A New Hockey Pen

June 23, 2008

It looks like Sam Carchidi, who for many years has been covering high school sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer, will be the new Flyers beat writer. Sam’s a solid professional, but his passion has been high school sports for quite a while. I sure hope he can find the same joy in covering the game so many Philadelphians love above all others.

Flyers fans are demanding consumers. I’m a little worried there’ll be a rude welcome for the new guy on the block. But I’m looking forward to seeing what Sam does with this.


What We Didn’t Know About Tiger

June 18, 2008

This year’s U.S. Open golf tournament was much more exciting and competitive than your average walk through the kikuyu grass. But with this news it moves into mythic territory.

I wrote to friend Jason Sobel at ESPN.com Sunday, scroll down to 1:10 pm, about Tiger’s playing on a sore knee being impressive, but perhaps it was being overplayed a bit by the media. Missing from what he quoted there is that I said Tiger was no Johnny Baun (who scored a Stanley Cup winning goal on a broken leg). Wrong I was!

I’m sorry, but walking six miles a day for five straight days on a broken leg (yes, stress fractures are less painful than displaced fractures, but they’re no picnic) is no mean feat. But stopping every few minutes to twist the painful joint into a pretzel with the force of a very fit body behind it had to be excruciating. The ability to compete under those circumstances was laudable, notable, and possibly a bit insane. The ability to win under them? Epic.

O-ver-RA-ted? Not Exactly

June 16, 2008

My oldest sister pronounced Tiger Woods overrated on Friday. Do you suppose by now she’s realized how absolutely clueless that was? Even before he hobbled around to win the 2008 U.S. Open for his 14th major championship this weekend, that was a pretty darned stupid thing to say. Is he perhaps overexposed? Yes. Can the constant “Tiger Tiger Tiger” of the announcers get a bit tiresome on occasion? Sure it can. But is there any doubt that this man is head and shoulders above the competition? Not on your life. Read the rest of this entry »

Root for Phil?

June 15, 2008

Rick Reilly seems to be feeling sorry for Phil Mickelson. He wants Tiger fans to leave the fold and root for Phil.

I root for plenty of other guys, like Rocco Mediate (with whose sister in law I’ve worked for many years), local boy Sean O’Hair, and Rich Beem. But Lefty? Please. He has plenty of fans rooting for him as the anti-Tiger. You know, lack of fitness, insufficient preparation, and repeated mind farts resulting in unbelievably poor decisions that result in exactly what you’d expect under the circumstances.

I don’t need Reilly to tell me who I should be rooting for. I can see clearly who’s sincerely trying to win and who’s merely trying my patience. I can do without the Phil Mickelson pity party.

NHL Frozen Moment Widget

June 5, 2008
Congratulations to the 2007-08 Champion Red Wings

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Best Since Yesterday

June 3, 2008

So, the ratings for game 5 of the Pens v Red Wings series last night were the best for a Stanley Cup Finals game 5 since 2002.

And I say, “Whoop-dee-doo!”

The best ratings since a series no one watched and no one cared about that was one of the reasons the NHL brass decided they had to get control of the game and make it better and more palatable for a wider audience. The best since they were really bad before. The best since they were so bad the league couldn’t find anyone to pay serious television rights for the next contract.

It isn’t just the NHL. So much lately I’ve been hearing something is “the best since” and the following date is in this century. Which means it isn’t such a big deal, doesn’t it? If it’s the best ever, yes, big deal. If it’s the best in 20 or 30 years, yes, big deal.

Best since yesterday? Nothing special.