Philly’s 10 Best Pro Athletes on Twitter

References to the Almighty God. Mentions of Jesus Christ. Bible verse citations. Heads up about heading into practice. Vague references to “grinding” and/or “putting in work.” Thanking Uber for the ride. The Twitter lives of many Philadelphia professional athletes can be pretty banal.

But that doesn’t mean all of them are social media dullards. Here, in no particular order, are the 10 Philly jocks who make it a point to bring their best game on Twitter — follow-worthy, all of them.

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NHL Hiring Guy on Flyers Payroll to Decide Player Punishment

The NHL is hiring former Philadelphia Flyer Chris Pronger for a job in its Player Safety Department, ESPN reports. Pronger will be one of those who decide the appropriate punishment for illegal hits.

But there’s an issue: Pronger is still being paid by the Flyers. Pronger last played in 2011, his career cut shot from concussion-like symptoms. He’s not ever going to play again, but he’s still under contract.

Pronger’s contract, which he signed in 2007, pays him until 2017. So each year he’s quietly shuffled onto long-term injured reserve at the start of the season. It’s beneficial for both the Flyers and for Pronger. If he were to officially retire, Pronger wouldn’t be entitled to collect his salary. Also, per NHL rules the Flyers would be stuck with a cap hit of several million in “dead” money; by putting him on long-term IR, he doesn’t count against the salary cap.

And people are upset about his new role in the NHL.

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DO THIS: Flyers Pep Rally Tomorrow at Dilworth Park

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The Philadelphia Flyers are hosting a pep rally tomorrow at Dilworth Park to celebrate the team’s first home game of the season—against the New Jersey Devils.

The event will be hosted by 97.5 The Fanatic host Jason Myrtetus, and, while no current teammates will be on hand, Flyers alumni like Brian Boucher, Bob “The Hound” Kelly, and Todd Fedoruk will show up in a cavalcade led by members of the U.S. Army. 

In addition to getting crowds all Flyered up, there will be contests and giveaways to score t-shirts and other team memorabilia.

Things get started at lunchtime tomorrow, October 9th, from noon to 1 p.m. at Dilworth Park (Broad and Market streets.) Team spirit mandatory.

2014-15 Flyers Preview: Different, but Still Kind of the Same

Sep 30, 2014: Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates with goalie Ray Emery (29) after defeating the New York Rangers, 4-2, at Wells Fargo Center.

Sep 30, 2014: Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates with goalie Ray Emery (29) after defeating the New York Rangers, 4-2, at Wells Fargo Center.

There is a bonus to being a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers. Like all Philadelphia sports teams, they equip you with the tools to deal with crushing disappointment. But it goes beyond that: Almost 40 years since the team last won a Stanley Cup, the Philadelphia Flyers are still considered pretty tough.

And this goes beyond the general stereotypes of hockey player toughness. The original “Broad Street Bullies” moniker has stuck with the team in the four decades since the Flyers won a pair of Stanley Cups in their seventh and eighth seasons. And why not? The Flyers are still known as a team that values brawn as much as brain, that hits hard and doesn’t make apologies for it. Even articles defending them for not being dirty note their high number of penalty minutes.

And this is, well, kind of cool. Kind of stupid, too: One could make a convincing argument the Flyers have relied too much on brawn since their last Stanley Cup, which has kept the team from winning another. But, if you’re not going to win a championship, at least you can have this.

The Sixers are a joke. The Eagles haven’t won since 1960. The Phillies — despite being named part of baseball’s new power triumvirate just a few years ago — are the laughingstock of the league. The Flyers? Well, at least they’re tough.

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Keith Olbermann Calls the Flyers “About As Sexist As Sports Can Get”

The Flyers may think Broad Street Hockey is “the only ones asking any questions” about the return of the Ice Girls. But they’re wrong.

Last night, Keith Olbermann named the Philadelphia Flyers the second-worst person in the world for the day. The only person Olbermann deemed worse than the team was an Australian golf pro who crashed his car while doing a radio interview.

The Flyers earned the honor, as you might have guessed, for bringing back the Ice Girls after fans booed. After recapping the Mother Jones story about the Ice Girls, Olbermann called it “about as sexist as sports can get.”

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Flyers Cave, Bring Back Ice Girls After Fans Boo

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Last week, we wondered how long it would be until the Flyers caved and brought back the Ice Girls. Less than a week! Last night, during a preseason game, the Flyers announced they were bringing back the Ice Girls. Thus ends the most interesting saga of the Flyers’ offseason.

Tryouts are this Saturday, October 5th, at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey. Per The 700 Level blog, which has the same parent company as the Flyers and pays its writers better than the team reportedly pays the Ice Girls, the team cleaning up ice shavings will likely be a mix of Ice Girls and Ice Boys.

The team still isn’t talking about why it nixed the Ice Girls in the first place, but did tell Comcast SportsNet (also owned by the parent company of the Flyers, also pays a better-than-Ice Girl freelance rate) that “we listened” to the fans’ displeasure with their absence. “When Flyers fans voice their concerns, we listen, because they are undeniably the most passionate and knowledgeable fans in all of sports,” Flyers COO of business operations Shawn Tilger told NJ.com. It’s a good thing Ed Snider wasn’t in charge of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, or he would have shut it down before Dottie Hinson got the chance to do a split and get on the cover of Life magazine.

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Flyers Fans Booed the Ice Guys Again Last Night

Another preseason Flyers game, another chance for Flyers fans to show displeasure with the team’s removal of the Ice Girls. Fans actually interrupted the referee announcing a penalty to jeer the fact that women in tiny shorts and tight tops no longer collected ice shavings during stoppages of play.

How long will this go on? Just the preseason? Will loud boos continue to embarrass Flyers fans all year? Will the Flyers eventually acquiesce and bring back the Ice Girls?

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The Flyers’ Broadcast Asked the Easiest Trivia Question in Its History Last Night

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Last night, the Flyers played their first preseason game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Capitals. As CSN Philly put it, the Flyers’ 5-4 win over Washington at the WFC was “punctuated by continual fights and four power-play goals from the Flyers.”

But the highlight of the night was undoubtedly the trivia question asked during the broadcast on The Comcast Network. Gee, how will I ever figure out the answer to this question?

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Today Is the First Day of Flyers Practice, and Claude Giroux Is Already Hurt

Flyers center Claude Giroux. Photo | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers center Claude Giroux. Photo | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Giroux is out for the entire preseason.

The first Flyers practice of the season started today. Hooray! The team’s best player got hurt 15 minutes in. Oh no!

Before anyone could even get excited for the start of Flyers season, Claude Giroux left the ice with what was officially deemed a “lower body injury.” (This is how hockey reports injuries.)

But it appears Giroux injured his groin. “First day of camp and guys go 100 miles an hour — things happen,” Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told reporters. “Obviously, that’s not the way you want to start, but that’s the hand we’re dealt and we’ll deal with it.”

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