Twitter can be a double-edged sword. Many young athletes become infamous for screwing up on social media when they don't know how to filter themselves and inevitably wind up in trouble. But then there are those unique times like Sunday night when you see a young kid like Philadelphia's own Ty Garland react to becoming one of the most talked about stories in the world. Literally.
The kid was on top of the world and enjoying the moment.
Garland became a trending topic worldwide on Sunday for hitting the clutch game-winning shot that sent the No. 13 seed La Salle Explorers into the Sweet Sixteen. It was his coining the term "The Southwest Philly Floater" to describe the shot during his postgame interview with analyst Craig Sager that had everyone in the 215 falling in love with and tweeting about him.
And you have to love a kid on national TV giving a shoutout to his Cousin Vern back in West Philly. At least that's what we all thought. Following the game, Ty set the record straight on Twitter. It's "Cousin Bern," with a 'B.'
Can't be messing up Bern's name, okay?
(Here's an older article that has some quotes from Cousin Bern)
Then he retweeted this:
As of this writing, Garland has a meager 2,695 followers but that didn't stop him from going on a fun little tweet spree. He retweeted the likes of Jim Rome mentioning the #SouthwestPhillyFloater and also retweeted a La Salle fan in Los Angeles -- where the team plays in the Sweet 16 on Thursday -- who had already created a t-shirt honoring the occasion complete with Garland's unique dreadlocks.
Enjoy the spotlight, Ty. You earned it. And all of Philly is hoping your moment shines a little longer.
Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack?
After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”
The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.
Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.
Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.
“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.
Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?
As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.
Check out the video above to see the full game.
PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.
McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.
"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.
"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."
Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.
"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."