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Flyers cave in to boobirds, bring back ice girls

- September 30th, 2014

A handful of Philadelphia Flyers fans voiced their displeasure, and the NHL franchise decided that was enough.

The ice girls are back.

Judging by the video showed to fans Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the skimpy outfits may also return.

This, of course, stems from the apparent “outrage” by fans who soundly booed the team’s all-male 12-person ice crew during pre-season games last week.

It was thought the new-look ice cleanup team was a response to a Mother Jones article published in June quoting anonymous Flyers ice girls about horrible working conditions, including low wages and being forced to wear their outfits in the frigid outdoors.

What was already a questionable situation has now only been made worse. The initial change didn’t come off as inclusive — women can clean ice in pants and sweaters, too — and now the Flyers have to deal with the backlash of a flip-flop that has caused hockey fans to question the club’s priorities.

Those at the rink cheered Tuesday when the latest changed was announced on the scoreboard, but the reaction on Twitter was overwhelmingly opposed.

In fairness, the ice crew auditions page doesn’t specify whether candidates need to be male or female, and makes no mention of the uniform.

Philadelphia’s home opener is Oct. 9. We’ll know for certain by then what, if anything, the Flyers will take from this public relations blunder.

Washington Nationals fan bartering playoff tickets for threesome

- September 30th, 2014

A Washington Nationals fan purporting to be the opposite of a “gross, old dude” is attempting to barter a pair of playoff tickets for a promiscuous night with a pair of women.

A nameless Craigslist contributor in the U.S. capital is seeking sex – well, a threesome – in return for two “Diamond Club” tickets to Friday night’s National League wild card game in Washington D.C.

If that wasn’t already enough, the tickets, the poster claims, offer luxury seats that include free drinks and gourmet food.

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“I am willing to part with these tickets to you and a friend in exchange for a threesome (two women only),” the poster clarified.

“I am not some old gross dude, actually 24 and athletic,” he continued. “I just can’t go to the game and don’t really need the extra money, and have always wanted to take place in a threesome.”

Attempts to reach the poster by email weren’t immediately returned Tuesday night.

But we’re guessing he was hoping to see a very different email pop up in his inbox considering his demands.

“Please send 2-3 photos of you and your friend so I can see what we’re working with.”

The post has since been flagged for removal.

Wild goalie Bryzgalov’s selfie game in mid-season form

- September 30th, 2014

Ilya Bryzgalov is attending Minnesota Wild training camp on a tryout after a sudden foot injury to Josh Harding. He’s basically an insurance policy behind Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper.

But that doesn’t bother everybody’s favourite goalie philosopher or his fans. Monday night during a pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he took some time while on the bench to pose for some selfies.

One.

Two.

Three (Keaton Robbins lookalike!).

To top it off, later in the game Bryzgalov tossed his toque onto the ice after teammate Jason Pominville completed a hat trick. Wild coach Mike Yeo had a good laugh about it all.

Keep doing you, Bryzgalov.

(h/t Puck Daddy)

Islanders’ new arena not exactly ready for NHL action

- September 29th, 2014

The New York Islanders are a season removed from entering a new era.

The once-storied club, which claimed four straight Stanley Cups to start the 1980s, is slated to move from Long Island to Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season.

The Barclays Center will replace Nassau Coliseum — which is all fine and dandy since it’s about time the aging Coliseum was laid to rest.

But, according to The Hockey News, the arena is not an ideal spot to watch a pro hockey game.

For one, a design flaw has left the centre ice videoboard considerably off-centre. (Something about that last sentence doesn’t make sense.)

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Barclays Center during the Isles-Devils game on Friday. (Getty Images)

The flaw, which we presume will be taken care of before next season, is apparently caused by the spatial differences between an NHL ice surface and NBA court.

When the Barclays Center is set up for the Brooklyn Nets , everything looks A-OK. For the Islanders, though, adjustments are required in order to cram seats around the much-larger playing surface.

The in-arena shuffling positions the overhanging videoboard on top of a blueline, not the red line.

Another disadvantage: 400 of the nearly 16,000 seats have obstructed views.

Including this one…

(Thanks to The Hockey News for bringing this to our attention.)

NCAA fan KO’s fellow spectator with punishing right hook

- September 29th, 2014

Noses were bleeding in the nosebleeds Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J., after a donnybrook broke out at MetLife Stadium.

It started like any other brawl between what we can only assume were frat boys from Syracuse and Notre Dame.

A more mature, likely much-older man is heard yelling for the group to “grow up.”

The women in the crowd begin to scatter.

Seconds later, mayhem ensues.

Security arrives just in time to see some dude at the 40-second mark stand up and land a vicious right hook that bambi-legged a much-bigger man.

We can only speculate as to what started this brawl in the sky.

Leprechaun jokes?

Insensitive references to Catholicism?

Either way, someone got “blown up.”