Friday, December 30, 2011

Inside Access to the Winter Classic

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Winter Classic

I will be providing inside access to the Winter Classic Alumni game from Citizens Bank Park, where I will be attending the event as a member of the media. The NHL has been very gracious to all of us who are involved in this spectacular.

I look forward to being able to provide images and words in this regard, as well as follow-up stories during the days that follow.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Flyers pre-Winter Classic game

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Flyers

With the Winter Classic game just around the corner and the Alumni game this weekend, the Flyers have one final 2011 regular season game against the Pittsburgh Penguins to play today.

It's not a good thing for the Pens, or for the League, that Crosby is out indefinitely. It should be interesting to see how his absence affects this particular game tonight.

Bobrovsky will start in goal, as Bryzgalov's struggles have reappeared in his game.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Penn State: Unsolved mystery involving missing DA who investigated Sandusky case

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***This information is being re-posted because of the high volume of interest that the information contained within this post continues to generate. The original version was first posted on 11/14/11.

Penn State: 


Center County District Attorney Ray Gricar has been missing since 2005.

Anytime a DA is missing, a list of many 'enemies' could be considered as potential suspects in what could be a crime.

In this instance - Gricar was the DA who, in 1998, investigated the matters involving Jerry Sandusky that have now become infamous.

Missing hard drive


Gricar disappeared in 2005. His body has never been found since, but his car was found in a parking lot and his laptop computer was found in the Susquehanna river. That laptop was missing its hard drive.

Would someone only keep sensitive information on a hard drive, or would they also back it up?

This speculation doesn't prove, or even implies, that it was connected to the current matter. Right?

Logic

Gricar chose not to prosecute in the late 1990s because he must have believed that he didn't have enough conclusive evidence to do so.

There is no evidence that suggests he was a friend of Sandusky, or was somehow persuaded to overlook the matter.

What is the likelihood that a DA who investigated a case of this nature chose to never follow up after the late 1990s?

What information about that case, or any other case, was he in possession at the time of his disappearance?

Gricar is either somehow still alive somewhere, committed suicide, was abducted and then murdered randomly by strangers, or was abducted and then murdered intentionally by people with clear intent.

It seems highly unlikely that he is still alive.

Suicide? No information about personal problems, mental issues, or blackmail exists.

No, there is no evidence that any of that related to the Penn State situation.

But, the entire argument about why this entire matter has remained a secret for so long seems to be missing some logical pieces.

We may never know what actually happened to Gricar.

But, whatever happened to him and his life deserves justice. And so do his family, friends and colleagues.  (The exact same thoughts are currently being offered for the children who were victims in this scandal as well.)
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Flyers Winter Classic Prep

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Flyers

The Flyers take their final steps to the Winter Classic contest with the New York Rangers this week by playing some indoor games. The first will be against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in Florida.

This is the team who has been trying to reintroduce the trap to hockey fans around the NHL.

Let's hope they don't have success this season, because the trap killed hockey thrills and attendance in various locations before rule changes were made in the game.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Flyers notes + Phillies and Jorge Posada

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Flyers

The Flyers are getting set to play the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow. Between now and April, Ilya Bryzgalov needs to play more consistently. He has the career credentials to be better than he has been and needs to fully assume his number 1 goaltender status.

Phillies

An interesting story on csnphilly.com about the Phillies having had discussions with New York Yankees free agent Jorge Posada.

It appears that he was an option, but no longer is because of the players who have been signed since the offseason began.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Flyers, Eagles, Sixers and Phillies fans

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My best wishes to all of you, your families and friends during Christmas and into the New Year.
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Eagles-Cowboys in Christmas Eve 'Classic'

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Eagles

The matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Texas doesn't have the panache that numerous games have in the past. But, it could still be meaningful.

Andy Reid, Juan Castillo and the rest of the staff have Birds working as best they can on the Christmas Eve day battle.

Michael Vick's absence clearly led to the team not posting as many wins as they thought they might this season. Surely there were many other factors that caused their winning percentage to drink slim fast this season as well.

Until, or if, they are officially eliminated the green will still be seen.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Festivus Sports Fans!

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In the spirit of goodwill, no grievances will be posted for any of Philadelphia's sports teams this year.

The Phillies still have one of their best rosters in franchise history.
The Flyers remixed group are near the top of the NHL despite numerous injuries.
The Sixers are set for their new season with new ownership and a great coach.
The Eagles continue to battle as they try to make the playoffs.

As Happy Festivus to one and to all!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Eagles face J.R. Ewing + Flyers resiliency

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Eagles

Whenever the Eagles head to Dallas thoughts of the old TV show of the same same come to mind.

Will the Eagles playoff hopes still be alive this weekend? If so, can they beat the Jerry Jones/J.R. Ewing Cowboys to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Tune in this weekend and find out!

Flyers 

Proof that this team is ever-resilient came when they beat the Dallas Stars last night.

On four occassions this season they have gone winless in consecutive games. But, they have never gone winless in three or more games, making them one of only three NHL teams to do so.

Consistency in the regular season builds points. In the playoffs that type of effort builds series victories.

Will they be healthy enough next spring to maintain their current pace?
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Flyers: Claude Giroux + Phillies notes

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Flyers 


Claude Giroux is expected to return to the ice against the Dallas Stars tonight.

Here's hoping that he's actually healthy, because there is no reason to come back too soon.

Phillies 

If the Phillies offseason shopping is done, everyone needs to ask themselves how the team's offense can be any better than it was last year. They are banking on veteran players being healthy in order for runs to be scored.

If they aren't, they will almost certainly win less regular season games and face a similar playoff fate as they did in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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