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January 20, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
To their credit, the Flyers learned from the disastrous nine-year deal they gave Ilya Bryzgalov. They announced Saturday they had signed goalie Steve Mason, who could have become a restricted free agent after this season, to a three-year extension. Mason will be paid $12.3 million, or $4.1 million per season. It's a good deal for the Flyers because it does not tie them up for an ultra-long period, like the $51 million Bryzgalov contract. It's also a good deal for them when you consider Mason's agent, Anton Thun, said last month he thought his client was comparable to Montreal's Carey Price, who signed a six-year deal for $39 million ($6.5 million per season)
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January 7, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
At one end of the Eagles' locker room late Saturday night was owner Jeffrey Lurie, offering optimism in the aftermath of his team's 26-24 playoff loss to the Saints, speaking of the future as if it were full of nothing but happy days for his franchise. "This is just the tip of the iceberg," Lurie said. "It's a missed opportunity, and it's the tip of the iceberg. I think that everyone in this room knows it. It's a very young team, and at the same time, they already learned what it takes.
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January 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
As Chip Kelly retooled and rebuilt the Eagles football operation, changing everything from the offensive and defensive schemes to what the players ate and drank after practice, he also changed a lot of the players, too. There were 22 newcomers on the 53-man roster this season, which isn't an unusual amount of churn for an NFL team, but it did mean that the locker room was split between the group that lived through the disastrous 2012 season and...
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December 16, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There are few happier places on earth than the December locker room of an NFL team that has won five straight games and appears headed toward the playoffs. Players come in boisterously after practice, joking and yelling, punching each other on the shoulder. In one corner of the room, a husky, bearded offensive lineman dons a Santa Claus hat for his interviews. At another locker, the rangy quarterback takes questions about being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The world is very good.
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December 3, 2013 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, Daily News Staff Writer pianovs@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Bill O'Brien made sure his players knew Penn State was a 24-point underdog against Wisconsin on Saturday. That was enough inspiration. The Nittany Lions went to Camp Randall Stadium and handed the previously 15th-ranked Badgers a 31-24 loss. "I can tell you flat out that they took offense to the fact they were 24-point underdogs and that nobody, even in State College, thought they could win that game - except the kids in that locker room, and the coaches in that locker room," said O'Brien, who finished his second season in Happy Valley with a 7-5 record (4-4 in conference)
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November 19, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THERE IS never an absence of drama with LeSean McCoy. Whether it is stealing a Redskins fan's banner before the game or breaking Redskins defenders' ankles during the game, excitement seems to follow the fifth-year running back. He added another accolade to his list yesterday afternoon as he became the first player in the NFL to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark. But McCoy didn't care about holding the title as the league's most proficient rusher. He says he did not know that he had eclipsed the millennium mark until after it happened.
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November 14, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
OTTAWA - For the first time in 18 months, since they knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 playoffs, there was a buzz in the Flyers' locker room last night. Mac Miller's "Knock, Knock" tune, the anthem of the last Flyers team with any swagger, was blaring in the locker room - because, well, Craig Anderson let 'em in. The Flyers are finding out just how easy it is to win when their top scoring lines produce. Relieved after Claude Giroux' first goal of the season on Saturday, the once-mystifying Flyers offense toppled Ottawa, 5-0, for their second straight win. Not surprisingly, the Flyers are 51-6-4 since 2010 when Giroux scores multiple points.
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November 12, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
GREEN BAY, Wis. - On Fox's pregame show Sunday, Richie Incognito was emoting and atoning to America, describing a Miami Dolphins locker room culture in which he was - according to one published report - an "honorary black man. " As such, he could get away with using a racial epithet when talking to his teammates, and this admission had ignited a national discussion about race and language, about who we are and how we act and what we can say. And...
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November 12, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
So it seems some players have come down in favor of the environment that drove Jonathan Martin out of the NFL, perhaps because they have spent their lives marinating in sports culture (or maybe because they are grown men who play games for a living). Many who have spent time around athletes, say in school (which would be, oh, everybody), aren't surprised. Even former players are getting their licks in. Former New York Giants star Michael Strahan, on the Fox pregame, said he missed the locker room and the treatment Martin had to face in Miami.
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November 8, 2013 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE BUZZER sounded and the Flyers shuffled off the ice. After Jaromir Jagr willed his way to an empty-net goal, most of the thousand or so fans remaining in the Wells Fargo Center who didn't boo the Flyers' 3-0 loss to New Jersey just sat there. Their eyes had glazed over by that point. After all 20 players were accounted for, the doors to the Flyers' locker room shut. And stayed shut. A 10-minute, players-only meeting ensued. Craig Berube was not present. General manager Paul Holmgren, who already addressed the team during an intermission last week, did not participate.
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