Afternoon Extras: Donaghy's Lawyers, Flash's Travels, a Flyers Eulogy, Trouble for RedLasso, and more...

Afternoon Extras: Donaghy's Lawyers, Flash's Travels, a Flyers Eulogy, Trouble for RedLasso, and more...

With our sporting focus now primarily on the Phils, it was good to see them win one last night to halt the skid mark before it stained. Outside of the Phillies, there are plenty of great stories to aid in your Wednesday blowing off of responsibilities. As if you needed the help. 

  • There's no need to mourn them though, for the Flyers have gone onto a very nice purgatory (Heaven still awaits). It's called the Borgata.
    Also, after taking in a few period of the Flyers win on Thursday of
    last week, Owen Wilson (in town to shoot Marley and Me) hit up Rick's
    Caberet in South Philly. Not a bad night for Kingsley Zissou. [Dan
    Gross]
  • Is this the untimely end of RedLasso? [Silicon Alley Insider, via Mr. Irrelevant]
  • The Man U-Chelsea Champions League final is today at 2. You probably won't get to see it, but here's a great primer. [The Beautiful Game]
  • Also from Mr. Wyshynski, we have a discussion on the possibility of mandatory visors in the NHL,
    and a nasty picture of the reason why. I used to wear the Jofa
    birdcage, like Tommy Soderstrom, only I wasn't a goalie. After getting
    Coburned, I'd probably be wearing a welder's mask. [Puck Daddy]
  • I finally got the new Roots album yesterday. Recommended.

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

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. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

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."