On My Mind: February 18

The Flyers look to get back on track, NCAA tourney dreaming and more.

Don’t Fall Short on Long Island

The Flyers are about to get underway against the New York Islanders in a matinee at Nassau Coliseum. To say that the Flyers have owned the Islanders the past few seasons would even be an understatement. According to ESPN, since the start of the 2007 season, the Flyers have beaten the Islanders 28 times. If the start of the game is any indication of how things will go for the orange and black, things are looking good as captain Claude Giroux scored 20 seconds in to give the Flyers a 1 – 0 lead.

UPDATE: 3 – 0 Flyers in the second period

Be True to Your School

The Rider University Broncs’ basketball team is in good shape with only three games remaining until the MAAC Conference Tournament in Springfield, Mass. The Broncs are coming off a 67 – 63 win against the Marist College Red Foxes. The win against Marist was its 10th MAAC victory of the season, eclipsing the nine Conference wins the Broncs had in the 2011 – 2012 season.

The last time Rider made the NCAA Tournament was 1994 against the Connecticut Huskies. You might recognize some names from that UConn team: Travis Knight, Donyell Marshall and, of course, Ray Allen. All things considered, Rider did fairly well against the Huskies, losing by 15 points. The Broncs made the NCAA Tournament the prior year but lost 96 – 52 in the first round to former NBA players Jamal Mashburn and Tony Delk’s Kentucky Wildcats.

Maybe this is the season we get back to the NCAAs. I’ll keep you posted.

The Young Monopoly

Last month, I posted about the Phillies cornering the market on guys with the last name Young. First they acquired Michael Young in a trade and then they signed Delmon Young to compete for an outfield job. The other day, Baseball America reported the Phillies had signed Corey Young to a minor league deal. No word on whether GM Ruben Amaro has scouted free-agent pitcher Chris Young, A’s outfielder Chris Young or if he’s trying to coax former NFL quarterback Steve Young out of the broadcast booth.

Have you ever seen your alma mater play in the NCAA tournament? How far did you have to travel to see them play? Did they win the game? Leave a comment below.

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