Shawny Hill, better known as the Fat Dancing Flyers Guy, answers some questions for Philly Mag's Daily Examiner. After saying he gets asked something like 200 times about whether he gets comped tickets -- really? that many people care? -- Mr. Hill shows how serious he takes his jiggling.
What’s your pre-game workout? A little Dance Revolution? Watching old MJ music videos?
I’m actually like a player. I played hockey for so many years, so
during the pre-game videos and stuff I’m like bouncing around with my
“game face” on. I absorb the energy in the building so that I’m ready
to give my all as a fan as the puck drops.
To his credit, he comes up with a good answer when asked about Sidney Crosby's playoff dirt. He says it most resembles "The unpopular girl in high school who didn’t wax it off. However, to her credit, she was All-State on the diving team."
Previously: Flyers use Fat Dancing Guy to do their marketing [The700Level]
>>Shawny Hill: Not Exactly the Flyers' Secret Weapon [Philly Mag]
Playoff soccer is returning to Chester for the first time in five years, and while fans prep for the Union’s first postseason games since 2011, there is no shortage of seating options for Union tickets on the primary market.
Perhaps most importantly, fans won’t have to break the bank to be on hand as the Union compete for their first MLS Cup in franchise history. Union field level seats are available for both the team’s final home regular season game against the New York Red Bulls and the Eastern Conference Semifinal on October 30 should they advance past the knockout round.
The team’s official website lists feet-on-the-pitch seating starting from $155 per ticket for this weekend’s game against the Red Bulls. The first-place Red Bulls head to Talen Energy Stadium with a first-round bye secured, but Union head coach Jim Curtin expects them to bring the pressure with them on Sunday. Fans can look on up close – and for relatively cheap - as the Union look to hand the Eastern Conference leaders their final loss of the regular season.
The Union will take on either New York City FC or Toronto FC in the knockout round either next Wednesday or Thursday. Pending a victory on the road, they’ll return to Talen Energy Stadium to host an Eastern Conference Semifinal game on October 30. Field level seating is still widely available for the team’s first home playoff game since 2011 and start from $178 per ticket.
2016 marks the franchise’s second MLS Cup Playoffs berth in its seven-year existence. They clinched a first-round bye in 2011 but fell to the Houston Dynamo by a 3-1 aggregate in the Conference Semifinals. The Union bring a much different vibe into the playoffs this season, however, after a formidable stretch from September on nearly drowned their postseason hopes. The team won its last game on August 27 against Sporting Kansas City, losing four games and drawing in two others since.
Despite the team’s recent struggles, there is a sense of renewment that will carry them into the MLS Cup Playoffs. Records are cast aside and the slate is wiped clean, beginning a new path on the long and often tumultuous road to a national championship.
Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov made his NHL debut just four games ago, and while the 19-year-old is surely tackling a lot of new experiences, he has always had his younger brother, 8-year-old Vladimir, by his side.
Ivan was seen at practice today with his much younger, and eye-poppingly talented, brother working on his skills.
This is not the first time Vladimir has been seen on the ice with his older brother. Last season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, Vladimir showed off his puck-handling and shooting skills in a video posted to their Facebook page.
There’s nothing like family bonding and having an older sibling as a role model.