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Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins 10-29-2016- The Worst Minute Ever!



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The Philadelphia Flyers played the Pittsburgh Penguins October 29th, 2016 and had an epically bad minute with 3 Penguins goals that wounds all senses.

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The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins had their first battle for Pennsylvania on October 29th, 2016.  For those concerned, Flyer Andrew MacDonald sat out for the game.

“We played as a team, we were aggressive. We played the way we wanted to.  Friday we talked about our game, what kind of team we want to be.  Tonight was that team we want to be.”- Reflections of Claude Giroux

Some wild, weird and wonderful things happened this night.

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers by Len Redkoles NHLI via Getty Images

One of them was the Philadelphia Flyers Jakub Voracek scoring at 9:48 into the 1st period.  Brandon Manning and Radko Gudas assisted.  The Orange and Black scored in the 1st period for the 2nd time in 9 games.  It can be good to be a trendsetter, and is even better breaking said trends.

In like manner, Wayne Simmonds made his mark on the scoreboard at 13:02, with Shayne Gostisbehere and Brayden Schenn assisting.  The Flyers were unfortunately, not able to enjoy their 2-0 lead for very long.  Thereupon, Penguin Sidney Crosby scored over Mason’s shoulder, first at 15:44 and again at 16:27 on the power play, tying the game in a mere 43 seconds.

“He’s known from that area, he gets it up and they had a little passing play before hand. Gotta be better,” said Flyers goalie Steve Mason.

The Penguins acquired the lead just 12 seconds later due to Matt Cullen’s contribution, ending the 1st period with the Philadelphia Flyers down 2-3.  Evidently, a lot can happen in less than a minute.

Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol shared his thoughts; “I thought we needed one more save tonight in the first period, just one of those. They’re tough plays. They made some good plays there. A night like tonight you probably need a save there on one of those.”

The Philadelphia Flyers replaced Steve Mason with Michael Neuvirth as goalie in the second period.

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers by Patrick Smith via Getty Images


The second period had excitement and intrigue.

Pittsburgh committed 5 penalties, the most of any period of the game.  3 were against Jakub Voracek, with 2 being holding penalties from Ian Cole.

Although Evgeni Malkin scored at 9:38 at even strength, making the score 4-2, their lack of control haunted the Penguins.  Accordingly, a hit to Claude Giroux from David Warsofsky at 6:28 made Philadelphia Flyers fans nervous as he left the ice.  He would leave and return a few times before staying the rest of the game.   In spite of this, he would vindicate himself before the period was over.  The Flyers Captain, on the power play, with Wayne Simmonds and Radko Gudas assisting, made it a one goal game at 3-4 at 13:16 in.  This is Giroux’s first goal of season.  After assisting 9 other goals, he now has one of his very own.  This also sent the message that he was back and able to repay Pittsburgh’s kindness.

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers by Len Redkoles NHLI via Getty Images

At the same time, Gudas’ contribution to the goal was a fabulous sight to behold; he scraped from his knees and swatted the puck to get it to Simmonds.  This is the Radko Gudas who plays best for his team.  The one with zero penalty minutes who learned his lesson after a belated season debut due to suspension.

“I got a little bit lucky, those pucks are flying by so I was just trying to do my best,” said Gudas, “Lucky for me I stayed on the blue line and Simmer made a great play and G even a better shot.”

Furthermore, Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek also avenged himself at 15:28 with a penalty shot and tied the game 4-4.

To say nothing of the penalties, the ratio of shots on goal between the teams is noteworthy.  While the Philadelphia Flyers had 15 shots on goal, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a scant 5.  Be that as it may, 1 of those shots became goals for Pittsburgh.  That is 20% accuracy vs the Flyers 13.3% from their 2 goals of the second period.


The third period had considerably less to cheer or ponder about than the rest of the game.  Evgeni Malkin scored the game winner, his second goal of the evening, at 8:33 in the period.

“It’s a tough loss but it was one of our better games, that fifth goal was a lucky bounce but that’s the way it goes,” said winger Jakub Voracek, “We had a few minutes to tie it.”

Once again, the Flyers had more shots on goal than the Penguins (15-9) but were not able to turn those shots into goals.

In contempt of their efforts, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4.

They won the battle of Pennsylvania.  They get all of it now.  Harrisburg, Allentown, Hershey’s Chocolate World, all theirs now.

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Now, consider how events came to be this way.  Penalties and their aftermath, once again, played a part in the game.  Overall, the Flyers committed 3 penalties and the Penguins committed 5.  As previously mentioned, both teams capitalized on their opportunities; each scored a power play goal and Philadelphia made good on a penalty shot.  The management of the power plays, penalty kills and shots kept the score close enough to make a comeback win feasible.  The big, burning question is; were the 3 power plays not scored on and the 1 penalty they could not kill enough to change the out come of the game?  With the final score so close, it is possible that the penalty situation could have made the difference between victory and defeat.

For the Flyers, they had a slight edge with face offs won (53% vs 47%), had more shots on goal (42-27) and fewer giveaways (8 vs 11).  Even with these advantages, there were tiny cracks for Pittsburgh to slither into.

That said, there are larger factors at work that have a larger impact.

One being that Mason had a rough minute in the 1st period letting in 3 goals in 55 seconds.  The turn over by Mason contributed to the wrap around goal from Cullen that Mason did not see coming.  Sidney Crosby’s second goal had some stoppable qualities to it.  Mason may not have been able to stop all three goals, but stopping one or two was possible and can make the difference between tying a game or even winning.

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers by Len Redkoles NHLI via Getty Images

Though there were not many turnovers, 2 did lead to goals.  One from Mason and One from Couturier.

Flyer Sean Couturier took responsibility for his play and had a balanced view of the game; “I think we outplayed them, honestly, they had two lucky bounces: a bad turnover by me and then that winning goal there, not even a dangerous shot. It goes off one of our guy’s shin pads and bounces right to him back door.”

The Penguins made fewer shots and had few turnover opportunities, but they were making the best of those possibilities when they did arise.  If they found an inch, they took a mile.  They could have made some of the mistakes they made and won, but not all of them.

“The second and third we played pretty good, good enough to win, they got players who makes a lot of plays out of nowhere. They’re a good team,” said Flyers captain Claude Giroux.  “It’s definitely frustrating now. It’s not the record we want to have. We got to be positive in the way  we played.  We got 73 games left and it’s not like we’ve never been in this position before. Guys care in here. Same story as other years. We’ve had bad starts but we find a way to get our s— together.”

The Philadelphia Flyers were playing well and still outplayed; correspondingly, it was a close game that came down to small mistakes that made big opportunities for their opponent.

“We didn’t make very many mistakes in the second two periods,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “Fifty-plus minutes where you’d say it’s a blueprint of how you want our team to play. … We don’t have to change anything. We have to tighten up a couple of things. Tonight, it wasn’t enough. Sometimes that’s the way the game is. There’s no solace in it, but also there’s no discouragement either.”

For his goal and efforts, Claude Giroux dines on tasty penguin soufflé, but a grilled cheese sandwich of victory is something only winners eat.


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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States



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

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



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?



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 Redskins.  As 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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