NOT THE TEA, PHILLY! OHH, NOOO!

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NOT THE TEA, PHILLY! OHH, NOOO!

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love. Home of world famous chick mustaches. Often referred to as the dumbest city on earth. Home of super lame ideas and even worse timing.

Around 10:00 AM on Monday the following Tweet was sent out by the Flyers:

Flyers fans were organizing a Philly Tea Party, apparently supported by the Flyers organization. They dumped only Boston brands of tea into the Delaware River, essentially crippling the economy of Massachusetts.

Oh wait, this isnt the 1700s, no one in Boston gives a crap about tea and Flyers fans continue to be some of the dumbest in sports. You philthy idiots are trying to anger Bruins fans and add some fire to a playoff series by...dumping tea into a harbor?

Smooth move. I mean, MAYBE if you had dumped some Sam Adams beer one or two people from Boston may have been upset, but really the whole event just made you look like stupid, uncreative morons but that is pretty much a daily thing for anyone from Philadelphia.

What made the situation a bit worse was the timing. Essentially the Flyers organization and their fans were mocking a key event in American history the day after another HUGE event in American history was announced. Real classy Philadelphia.

Really, we shouldnt expect any more from a city that boos Santa and throws batteries at him and whos most well known athlete is a fictional character played by some greasy Italian actor who barely speaks English.

So a bunch of American patriots taking a stand against the British in their fight for freedom is so insignificant in Philadelphia that they feel okay openly mocking the event in one of the lamest publicity stunts of all time? Fantastic move Philly.

We wouldnt expect anyone in Philadelphia to understand this, but even Helen Keller could see making fun of the Boston Tea Party wasnt going to get a rise out of Bruins fans. Philly, if your mission was to anger Bruins fans you failed miserably. If your mission was to further prove how collectively stupid your city is and downplay American history, you wildly succeeded and you should just be super proud of yourself.

Their players are idiots on the ice, their fans are idiots everywhere and whoever approved the campaign just doesnt know how to trash talk. Quite frankly, as Boston Bruins fans, we are incredibly disappointed. We expected more of a fight and this is the best you guys could come up with?

Seriously though, Philly, thanks again for proving you guys rival Montreal for the King of Idiots title. What are you going to do next? Start dumping clam chowder in the sewers? Oh no! Stop it, Philly, stop it! You foul beasts.

Whatever. Keep holding your lame events. While youre busy making useless gestures the Bruins are busy punching your team in the mouth.

Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell

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Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell

NEW YORK -- John Farrell isn't necessarily alarmed by Craig Kimbrel's poor outing Wednesday night, viewing it as an aberration. But just the same, he'd like to get his closer into a game on the final weekend to flush the bad taste of Wednesday's ninth.

Until the clincher, Kimbrel had allowed just two hits in the previous 23 at-bats (.087) since Sept. 4. And since being re-instated from the DL on Aug. 1, Kimbrel was 13-for-13 in save opportunities with 32 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched and a .113 batting average against.

Kimbrel was brought into the game in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner before issuing three straight walks, the last of which forced in a run.

He threw 28 pitches and didn't record an out before being lifted in favor of Joe Kelly, who allowed Mark Teixeira's walk-off grand slam in a 5-3 Yankees victory.

"He was erratic, there's no doubt,” said Farrell. "The command was not there. The power was there, obviously, but the command was not. It turned into a situation where he gets to [almost] 30 pitches. Could we have let him go further, or could the decision have been made to leave him in the game? Sure

"But [Wednesday] night was more of an aberration. Certainly, since he's come off the DL, he's been stingy in those situations. That was a one-time outing last night [given the unusual circumstances].”

Farrell said it's "important” to get all of the Red Sox relievers into games before the season ends Sunday.

"How often, how high stress...the games will dictate that,'' Farrell said. "But yeah, it will be important to Craig back on the mound before we end, regardless of whether it's a save situation.”

 

 

Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

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Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

BOSTON – Austin Czarnik is off to a good start at Bruins training camp.

He’s got points in each of the first two exhibition games and just the fact that he’s cracked the B’s lineup in both games tells you that the coaching staff wants to get a long, good look at the undersized forward.

But the 5-foot-9, 167-pound Czarnik brings more than simply a touch of the Napoleon complex after always being told that he was too small to make it to the elite levels of hockey. The 23-year-old clearly can score after posting 20 goals and 61 points in his first pro season in the AHL in Providence last season. He plays with heart, energy and a dogged determination when he’s hunting pucks on the fore-check.

But former P-Bruins head coach and current B’s assistant coach Bruce Cassidy says that Czarnik also brings something a little extra that New England Patriots fans will certainly appreciate.

“As far as being a player goes, he would be, to me, that [Bill] Belichick-type player that you could use in a lot of different situations,” said Cassidy, in clear reference to intelligent utility guys Troy Brown, Danny Woodhead, Julian Edelman and others that all filled different roles in their time with New England.

“He’s got a very, very high IQ, he’s a quick learner and very coachable,” Cassidy said. “So, he’s a guy you can move around, and he can play with different players. He can play on the penalty kill, he’s good on the power play and especially on the point.

“So there are a lot of different things. I think from night-to-night if you wanted to, you could move him around in your lineup and he could be effective for you. I know he’s a center, but it would be interesting to see if he could play the wing and be effective. That’s something we haven’t really seen. Is that something we maybe attempt down the road? I don’t know. I don’t want to speak out of turn, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he could handle it. He even played for us 6-on-5 as a defenseman with the goalie out. He’s just a smart player, and he understands the game very, very well.”

So, Czarnik is off to a good start in training camp with the Bruins, but we also saw the same thing from him last year as a rookie to pro hockey. 

Now, it’s about seeing whether a smaller player can finish strong as the competition heightens deeper into the preseason, and perhaps he can bring that versatility and feistiness to the NHL level in Boston.