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Flyers' Sloppy Play Ends in Defeat, Again

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The Flyers preached sustained offensive pressure and responsibility for stick infractions at Friday’s practice, but with three new lines for the second straight game, the Flyers weren’t able to get it going in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues had played on Friday night, but it was the Flyers who came out without their skating legs. Less than two minutes into the game, the Flyers had already iced the puck, bringing the play back to their end. On the ensuing faceoff, in the Flyers’ end, Kent Huskins scored on a shot from the point that appeared to go off the bottom of Ilya Bryzgalov’s glove.

The Flyers, on the other hand, took seven minutes to register their first shot. They finished the first period with only six.

“It’s disappointing,” said Danny Briere. “They did to us exactly what we were supposed to do to them, which is come out strong, put the puck behind them, make their defenesmen work. It looked like we were the team traveling all night. We had no legs skating. Our execution was the worst it’s been all year.”

Their play was sloppy from the get-go. Midway the first period, Andrej Meszaros lost the puck and hooked Carlo Colaiacovo who skated in to the Flyers’ end while the official raised his arm for a delayed penalty. Colaiacovo took a shot, which was saved by Bryzgalov, but the rebound went to T.J. Oshie who buried it for his first goal of the season.

Their play looked even sloppier when Max Talbot, one of their best penalty killers, went off for holding as time was winding down in the first period.

In the second, the Flyers came out with the fire that Peter Laviolette said he wanted to see to begin the game. Only 56 seconds in, Chris Pronger made an outlet pass to Wayne Simmonds who found Danny Briere ahead of him. Briere, who had only one goal on the season, carried into the zone and down the right wing. He sniped a shot over the shoulder of Brian Elliott and in to cut the lead down.

“If we would have played like we did most of that second period during the whole game, we had them hemmed in their end for probably 10 minutes of the 20,” said Pronger. “Didn’t get much out of it, but we controlled the play and worked it. We were skating, but again, we’ve got to do that for 60 minutes to make it tough for teams to play in here and be more physical.”

St. Louis got the goal back when Bryzgalov saved a shot by Alexander Steen on his left side, but the rebound went the wrong way and Colaiacovo found it and pounded it home when Meszaros couldn’t clear the crease.

“I yell it, ‘puck in the feet,’ and somehow puck ended on the far post,” said Bryzgalov. “I didn’t see what happened.”

The third period found more of the same for the Flyers. They struggled to get pressure in close against the St. Louis net. That is, however, until they were on a power play when Roman Polak went off for high sticking. The Flyers got to cycling the puck down low and Matt Carle shot the puck on net. It was originally called no-goal, but a replay showed the puck on its edge behind the goalline.

With Scott Hartnell off for cross checking, the Blues, who have one of the league’s worst power plays, got one of the easiest goals they’ll have all season. Bryzgalov went to play the puck and left it to his left, assuming Braydon Coburn was going to pick it up. Coburn skated away and Matt D’Agostini tipped the puck into the empty net to make it a 4-2 game with 5:40 to go.

“Bad communication, somebody yells ‘I’ll get it’ and they don’t get it,” said Bryzgalov.

“I was ready for a bit and then the closer and closer I got to him, then I thought he was making a different play,” said Coburn. “That’s on me. I’ve always got to be on my toes there.” They never got closer and the Blues skated away with a hard-earned win over a team that didn’t look ready to face them. The Flyers better get their act together fast or this is going to be one long season for all my fellow Flyers fans.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States

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Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.

That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.

With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.

There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.

As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.

As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from NJGames.org.

The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.

The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.

Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.

As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.

The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.

Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.

 

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Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.

According to the Washington Post, Leonsis surprised 200 employees of Monumental Sports & Entertainment with tickets and a chartered flight to Vegas for the first leg of the Stanley Cup Final.

The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”

The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.

“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.

“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”

Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.

 

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How Will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018?

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How will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018? That is tough to answer. Last season, it was a turbulent season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a record of 9-7 which placed them second in the nFC East. However they did not make the playoffs. RB Ezekiel Elliott missed five games due to his domestic violence suspension. When he returned, he was a very productive member of the team.

Entering the 2018 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to return to the playoffs and ultimately looking to go to the Super Bowl. To start the 2018 campaign, the Dallas Cowboys had to go through Free Agency. During the Free agency period, the Cowboys signed six players which include Joe Thomas of the Green Bay Packers and Allen Herns of the Jacksonville Jaguars. OG/C Joe Looney re-signed a 2-year contract with the Cowboys while LS L. P. Ladouceur resigned with Dallas for a 1-year deal.

For the players that have departed, a total of 15 players have left the Cowboys. Since their departure from the Dallas Cowboys, some players have either signed with other teams, looking for work, or retired from the NFL. Here is the breakdown:

QB Kellen Moore, TE James Hannah, and Jason Witten retired from the National Football League. WR Bryce Butler, OT Benson Mayowa, and CB Bene Benwikere all signed with the Arizona Cardinals. FB Keith Smith, OLB/MLB Kyle Wilber and WR Ryan Switzer all signed with the Oakland Raiders. OG Johnathan Cooper signed with the San Francisco 49ers, OLB/MLB Anthony Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and CB Orlando Scandrick signed with the division rival Washington RedskinsAs for players looking for work, that honor goes to RB Alfred Morris and WR Dez Bryant. 

Once Free Agency had finally concluded, it was time for the 2018 National Football League Draft. This years Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the first draft to be done in a NFL stadium. For the Dallas Cowboys draft board, the Cowboys will have eight picks this year. During the draft, 6 out of eight players were offensive players. Also during the draft, the Cowboys traded their pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR  Travon Austin. 

With the players the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft now on the Dallas Cowboys roster, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 Dallas Cowboys regular season schedule. This season, the Cowboys will start the 2018 season on the road against the Carolina Panthers on September 9. The Cowboys first division test comes in the second week when the New York Giants come to AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys bye week comes during week eight. After the thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will have another Thursday Night Football game. This time it’s at home against the New Orleans Saints. The Dallas Cowboy regular season finale will be on November 30, 2018 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.

So after breaking down the 2018 offseason and upcoming schedule, I believe it will be a tough season but I believe that the Cowboys will do better in 2018.

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