Overtime Hodgepodge

April 18, 2008

I don’t know if an owner should do this, but laugh with me at Ted Leonsis’s playoff diary. He is foolish enough to suggest his wife and daughter wouldn’t be safe in a luxury suite in the Wachovia Center. Unless he’s bringing along members of the great unwashed to sit in his box and throw back some brews, there’s really no risk there.

While Ted may be forgiven for being a bit on the clueless side, this guy is paid to write about hockey, so there’s no excuse for him. Is he the only person in the building who didn’t know that when a penalty is called and the crowd chants “asshole,” the object of their ire is the official? Someone should strip him of his apparently ill-gotten media credential. I do realize that Caps fans are new to the excitement of playoff hockey, but for a sportswriter to make this kind of error? Of course, he’s probably more a PR person than a sports person.

This comes just a day after Mike Wise in the Washington Post embarrassed himself crossing from basketball to hockey and showing his complete lack of understanding of the game. The incitement is obvious, but his attempts to play the whole thing off as meant to be funny shows either desperation (I don’t want to look foolish so I’ll pretend I was trying to be funny) or a complete lack of ability (because it isn’t funny, even if you’re a Caps fan).


Playoff Beards Pending

April 10, 2008

One of my favorite things about the post season in the NHL is playoff beards. Everything from a few stray hairs here and there on the young ‘uns to full blown mountain man beards on old heads. The Flyers haven’t been great on the beard front in recent playoff years. I’m hoping this year that trend will be reversed. Playoff beards are good luck! Or at least good fun.

Best of all, this year I’ve discovered a site devoted to playoff beards. Watch along with us!


Bad Reffing on the Way

April 6, 2008

Apparently, Michel Therien had trouble with the officiating in the Pens game with the Flyers on Wednesday. That’s rich. Unless he was complaining about his own player not being called for butt-ending Scott Hartnell in the face and exploding his nose with no call, I can’t see where he’s coming from.

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NHL Finally Gets What It Wants

April 6, 2008

The NHL really wanted tight playoff races. It wanted every game to count. But it couldn’t have dreamed of a scenario like the one it had this year, with races for a number of playoff spots not decided until the last week of the season, and in the case of the Southeast Division, the last game of the season. Read the rest of this entry »


Flyers Get So Much Right

March 28, 2008

Tonight the Flyers held their second┬ásession (the first was last Thursday) of a Season Ticket Holder special event. A fairly small group of fans (I’m not good at these estimates, but I’d be surprised if it were as many as 200), who’d reserved their spots with customer services, was welcomed to dinner (split between the Cadillac Grill and the Lexus Club) and to a series of four question and answer opportunities, with:

  • GM Paul Holmgren,
  • Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor and Director of Scouting Don Luce,
  • Customer Service Senior Director Cindy Stutman and Senior Manager Melissa Keeler, and
  • President Peter Luukko and Senior Vice President, Operations Shawn Kilger

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The First Shoe?

March 19, 2008

Last week, the Flyers sent out season ticket packages for the 2008-09 season. There was a price increase, not that unusual, although with a salary cap and a still not quite competitive team, while the economy moves into recession, it may be a harder sell than they expect.

But the big surprise, and a very unpleasant one, was that they are moving the entire first row of fans, many of whom have had those seats since the beginning of Flyers history, to create a premium seating row with a much higher price than the lower bowl and built in (without a choice offered) concession value.

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Rooting for a Merciful End

March 17, 2008

Looking at this it’s becoming more and more likely the freefalling Philadelphia Flyers will be spending April on vacation, not in the playoffs. And I have to admit, I’d rather not spend good money to see this ragtag mess get dominated in the first round.

Of course, my feelings about the play of the team aren’t being assuaged by the actions of the front office. Awaiting me in the mailbox yesterday was the season ticket brochure for 2008-09. I guess now we know why they announced the price increase so early. They want a down payment on next year by April 15. This isn’t exactly good timing. They might have better luck waiting until the bad taste is out of season ticket holders’ mouths from this disastrous second half before they ask for a deposit on next year.

Let’s see.

Bad collapse at end of season. Check.

Moving long-time season ticket holders, some charter season ticket holders, out of the first row to cash in. Check.

Asking season ticket holders to put a deposit on seats before the playoff refunds can be processed. Check.

What a way to celebrate spring.


No 3 Pointer!

March 9, 2008

No, this is not a post about basketball (wait a couple of weeks for that). With the Philadelphia Flyers in eighth place in the NHL Eastern Conference, just one point behind the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, the last thing a Flyers fan wants is a 3-point game at Madison Square Garden today. So here we are, with 5:50 left in the third period, and what do we have? A 0-0 game. It doesn’t matter which team scores, just please, one of you (and only one of you) score before regulation ends!


Versus the Ads

February 26, 2008

Is this the beginning of the end of really bad Versus ads?

Ovechkin

Finally an ad that tries to sell the actual game. Now if only they could spring for color.


3.7 Seconds

February 24, 2008

What a night. To get so far in a game, having 1 goal hold up. Seeing Mike Richards go down with an injury and having the building go so quiet you’d have thought the pope had died. Not long after to have little Scottie Upshall shout “Give me those Richards minutes” with a crushing body check. And then, in the last minute, with the crowd going absolutely wild supporting the effort and finally ending this damned losing….but oh no Flyers fans. You must suffer more deeply. Hockey sucks.