On my drive home from work yesterday I listened to Glen Macnow commenting on the recent booing going on at the Phillies games. He also noted that yesterday's game against the Washington Nationals drew the smallest crowd ever at Citizen's Bank Ball Park.. The smallest by 9,000 People! I find that incredible. Philly fans are some of the best fans in all of sports; you can't convince me otherwise, but they are fickle. Anyway, back to Glen. He was talking about booing Charlie Manuel, Placido Polanco, and Kenny Lofton. Glen says the fans aren't booing Charlie of Mayberry and his players, they are booing 20 years of losing. They are booing the lack of aggression by the front office. They are booing the Sixers sub .500 record. They are booing Ed Wade and Dave Montgomery. They are booing no playoffs in over 10 years. They are booing the Eagles loss in the Superbowl. They are booing the lack of Flyers hockey. They are booing Tito Francona going to Boston and winning a world series. They are booing Rich Kotite, Mitch Williams, and Freddie Mitchell.
Philly fans are frustrated, and they have a right to boo. Some people hate the fact that Philly has a bad rap as fans. They boo Santa, they throw batteries at J.D. Drew, they throw snowballs and pee on your wife for wearing a Giants jersey. Most of this is a creation of the Media, but not all of it. You would be nuts to bring a wife or girlfriend to an Eagles playoff game, unless she knew what she was in for. I love the fact that Philly has a bad rap. I was in Boston last year to see the Phillies at Fenway and I saw a very nice looking female at the game sporting a great tee shirt; it said, "I'm from Philly. Don't F$*K with me."
You have to realize there are extremes to all fans. There is the guy who drinks 14 Miller Lite's by the 6th inning and can't talk anymore from screaming at Chipper Jones, and then there are the stat heads who analyze players win shares and make graphs and charts of the effect bringing Jeromiah Trotter back would have on the Eagles payroll and potential chances of making it back to the big game.
I like to think I'm somewhere in the middle of the two.
ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.
Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.
The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.
Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).
Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.
The Coyotes have won four of their last six.
Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).
Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.
After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.
Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.
"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.
"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."
Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below.
Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.