So we likely saw the nails officially getting smacked into this season's coffin yesterday, and it sure was an ugly turnoverfest. Some fans are wondering why Andy Reid didn't change up the gameplan to do anything to keep the ball out of Lofa Tatupu's hands (mostly by first keeping it out of A.J. Feeley's). Big Red's inability to make adjustments has been one of the biggest areas of criticism directed at him this season. But at least he didn't call back-to-back timeouts. Misterirrelevant.com kicks off our Monday Extras with another Joe Gibbs senior moment:
Joe Gibbs didn’t know that you can’t call back-to-back timeouts.
So, instead of attempting a 51 yarder, Lindell knocked in a chip shot
to beat the Skins with four seconds left in a game they were winning
from the opening possession.
Extras after the jump.
•The American Gladiators are back. And they've got a blog. Bill Conlin is not amused. [American Gladiators Blog]
•Remember the Alamo Bowl? No one else will either. Penn State's disappointing season will come to an end in San Antonio. Texas A&M drew the other bid, and essentially got a home game. [Run Up The Score]
•Having resolved their well-publicized hitting woes, the Padres turned their attention to signing Randy Wolf, who was being targeted by the Phils. A fly-ball pitcher, Wolfie's probably better off in Petco. [Fox Sports]
•Stephon Marbury's father died during a Knicks home game. He left the arena with chest pains and passed away before the game ended. [NBC]
•Word of the day: Parkour. [ESPN]
•Phillies nostalgia via commercial goodness. Caution: May cause goosebumps. [Bugs & Cranks]
Two bizarre goals less than two minutes apart ruined a special night for the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.
Martin Hanzal scored a tie-breaking goal simultaneously while teammate Jakob Chychrun was being pounded in a fight with Brayden Schenn during a 2-2 game.
Then, rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov tackled Brad Richardson, who fell into goalie Steve Mason for a shorthanded goal that counted after review for interference.
That’s one way of losing as hockey game, 5-4.
Brandon Manning, who has been outstanding on both sides of the puck, tried an ill-advised clearing pass up the high slot and it was picked off by pinching defenseman Oliver Edkman-Larsson for a quick turnaround shot to make it a 2-0 lead.
A huge save on Anthony Duclair in the first period by Mason after a turnover from Andrew MacDonald. Mason didn’t look great on the fifth goal. Rushes to the net were a problem in front of him.
The Flyers scored three against Buffalo. In this one, they had five scattered shots over their first three power plays. That's not going to get it done. But they did get it done on their fifth power play with Schenn diving with his stick extended hit the ice as he tipped Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot home to tie the game, 2-2. The Flyers were 2 for 8 on the power play.
Claude Giroux leads with six overall.
There was no Boyd Gordon in this one to take PK draws. That went to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Roman Lyubimov had a nice shorthanded move for a possible scoring chance but couldn’t complete it.
You've got to like Sean Couturier upending Duclair during the opening minutes of play along the left boards. Duclair later had a fine assist on Jamie McGinn’s goal that gave the 'Yotes a 1-0 lead.
Ryan White had a goal that made it 5-3 late in the game.
The new third line with Nick Cousins centering Schenn and Dale Weise scored in the second period. All three picked up a point with Cousins banging home the Schenn rebound to make it a 2-1 game.
Chychrun lost to Schenn, who had sent Michael Stone to the boards hard with a legal shoulder check. Stone still assisted on Hanzal's goal that began the madness that saw Arizona get two quickies.
Injured: Forwards Scott Laughton (knee) and Michael Raffl (abdominal pull), defenseman Michael Del Zotto (knee). Healthy: forward Gordon and defenseman Nick Schultz.
The Flyers will practice Friday at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., and host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers' meeting on Thursday to address the national anthem situation on opening night was led by VP of Content and Integrated Marketing Jason Wiley, John Gonzalez reported.
Wiley and team executives decided not to have Sevyn Streeter perform the national anthem because she wore a "We Matter" shirt, according to the report. The team had concerns Streeter would have further protests.
A member of the Sixers' dance team performed in her place.
Wiley helped book Streeter, according to the report, and had previously worked for Bad Boy Records and had music industry contacts.
CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance (see story).
The Sixers discussed the incident and are considering options on how to address it (see story).
“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” Nik Stauskas said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”