Philly Pretty Miserable

Philly Pretty Miserable

After coming up with the 9th most miserable moment in NFL history, Philly comes in at number 4 among miserable baseball franchises as picked by ESPN's Page2:

4. Philadelphia Phillies
More than a century in the majors and exactly one world championship.
No wonder Philly fans often feel like they just went the distance with
Apollo Creed. But at least Veterans Stadium and Larry Bowa are gone.

Speaking of the Phillies, yesterday they signed Jason Michaels to a new 1 year deal.  J. Weitzel over at Beerleaguer has an interesting take on the deal:

A trade may be the best thing for Michaels’ career, and from the
Phillies standpoint, he's a very attractive chip because of 2005 and
the small size of this contract. One team that may have interest is
Boston, who is without a proven center fielder since the departure of
Johnny Damon. Michaels’ name has surfaced in several rumors this
winter, including a deal with Baltimore and one with San Diego, but
those teams have since addressed their outfield needs.

Also in the news yesterday were some encouraging quotes from new GM Pat Gillick

"The team we have, we're going to be competitive," Gillick said Tuesday
as the team continued its winter tour with a stop at Citizens Bank
Park. "Are we going to win the division? No. We have to improve."

At least he isn't kidding himself like Ed Wade used to do.  Gillick knows that the Phillies are a solid team, but there is still work to be done.  The top of the rotation needs some bolstering.

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."