Live Blogging the Pro BowlGrammys

Live Blogging the Pro BowlGrammys

A nice Sunday evening of Pro Bowl football, Grammys, and Desperate Housewives:

7:37 - Wow, Jason Miraz sucks at singing the national anthem.
7:55 - Donovan starts off 0 for 4, mostly dropped balls, but no signs of him puking.
7:58 - Donovan gets sacked for loss of 38 yards.
8:01 - Akers misses a 43 yarder.  Man can the Eagles suck any more?
8:05 - T.O. is hitting on Suzy Kolber and Michael Lewis gets burnt by Marvin Harrison: 7-0 AFC
8:09 - Donovan completes a pass!
8:14 - Donovan throws perfect pass to wrong team.
8:20 - Hines Ward makes Rhonde Barber look silly.
8:25 - Donovan gets the bench, 1-8, 24 yds, 1 int; Steve Young's wife is ehh.
8:29 - Fun fact of the Pro Bowl: Daunte Culpepper was born in prison.
8:31 - Jamie Fox and Alicia Keyes do a duet for Ray Charles at the Grammys.  Kinda weird.
8:34 - Westbrook scores a TD!  I love him.  14-7 AFC.
8:38 - NFC fails miserably at onsides kick, Hines Ward takes it in for a TD. 21-7
8:54 - AFC is winning by 42.  Peyton Manning throws touchdowns.
9:00 - Beyonce looks pretty good, No idea what Gwen is wearing, Joss Stone is pretty cute.  Tyra was at the Grammys, what does she do with music?
9:11 - Donovan jokes with Suzy, something about Stephen Alexander and Mushin Muhamed.. wearing green in the future? Half time score: 28-10
9:18 - Eva Longoria lays on a bed in pink lingerie trying to sell mattresses.  And Mike the neighbor got shot?  Anyone know what that was about?
9:26 - The Pro Bowl half time show includes "Tiny Bubbles."  Are you serious?
9:30 - What the hell is Quinten Tarantino wearing?
9:40 - Mike Vick has a gun, throws to Tory Holt for 6. 
9:46 - My brother IMs me: (9:46:48 PM): Kanye West "Jesus Walks" is money
9:47 - Lito Sheppard gets a NASTY pick, Wow!  That was phenomenal.
9:58 - BWest gets denied for his second touchdown, Vick gets popped on his way in for six.
10:03 - Joss Stone does a nice Janice Joplin tribute and then Mellissa Ethridge comes out to scare the shit out of me.
10:05 - Trotter makes a play; we better resign him.  I think he will want to stay here and sign for cheap.  I hope.
10:23 - David Akers kicks a field goal.  I think he has a bunch of points now.
10:31 - U2 wins a Grammy for best group song with Vertigo.
10:42 - I just brushed my teeth.
10:43 - Stevie Wonder plays harmonica in ensemble performance of Beatles tune.  Norah Jones is pretty hot, I am a fan.  Could the song of the year nominees be any more weird: John Mayer, Kanye West, Tim McGraw, Hoobastank, horrible.  Did you know John Mayer, who won song of the year, performs "Girls just wanna have fun" in concert.
10:52 - Peyton Manning gets named player of the game, meh.
10:54 - AFC wins 38-27.  Pretty boring game all in all.  Donovan stunk, BWest played pretty well.
10:55 - Usher does his Michael Jackson impression.  I don't like Usher much at all.  Why isn't Jessica Simpson performing this year?  James Brown is still alive.
11:01 - Lance Armstrong and Sherly Crow present a grammy to Norah Jones for her album with Ray Charles.
11:15 - Hurry up and give out the last damn award. I have to wake up early.
11:27 - The 2005 Grammy winner for album of the year is: Ray Charles - Genious Loves Company which beat out Usher, Green Day, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys.  The old dude who spoke for Ray Charles was pretty dull.  I should have gone to bed a half hour ago.
11:28 - Queen Latifah is fat.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Flyers-Canadiens 5 things: Long week starts with a bang

Flyers-Canadiens 5 things: Long week starts with a bang

Flyers at Canadiens
7:30 p.m. on CSN, Pregame Live at 6:30

The Flyers’ mettle will be tested this week with a stretch of five games in seven days.

That’s a lot of pucks.

It starts Monday night when the Flyers (2-2-1) visit the hot-starting Montreal Canadiens (4-0-1) at the Bell Centre.

Let’s get you set with five things to know for the matchup:

1. Goals, goals, goals
There should be an abundance of them Monday night.

The Canadiens are scoring an NHL-most 4.00 goals per game while the Flyers, coming off a six-goal outburst, are third at 3.80.

Montreal has been scary good through five games. Not only are the Canadiens lighting the lamp at a league-best clip, but they’re also allowing the fewest goals per game at 1.60 a night. They have hockey’s No. 1 goal differential (plus-11) and No. 8 penalty kill, having thwarted 23 of 25 opponents' power plays (92.0 percent).

The Canadiens' offseason additions of defenseman Shea Weber and backup goalie Al Montoya have paid instant dividends. Weber, acquired in a blockbuster trade that sent P.K. Subban to the Predators, has one goal, four assists and leads all NHL blueliners with a plus-8 rating. Montoya, who filled in early for a flu-stricken Carey Price, is 2-0-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .962 save percentage. Price, the 2014-15 Hart Memorial Trophy winner (NHL MVP), looks in form after playing just 12 games last season because of a knee injury.

2. A fresher Ghost
Shayne Gostisbehere went off for three points (one goal, two assists) in the Flyers’ 6-3 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday, his biggest output of the season.

It just so happened to come in a game in which Gostisbehere registered his lowest ice time of the season at 16:45, a significant drop from his previous low of 20:57. Before the defenseman’s three-point game, Gostisbehere played an average of 23:14 over the prior three games while totaling one point and a minus-3 rating.

Is it a coincidence Gostisbehere’s best game yet was in far less ice time? Maybe, but the 23-year-old is playing the Flyers’ most minutes (21:29 per game) after undergoing offseason surgery and finishing the longest year of his hockey life.

Defensemen Mark Streit (22:45), Nick Schultz (19:44) and Brandon Manning (18:41) all played season highs in minutes on Saturday, and there’s no way that was by mistake.

If head coach Dave Hakstol can manage Gostisbehere’s ice time and not rely so heavily on the second-year blueliner, it can only help the Flyers. A more rested Gostisbehere is a better Gostisbehere — and we all know how vital the 2015-16 Calder Trophy runner-up is to the Flyers’ power-play success, as well as defensive coverage.

3. Stop and start
Speaking of defensive coverage, while the Flyers are scoring quite a bit, they’re not stopping anyone. The orange and black are surrendering 3.80 goals per game — tied for fifth most in the NHL — which is exactly what they score on average.

The Flyers can’t consistently bank on winning goal-fests.

Starting fast will be critical against the Canadiens, who close games as well as anyone. Montreal is outscoring its opposition 17-6 through the second and third periods. The Flyers have just one goal in the first period.

Facing this Habs team, it’ll be problematic if the Flyers fail to get going early.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: Matt Read, why not? With five goals, the 30-year-old is astoundingly tied for second in the NHL with Maple Leafs phenom Auston Matthews. Last season, it took Read 29 games to score five goals. The previous season, he needed 56 games. This year, just five. Until he comes back to Earth, Read will be worth watching as much as any other Flyer.

Canadiens: The 22-year-old Alex Galchenyuk racked up career highs last season in goals (30) and points (56). To start this season, the 2012 No. 3 overall pick has a goal and four assists in five games. Young and offensive-minded, Galchenyuk has given the Flyers trouble in the past with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 11 career games against them.

5. This and that
• Steve Mason has played in the Flyers’ last four games with three starts and one relief appearance. Michal Neuvirth has not played since last Tuesday. He is 6-4-2 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 13 lifetime games against Montreal.

• Price is 11-9-0 with a 2.61 GAA and .916 save percentage in 21 career games against the Flyers.

• Jakub Voracek leads the Flyers in points with seven but is third in the NHL in penalty minutes with 24.

• The Canadiens have won three straight games by a combined score of 13-4.

• Defenseman Michael Del Zotto (knee) and forward Scott Laughton (knee) returned to practice on Sunday.