The ESPN.com poll of NHL players has gotten a ton of attention among the Flyers faithful today, and for good reason. When asked which team has the most disruptive fans, 24% of the 193 respondents said the Philadelphia Flyers.
You damn right.
I always love the player surveys in any sport. This isn't Forbes picking the top mascot. It's the guys who are down on the ice every night, reacting to the crowd, hearing the other team's players say things we'll never know about. But of course, sullying an otherwise great survey, they made a reference to how Flyers fans once booed Santa. No, that tired old story will never go away, and now it's jumped sports again. At least the fun didn't stop there.
When asked which player complained the most on the ice, guess who more than HALF of the league named?
That's right. Sidney Crosby. Don't look for his name on the list of the league's best leaders though. Honestly, even I was surprised the league's best scorers and most recognizable captains didn't get more than a single vote in that category. He'll have to settle for a tie for sixth best prime minster.
At 16-2-1, Penn State's men's hockey team is ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history.
The Nittany Lions have improved each of the last four years under head coach Guy Gadowsky.
Their record by year:
Last season: 21-13-4
This season: 16-2-1
Penn State received 30 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Division I poll. Denver is ranked No. 2, followed by Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth and Massachusetts-Lowell (see USCHO poll).
Penn State was ranked fourth last week before sweeping Michigan State.
There are seemingly countless metrics one can use to detail Joel Embiid's supremacy as a Sixer, but perhaps no stats more clearly tell the story of how indefatigable the rookie has been this season than those of his free-throw shooting. Despite ranking just eighth on the team in total minutes, he's already gotten to the line 215 times this season and made 169 of them, about 250% more than the second-most made FTs on the team (Ersan Ilyasova, 65). What's more, his seven games with ten or more free throws attempted is already more than Thaddeus Young (six), Evan Turner (three) or Jrue Holiday (zero) ever had as a Liberty Baller.
But yesterday against the Bucks saw JoJo hit a new level with his foul drawing. Despite essentially being shut down by the Bucks in the first half -- I can't remember if he even had a single bucket at the break -- The Process eventually imposed his will in Milwaukee in a major way, parading to the line in the second half, ending with 22 points (as well as 12 rebounds and five blocks) on 4-9 shooting, getting to the line an astounding 18 times.
Who was the last Sixers giant to accomplish such a feat, you might wonder? Well...
Yes, it's been an impressive season for our double-redshirt rookie, and every game he seems to add another immortal name to his list of historical analogues. But not until now could we afford to mention him alongside the great Henry "Lickface" Sims, two-year Process legend whose 18 trips to the free-throw line on April 4, 2014 totally helped us win that random late-season game against the then-rebuilding Boston Celtics. As impossible as it once seemed, it now appears that soon, Embiid's folk herodom will be as self-evident and undeniable to the Sons of Sam as that of Hammerin' Hank himself.
Get this guy to the All-Star team already.