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Amazing Website Lets You Blast Goal Horn for Every Team in Hockey

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Just go to WeJustScored.com and clear your morning schedule. The thing is completely up-to-date with the Flyers’ 2014-2015 goal horn and song, which is just great, because this site may provide your only opportunity to actually hear the damn thing.

Best way to listen? I’ve found that running a script to loop the Kings’ goal horn and weeping while staring a picture of Jeff Carter at McFadden’s circa 2010 is cathartic. I loooooooove LA.

No but seriously, annoy your whole office today.

via FTW

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Today in Philly Athletes on Tinder: Michael Raffl

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My God, could you imagine if Tinder was around for Jeff Carter’s wild oats sowing years?

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The Flyers Game Sucked, but the Broadcast Is Pretty Good

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back.

 

Ice girls cometh

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Theyyyyyyy’re baaaaaaaaaaack. And they’re wearing pants? PANTS?! No! No pants. If you go Ice Girl, you gotta go full Ice Girl. This is a cop-out and a concession… unless, of course, this outfit was hastily thrown together and there’s a new outfit on the way? Maybe? 

More pics after the jump. And here’s a gallery from the Courier-Post (remind me to cite this the next time their hockey beat writer decides to lecture me or anyone else on the merits of Journalism).

 

Flyers on CSN Twitter account

Two days in a row and I’m complimenting Comcast (don’t worry, have a post for later about the evil conglomerate getting a customer fired from his job), I don’t know what’s wrong with me. But credit where it’s due. CSN’s inside the broadcast Twitter account (@FlyersonCSN) is cool and a good idea:

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It does what Twitter and social media are supposed to do by making the broadcast slightly more interactive without being obtrusive. They have behind-the-scenes stuff, Q & As, and Ice Girls. What more could you want? They’re basically tweeting all the things a fan would Tweet if they were given access. Nice work. Really digging CSN’s Flyers broadcast overall. Bouche and Bundy are nice additions to an already solid team.

Another nice change– the score bug has been moved further into the upper left-hand corner:

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More sports broadcasts need to do this. Back when some people still had non-HD, 4:3 TVs, the score bug and other pertinent information had to be closer to the middle of the screen (on 16:9 views) so your grandmom and cheap friend could still see everything. It created a lack of balance on-screen that we just came to accept as a weird hallmark of HD. But now that even the non-HD broadcast outputs at 16:9 with black bars (I think), it looks like CSN has decided to move the thing to a more natural position. Of course, you’ll never see it fully crammed into the corner… because broadcasters don’t want other networks cropping their logo out of the feed when showing highlights. The further from the edges it is, the harder it is to crop and enlarge without destroying video quality. This is why ESPN’s and FOX’s bottom line is HUGE and ESPN stamps “ESPN” in basically the middle of the screen whenever they’re airing a significant moment. Hashtag themoreyouknow.

 

Wayne Simmonds

What a beast last night. Simmonds is Wayne Gretzky compared to Brayden Schenn, who was supposed to be the main haul when the Flyers traded the LA Kings one of the final pieces needed for their Cup run. Schenn is clueless with the puck, often not aggressive, and about as generic of a hockey player as you can get right now. Simmonds is a man. He’s tough (but not in the hokey Flyers way of being tough– he’s got more of a John LeClair toughness), skilled (more-so than Scott Hartnell), and makes things happen out there. His two goals in under a minute to end the second period were well deserved.

 

 

Jaromir Jagr

My God, they should’ve kept him. He may play until he’s 60. He’s so good. So, so good.

 

Patrick Elias

RETIRE ALREADY!

 

Chris Pronger

Inexplicably got the job with the league.

 

Crazies

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Where we thinking? Ridley Park?

 

A couple more Ice Girls pics after the jump, because I like your page clicks. Continue reading

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Yeah, Chris Pronger Probably Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Work for the League

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Chris Pronger is up for a job with the Department of Player Safety, but, as you know, he still works for the Flyers. Due to a silly CBA thing, Pronger, who will never play again, is still on the Flyers’ roster and, each year, is placed on long-term injured reserve so the Flyers can circumvent his $4.9 million cap hit. The alternative is that Pronger retire and not get his money, a scenario in which the Flyers would be stuck with his cap hit. It’s a win-win. You probably know all of this.

Anyway, according to multiple reports from yesterday, he’s tapped to become a league employee in the department of player saftey.

Opinions vary on whether that should be allowed. Barry Petchesky of Deadspin thinks no. Greg Wyhshynski of Puck Daddy thinks yes. I side with Petchesky.

This isn’t about Pronger not being able to check his bias at the door. I can’t imagine that would be a problem, if only because he’d be under the microscope. It’s like a dad coaching his son in Little League– he’ll usually be harder on him just so he doesn’t appear to be playing favorites. But if you’re the league, allowing Pronger to be part of an important and always controversial decision-making process when he’s employed by, and actively scouts for, the Flyers would be a bad look… especially because it’s the Flyers. Everyone hates the Flyers. This is how leagues develop image problems. Pronger would probably be plenty fair, but that’s not the point. You’re going anger the Rangers, Penguins, Bruins, other teams, and fans when, say, former defensive mate Braydon Coburn only gets a game for a blatant and dangerous boarding call. That’s a problem. Pronger’s legitimately a Flyers employee and still has a quasi-active role in the organization. I just don’t see how this is a good look for as long as that’s the case. It sucks for Pronger… but, you know, he’s making $4 million this year.

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The Flyers Lost Their Opener Again, but That’s Cool, We’re Used to It Now

Photo credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Always tough to lose the opener, but you can’t find much fault in a final-minutes, fluky-goaled loss on the road against the Bruins. The Flyers played well (mostly) and had multiple chances to take the lead, but couldn’t bury them because Vinny Lecavalier is no longer good and Brayden Schenn never was.

 

Pregame Live

As you know, I’m not a fan of useless padding around sporting events, and an hour for a Flyers regular season pre-game show is overkill. But. But Barkann-Morganti-Clement-Boucher is an excellent line. Barkann’s at his best when he’s playing point guard to a large ensemble. Al’s nonchalantness, which the crew compared to Kimmo Timonen’s cool under pressure and (does anyone remember whom they compared both guys to?), complements Barkann’s animation. Clement’s always been great. And Brian Boucher… mmm…  there’s a reason I’ve had a man crush on him since I was 17. Much like with Danny Briere (who will one day return to grace all Flyers functions with his presence), you could see it coming for years that Boucher was going to be a Flyer for life, and rightfully so. He’s… fantastic. He even has the analyst sit down– cross arms at the wrist, keep pen at the ready, use it only sparingly to ram home a point, head on a perfect swivel between 300 and 60 degrees. Oh, and as a skinny guy, I appreciate a good-looking skinny guy. Bouche (not Boosh*) is just that. Nice rapport between all four guys.

*This will be a post one day.

 

Zac Rinaldo

Please, Flyers nuts, keep defending Zac Rinaldo. The local and national narrative yesterday was about the demise of the goon. If goons are already out of the game, then the high-energy scrapper is next. Rinaldo has virtually no skills other than having the unique ability to get under opponents’ skin. But for every stupid penalty he draws, he’ll take one (I’m being generous) himself. It cost the Flyers the game last night. His dumb, no-need penalty in the first period led to a Bruins’ goal. The Flyers lost, 2-1. This is simple math.

Sure, the high-energy thing is great. It’s fun to watch. Even better in person. But this is just a slight variant on what has plagued the Flyers for years: toughness over skill. Rinaldo tries hard. You know who else tries hard? Every other Flyer on the ice (except Vinny Lecavalier) and car rental places. Rinaldo, like Avis, just looks like he’s trying harder because he’s not talented. Like, if you put a toddler out there, I guarantee you he’d look like he was trying really hard to get that little black thing. I’mmmmmm gonnnnna get it! I’mmmmmmm gonnnnnnna get it! YAY!!!!! That’s Rinaldo. And you know what would be better? Someone who tries hard and who might actually not be a net-negative on the scoresheet. I don’t know. I just don’t get the Flyers’ (and fans’) fascination with Rinaldo.

 

Steve Mason

I forgot how good he was. Here’s what I wrote after Game 7 against the Rangers last year:

Mason. This, to me, is why I’m having trouble swallowing this absurdly large pill this morning. He played outstanding. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a Flyers goalie play as well as Mason did last night. What he did at the end of the second period should be turned into a children’s story. It shouldn’t have happened. It should’ve been 4-0 Rangers, maybe 9-0. He kept the Flyers in the game, and if they won, it would’ve been because of him. A goalie, winning a series for the Flyers!

He continues to impress. He still has to show that he can be consistent over a full season, but he has all the tools to be a top 5 goalie in the league.

But please, national broadcasters, stop crediting Flyers goaltending coach Jeff Reese. This is the same guy who oversaw the cluster F that was 2011, Ilya Bryzgalov’s implosion, and watched as Sergei Bobrovsky realized his talent elsewhere. I’m just not ready to declare Reese The Goalie Whisperer until Steve Mason becomes an All-Star or wins the Vezina, because I think he’s talented enough to do so.

 

Wolf of Broad Street

Hey Coots– how am I supposed to sell t-shirts if you look like the Gerber baby?!

 

Brayden Schenn

Here, Brayden, let’s play darts:

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Derp.

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I Don’t Think the Flyers Are the Flyers Anymore

Photos: Alicia DeFillipo

Photos: Alicia DeFillipo

Frank Seravalli, writing about the Flyers’ use of analytics and new hire Ian Anderson:

His name is Ian Anderson. He is a 31-year-old California native who has never played hockey. His official title is “Manager of Hockey Analytics.” He is also the Flyers’ most mysterious employee, his work shrouded in secrecy in an increasingly paranoid and copycat sport.

But who is Anderson and what will he bring to the table?

Will he have an impact on transactions and personnel?

Hextall declined comment for this story, saying he’d like to keep that information “internal.” Anderson has been instructed to not speak to the media.

And Mike Sielski (of all people!), who has cultivated a weird kinship with Craig Berube after Berube told him to “get lost,” writing about the Flyers being sans goon:

The average number of fights per game has fallen 36.7 percent since 2009, according to hockeyfights.com, an online database that tracks fighting majors throughout hockey, and maybe it took a head coach who was once the Flyers’ leading heavyweight to understand that it was long past time for a more progressive way of building a team.

“It’s just getting beyond it,” Berube said. “I still think it is part of the game at the right time. I don’t like staged fighting. I never did. I didn’t even like it when I did it back in the day. I liked the emotional part of the game, and when you play hockey and it’s physical and guys are battling and you get [ticked] off and you fight – I like that. I don’t mind that. I think it’s good for the game. Fights have been used to change the momentum of the game, and I still think it has its place a little bit for that. But that’s it.”

Things might start looking real different around here… at least until the first Kate Smith mashup.

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David Boreanaz Narrates Flyers Pre-Season Pump-Up Video, Not Well


I appreciate what the Flyers are trying to do here, and yeah, it moved a little when they showed that Desjardins goal… but something something Malvern Prep grad Bones isn’t as good of a narrator for the Flyers as Bradley Cooper was for the Eagles. I’m team Coop’s Video all the way here, but maybe that’s just because hockey players reading from a script sound like a Speak ‘n Spell* trying to recite the Gettysburg Address. Fo. Or. Sc. Or. N. Se. Ven. Year. S. AGO.

*Jesus fucking Christ, kids today have iPads and we had this goddamn thing. 

H/T to (@PhillyLaFleur)

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Here’s a Flyers Video to Get You Pumped Up… for October Hockey

Not gonna lie– I forgot the Flyers started tonight until I checked their schedule last night. To be fair, I also pretty much forgot it’s October too, which says more about my mental state than it does my sports fandom. Anyway, besides the Eagles, it’s been months since we’ve had meaningful sports in our lives. So welcome back, hockey.

video via Chris Brennan

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