The Flyers Have the Third-Best Win-Loss Record Since 1967, Adam Aron Proclaims!

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“It would be unfortunate if your car exploded tomorrow, Mike.”

I don’t know how I missed this last night. I guess a day of hate-blogging and the 22 oz. Pumking I drank had something to do with it. But Michael Barkann’s interview with Ed Snider on Philly Sports Talk last night was delightfully tense.

Barkann, to his credit, pressed Snider on all the questions you want answers to. That, of course, is dangerous territory for someone so firmly entrenched within the Comcast Death Star. Questioning Mr. Snider inside his own world would be like doubting Kim Jong-il’s golf prowess in mid-90s North Korea. It just doesn’t happen. Of course Mr. Snider shot 11 holes-in-one and drafted eight Vezina winners!

Things started off quite normally. But at around the 4:30 mark, when Barkann asked Snider about the culture, and Snider responded with some bullet points that would’ve made Adam Aron proud, things picked up. Snider’s eyes got all squinty and Barkann found himself in a dragon’s lair where, in this case, the dragon spit terse answers:

Barkann: “In the past 16 years, just once to the championship round, and it’s been a struggle.”

Snider: “We’ve been in the Stanley Cup Finals eight times since the start of 1967– third most in the league. We’ve been in the playoffs third most in the league. We have the third-best won-loss record in the league since 1967, the entire league, including the original teams. We’re very proud of that.”

Barkann: “Are you satisfied with the way things have gone over the last several years?”

Snider: “Yes, I’m very satisfied.”

Barkann better be careful. If he keeps this up, he’ll want to start checking under his car before getting in.

Video after the jump.

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12 Responses

  1. Barkann: “In the past 16 years, just once to the championship round, and it’s been a struggle.”

    Snider: “We’ve been in the Stanley Cup Finals eight times since the start of 1967– third most in the league. We’ve been in the playoffs third most in the league. We have the third-best won-loss record in the league since 1967, the entire league, including the original teams. We’re very proud of that.

    In a nutshell this is the core of the flyers and Big Ed’s issues. Who gives a flying fuck what your record is since 1967 and how it stacks up to the league. The league has changed. Whether he wants to believe it or not it has, their inability to cope with that change and to react appropriately is the reason why they have visited the finals ONCE in the last 16 years. Do i really give a fuck how you did 20 years ago? fuck no….what have you done for me lately and the answer is not much. This lack of ability to adapt is what is killing this team. I don’t see it changing anytime soon. It’s frustrating as fuck….FUCK

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more. And people wonder why the fucking Yinzers are always saying 1974-1975.

  2. I put a comment on another site about this interview. I thought Barkann did a great job asking the tough questions, but for me, the knockout would have been for him to say that the fans really don’t care about their points/playoff appearance/finals appearance ranks, they care about their STANLEY CUP ranks. And next spring is going to be 40 years post-Cup, so we might as well call it that right now, because it ain’t happnin’ this year!

    The looks Snider was giving him were priceless, though.

  3. the other thing barkann should’ve followed up with after the best record bs is “but you are always near the top in spending and have nothing to show for it?”

  4. Snyder is so arrogant (does his face crack when he smiles? He is starting to look like Joan Rivers. Going to the finals once in 16 years? Yeah, that is exciting all right, who wouldn’t brag.

  5. I almost wanna say I’m shocked that a rational human being would be dumb enough to bring up a teams record dating back to 19-friggin-67 when they’ve only won the Cup twice 38 years ago, but this is Snider we’re talking about. His arrogance is becoming the stuff of legend. I’m just glad that some of the Stepford Flyer fans are finally waking up to this bullshit and are calling him on the carpet for it.

  6. That 11 mins of back n forth made me proud of Michael and also fear for his life, and fear for my loyalty to the Flyers. Snider admitting that he was satisfied with the way the flyers have been over the last several years and that he didn’t know what Berube brought to the table gave me a chance to break out my “DA FUCK?” look. YOU JUST HIRED THIS GUY TO BE THE FACE OF YOUR TEAM AS THE ACTUAL HEAD COACH, NOT INTERIM, AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HIM?!?!?! By the time the season is over the ticket prices may fall below phillies but still above the seventy-suckers.

  7. “Are you satisfied with the way things have gone over the last several years?”

    “Yes, I’m very satisfied.”

    All you need to know about Ed.

  8. Ok …. Am I the only one who see a similar resemblance to Ed Snider and Jerry Sandusky ???

  9. Barkann used to get on my nerves, but the last few years I’ve come to respect him more. I like that he keeps pressing.

    Is it just me or do Snider’s comments remind anyone of McNabb bragging about all the NFC championships they didn’t win.

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