Ray Didinger and Marcus Hayes Go At It On DNL

Ray Didinger and Marcus Hayes Go At It On DNL

The Daily News Live gang was discussing the effectiveness of the Eagles running game when Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger didn't like the way Philadelphia Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes responded to what Diddy had to say.

Didinger is known for being balanced and measured, a veritable Eagles encyclopedia, as well as someone who tries to deal only in the realm of fact and reasonable opinion, rather than being reactionary or writing to stir his audience to visceral reactions. Hayes is no slouch either, but at least in my opinion, he often seeks to stir the pot on both DNL and with his columns (one example here).

Diddy brought out the fact the Eagles averaged 6+ yards per carry in the first half against the Patriots -- a stat Hayes thinks doesn't mean all that much. Hayes believes that when teams know the Eagles are going to run, they've been successful in stopping them. Is this true? Hard to say without looking into it further. But Diddy then says you should pass when they're lined up with nine men in the box. Makes sense?

Hayes lets out a big sigh which leads to Diddy saying, "Please, don't roll your eyes at me, okay?"

See, the Eagles' putrid season brings out the sometimes-flimsy arguments of guys like Hayes which in turn angers legends like Ray Diddy. At least we get this entertaining quasi-smackdown as a result.

I tend to think Diddy makes a stronger argument here. I was watching from the second deck with a beer in hand on Sunday, but was Vince Young "atrocious?"

One particular Twitterer was quite entertained:

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Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry from how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 - the last previous time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a massive one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.

Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

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Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

Bol Bol, the 17-year-old son of the late Manute Bol, is a top high school basketball prospect with offers from schools like Arizona, Kansas and Creighton. This highlight tape should give you an idea why.
 
Bol, whose father played in the NBA for parts of 12 seasons, including 215 games for the Sixers, now attends the famed Mater Dei High School in California and played in his first game of the season this past weekend. Listed as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout, Bol started his season off with a big 21-point, 10-rebound effort.
 
Take a look at the highlight tape from the 6-foot-11 Bol and expect to see him carry on his father’s legacy on the court at a major NCAA college basketball program soon.