NHL, but he also plays for the hometown team. And not many people knew about it.

You learn something new every day.

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State's first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon's 2-yard run.

The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions came into the Big House without any of their starting linebackers then lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty. That left the Penn State defense helpless against Michigan's running game and short passes. The offense was even worse, putting up 50 yards in the first half. Saquon Barkley had 19 yards rushing and caught two passes for 47 yards, but the rest of the team combined for minus-16.

Michigan: The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn State's offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead and Speight had all the time he needed.

Poll implications
Michigan: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye.

Up next
Penn State: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers' first trip to Penn State since 2009.

Michigan: Plays its fifth-straight game at the Big House to open the season, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing.