October 7, 2014 |
THE FLYERS are in an awkward "hat stage. " You know the feeling - if you're lucky enough to still have hair. That's when your hair is just long enough that it's unkempt, but not long enough that you're ready to shell out for that next trip to the barber. Or, in the Flyers' case this season, you're a team probably good enough to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, but not good enough to make a serious run at a Stanley Cup. Playing in the mediocre (that's putting it nicely) Eastern Conference only muddles the picture - or increases the frustration, depending on how you look at it. If the Flyers had only brought in Ron Hextall a year or two sooner, they might be the team penciled into the Stanley Cup finals.
September 25, 2014 |
THE INTERNATIONAL golf insanity begins Friday, known as the Ryder Cup, despite its lack of affiliation with any truck rental company. Its namesake, who began as a discount seed distributor, would be delighted to see that the competition has outgrown its charter; that is, to promote golf intercontinentally. He also likely would be alarmed to see how little the essence of the competition has changed since its charter was fulfilled. Samuel Ryder got his name on the Cup because he was a major sponsor of the competitions, which, generally, were money-losers in the "BT" (Before Tiger)
September 17, 2014 |
I WON'T exaggerate and claim that if the Union beats Seattle tonight at PPL Park and captures the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it will be as big as if it makes the playoffs and wins the MLS championship. The MLS Cup is the ultimate goal of professional soccer in the United States. It is this sport's equivalent of winning the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup or NBA Finals. In comparison, winning the Open Cup would be like winning the . . . well, there is no real equivalent in any other U.S. professional sport.
July 19, 2014 |
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - The Stanley Cup arrived Thursday morning in the back of John Stevens' truck. The Cup had flown into Philadelphia International Airport the night before from its previous stop in Russia. By 11 a.m., the Cup was at Sea Isle's 57th Street beach, a day-tripper (no beach tag required), causing a scene as it rested for a couple of hours on a lifeguard boat. Since every player and coach who wins the Stanley Cup gets possession of the trophy for a day, this was Stevens' time.
July 18, 2014 |
CHRIS GRAMLICH has seen some cool things while delivering pizza to the beach, including dolphins (the kind that swim) and Ravens (the kind that play football). The 23-year-old West Chester native, who works for Uncle Oogie's restaurant in Sea Isle City, N.J., said he often sees bottlenose acrobats leaping in the surf, and occasionally runs into quarterback Joe Flacco lounging on the sand. But yesterday he saw something truly unique: The Stanley Cup! It's a tradition that each member of a Cup-winning team gets to take the trophy anywhere for a day. Former Flyers coach John Stevens - now an assistant with the NHL champion Los Angeles Kings, decided to bring it to Sea Isle, where he owns a home.
July 16, 2014 |
MOST ATHLETES try to stay out of hot water. Titans safety Bernard Pollard would welcome it. Pollard told "ESPN The Magazine" that the Broncos purposely turned off the hot water to the showers in the visiting locker room after last year's Week 14 matchup in Denver. The Broncos won, 51-28, in a game played in freezing temperatures that included an NFL-record 64-yard field goal by Denver's Matt Prater. The Titans undoubtedly were looking to wash away the embarrassing loss with a long, hot shower, but Pollard said someone at the stadium made sure that didn't happen.
June 19, 2014 |
Larry Zeidel, a rugged former Flyers defenseman who became infamous for a bloody, stick-swinging incident in 1968, died Tuesday morning at Pennsylvania Hospital. He was 86 and had been battling congestive heart failure and kidney problems. "He was as tough as they come on the ice, but off it, he was a total gentleman," said Joe Inemer, one of Mr. Zeidel's close friends. "He'd give you the shirt off his back. " Mr. Zeidel, regarded as one of the game's best fighters, spent most of his career in the minors, playing parts of five seasons in the NHL. He finished his career at age 39, playing nine games with the Flyers in 1968-69.
June 13, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Shown on the Madison Square Garden scoreboard during first-period stoppages Wednesday night, former New York Ranger Mark Messier, actor Michael J. Fox, and tennis legend John McEnroe each held up four fingers, apparently their way of saying that the Blueshirts had that many more Stanley Cup playoff victories in them. A couple of hours later, they needed only three. The Rangers delayed their funeral for another time, getting outstanding goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist en route to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, who have a three-games-to-one lead in the Finals.
June 12, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Justin Williams views himself more as the butt of a joke than the answer to a trivia question. Which NHL player holds the record for most points in Stanley Cup playoff Game 7s? Williams set the new mark earlier this month with his 14th career point in seven Game 7 situations, in which he is now 7-0. The two previous recordholders: Wayne Gretzky and Doug Gilmour. "It's kind of more like which name doesn't belong?" Williams said with a smile on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
June 5, 2014 |
For Flyers fans, it is their worst nightmare: a Stanley Cup Final matching the hated New York Rangers against a Los Angeles Kings team that has several key players who used to play for the Orange and Black. The Rangers, who eliminated the Flyers in seven opening-round games, will be aiming for their first title since 1994, while the Kings will be trying to capture their second championship in three years. The Big Market Series marks just the third time the teams are meeting in the playoffs, and the first time since 1981.