GAME #20: PHI v. Scottie Upshall

November 21, 2009 - Leave a Response

Upshall signing his stick for me at MSG earlier this year.

I’m going to be honest. I was one of those people that was ridiculously pissed after Scottie Upshall and a 2011 second round draft pick were traded to Phoenix last year for…Dan Carcillo. It’s not that the Flyers lost a phenomenal hockey player in Upshall, but a (female) fan favorite and some salary. I still hold it against Carcillo and don’t really like him. Sorry. Deal with it. Obviously, it’s not his fault and he’s a victim of circumstances, but that’s too bad because he’s ugly and apparently allergic to shaving his upper lip on a daily basis. One of the major storylines for the Philadelphia media tonight is sure to be Upshall playing against his former team. Yay. Not current Flyer Dan Carcillo’s return to the dessert. Sorry. No one cares. I’m going to make absolutely sure that I’ll be there when Upshall makes his Coyotes debut at the Wach next year.

Let’s take a look at both guys’ preformances since the trade last March, keeping in mind that Upshall has gotten much more time on ice than Carcillo since switching teams:

Upshall: 29 Games Played. 15 Goals. 6 Assists. 21 Points. +4. 50 PIM. 2 Game Winners.
Carcillo: 29 Games Played. 2 Goals. 5 Assists. 7 Points. +1. 124 PIM. 0 Game Winners.

Um, yeah.

So this is what I’m purposing.
I have e-mailed Kevin Kurz, Paul Holmgren, and Ed Snider.
After the game tonight, the Flyers casually inform Dan Carcillo he has been traded and shove him back into Phoenix’s home locker room and lock the door. Take Scottie Upshall on the plane with them to Colorado and rent that apartment for him in Center City. Forever. Let Phoenix keep the draft pick, they’ll need it when they get relocated. Upshall will just use Carcillo’s sweater and vice versa. The NHL never even has to know! Bam, everyone’s happy and the Flyers got that much more good looking. That sounds completely fool-proof, right? Don’t mess it up, Flyers!

Extra Attackers: Flyers/NHL Headlines

November 21, 2009 - Leave a Response

You see this feature in basically every topical blog. Links and quick thoughts on whatever’s up on a particular day. In sports blogs, they’re usually titled with some clever terminology from that sport, and this one’s no different.

Some Flyers-based notes as you try to contain yourself thinking about Dan Carcillo’s return to Phoenix and Scottie Upshall’s return to Philadelphians’ TVs…

  • I, myself, am not fond of reading recaps after I stayed up until 12:30am to watch a Flyers loss, but just in case you are, [Broad Street Hockey], [Frank Seravelli at the Philly Daily News], and [The Panotch at CSNPhilly] have you completely covered.

  • Did you see Mike Richards block a shot with his balls last night? I’m a woman, so I can’t say for sure, but damn, that must’ve hurt.

  • The terrible ice at the HP Pavilion didn’t stop the McDouchey and whiny Dany Heatley from recording a hat-trick last night, while his very respectable teammate Joe Thorton picked up his 600th career assist. And the [Sharks Staff Writer] reminds us of that. Thanks, jerks.

  • If you weren’t ecstatic when the Flyers waived Randy Jones, you should’ve been. But take a look at this NHL headline from [FOX Sports]: “Randy Jones has gone from being a Flyers cast-off to a key contributor in the Kings’ rise from mediocrity to respectablility.” Not only did they spell “respectability” wrong, they make him sound like kind-of a good player. Both are entirely unacceptable.

  • [Frank Seravelli], or F-Sera as I like to call him has a pretty intense blog on the Richards’ hit on Booth a few weeks ago. I know what you’re thinking: the hit was perfectly legal, it was a hockey, and Richards was “just trying to separate Booth from the puck. All of those things are true. But take a look at this Q & A excerpt that the Sporting News checking up with David Booth just recently.

    Question: I imagine the best advice is to not rush back?
    Booth: That’s the biggest thing. You feel good during the day, you want to get back out there … I hate doing nothing. I feel like a slob. I want to do anything I can. It’s been difficult.

    Question: So what do you do to pass the time?
    Booth: Nothing … The first couple of weeks, I’d go for a walk or something and I found that to be detrimental … I think I just have to do nothing.

WORDPRESS IPHONE APP

November 20, 2009 - Leave a Response

I was always aware of WordPress’s absolutely gorgeous mobile site, it’s design is just one of the best out there.

However, I couldn’t write posts on it. So now that I’m really going to try and keep up with blog, I figured it’d be super convient to be able to post a short note or picture or two from my phone to the blog. Sort of like a Flyers-only Twitter account on here, in addition to the full-length posts. With a mobile way of posting, I could do sort of like live-blogs too.

Well, guess what. I searched the app store and there was “an app for that”. Actually, I’m using it right now. And the only thing you can do is write posts but that’s fine with a mobile site as good as WordPress’s.

So expect that coming soon.
I may make a Twitter account for this when someone starts reading this.

Game #19: Caracharodon carcharias

November 20, 2009 - Leave a Response
From gadgetcat on flickr.

From gadgetcat on flickr.

A very quick look at tonight’s Flyers and Sharks battle as the game starts in 12 minutes. I’m sorry and the real previews will be much better, I pinky promise.

Caracharodon carcharias, the scientific name for the Great White Shark, get it? I’m a nerd.

Facts:

  • Mr. Ray Emery will be the guy in between the pipes tonight for the O & B.
    -O & B sounds like a monopoly railroad, doesn’t it?

  • At this very second, Jeff Carter leads the Flyers in points at 19.
  • The Flyers lost the last game to the Sharks 4-1 at home in a truly uninspired loss goalie’d by Brain “The Waterboy” Boucher.

Opinion:

  • Danny Briere will have at least one goal tonight.

If you want to take an acual look at tonight’s game, see Flyers’ Goal Scored By! preview here.

As Mac from Always Sunny would say: Heyyyooo! Go Flyers, bitches.

AN OPEN LETTER TO PITTSBURGH

August 4, 2009 - 2 Responses

I wrote this sometime during or after the Flyers/Penguins play-offs series. It’s basically just a lot of venting, so bear with me, I didn’t really write it with intent to show it to anyone. And if you live in Pittsburgh/are a Pens fan, I suggest you stop reading. But if you’re a Flyers fan, be my guest.

AN OPEN LETTER

Dear anyone who is, ever was, or will have the unfortunate fate of being a Pittsburgh Penguins fan,

You are all sincerely just a bunch of fucking douche bags. I thought Red Sox fans were bad, but truly, compared to you, they’re lovely. Can I ask, please, what the fuck is going through your head when you go to FLYERS BLOGS to comment on, not the article that was written, but on how much more the Pens are superior to the Flyers? Do you all have that much fucking time on your hands that you Google search for Flyers blogs and then type up fucking ridiculous comments about them? Are there not Penguins blogs you could use to emit your douchebaggery? Surely, some Pens fan had to make a blog to contain all of you assholes in one spot right? Yes? Oh okay, and what do you do there? Let me see for myself. Okay, http://www.thepensblog.bloguin.com/. A well-mannered person like myself (except in situations like these) would expect to find lots of stuff about the Penguins in the play-offs, pictures of you sucking Malkin and Crosby’s dick, videos of you fucking your uncles and sisters, you know, the type of weird shit you people do on the wrong side of the state. Of course not. What do I see? A bunch of photoshopped pictures that even I could make of better quality. I see a nice picture of the Wachovia Center- with sniper gun cross hairs on it. I see another picture of the Wachovia Center- with a plane dropping bombs on it. Not to be outdone by yourselves however, there is a picture of Mike Richards hugging Pierre McGuire from behind in a Christmas sweater. Come on, I thought people of even your intelligence could up with something more clever than that. I over estimated you, Pittsburgh.
From 2000-2006 your “beloved” team was in the bottom half in NHL attendance. Or about how you fucking “true fans” were dead last in the league in 2004, and 25th in 2003. If you would like to know where the Flyers were in those years, try 3rd in the league in ’03 and 4th in ‘04. And Philadelphia’s average attendance actually increased 75 people in 2004 from 2003, but so did Montreal’s, Detroit’s, and Toronto’s by slightly greater numbers. But honestly Penguins “fans”. I know your team only had 58 points in the standings that entire season you worthless sacks of shit failed to show up in the stands. You could blame the poor attendance record on that. Your pathetic average of 11, 877 idiots in attendance could have been for that reason. But, hey! Guess what! The Philadelphia Flyers had their worst season in franchise history in 2007, finishing the regular with a mere 56 points. Would you like to know where they ranked in attendance? 7th. Fucking seventh with 19,282 in the crowd on an average nightly basis. The previous year their average was 19,653 and they finished fourth, so there wasn’t even a notable drop-off. Why? Because Philadelphia is superior to your shit of a city you have out there. I am thoroughly disgusted to share a state with you people. I’m glad I live about 300 miles away from you morons. I don’t know what type of fucking diseases I could catch from you people. It is sickening in every respect that the NHL had to threaten to move your franchise from Pittsburgh to Kansas City or Vegas just to get you to watch a hockey team. The NHL then proceeded to grant you Sidney “Whining Bitch” Crosby and Evgeni “I Look Like My Mom Smoked Too Many Russian Cigars While She Was Pregnant Wih Me” Malkin in the draft. They practically handed you fucking people who are now two of the best players in hockey. And they knew that’s what they would become. Your franchise is a fucking charity case and I hope you can read this, but you probably have Gary Bettman’s dick too far down your collective STD laced throat.
As I was scrolling through some of the comments on that Penguins’ blog, I found not only naïve remarks, but some I just didn’t know what to think of. I’m not a Phillies fan. I didn’t even like Harry Kalas that much. But when I read this: “Just a classless organization from top to bottom. The organist at the Wachovia Center should take a note from Harry Kalas and just die.” I was surprised. I’m just not sure what to make of that. I don’t even know what to say except that it’s sad that someone would resort to saying such a thing. First of all, Harry Kalas has nothing to do with the Penguins or even the Flyers, the team the Pen’s are playing, so why you would bring him into such an argument, is something I’ll never know. Yes, and we are the classless ones. I know that I’m not always the most well-behaved person, case in point: this letter, but really? I guess this is what happens when a fanbase cares about its team once or twice every two decades. They obviously make up for their lost time with disrespect and sheer incompetence. Here’s another raw comment I thought was amazing, “Your city is a filthy crime infested rotted cheesesteak dump. Do the rest of the state a favor and DIE”. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. You silly Penguins fans. Have you ever had a cheesesteak? They are delicious. Are you sad that the best things your city is known for are steel and bridges? The ‘DIE’ comment at the end there is just sort of funny. Something to smile at, which I did, when I read that. Philadelphia is the place 1,435,533 people proudly call home and where I want to live one day. The number of violent crimes (defined by the national government’s website as crime in which the offender uses or threatens to use violent force upon the victim) reported in Philadelphia in 2007 were 1,475. Keep that in mind when you read these two numbers. Pittsburgh population: 312,179. Pittsburgh’s number of violent crimes in 2007: 1,107. PHILADELPHIA HAS OVER A MILLION MORE PEOPLE THAN YOU AND PITTSBURGH’S VIOLENT CRIME RATE IS ONLY LOWER BY 368. Yes, the capital letters were necessary, too bad your illiterate incest orgy of a town wouldn’t know the difference. Just for the record Pittsburgh’s property crime rate was 4,463 and Philadelphia’s was 4,305. More than triple your population, and Philly still has less people willing to vandalize buildings in their own city. Pittsburgh’s burglary reports in 2007: 1,095. Philadelphia’s? 803. I don’t even know what Larceny theft is, but Pittsburgh had 281 more reported cases of it than Philly did. How stupid Penguins fans are, is strictly just becoming humorous at this point.
Also, I know you are all blinded by love at this point, but Flyers fans are not jealous of Sidney Crosby. I play the “he-is-not-the-best-player-on-his-team,-let-alone-the-next-Wayne-Gretzky” card. If you could please just take his dick out of your ass for one second and be realistic, it would be greatly appreciated. At the moment, Malkin has the most points, assists, and goals in the play-offs. Crosby is second in all of those categories except assists. So if you would like to start making out with Malkin now, you can. Those stats are skewed by the Flyers distinct ineptitude to play defense, but regardless, my AIDS test is flawless and yours isn’t. Crosby not only spends more time whining to the refs than you do lighting puppies on fire (which is more time than I could ever imagine, I suppose), but he doesn’t throw a fair fight. He jumps people after face-offs, and punches people in the balls that are already down on the ice, and being handled by another Pens player. While he is ridiculously offensively talented, I would take Mike Richards every chance you gave me. Stats from the 08-09 regular season: Did you know Richards was +22 in +/-, while Crosbitch was just a +3? Did you know Mike Richards had 13 less penalty minutes? Four game winning goals to Crosby’s three? This is where Mike Richards makes Sidney Crosby his unworthy bitch. Seven short handed goals for Richie. Crosby had 0.0000000000000000. Mike Richards also owns the all-time NHL record for most 2 men short handed goals with 3. You can reread that now. Just to make sure, I’ll say it again: Seven short handed goals for Richie. Crosby had 0.0000000000000000 in 2009. Mike Richards also own the NHL record for most 2 men short handed goals with 3. Alright. Now you want to look at career numbers? Mike Richards and Sidney Crosby both played their first full NHL season in 2006. Richards played 290 regular season games since then, and Sidney Crosby, also 290. I shit you not (but I’m sure that’s something you’re all used to doing on each other by now). Mike Richards career short-handed goals in the regular season, alone: 19. Sidney “The Next One” Crosby: 0. Zero is a great number. It’s also the amount of normal looking people in Pittsburgh, the number of people who want to screw Sidney Crosby outside of your city, the number of times Crosby has shaved…ever, how many people in Pittsburgh who are not the result of rape/incest/excessive drug use, and the number of people who knew what “ice hockey” was before Mario Lemieux was drafted.
And Maxime Tablbot. Really? You said, “They call themselves the most intimidating? That’s pretty pretentious. They try to be intimidating. They’re all dressed in orange T-shirts and they scream a lot. Does that make the Flyers a better team? I don’t think so.” I say you wouldn’t have the balls to say that to a Wachovia Center full of people with no security. Did you not realize your fans were going dress in white T-Shirts (they all brought their best wife-beaters, rest assured) in Pittsburgh for Game 5 two days after you would say this? Have you seen those wash-cloths your fans wave around? What are they called? Terrible towels? To call a swatch of fabric “terrible” is pretentious. To have an NHL PLAYER SURVEY name Flyers fans as the “most intimidating in all of hockey” is not. Do you even know what pretentious means? No, it does not mean ‘fucking amazing”, contrary to popular belief. I don’t blame you though, seeing as you people must’ve burned all of your dictionaries when you found out the definition of ‘greatness’ did not start with ‘Sidney’ and end with ‘Crosby’.
Please now, let me end with pictures of what the off-season looks like for Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, compared to Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin. (And yes, that’s actually them. Google it.)

is better than

BORING

August 3, 2009 - Leave a Response

If you like cookie cutter english papers on the history of fighting in hockey and why it shouldn’t be banned, this is for you!

On December 12, 2008, Whitby Dunlops player Don Sanderson of the Ontario Hockey Major League prepared for a hockey game as he had done many times before. During a fight against a Brantford Blast player that night, he fell helmetless onto the ice and later died of brain complications from the blow. His tragic death struck the hearts of many and sparked an age-old debate on whether or not the National Hockey League (NHL) should ban fighting. Yes, the practice within the sport is dangerous, however this is the first known death directly related to fisticuffs and ultimately should not be banned. Fighting has been a part of ice hockey since the sport’s rise in popularity in nineteenth century Canada. There are a few theories on how fighting first worked its way into the game. The most popular one is simple in the fact that when hockey was thought to be developed in the 1800s, there was a general lack of official rules and the game encouraged physical play because of one of its most fundamental objectives- trying to steal the puck from another player. Many fans of hockey agree that it is a staple to the game, and a 324 NHL player survey conducted by Sports Illustrated in its June 1st, 2009 issue said that 99.4% players asked did not want fighting banned either. There are often games without altercations, and out of the total of 1,230 games played in the 20008-2009 regular season, there were only 743 fights.
The National Hockey League was first created in 1917 and was played for five years without any formal rules even remotely regulating fighting in the game. In 1922, Rule 56 was introduced. This implemented punishment by a five minute penalty in which the player cannot be on the ice for five minutes and is sent to a bench, opposite that of his teammates, and that is rink-side called the penalty box. Although players have broken their fingers and sustained other minor injuries, that is the extent of most wounds and no one has ever died in the NHL because of a fight. Players do have to suffer repercussions if they decide to engage in a brawl and there are other penalties associated with fighting besides the basic five minutes for fighting such as the instigator penalty for the player who is deemed to be the obvious starter of an altercation and is assessed a ten minute penalty on top of the five minutes for fighting, among others.
Another issue with completely banning fighting in hockey would be missed opportunities for young players to prove themselves at a professional level. Often times, players are called up from the minor leagues to assume the roll as the team’s designated fighter, called the enforcer, because of their inexpensive salaries. They frequently do not play very many minutes since their objective is mainly to give the better players on the team time to rest and to fight, but during that small span they can establish themselves as skilled and talented players. People like Brendan Shanahan and Keith Tkachuk started their careers as enforcers and now have a combined over 1,180 NHL goals.
In addition, the presence of possible fights discourages dirty hits and dangerous stick infractions. Players are less likely to hit or trip someone with their stick if they know that besides a penalty, an enforcer could want to fight them. The same is true if a player checks some into the boards awkwardly, with intent to injure, possibly giving them a concussion or broken bones. In essence, allowing fighting in the NHL is subtraction by addition, not the other way around. Adding altercations, or permitting them to happen, is subtracting, or decreasing, the likelihood of more dirty play in other forms. Seeing a bulky, 275 pound, over 6-foot-5 guy sitting on the opposing team’s bench makes players think twice about what they do on the ice. Alan Blagman has been a zamboni driver for six years at Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers. He says that he has seen more injuries caused by ill intended stick violations, than by fighting.
Many people and sports networks see hockey as a niche sport. A game that maybe does not have as many fans in the United States as football or basketball, but those who do follow it, love and are very knowledgeable about it. Maybe if the NHL eliminated fighting, it would have a better national image and profit from its new fans. However, one could actually argue that more people watch hockey in America because of its risk of a brawl. Bill Clement, a hockey analyst for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (previously for ESPN), and a retired NHL center said, “One aspect of the human make-up seldom changes, and it is our sense of morbid curiosity, fighting sells”.
When talking about banning fighting in the National Hockey League, there are many hats to wear, but only one head. Nobody wants to see a player get injured in a fight, but no one wants star players to be targeted or dirty play to increase. It can be made safer. In the case of Don Sanderson, his life could have been saved if players did not remove their helmets before a fight. There is always room for improvement, and this is no exception. However, the complete removal of fighting in the NHL would cause more harm than good.

LUPUL’S GOODBYE PHONECALL

June 26, 2009 - Leave a Response

(DISCLAIMER: This is not an actual transcript of a phone call from Joffrey Lupul to Mike Richards and Scott Hartnell. I am not associated with the Philadelphia Flyers in any way. Once again this is a FAKE, satirical piece. I am a fan, and nothing more. This is not real, nor is any one claiming it to be.)

The rest was written entirely by me and my friend, Kristi, who is a Rangers fan, but I forgive her for it. I hope it’s funny. Also, in an episode of “Day In The Life” on the NHL Network, Scott Hartnell mentions he has a cat, (actually two) and that is where the cat references come from.

Me and my friend Kristi have obtained an exclusive transcript of the call Lupul placed to Mike Richards and also former teammate Scott Hartnell after he was notified of the trade. It begins somewhere after he alerted them.

Lupul: “Oh no. No, you guys keep the Guitar Hero… it’s a gift from me and Scottie [Upshall]. By the way, say goodbye to [Hartnell’s] cat for me… I love you guys, man. We gotta mack some hoes again sometime soon okay?”

Hartnell: “Yeah, dude no problem.”

Richards: (sniffles)

Lupul: “Man, yous are the best… Remember when we did all those Jell-O shots off the stripper and got completely sloshed and woke up in Hartnell’s bedroom? Ah, man. I’ll miss yous. Fuck, send me a cheesesteak soon, will you? I’ll eat it moldy, I don’t give a shit man… Memories…”

Richards: “I will… I nailed a bitch that works at a cheese steak stand downtown… She gives them to me for free… Everyday, if you know what I mean…”

Lupul: “Alright, dude, I appreciate it. Hey, what about that time at the NHL Awards? Man, Richards you didn’t even make it there conscious… They wound up giving your award to Pavel Datsyuk from the Wings, dog. You were so messed up, man… I’ll miss that… And Hartnell’s cat…” (sniffles)

Hartnell: “Dude, no doubt, dude. My cat’s sitting right next to me… Man, she looks like she’s crying… She just winked at me… She knows, she feels ya man…”

Richards: “Tell her Richie-kins misses her… Man, there ain’t no cats like her up in Kenora [Richards’ hometown], or anywhere… That bitch is for real… She gets me, man… She gets all of us…” (audible gulping and slurping, as if from a bottle or flask)

Lupul: “Man, you guys are the best… I’m gonna call yous everyday about the chicks in Cali… Maybe you guys could come down, bring the cat, you know… Have some fun, go surfing, do some ecstasy and shit like old times…”

Richards: “Dude. I told you, what happens in my apartment stays in my apartment… Johnny [Flyers’ coach John Stevens] is all over me about that shit now. Damn it, Lupes. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. … Or whatever. Man, I just smoked a huge joint from this skank… She’s trying to take off my pants…” (In the background, there’s whispers: “I don’t have any condoms, but you can give me a blow job … this is an important call, this is my brother, man, he got traded … later, I promise, later … ”)

Lupul: “Oh man, Richie, you’d love the strippers down here… We can do a night out on the town, yous bring the cat, and I’ll bring the hard liquor and beer, Scottie will bring the girls… But Hartsy really has to bring his bed and Richie, you have to stay sober long enough to legally get on a plane over here… Then we’ll be all good.”

Hartnell (wiping tears froom his eyes): “Yeah, man, yeah, for sure… The cat’s coming with us. Richie would be lured on the plane by her alone, no matter how fucked up her gets…”

Richards (inaudible slurred words, bottles clank, there’s sobbing and sniffling): “Yeaaah, man. Loops. Loops. Luuuuuuuupuuuuuuuul, Loops. Listen to me. Luuuuuuuupuuuuuuuuuul, Loops. I want you to listen. Listen, okay? Loops?”

Lupul: “Uh, yeah, man… I’m here Richie, what?”

Richards: I. Love. You. I lovers you. Good, good man. I FUCKING LOVE YOU, JOFFREY. I fucking meant it. Fuck everyone, man… We could start our own team… Run off together, be bro’s, yo.

Hartnell: “Uh, Richie. You’re not-“

Richards: “LET ME FUCKING FINISH. Lem me finish it, god damn. Oh… God… who’s gonna carry me hoooooome when drunk? Likeeeee… Hartnell will get sick of me, bro… Loops, come back… I’ll split my salary and weed and house and girlfriend and X-Box with you, dog… Just, come on Joff. Come baaaaack to me, us, the Philly fans, Hartnell’s cat, dog, do it… I love you, man…”

Unfortunately, that’s all me and Kristi were able to access. If in the future we gt a hold of future documents, we’ll let you know.

Naïve To Believe/Too Naïve To Believe?

April 18, 2009 - Leave a Response

I don’t need to explain what that picture is of. As long as you see one Bill Guerin celebrating over by Braydon Coburn, and the puck behind the line, I’m pretty sure you know when it was taken. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to read another statically in-depth look at last night’s lamentable (read: unfavorably abrupt) loss. Fortunately for me, I don’t have to write about it anymore after this paragraph. I don’t want to think about Game 2 anymore, and you shouldn’t either. Pretty much, I’ll be reffering to it, but not much more than that. I’m trying to look forward by looking back. Like adding by subtraction. (A.K.A.: Carcillo getting suspended, then putting an energized rookie with a chance to gain play-off experience in his place.)

If I was going to explain the series thus far to some one who hasn’t heard anything about it, but still understands hockey, I would just tell them that the Penguins lead it 2-0, and the next game is in Philadelphia (as is the one after that) at 3:00pm EST on NBC in HD, where available. That’s it, and nothing more. They don’t need to hear about the god-awful effort that was Game 1 or the heartbreaking OT loss that was last night. They only need to recognize that Flyers are back home at the Wach. for the next couple of nights and if the Flyers have any chance at all of moving on to face the ‘ins/’iens they need to win the next two contests at home. Sure, the Flyers could lose tomorrow night, and sure, they could comeback from a 3-0 Pittsburgh hole and move onto the second round, but both of those things are not likely, especially the latter.

All of which, brings me to the title of this very blog post. Some people would tell you it’s not stupid to think the Flyers could dig themselves out of this 2-0 hole and and end up winning the series. Even more people would tell you it’s foolish to believe the Flyers could come back to advance to round two. Which state of mind is right/better? It comes down to the eternal optimist vs. eternal pessimist. I’m not going to go all ‘American Psychological Association’ on you, but I can say the players mind-set and the fans mind-set have to be completely different, in most cases. Almost always, the fan in this situation will take the more negative road, not because they want to believe what they’re saying will happen, but because if they convince themselves of the worst possible outcome, they can’t be disappointed. And after the two games played so far, that doesn’t seem unreasonable. Both were big let-downs, but for two totally different reasons. One was lack of playing the all elusive “60 minutes of hockey”, the other, just lack of outcome.

The players mindset needs to be the positive one, because they still have to play. Both the fans and the players want the team to win.

Game 3 tomorrow.
Go. Flyers.

Hungry For More, & With A Vengence

April 15, 2009 - Leave a Response


Does that picture annoy you? No? It really should. Here’s why:

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia,
celebrates his second goal of the game against Philadelphia
Flyers goalie Martin Biron, right, in the second period during
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in Pittsburgh. 5/10/08

Yeah, and nobody wants that again. Actually, nobody wanted it in the first place, but that was last year. Also last year: Arguably the Flyers’ biggest rivals knocked Philadelphia out of the play-offs in five embarrassing games. The Flyers had a nice run last year, sure, but that was probably the worst way for it to end. But I digress, history is history and the present can’t change that. If you thought getting bounced by Pittsburgh hurt a lot last May in the third round, I hope you bought twice as many tissues this year because it only gets harder. I’m sorry, and I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand anyone associated with the Penguins in anyway. I hate Crosby. I hate Fleury. I still hate Michelle Therrien. I hate their PR guy. I hate “The Igloo”. I hate the rats that occupy “The Igloo”. I hate everything about them, so why would the Flyers post season being ended by them feel better this time around? It won’t, it’ll be even worse, and I’m sure the guys know that. Nobody liked Penguins in 2004 and why would they? Penguins are ugly, I mean not just Malkin and Crosby, but actual Penguins too. Pittsburgh averaged 11,877 people at home (dead last), and just for good measure the Flyers were fourth with 19,375 on average that year. The worst season in Flyers franchise history was the 06-07 season. The Flyers (avg. 19,282 at the end of ’07) still had a little less than 2,000 more people in the seats than the Pens (avg. 16,424 at the end of ’07) could manage that year. How’s that for true fans?

I wanted to do a post before the play-offs started because after tonight’s game, I’ll either: A. Not want to jinx the Flyers for the following games since they’re up 1-0, or B. Will be livid about being down in the series already. And to be honest, my hopes are really high. I know they shouldn’t be. I could tell you about how two analysts and one hockey monkey picked the Flyers out of 48 people/animals, but I think ‘Flyers Goal Scored By…” did a pretty good job on that already.

So there you have it. At the end of this series, it’ll either be the sweetest revenge or us, the Flyers Faithful, will have to endure another early demise with Sidney Crosby’s hands around our collective throat. I have no idea which one it’ll be and ‘quite frankly’ (as a one John Stevens likes to say) I’ll have no impact on the outcome. I won’t be in attendance for any of these second season games, unfortunately, nor do I suit up for/have any real contact with the Flyers. All I know is that it’ll be a crazy ride and the only ones who can truly affect the game are the players themselves. We just have to have confidence in them. Yes, even Randy Jones. And if we have a motto here at the 215 411, it’s: In Mike Richards We Trust.

Start this full-fledged attack the right way and shove the gold
and black down their throats like we got the good ol’ O & B down ours last year.

LET’S-GO-FLYERS!