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Here’s Doc Emrick Doing Play-by-Play of a Windshield Wiper Installation

Kevin Kinkead - March 24, 2020

Everybody is trying to get creative while stuck at home.

Athletes are filming their basement workouts. Celebrities are singing an awful version of John Lennon’s Imagine. Broadcasters are narrating non-sports activities in an effort to provide a few laughs.

One of those folks is the great Doc Emrick, who is doing play-by-play of normal activities, as you can see in this video here:

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The Flyers Are Allowing Fans to Defer Season Ticket Payments

Kevin Kinkead - March 20, 2020

The Coronavirus nonsense coincides with the time period in which NHL and NBA teams are doing season ticket renewals and playoff sales.

As such, the Flyers and Sixers are trying to come up with solutions that make sense, and this week the local hockey team emailed ticket holders announcing that they’d allow deferment of STH payments.

Here’s part of the email that was sent out:

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Gritty Made an Appearance on Jeopardy

Kevin Kinkead - March 17, 2020

Remember when the Flyers were dog shit and all we had was Gritty?

Fast forward a year or two and you have the team playing fantastic hockey, then the Coronavirus shuts everything down, which means that once again all we have is Gritty. It’s rather depressing.

The orange mascot made an appearance on Jeopardy last night, not allegedly punching a 13-year-old in the back, but as a question to one of the answers:

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Sarcastic Kevin Hayes Not Into Sam Carchidi Joke

Kevin Kinkead - March 13, 2020

The NHL suspended play on Thursday, right in the middle of the best run the Flyers have been on in quite a while.

A short time after the league made that announcement, the analytics site “Money Puck” ran data on playoff and championship projections, and the Flyers finished at the top with a 13.6% chance of winning the Stanley Cup:

99.9% chance for the Flyers to make the playoffs. 23.1% chance to go to the finals. Maybe you’re a data person or maybe you aren’t.

Anyway, Inquirer writer Sam Carchidi quote tweeted that with a Claude Giroux joke and Kevin Hayes responded with this:

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Shocker: NHL Season Now Suspended

Kevin Kinkead - March 12, 2020

Just when the Flyers were starting to kick ass:

No time frame there, as expected.

Kyle told me to put this in the post, a batch of simulations showing the Flyers’ chances for winning it all:

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Tuukka Blanking Rask: Thoughts After the Flyers’ Win Streak Ends in a Shutout Loss to Bruins

Anthony SanFilippo - March 11, 2020

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For Flyers fans, the dream of a 10-game winning streak vaulting their favorite hockey team into first place by themselves for the first time this late in the season in nine years was squashed Tuesday by one guy – Tuukka Rask.

The Boston Bruins goalie, a former Vezina Trophy winner, a one-time Stanley Cup winner, a two-time All-Star and now just the 30th goalie in NHL history to record 50 career shutouts, did just that.

Undaunted by the Flyers’ nine-game winning streak or their impeccable record at the Wells Fargo Center, Rask was not going to be beaten – even once – and not even if the game played for several more hours. He made 36 saves to blank the Flyers 2-0, keeping Philadelphia one tantalizing point behind the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division with just 13 games to play.

There’s no doubt that Washington has the easier schedule than the Flyers, with five of their remaining 13 games coming against Detroit, Buffalo, Ottawa and Chicago, while the Flyers have 10 of their final 13 games coming against teams currently in a playoff spot or within three points of one, and all three of their remaining games against non-playoff contenders are taking place on the road.

So, it’ll be a daunting task to not only overcome the Capitals but to hold on to the top spot – if they get it.

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Coronavirus: North American Sports Leagues to Bar Media from Locker Room

Kevin Kinkead - March 10, 2020

No locker room access for the media. Kyle successfully mongered enough fear into the hearts of North American sports executives that we are now barred from entry.

This seemed inevitable, and Monday night the NHL, NBA, MLS, and MLB issued a joint statement explaining that reporters would be kept out of the locker room while media availability is set up elsewhere in the Wells Fargo Center/Citizens Bank Park/Subaru Park/etc:

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Report: NHL to Close Media Access to Dressing Rooms per CDC Recommendation

Russ Joy - March 7, 2020

The Corona Virus sucks. It’s turned the maestro into the Bubble Boy from Seinfeld, caused nationwide panic, and now looks as though it’ll change media availability for the forseeable future. Per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the NHL is set to become the first of numerous leagues -with the NBA, MLB, and Major League Soccer to follow- to implement a Centers for Disease Control recommendation to ban media from dressing rooms as a means of media availability, opting instead for such interactions to occur in the formal press conference area:

Depending on which side of the COVID-19 debate you fall, this might seem like a nothingburger or the signal of the end of days. From a fan’s perspective, this shouldn’t change all that much in how players are presented via the NBC Sports Philadelphia telecast. As it stands, they typically show a couple of questions asked in a given scrum, with some players’ availabilities not being shown at all. The same can be said for head coach Alain Vigneault’s press conference, which is why I livestream the presser in its entirety on Twitter.

From a media member’s perspective, the announcement is a bummer on a few levels. Entering the dressing room after a game allows us to get a vibe for the team’s takeaway on their performance, but more importantly it allows us to have off-the-record conversations with the players. Those conversations are a critical element to adding validity or dispelling rumors. In doing so, that helps any reporter build trust and rapport with players. Will it fundamentally change how I cover the team? No. It just means those lines of communication will have to be established and conducted through different mediums.

The real shame is we won’t get to see Anthony SanFilippo’s mug making international news on TSN’s Sportscentre with Jay and Dan:

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