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Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson gives love to Flyers, Broad Street Bullies

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson gives love to Flyers, Broad Street Bullies

Philly fans shouldn't boo the visiting coach too much in this first-round playoff series between the Sixers and Nets.

They'll like his taste in hockey.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters Saturday he expected the first-round series to be a fistfight.

"A head coach of Philly saying that, it doesn't surprise me," Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson quipped.

Atkinson made the remark in appreciation for Brown and Philadelphia sports.

Where does that appreciation stem from?

Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz and the Broad Street Bullies.

Today, I took a run along the river there, and what do you think about? You think about Philly sports and all the tradition. I was thinking when I was younger, I wasn't a huge hockey fan, but for some reason I liked the Philadelphia Flyers. They were the Broad Street Bullies and they had the enforcer and I loved Bobby Clarke with the no teeth. You don't know why as a kid, right? I'm a New York kid, Islanders were great, my brother liked the Rangers, that was probably why. 

Before the Eagles-Saints playoff matchup in January, New Orleans head coach Sean Payton, who grew up in the area, shared his appreciation for the two-time Stanley Cup-winning group (see story)

Atkinson isn't from the area and still loved the Bullies.

"You think of the great sports cities, Philly is a great sports city," the Long Island native said. "New York is too. Philly, this is special. I think of Mo Cheeks and Dr. J and Moses Malone and all those great games, great Philly teams.

"Their fans have garnered a reputation that's well-earned. I think it's great."

Much respect, Coach.

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Stanley Cup odds 2020: Updated look as NHL releases plan to resume play

Stanley Cup odds 2020: Updated look as NHL releases plan to resume play

It looks like hockey is on its way back, and before the players resume formal practices the sportsbooks wasted no time releasing odds on which team will take home Lord Stanley’s Cup In 2020. 

For bettors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, FOX Bet and FanDuel lists the orange and black at 11-1 ($100 bet pays $1,100). These numbers are right around what the Flyers were listed at right before the coronavirus pandemic caused the sports world to come to a screeching halt. The Flyers have the seventh-best odds to win the Cup behind Boston, St. Louis, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Vegas and Washington. 

According to the Superbook in Las Vegas, the Flyers are listed at 12-1 ($100 bet will win $1,200) to be crowned champions. The Flyers opened up at odds of 25-1 last May. 

Back on Halloween, the Flyers’ odds reached as high as 50-1 to win the title. Over the course of the year, the odds have gone up and down like the Sea Serpent roller coaster on Wildwood’s boardwalk. In early February, their odds rose again to around 40-1 before a winter hot streak.

In case you were wondering, the "Play Gloria" St. Louis Blues opened at 40-1 to win the Cup a season ago. That season ended with a mini Mummers celebration down in South Philadelphia. Let’s hope we have something to celebrate come this fall, even if it means we still have to social distance and not celebrate in grand fashion down Broad Street. 

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NHL, Flyers fans going crazy after latest news on return to play format

NHL, Flyers fans going crazy after latest news on return to play format

It’s a wonderful day in the world of hockey. 

Tuesday afternoon, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman elaborated on some of the best news fans have heard in a long time … hockey is most likely returning. While a detailed layout of the league’s Phase 2 had already been released earlier in the week, this is the first time Bettman, himself, spoke about the subject

There is a tentative timeline in place for such things to begin — but everything seems more tangible now than ever. 

If there had never been a stoppage in play during March and the season progressed normally, only two teams would have been left in the race for the Stanley Cup. Now, with a promising future and the approved 24-team playoff format, we’re looking ahead to summer hockey. 

Which honestly doesn’t seem too bad, right? 

We know there are many more steps that need to be put in place before the playoffs do take off, but that doesn’t mean the excitement is going to dwindle. In fact, this has been one of the most optimistic days on social media since the league was put on hold 76 days ago — especially with Flyers fans. 

Here are some of the best instant reactions to Bettman’s press conference — feelings you are probably all experiencing now, as well.

Hang on Flyers fans, I have a feeling we're about to have one crazy summer! 

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