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Does Philadelphia Arena Food Pass the Test?

Kevin Kinkead - December 13, 2018

Really cool article over at ESPN.

They did an investigation into the quality of stadium and arena food by collecting “more than 16,000 food-safety inspection reports from health departments that monitor the 111 professional football, baseball, basketball, and hockey facilities across North America.”

In that data, they found that 28 percent of those venues incurred some kind of “high-level violation,” which doesn’t surprise me as somebody who used to work in the food service industry.

Researchers parsed all of this to come up with a nationwide ranking, and all three of the venues in South Philadelphia fell somewhere in the middle of the list, after the jump:

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This Roster is Broken: Thoughts after Flames 6, Flyers 5

Anthony SanFilippo - December 13, 2018

Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher is only in his second week on the job and one thing has likely become abundantly clear to him – he needs to break up the way his team is constructed.

Quite simply, the Flyers are broken.

Repeated and excessive inconsistency is a fundamental flaw that likely has more to do with the makeup of the roster and how those pieces fit together than the systems they are playing.

That’s not to absolve the coaching staff for the sins of their players, or their former general manager. No, they need to own the fact that they can’t find a way to maximize what potential there is on the roster.

But these players need to take ownership for themselves. They can’t be fragile. They can’t “play scared” as Jake Voracek said after a recent game. They can’t crack under pressure. They can’t lose track of their fundamentals and have it blow up on them game after game after game.

There was no reason the Flyers should have lost to Calgary Wednesday, and yet they did, 6-5 in overtime, allowing two goals in the final 1:08 of regulation and the game-winner in the first minute of the extra session.

The frustration for fans is understandable. The Flyers are a team who is equally adept at overcoming a two-goal deficit as it is blowing a two-goal lead.

There is skill and talent on this team; it just doesn’t mesh. Maybe it’s because despite that skill, this team is not collectively smart.

How so?

I’ll explain after the jump:

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Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Promo Code: DraftKings Is Offering a $500 Free Bet

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The Best New Jersey Sportsbook Promos This Weekend

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“For the Record,” a New Show Featuring Eytan Shander, Brian Westbrook, Krystle Rich, and Geoff Mosher

Kevin Kinkead - December 12, 2018

Programming alert.

We’ve got a new show hosted by:

  • beloved ex-Eagle Brian Westbrook
  • former 97.5 the Fanatic host Eytan Shander
  • former 97.5 the Fanatic host and longtime Eagles writer Geoff Mosher
  • Sixers Outsiders co-host Krystle Rich

It’s a web series and podcast called For the Record and it’s pretty straightforward – just four hosts sitting around and talking about sports and culture for a full hour without commercial breaks or useless phone calls via “Bob from South Philly.”

Phone calls like this:

Host: Bob from South Philly, you’re up.

Bob: Yeah? Hello?

Host: You’re up.

Bob: Oh okay, let me take you off bluetooth.

Host: Okay.

Bob: Yeah, hi? Can you hear me?

Host: I can hear you.

Bob: I want to talk about the Eagles. I think they should bring back John DeFilippo.

None of that on this show.

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Snow the Goalie: Out with the Old, In with the New

JoyOnBroad - December 12, 2018

Anthony and Russ recap the fallout in the wake of Ron Hextall’s firing, what Comcast Spectacor’s hiring of Valerie Camillo means for the organization, and how the secondary ticket market has affected attendance. The guys also discuss the hiring of Chuck Fletcher, the fractured locker room, coaching changes, Nolan Patrick’s regression, whether making a big move now is worth it, and what to expect from the team on the remainder of their road trip. Plus, five star reviews and more information on the show’s big announcement.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @JoyOnBroad

Plus, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row! The show streams on Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page and Periscope via Anthony’s Twitter account.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Flyers Attendance: Is it as Bad as it Seems, or are we Missing Something?

Anthony SanFilippo - December 10, 2018

If you’ve been down to the Wells Fargo Center for a Flyers game this season, or if you have a discerning eye when watching or streaming the game, you may have noticed more empty seats than usual for Flyers hockey.

Of course, it depends these days on game time, which troubles me personally, because I don’t know when Philadelphia crowds became the late-arriving, early-leaving type, but the fact still remains that hundred of seats go unused every game.

There have been a lot of people putting photos out of Flyers games where attendance has looked bad. I’ve been guilty of this myself once:

And to be fair. this was taken early in the game. The place did fill up some after I took this photo, but it was a Tuesday night, and it was against Ottawa, so it didn’t get that much more full.

Still, there are more empty seats at games now than ever before. Even during 2006-07, which many agree was the worst season in Flyers franchise history, the attendance was, on average, about 100 people more than it has been so far this season.

And there is no doubt, that if this trend continues through the second half of the season, that that Flyers will experience the smallest average attendance in the history of the Wells Fargo Center.

That’s not good. But it also needs to be examined relatively.

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Exclusive: Valerie Camillo Hired as New President of Business Operations for the Flyers and Wells Fargo Center

Anthony SanFilippo - December 10, 2018

Editor: this story headline was updated to reflect Camillo’s specific title

For the first 49 years of their existence, the Philadelphia Flyers had an owner and chairman who was incredibly active, involved in their day-to-day operations, and who made winning and the fan experience top priorities.

Since Ed Snider’s death in April of 2016, there has been a real void in that role. Comcast Spectacor still owns the team, but there has been a real lack of public passion for the Flyers, and for very large chunks of time, even though Dave Scott was listed as the CEO of Comcast Spectacor, it seemed like nobody cared about what was going on with the organization – at least compared to what fans were used to seeing from Snider.

The Flyers were mired in mediocrity and the autonomous rule of former general manager Ron Hextall was so oppressive that it had a negative impact on the fan experience as well. The fan base started to show unprecedented apathy. There was no marketability. No pizazz. And the number-crunchers who were so used to seeing things monochromatically, were suddenly scared by this oncoming second red hue that was getting closer to their perennial black bottom line.

Something needed to change. It did. And it continues to do so.
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Falling Asleep in OT – Blue Jackets 4, Flyers 3

JoyOnBroad - December 7, 2018

There were points in Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in which the Flyers looked like a rejuvenated squad. The team had four days to recover coming off a somewhat unexpected victory against cross-state rival Pittsburgh on Saturday night, a game which many believed perhaps signaled a turning point in the team’s season. However, with new GM Chuck Fletcher watching from his box and new assistant coach Rick Wilson on the bench, the Flyers squandered a gutsy comeback and fell asleep in overtime. It marked the second time they dropped a result at home in overtime and the team’s 9th overall loss at home in 14 games played at Wells Fargo Center.

The game got off to a solid enough start with captain Claude Giroux ripping a gorgeous shot to beat Sergei Bobrovsky high on his glove side.

If you were surprised he didn’t make the typical Flyers’ 2-on-1 extra pass, imagine how Bob felt.

The Flyers were riding high on 90’s Night. Everything was going their way…for about 60 seconds. Seth Jones put a weak shot on net, beating Anthony Stolarz for the game-tying goal. Continue Reading

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“I Want it to Work” – GM Chuck Fletcher Sticking With Dave Hakstol For Now

Kevin Kinkead - December 5, 2018

New Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher was introduced to the media today.

He spoke for 25 minutes and the question about Dave Hakstol finally came at the 21:14 mark of the press conference.

Said Fletcher on the coaching staff:

They’re our coaches, the coaches of the Philadelphia Flyers. I spent time with Hak yesterday and again this morning, talked to him about what we want to do for the upcoming road trip and which players we’re going to bring on the trip. He’ll get tired of me. I’m around after every game, I’m around every morning. I like to have coffee with the coaches and just get a sense of what they wanna do each day.

I think you have to give people a chance to show how they’re going to work with you, and it’s easy to have opinions on the outside, but I think when you’re talking about making a decision on the future of a coaching staff, I think you’d better have a little bit more specific information than what I have right now.

I want it to work. I want it to be successful with this group. It’s not a threat or anything, but as I’ve said, if we don’t have the solutions in house, we’ll look outside. There’s no timetable for any of that other than we’re just trying to get better. We want to make the playoffs this year. We want to win a Stanley Cup as soon as we can. Every decision we make will be towards that goal. Right now we’re just starting.

I think that’s what we expected. Paul Holmgren and Dave Scott could have axed Hakstol along with Ron Hextall, but they’re leaving the decision up to Fletcher, who looks like he’s going to give Hak a shot to prove himself.

Thoughts?

Press conference video after the jump:

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