Sergio Garcia Says Philly Hecklers ‘not very creative’

Sergio Garcia Says Philly Hecklers ‘not very creative’

Philly sports fans have long been considered innovators, but Sergio Garcia is not impressed.

Garcia had a long weekend at Merion Golf Club, finishing at 15-over for the U.S. Open. Lucky for him nobody is going to remember what he shot this year. His 2013 Open experience will be all about the amount of heckling he had to put up with.

The most notable example was one spectator yelling, “Fried chicken,” as Garcia got set to tee off, a reference to a remark he made about Tiger Woods. The NBC broadcast also reported instances where police asked the Spanish golfer if he wanted hecklers removed, but the trooper that he is, Garcia declined citing that it would only make things worse.

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So I guess you could say he did a good job tuning it out, because let’s face it, he probably could’ve shot that +15 if there wasn’t another soul at the course. You folks must be losing your edge though, because Garcia didn’t seem to think the quality of heckling was very good. Per our own Nick Menta:

One reporter asked Garcia's thoughts of Philadelphia and its fans.

"Good, good. Very good, yeah. They've been good," he said.

Another reporter asked him about the heckler and whether he had prepared himself for that kind of response this week.

"Yeah, I think it was a possibility," he said. "Like I said on the first day, for the most part [the fans] have been very good. Obviously there's a little group, they're trying to be funny and stand out. They shout a little bit louder than the rest.

"You know the only thing I have to say is that they're not very -- how you say -- like, you know, they're very common. They're not very creative."

That same reporter asked if they, the hecklers, followed him at all. It was the third straight question about the topic.

Garcia responded to the question as he began walking away.

"I think so," he said, as casually he could. "I don't know."

Philly fans have been called a lot of things, but ordinary hecklers might be the worst.

Nice attempt by Sergio to downplay the story. I’m sure regardless of what he says it was a huge distraction, and if it did get to him, he seemed determined not to admit it.

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Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

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 admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

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.