Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2011

Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2011

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2011. You've worked and partied...and partied...and partied...and are now set to face the world.

In an effort to guide you through your impending transition—in whatever form that may take—some members of the local sports scene have stepped up to provide an example. Phillies' chairman and part-owner Bill Giles recently addressed the commencement congregation of Neumann College during the institution's closing ceremonies (video on right), while Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick is set to speak to the graduating class of the Camelot schools, an alternative program in the city of Philadelphia aimed at improving the educational opportunities of "at-risk" students.

Their sincerity and earnest well-wishes aside, we thought it might be a fun idea to brainstorm what some other local sportsmen—both past and present—might say when faced with a group of impressionable youths. Mike Mamula, Ed Wade and Don Tollefson after the jump...

Mike Mamula—"Always be aware of your surroundings. Regardless of the situation, you never wanna' be caught with your pants down."

Andy Reid—"It's all about putting yourself in the best position to make
plays, and you have to take full responsibility for that."

Von Hayes—"You guys can do whatever you want. I'll still be eating steak every night."

Chase Utley—"Commencement...CO-F***ING-MENCEMENT"
                 —"Work? F*** you!"

Don Tollefson—"What an absolutely wonderful time to be out in the job market! I wish I had more than a decade after college to find myself!"

Ed Wade—"Other than not attending a class for the past eight years, I think you did a pretty good job."

Fred Shero—"Graduate today and walk together forever."

These are just a few to start. Have any you can come up with? Feel free to drop them in the comments. Let's have some fun with this.

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

We love you, Dario Saric.

For you being you, and not just a significant part of the Sixers' process.

And if you don't enjoy the Croatian Sensation, you most certainly will after watching him open up during a fun game of "Quick Six" on CSN's Philly Sports Talk.

From orange juice and beer, to his gluteus and T.J. McConnell's hair, Saric discussed plenty.

The questions had him feeling all over the place. But he was terrific.

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For the full video, watch above.

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry from how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 — the last time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a gigantic one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.