Double the Fun
Tim Panaccio has the game story of yesterday's dominating 7-2 performance of the Flyers over the Maple Leafs. Phil Sheridan says the Flyers would do well to finish this thing off tomorrow night when the series moves back to Toronto. Ray Parillio has the Leafs' Bryan McCabe taking full responsibility for the loss. Rich Hofmann writes that Jeremy Roenick wants Nik Antropov suspended for a dangerously vicious blow to the neck area. Sam Donnellon says the cleaning crew at the Wachovia Center had trouble keeping up with the baseball cap removal following Keith Primeau's hat trick. Hoffman also wonders what history books might look like if Ken "We Will Give You the Truth Tomorrow" Hitchcock wrote them. The Toronto Star's Ken Campbell notes that Toronto's 11 shots on goal represented the "fewest the Flyers have given up in 332 post-season games." Impressive. Paul Hunter has chronic complainer Pat Quinn going on a "defensive premptive strike" in hopes that Antropov won't be suspended for Game 6.
Marcus Hayes has the game story for yesterday's wacky, weird 14-inning marathon that saw the Phillies come back twice in what would have been their final at-bat. Todd Zolecki says the Phils are happy to have finally won an extra-innings affair (after dropping 2 last month). Zolecki's notebook writes that the Phils' bullpen has been earning its keep of late.
Bob Brookover notes that the Eagles' first-round pick Shawn Andrews will undergo surgery this Friday to remove polyps from his nasal passages. Les Bowen quotes Brian Westbrook jokingly saying, "they don't want me to touch the ball no more," in response to Andy Reid's plan to move him off punt returns.
In last night's Sunday Sports Final, NBC's John Clark led off the program by announcing that "Howard Eskin has the night off...Enjoy!"
The locals are off tonight. TNT has Game 1 of Nets/Pistons at 8. Speaking of the NBA, the Boston Globe's Peter May says this year's playoffs are being dragged out way to much. I agree with Peter on this one (that might be a first). ESPN has Detroit/Calgatry at 10, with the #1 seeded Red Wings facing elimination.