Fire From Charlie

Fire From Charlie

An interesting piece today by Jim Salisbury telling of a confrontation last night between Charlie Manuel and Dallas Green:

Before last night's game, after the gates had opened to fans, Green made a rare trip to the field to show some friends around.

It was the first time he and Manuel had seen each other since Green's critical remarks.

Green craned his neck and tried to say hello to Manuel as the
skipper walked from the batting cage to the dugout. Manuel, clearly
simmering, motioned for Green to step his way.

The whole thing lasted about 60 seconds and Manuel, 62, appeared to
do all the talking. At one point, he angrily jabbed his index finger in
front of Green
, still robust at age 72. Other than that, Manuel kept
his cool while delivering his message.

Alright Chuck!  Nice to see a little emotion from the ostensibly aloof Manuel.  Green didn't try to sugar coat the incident saying, "It wasn't very friendly. That's his style. He's got some macho to him."

I've criticized Charlie as much as the next guy for his managerial technique, but sometimes I think he'd be awesome to drink a beer with.  He got some bonus points for showing some fire in his big belly.

-Boiling Manuel Scalds Green [Inquirer]

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."