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Alex Lyon's new mask is horrifying

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Alex Lyon's new mask is horrifying

Alex Lyon is at it again.

Lyon, who made his NHL debut in net for the Flyers last season and played in 11 games, has spooked his opponents for the past two seasons with horror movie-themed masks. He outdid himself with his new mask for the 2018-19 season.

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I am very humbled and proud to be the mask artist for Alex Lyon🙏🏻. It is with a pleasure we unleash Alex Lyon’s latest Flyers mask for the coming season👊🏻. The mask is the third chapter in his series of tribute masks to classic horror movies😱.... This Philly based movie was an honor to paint on a mask... It is created in a non symmetical way so when the mask turns from side to side🔄 it gives an extra scary effect... Parts of the painting is created in an unpleasant and scary style with the running orange colors🎨... The paintings on the side are painted with 3 different paint techniques, I love the challenge to mix paint techniques and create it into one unique painting. One painting is created with freehand airbrush🔫, the next with freehand sketching✍🏻, and the next with freehand brush🖌... The DaveArt 4️⃣-D Experience is also added to enhance to the storytelling on the mask📕, and also all the DaveArt Trademark Super FX✨ is unleashed. Thank you Alex, it is awesome to be your painter🙏🏻😊. #alexlyon @philadelphiaflyers @lehighvalleyphantoms @daveart @nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity @theahl #DaveArtTheStoryteller

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Designed and painted by renowned goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson, Lyon's mask will pay tribute to the M. Night Shyamalan film "The Sixth Sense" this season after honoring the movie “It” last season and "Saw" two seasons ago.

 

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Alex Lyon’s mask series of Horror masks continues😱... His previous mask was a tribute to a certain clown movie🤡... Here comes the next chapter of Alex’ Horror concept masks📕... Every new mask is a tribute to a selected horror movie📽... This is a tribute to a certain guy which likes a saw🤔... Thanks Alex! I am so happy and proud to be your personal mask artist🙏🏻😊! Cant wait to create your next chapter in your mask art saga. #alexlyon @philadelphiaflyers @nhl @daveart @lehighvalleyphantoms #nhl #DaveArtTheStoryteller #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity

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With the departure of Petr Mrazek, the goaltending situation for the Flyers seems to be in another year of flux, so it remains to be seen where Lyon will spend the bulk of his time on the ice next year. At least he will be looking good doing it.

What's really going on with Michael Bennett and the Eagles?

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What's really going on with Michael Bennett and the Eagles?

A commentator’s seemingly innocuous remark about Michael Bennett’s role with the Eagles quietly became a subplot this week after the defensive end refused to speak to reporters.

Is the three-time Pro Bowl selection “none too happy” being a “backup” in Philadelphia, as NBC’s Cris Collinsworth indicated during the Eagles’ nationally televised opener? Only Bennett can say for sure, and he reportedly declined the opportunity when approached by team employees, while coaches denied knowledge of any issue when questioned.

But did Bennett’s actions betray the company line one week later when he appeared to take issue with being removed from a game? Good thing pictures are worth 1,000 words because the 10th-year veteran had nothing to add, essentially telling the media “no comment,” which naturally only adds to the mystery.

So what are we to believe exactly?

For starters — see what we did there, Michael? — let’s revisit March after Bennett was traded to the Eagles from the Seahawks.

“I think a great defensive line is about the rotation,” Bennett said.

“I’m comfortable with taking less plays, man.

“Just taking snaps off, being able to have a [longer] career, it’s something that every player wishes and dreams about. And this organization, when you think about play snaps and counts and keeping guys fresh for the moments that count.

“Because at the end of the day, it’s not about September or October or November; it’s about January and February.”

Bennett understood the situation he was walking into and not only seemed OK but also enthusiastic. As recently as training camp, there was no sign of distress.

“Obviously I care [about starting]," Bennett said to NJ.com. “But at the same time, I am not going to make it the most important thing to me. The most important thing for me is just getting in the game and playing as high as I can.”

Still fine. From July to September, with only two games in the books, how did we get to “none too happy?”

It’s entirely plausible Collinsworth’s anecdote was blown out of proportion. Bennett averaged eight sacks per season over the previous six. Yeah, the guy wants to play, and rightfully believes he should. Doesn’t necessarily mean he’s requesting a trade, either. Perhaps this is considered the coloring aspect of the color commentator job.

Furthermore, Bennett’s refusal to speak to the media may be the result of people twisting his words, not to hide his discontent. Wouldn’t be the first time somebody played that card in Philadelphia.

The controversy's very premise has flaws. While Bennett happened to finish fourth in snaps among Eagles ends against the Buccaneers in Week 2, he was just one snap behind Brandon Graham for most in the opener — hardly reason to complain.

And Bennett’s interaction with a coach on the sideline last week — does anybody have a transcript? Otherwise, we might not want to put words in another person's mouth.

Then again, maybe Bennett was pissed. He played the fewest snaps of Eagles defensive ends against the Bucs, yet led the group in quarterback hits and matched Derek Barnett with a tackle for loss.

All of which suggests if there is anything to these rumors, maybe the best answer is simultaneously the easiest — the Eagles need to put Bennett on the field more.

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You have to see this terrible Phillie Phanatic costume

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You have to see this terrible Phillie Phanatic costume

October is rapidly approaching, which of course, includes the wonderful holiday of Halloween.

If you’re looking for that perfect costume that absolutely does not even slightly resemble your character, look no further.

Behold, this company is advertising a Phillie Phanatic costume for the low price of $399.99 that literally looks nothing like the most beloved mascot in all of Major League Baseball.

We have many questions about what exactly went into the design of the costume, which is actually on sale, but you can see it for yourself right here and below:

So if you’ve got $399.99 to spare and are looking to dress up as the Phanatic, we do not recommend buying this one.

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