Keith Olbermann Won’t Stop Trolling Flyers Fans

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To be clear, Keith Olbermann fired first.

No, he wasn’t fired (although who would be surprised) — he took a shot at Philadelphia Flyers fans by calling them illiterate.

One day later he was back at it on Twitter, taking another cheap shot at us after we shared the story:

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The Four Worst Philly Sports Teams

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In the end, the Sixers even sucked at sucking.

They ended their season Wednesday night just as they started it: with a victory over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Given that everybody knew going into the season that the plan was to stink up the joint as much as possible, those two wins are … unforgivable? Because they helped give the Sixers only the second-worst record in the NBA this season — which means the even more putrid Milwaukee Bucks now have the best chance of capturing the top pick — and, with it, perhaps a semblance of a future in professional basketball.

Blech.

Still, we’re not sure this is the worst season in Philly sports history. Yes, it was bad, but everybody knew to expect it. It’s the stomach-punch seasons — where expectations and achievement misalign badly — that should count. And there are lots of contenders for that prize. Here’s a nominee from each of the city’s major remaining pro teams:

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Flyers Playoff Game Bumps Miley Cyrus Concert

NBC 10  reports: “The Philadelphia Flyers announced this evening that Miley Cyrus’ BANGERZ TOUR, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd, will now take place on Monday, April 21st. Live Nation rescheduled the concert to accommodate the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game three of the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Flyers and New York Rangers will take place April 22.”

Which raises the obvious question: Anybody want to guess the over-under on the number of crestfallen Miley fans we’ll see at the arena that Tuesday night?

How Did the Flyers Stop Being Awful?

Dec 28, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate Michael Raffl (12) shootout winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Photo | Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 28, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate Michael Raffl (12) shootout winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Photo | Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Via Crossing Broad comes news that the Philadelphia Flyers do not suck, despite a recent four-game skid. How’d that happen? Last time we checked in, they did suck — less than a 5 percent chance of making the playoffs after a rough start to the season in November.

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7 Presents Philadelphia Should’ve Given Pope Francis

Can you believe the mayor of Philadelphia went to the Vatican and gave the Pope a freaking football jersey?

Pope Francis actually got jerseys of six Philadelphia sports teams: The four major sports, a Union jersey — which is at least a sport that’s popular in both Italy and the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s native Argentina — and the St. Joe’s Prep football jersey above. Yes, the Pope now owns a Phillies jersey; he can dress like Macklemore.

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Battle Pittsburgh at Milkboy


Tomorrow, March 15th, The Philadelphia Flyers take on their cross-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1 p.m. The game is always a heated battle and you can participate firsthand at Milkboy Philly.  The Center City bar is participating in a special simulcast with Pittsburgh bar, Pittsburgh’s D’s Six Pax & Dogs. The two bars will be competing head-to-head for the Lord Shawnee Cup. The first bar to kick their keg of ShawneeCraft Double IPA will be declared the Shawnee Cup winner. The beers are just $3 and the first one will be poured at the opening drop of the puck.

Milkboy will have other $3 beers on special all-day as well as complimentary bar snacks to fans.

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The Ultimate Philadelphia Klout Ranking

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Klout, Inc. was founded in San Francisco in 2009. It measures online influence by using data from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, WordPress and a bunch of other social media platforms. Each user is assigned a Klout score on a scale from one to 100. The higher your score, the more influence you are said to have online.

Many Internet aficionados are skeptical or downright dismissive of Kloutjoin them at your own risk. Marketers and major companies take the very basic web analytic very seriously.

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How Flyers Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds Almost Beat the Harlem Globetrotters

From left: Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Steve Mason, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek. Photo | HughE Dillon

From left: Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Steve Mason, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek. Photo | HughE Dillon

The Harlem Globetrotters are from another era, a throwback to the original days of basketball, of barnstorming teams like the Original Celtics and the New York Rens. The show even feels old: The Globetrotters’ jokes are almost vaudevillian — some of them could have been ended with a giant hook pulling them off the court. It’s carnival entertainment — the circus combined with professional wrestling.

C’mon, kids! Abe Saperstein’s globe trottin’ basketball team has come into town! Only now Abe Saperstein is Herschend Family Entertainment, who acquired Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. from Shamrock Capital Advisors in October. Herschend also owns the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, Ride the Ducks, and Dollywood.

The Globetrotters make an annual pilgrimage to Philadelphia in early March every year, hitting the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia twice yesterday. (Another Globetrotter squad was in Estero, Florida, at an arena that usually hosts the Florida Everblades — get it?) To get attention in a crowded entertainment market, the Globetrotters pull a lot of stunts: The team drafted Usain Bolt, a player ran into Dave Matthews, and two Globetrotters competed on the Amazing Race. In 2009, the team actually played on the roof of the Spectrum; the next year two players did tricks on the top of the Comcast Center.

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