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Awesome T-shirts on sale as WWE returns to Philly; will Gritty get his revenge?

Awesome T-shirts on sale as WWE returns to Philly; will Gritty get his revenge?

Is Gritty going to make an appearance tonight as the Wells Fargo Center hosts WWE’s Monday Night Raw? At the very least, he’ll be on the fronts of some really awesome T-shirts.

The Wells Fargo Center’s Twitter account tweeted out a photo of a shirt that will be available tonight, and people are losing their minds wanting to buy one.

As the WWE are on their Road to WrestleMania, the shirt depicts the Flyers mascot on the ropes, pointing at the WrestleMania logo, which is something WWE superstars do to show that they want to headline, or get a title shot, at the company’s biggest event of the year.

We’re wondering, however, if this is a sign that Gritty will show up in tonight’s live event and exact revenge on Elias, who poked fun at both Gritty and Carson Wentz the last time Raw was in town this past October.  

Gritty did fire back on social media at the wrestler, who is known for his Walk With Elias shtick and his nightly songs.

In addition to Elias, Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost will also be in attendance as one of the celebrity special guests tonight, days after he poked fun at the Phillies and Bryce Harper.

We’ll probably have an eye on RAW because maybe Gritty gets his revenge, but we’re almost certain the Philly faithful will let Jost know they didn’t appreciate his lame joke.

The T-shirts are cool, too.

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Western Conference-best Flames face elimination vs. Avalanche

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Western Conference-best Flames face elimination vs. Avalanche

The Flames went 50-25-7 with 107 points during the regular season, second best in the NHL to only the Lightning.

On Friday night, the Flames face elimination in the first round of the NHL playoffs when they face the Avalanche in Game 5.

Below is the full schedule for Day 10 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins (tied at 2-2)
Game 5, Eastern Conference first round
7 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames (COL 3-1)
Game 5, Western Conference first round
10 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Flyers cover Kate Smith statue, remove her 'God Bless America' after racist songs come to light

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Flyers cover Kate Smith statue, remove her 'God Bless America' after racist songs come to light

The Flyers have removed Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" from their music library and covered up the statue of the opera singer near the Wells Fargo Center in light of several songs by Smith containing racist lyrics being unearthed.

Here is a statement released by the team Friday morning:

We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization. As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith's recording of 'God Bless America' from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.

Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" was first played at select Flyers home games in the late 1960s. She first sung the song live in Philadelphia in 1973. Smith died at 79 years old in 1986 and her statue originally stood outside of the Spectrum. Now, it stands outside of XFINITY Live!


(NBC Sports Philadelphia)

The Flyers' decision comes in the wake of a New York Daily News report, which stated the Yankees were no longer going to play Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch because of Smith's history of potential racism.

Below is a section of the report:

Smith was a famous singer before and during WWII who recorded the offensive jingle, 'Pickaninny Heaven' which she directed at 'colored children' who should fantasize about an amazing place with 'great big watermelons,' among other treats. She shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is startlingly racist. She also recorded, 'That’s Why Darkies Were Born,' which included the lyrics, 'Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.'

In recent years past, before very select home games, whether it be a big playoff contest or a special occasion, Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" would play in cohesion with team anthemist Lauren Hart singing live, making for a duet.

That will no longer be the case moving forward.

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