With all the attention paid to the NFL this week, from Brett Favre's continued waffling to Darelle Revis' contract dispute to Andy Reid's electronic weight loss system, it can be easy for the college game to get lost in the shuffle. Thankfully, we have Temple University's star running back Bernard Pierce to get us focused on the year ahead. The center of a massive media campaign by the university's athletic department to turn the attention of Heisman voters to Philadelphia for the first time since 1986, Pierce has been featured on countless buses and billboards throughout the Delaware Valley for the better part of a month. TU brass has even gone so far as to set up the not so subtle, and incredibly loud www.pierce4heisman.com. Thursday, Bernard stopped by the ESPN campus in Bristol, CT to get the word out to the nation. First showing up on ESPN First Take at 10:30, #30 quickly made his way to the 11:30 SportsCenter, before hosting his own online chat at 1:30 and appearing on College Gameday at 3:30. Good thing he can run.
Temple kicks off his 2010 schedule against Villanova in the Second Annual Mayor's Cup, September 3rd. We'll have a season preview up in the coming weeks. Until then, ask yourself this question: one year ago, did you ever think the Temple University football program would be getting major play on the Worldwide Leader? Run Bernard, Run.
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Flyers winger Matt Read will miss approximately a month with an upper-body injury suffered in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Predators when he was checked by Filip Forsberg. Sources tell CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio the injury is an oblique muscle pull in Read's upper torso.
The 30-year-old has six goals and four assists for 10 points through 27 games. Five of those goals came in the Flyers' first five games.
To replace Read's roster spot, the Flyers recalled Taylor Leier and sent Scott Laughton to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. That likely means penalty-kill specialist Boyd Gordon, who is eligible to come off long-term injury reserve, will be activated.
Leier, 22, has been playing well with the Phantoms, posting six goals and 14 assists in 22 games (see Future Flyers Report). This is Leier's second stint of the season with the Flyers, albeit his first was short — one game on Oct. 25 in which he was a healthy scratch. He made his NHL debut last season and played six games.
Laughton was a healthy scratch the past five games.
If for some reason Gordon is not activated, the Flyers can call up another forward from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. Jordan Weal is tied for second in the AHL with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 20 games, while veteran winger Colin McDonald is an experienced, bottom-six option.
A popular food vendor at Citizens Bank Park who supports the white nationalist movement has been fired.
Aramark, which operates food concessions at Citizens Bank Park, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that Emily Youcis is no longer employed after "publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values."
Youcis, aka "Pistachio Girl," tweeted Monday that she was let go last week.
Youcis was involved in a tussle last month outside the conference of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist group. Youcis tried to interview protesters, asking questions like: "Do you hate white people?" A protester spray-painted Youcis' hair and a photographer was bloodied. Some protesters were taken into police custody.
The conference drew headlines after some attendees evoked Adolf Hitler's Third Reich with cries of "Heil Trump" and use of the Nazi salute.
CSNPhilly.com added to this report.