May 22, 2008
Just met a friend who’s in a position to know and Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer is being moved off of the hockey beat to cover the Eagles. Yes, all Eagles all the time.
So after a season of excitement for the Philadelphia Flyers and a postseason that leaves Flyers fans hungry for information on what’s next, the Inky plans to leave Flyers fans hanging. Who’ll be following the signings? The draft? This key offseason? As of yet, no one’s saying.
Bad move, Inky.
May 16, 2008
Last night at the Wachovia Center, nearly 20,000 Flyers fans showed up, not for a wake, but for a resurrection.
It could have been ugly. There could have been a tentative building, with fans sitting tensely in dread of elimination. But no. The fans, most dressed in their spanking new Megadeath Security t-shirts, were fully engaged from before the puck dropped, roaring their approval of the Flyers playoff efforts and demanding that the real Flyers show up. And show up they did. Read the rest of this entry »
May 8, 2008
When disaster strikes, it is swift and unexpected. With Flyers fans eager for the Eastern Conference Finals to begin so the Flyers can prove to the world they are no fluke, the team has lost its most indispensable player for the rest of the playoffs.
Last night, when Jim Jackson, on the CSN playoff special, answered the question, “Who would be the player they can least afford to lose?” He said, aside from the obvious Biron, Kimmo Timonen, and I had that black cat feeling. You know how it is. The feeling you get when someone mentions that a guy has a shutout going. Or says something about the other team’s power play not having scored for the past 10 games.
So today we find out that Timonen has a blood clot in his ankle and is out for the rest of the playoffs. And I (and many Flyers fans) have gone from thinking our heroes may just be able to upset the Penguins to thinking there’s no hope. Without one of the best defensemen in the league, without their anchor on the blue line and on the point in the power play, the Flyers hopes seem to have just gone up in smoke.
Stinky black smoke.
April 22, 2008
If the Flyers are as tense as I am, there’s not much hope for them tonight. But I don’t think they are. They’re alive and kicking and ready to play tonight. I have to convince myself of this. It may require bourbon.
Why will the Flyers win tonight? Fast start. Kill the energy of the Johnny-come-lately red-clad fans and infect the Caps with the same frustration they felt in games 2 and 3.
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards will be animals. Danny Briere will take the huge fire that burns in that tiny body and score two or more. Being on the road will work to the Flyers advantage. Them against the world.
Does any of this make any sense? No of course not. But as FlySkippy said on HockeyBuzz.com today, “We are fans of the team, not of the record.” So there’s really no choice for Flyers fans but to strap in and get ready for the roller-coaster ride.
April 18, 2008
So we’ve seen what the Washington media and owner thinks of our little Flyers Caps series, but what is it like to be there? Oh my little kittens, you have no idea!
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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).
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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