What’s the plan, Ron?
No plan, guys. No plan.
Full transcript after the jump. Continue reading6 Comments
Flyers press release:
Berube was the 18th head coach in Flyers history and was named to the post on October 7, 2013. He recently completed his second season as head coach and leaves the position with a record of 75-58-28 (.553).
Prior to being named head coach, Berube spent six seasons as a Flyers assistant. He has spent 18 seasons with the organization as a player, assistant coach and head coach, doing all three with both the Flyers and Phantoms.
The team will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.
More soon. But gonna go out on a limb and say that Ron Hextall’s non-commital press conference the other day was one of the most ill-advised pressers I’ve ever seen in Philly sports.
UPDATE: On a conference call, Hextall told reporters that he decided to overthrow the Chief last night and told him after sunrise today. Nothing changed– just his gut told him to do it. It’s worth noting, then, that this decision was made roughly 30 hours after Hextall – for some strange-ass reason – held a press conference saying he didn’t know what he was going to do.
UPDATE 2: Lemmings parrot:
The next time someone asks me why I don’t do more traditional reporting, I’ll just show them this screenshot.37 Comments
Ron Hextall met with the media today. The question on everyone’s mind was whether or not Craig Berube would be fired and relegated to yet another newly-minted position in the Flyers Alumni ambassador program.
“At this point he’s our head coach and if something changes I’ll let you guys know,” Hextall said. “At this point, the process going on, we’re going to evaluate everything as I said. At this point, a decision hasn’t been made.”
“I’m going to be methodical,” he continued. “I want to make the right decision. I’m not going to make a decision to appease people or to follow along what is supposed to be done. I’m gonna do everything I can to be—to do the due diligence that is appropriate to make the decision. And once I get there, then we’ll let people know. I’m not going to make a hasty decision and look back and regret it.”
Somewhere, Craig Berube sits ‘neath his desk, waiting, wondering.18 Comments
Over at the Washington Post today, they took a look at four-sports cities and how well they do compared to one-another. As you can see in the wheel above, Philadelphia is tied for fifth-best with New York City when it comes to winning percentage since 2005. But, that’s actually rounded up. Here’s how we compare to New York over the last ten years head to head (slightly skewed because they’re a four sport city but have more than four teams):
Again, that’s still skewed, since all sports are weighed evenly. For example, 16 NFL games are equal to 162 MLB games. That’s a good way to look at it, but if you break it down by percentage based off of weighted winning percentages — according to my own likely flawed math — the total win percentage is … .511 (I wasted so much math time).
Overall, since Philadelphia became a four-sport city in 1967, the city’s win percentage is a barely impressive .519, which puts Philly 4th behind Boston (.557), Dallas (.548), and Denver (.533). But the only thing saving Philly from true mediocrity is the Flyers. Here are the win percentages, by team, since 1967 (along with playoff appearances and championships):
The methodology uses points percentage for the NHL as the win percentage equivalent, and baseball data is through the end of the 2014 season. Sheil Kapadia wrote up the city for the longer piece on four-sport cities, but the next time you feel yourself being disappointed in the Flyers, just remember one thing: Without them, we’d be the definition of middle-of-the-road.
[h/t Deadspin]18 Comments
Marcus Hayes, the sportswriter equivalent of a poop Emoji, yesterday wrote about how to fix the Flyers, at the request of his editors. His suggestion: trade Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek:
It just seems foolish to waste two players’ prime years on a team destined for mediocrity. They will be relentlessly ground down the next two seasons, assuming Voracek stays, while the Flyers are hopelessly outclassed by at least five or six other clubs in the Eastern Conference and by at least as many in the West.
Two bad deals brought the Flyers costly, faded stars at forward. Bad luck cost them veteran defensemen.
That is the past.
Trading Giroux and Voracek frames the future.
For context: Hayes went on Anthony SanFilippo’s The Scoop Philly last night to talk about his point (1:08:00 mark). He made it clear that the how to fix the Flyers thing was an assignment from his editors and that he wasn’t taking shots at Voracek or Giroux (whom he called his favorite player to watch), but rather was simply suggesting one way to fix the team. “[Trade them for] younger players or draft picks or whatever,” Hayes told SanFilippo.
Fair enough. And it’s not a bad idea. Continue reading65 Comments
A Flyers-Penguins Winter Classic at Beaver Stadium has long-been rumored and grumbled about, but never confirmed. In fact, it’s never gone past the rumor stage. Howard Eskin confirmed it once (inaccurately) and we heard rumors of Penn State being on board, but never much more. Until now.
According to Broad Street Hockey, Shawn Tilger told the gathered season ticket holders at the Flyers Town Hall meeting that the team is pitching the game for the 2016-2017 season to commemorate the 50th anniversary of both the Flyers and the Penguins. It’s still a long ways away, and there will be countless reports between now and then that it’s happening but not happening or maybe happening until its probably happening it’s happening.27 Comments
A couple of months before NHL Hockey was due to hit stores, [NHL Hockey producer] Brook was at the Stanley Cup Finals in Pittsburgh to show off his soon-to-be-released game. The NHL provided him with a couple of large television monitors and set them up in the arena’s hospitality center for what amounted to a public unveiling of NHL Hockey to players on hand, assorted bigwigs and members of the media.
‘It looks so real!’
‘This is the best hockey game I’ve ever played!’
For most of the evening, that’s all Brook heard. EA had done it again. As if this wasn’t enough, John Ziegler – the NHL’s commissioner – was sitting only one table away, hearing each and every compliment. The producer from EA was floating on cloud nine – until a nearby exclamation rained on his parade.
‘I just got Gretzky in a fight!’
Brook felt the force of the sucker punch. It took a second for the rest of the room to register the statement. As it sunk in, VIPs gathered around the monitor to watch Wayne Gretzky, the face of the NHL, get into a fistfight with an opposing player. And as the pixelated version of hockey’s greatest player spilled blood onto the ice, everyone’s eyes darted to John Ziegler, anxious to gauge the commissioner’s reaction.
In the moment, Ziegler played it close to his chest, but afterwards he was furious. Fighting had always been part of the sport – a means for players to police themselves – but it had recently become such a hot-button issue that the league had considered banning it once and for all. The last thing the league wanted was a videogame that glorified fighting. And in real hockey, it was only the enforcers who fought with one another, so why the hell did this videogame allow for Wayne Gretzky to get beaten up? Under no circumstances should that face be bloodied, bruised or rendered black and blue. This was unacceptable, a deal-breaker, and so the NHL demanded that EA remove the feature.
Ever wonder what caused NHLPA 93 not to have team licenses? That was it.
There are so many good anecdotes like this in here. It’s long, but grab a beer tonight and read the full thing.
via Daring Fireball8 Comments