Young cancer patients pump up Flyers by announcing lineup before game

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Young cancer patients pump up Flyers by announcing lineup before game

In sports, sometimes we need a reminder that there are bigger things than wins and losses.

Providing smiles for two youngsters battling cancer is a beautiful example.

Dave Hakstol and the Flyers helped make those special memories possible on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Maddie Swenson, 10, and DJ Allen, 12, both fighting cancer, were welcomed into the Flyers' locker room to offer some pregame motivation before the team hit the ice against the Sharks.

Swenson and Allen pumped up the guys by announcing the Flyers' starting lineup.

It was an awesome moment.

(Pictures courtesy of Flyers PR guru Zack Hill.)

Just four days ago, Swenson finished her final chemotherapy treatment. On Tuesday, she celebrated her 10th birthday. And last week, she met the Flyers after practice.

This is in conjunction with the NHL's #HockeyFightsCancer initiative.

Bravo to the Flyers and all those who push the cause forward — and, most notably, to those who continue to fight.

Wedding party pulls of Philly Special entrance to near perfection


Wedding party pulls of Philly Special entrance to near perfection

Wedding party entrances can be a tricky thing. There's a needed balance between having fun and looking like an idiot.

Some people are naturals when they get introduced. Others struggle with creativity. Execution is key.

We can now enter the Philly Special wedding party entrance into the record books. The execution was solid, but they clearly didn't practice as many times as Trey Burton, Corey Clement, and Nick Foles did. Not quite as gutsy of a call as Doug Pederson made, but a wedding is a huge stage. Kudos.

WMMR got some more details on the partygoers pulling off the play:

The Philly Special part deux happened at the wedding of Stephanie & Todd Cummings, March 17 at Spring Mill Manor, Ivyland, PA.

Groomsmen running the play are Tim Waring and Greg Georges, Bridesmaids are Nicole Werynski and Tricia Punyko. 

John Kruk to open four new cheesesteak restaurants

Kruk's Philly Steaks

John Kruk to open four new cheesesteak restaurants

Did you know John Kruk had a cheesesteak restaurant? Not only does he, but he’s adding four more locations and the food looks delicious.

Kruk opened his first restaurant, Kruk’s Philly Steaks, last April in Naples, Florida, before opening his second location in Fort Myers, Florida, last summer. According to his website, he has plans for four more throughout Florida with locations in Tampa, Sarasota, University Park and another in Fort Myers. There does not seem to be any plans to open a Kruk’s Philly Steaks in our area just yet, however.

Kruk played 10 seasons in the majors, with the bulk of that time being spent with the Phillies and had a career .300 average, but by the looks of it, his cheesesteaks may be just as good as his hitting.

The menu also includes “The Krukker” that is a cheesesteak with American cheese, fried onions, mayo and ketchup as well as chicken cheesesteaks and Italian pork roast.

His flagship location has a four-star rating on Yelp with tons of positive comments about the joint. So, if you’re ever in Florida, check out Kruk’s and let us know how it is. If not, you can catch John on Phillies broadcasts all season long on NBC Sports Philadelphia.