“Blurb Sauce!” is a quick look at some of the stories floating around the world of sports today. It was also Ron Burgundy’s sign off in Anchorman until the evil folks from editing got their hands on it… jerks. “I’m Ron Burgundy… blurb sauce.” Do you see how epic that could have been?!
Danny Briere is Awesome and All, but… Seriously? (Pun Intended)
Broad Street Hockey posted a story yesterday afternoon mentioning a local tourism company targeting Canadians using the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is holding a contest called the Ultimate Flyers VIP Experience, where winners will receive round-trip airfare from Toronto to Philadelphia, a hotel stay, and tickets to the March 3rd Flyers game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Not enough, Canadians? How about this pitch from Flyers all-star Danny Briere? He even teaches you a little bit of lingo that “Philadelphians use” so you can get comfortable here when you win your little contest!
Danny… c’mon. Yo?
As Travis Hughes mentions in his post, it’s hard to support something that will give tickets away to the enemy, but the GPTMC is pretty smart including the Flyers in a package when they have THE MOST POINTS IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE! BOO-YAH!
Damn, that felt good.
The Mets Finish First in Something!
The New York Mets finally slipped past us, it was only a matter of time. Fortunately, it has absolutely nothing to do with actual baseball!
The Mets, New York’s equivalent of the bastard child you never wanted, has Major League Baseball’s best logo according to ESPN Page 2′s Jim Caple. I was led to link by Craig Calcaterra from HardBall Talk.
I think we can live with that. They can have the better logo, we’ll stick with a championship-calibur team to try and compensate.
Plus, if you feel at all dejected by this news, this should cheer you up.
Washburn Disciples Take Interest in Eagles
The Eagles signed former Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn on Wednesday, and the signing has garnered more attention than a position coach typically gets.
Enter Albert Haynesworth and former Eagle Jason Babin, who both learned quite a bit under Washburn’s guidance. Philly Sports Daily has a quick write up on the two, who both basically shared that an Eagles uniform looks more attractive with the new d-line coach on board.
Haynesworth’s name has been in the sports media for all the wrong reasons over the past year. His public and private clashes with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan led to an embarrassing training camp and season for the former Pro Bowler. In the team’s final meeting, the two didn’t even speak before the team departed for the off-season.
Tim McManus mentions in his piece why it would be difficult for the reunion to work out, even if the Eagles did want that.
Haynesworth is still controlled by the Redskins, so there is no guarantee that the marriage between former coach and player will be consummated.
I’m not so sure Eagles fans would want the Albert Haynesworth circus to come to town, so the Redskins’ stroke in this whole matter might be a blessing.
On the other side of the spectrum, Jason Babin is a free agent in 2011, and will make his first trip to the Pro Bowl after a 12.5 sack season in Tennessee under Washburn. Babin left the Eagles after the 2009 season to play for the Titans in 2010, finding himself in his fourth different uniform in as many years. (Kansas City in 2007, Seattle in 2008).
His 12.5 sacks more than doubled any total he posted in his previous six seasons in the NFL. His second-highest total was only five sacks in 2006 with the Texans. He has vocally credited Washburn with much of his 2010 success, and the Eagles may want to give Babin a second go-around to see if he can approach those numbers.
I completely support the idea. Sometimes it’s the guy you play for knows how to utilize and develop your talent in a way the player is unable to do on his own.
Just ask Michael Vick…