The Phillies are going to make baseball fun to watch for the rest of the summer. After taking two of three from the Nationals the Phils remain 2.5 out of the wild card.
The big news of the weekend was the move by Pat Gillick to bring in Jamie Moyer. I think Beerleaguer summed it up well:
What the Phillies are trying to do is avoid the early blowouts that
have plagued them all season long. Moyer is steady. Moving to a new
league, it should take opposing hitters three innings just to figure
out what he's dealing. He’s been tucked away in the AL West for over a
decade. Now, he's exposed to some fresh lineups, including a handful of
clubs that will have nothing to play for by September. Plus, the
intangibles (fresh start, homecoming) would seem to be on his side.
He's old, like really, really, old. Scott Mathieson was barely two years old when Moyer first pitched in the big leagues. But age aside, Moyer is a savvy veteran and for a team who nobody expects to make the playoffs Moyer certainly gives them a much better shot. Look for Moyer to make his first start Tuesday night in Chicago.
-Good news for the Phillies, Cinci's closer goes to the DL [ESPN]
-What if Sal Fasano's stache became infectious in the Bronx! [That'sOnPoint]
-A fun piece done by the NY Times takes a look at where the line between the Red Sox and Yankees really ends. Man, the Yankees completely owned the Sox this weekend. [NYTimes article & video]
-Mark Eckel takes a look at who may get cut from the Eagles [Trenton Times]
-Pro Football Talk first reported Stephen Davis will be in Philly today for a visit. [PFT.com][Philly.com]
-An 18 year old Mets fan scammed his way into obtaining a press pass, used it, may see jail time. [Out of Left Field]
-Gnarls Barkley (who I saw in Atlantic City on Tuesday) and Biggie [Gnotorious]
-Anybody see Snakes on a Plane? Thoughts? I was going to see it but I was too busy watching the Teen Choice Awards, I mean Woody Allen films. Holy Shit: Steve Sanders is still alive.
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.”