By Mary Paoletti
PHILADELPHIA -- James Van Der Beek wants more money.
Formerly content to drift into the post-Dawson's Creek deep, "JVDB" says he deserves a bigger pay day for his upcoming film about ladies' rowing.
"In West Canaan, Texas, there is another society which has it's own laws. Football is a way of life. I DON'T WANT YER LIFE. But I do want more cash."
What spawned this weird voice-over?
James Van Riemsdyk.
After two "middling" seasons in the NHL (35 and 40 points), the Flyers winger recently inked a six-year, 25.5 million extension. When Van Riemsdyk signed, many feared other unproven athletes and actors of similar names would feel some kind of entitlement.
Jim Matheson outlined this cause-and-effect in the Edmonton Journal.
GMs on other teams with similar young players must be privately cursing the Flyers because agents will certainly use the JVR deal as their comparable. Van Riemsdyk, the second player chosen in the 2007 draft after Patrick Kane, has talent. But has he really done enough to warrant this sudden largesse?
Probably not, and neither has James Van Derk Beek.
"I'm embarrassed," JVDB's agent Joey Potter said. "There names aren't even that similar. They're kind of similar, but this is ridiculous."
Loveline psychic James Van Praagh has yet to comment.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while ready for the Chris Sale era to begin with the Red Sox in a 1975 throwback uniform at Fenway’s opening day.
*Larry Brooks says that the New York Rangers are in “deep trouble” despite all of the goals that they’re scoring, and here’s why.
*The New York Islanders are playing with fire when it comes to John Tavares potentially leaving if they can’t find a running mate for him.
*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector about Kris Russell defying the analytical critics with his work for the Edmonton Oilers.
*Scary scene with the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks where Taylor Hall knocked out Philip Larsen with a hit, and then touched a brawl where the unconscious Larsen was kicked in the head a couple of times.
*Here’s some very good news about former B’s forward Craig Cunningham, who has begun communicating with his AHL teammates through Facetime calls and is alert, joking and sounding like somebody that’s starting to make a slow recovery from whatever mysterious thing caused him to collapse prior to a Roadrunners game.
*Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere has made such a splash with the Broad Street Bullies that he’s got a “Ghost Bear” beer named after him.
*For something completely different: The first trailer for "Spider Man: Homecoming" is going to be shown during Jimmy Kimmel, and it’s looking pretty cool in this snippet.
Tom Brady has racked up some impressive numbers over eight games, but are they enough to surpass Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott or Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the MVP race?
The Patriots have gone 7-1 since Brady returned from his four-game suspension to start the year, and the league's all-time winningest quarterback has completed 68.9 percent of his passes in that stretch (third in the league) for 2,470 yards. He has 19 touchdowns, he's been picked once, and he is averaging 8.2 yards per attempt (third), giving him a 113.1 quarterback rating (first).
According to Bovada, he's currently the third-best bet to win MVP at 15/2, down from 4/1 last week. Ahead of him? Both Elliott (12/5) and Carr (7/2).
The Carr comparison is an interesting one for obvious reasons. Because they play the same position, it's easier to match up their stats. In 12 games, Carr has completed 65.5 percent of his passes (12th) for 3,375 yards (fourth), 24 touchdowns (seventh) and five interceptions. He's averaging 7.4 yards per attempt (15th), and he has a rating of 100.3 (seventh).
While Carr has the statistical advantage of playing in four more games than Brady has, he's also led his team to a record of 10-2 and the No. 1 seed in the AFC at the moment. (The Raiders hold the strength-of-victory tiebreaker edge over the Patriots, who are also 10-2.)
Meanwhile, Elliott, the talented rookie out of Ohio State who has the benefit of running behind arguably the league's best offensive line, has racked up 263 carries for 1,285 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He's also posted 28 catches for 322 yards and a score. He leads the league in total rush yards, he's second in the league in rushing touchdowns behind Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, and he's fourth in yards per attempt (4.9).