Monthly Archives: January 2013

Flyers Finally Get a Breather: Where do they stand?

(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

It’s hard to believe that the Flyers’ season opener against Pittsburgh was only 11 days ago. Now, finally, the Flyers get a two-day rest before resuming the campaign in Washington on Friday.

In that short time, the Black and Orange have compiled a crummy 2-5-0 record, earning just 4 points and the 3rd worst rank in the conference standings. Within the Atlantic, the division-leading Devils are already 4 points ahead of the Flyers with two games in hand.

For the season, the team is 25th in goals per game (2.00), 19th in goals against (2.86), 23rd on the power play (13.5%), 29th on the penalty kill (67.7%). They rank 1st in four categories: losses, hits, penalty minutes, and power plays.

What the hell is going wrong here?  Read the rest of this entry

Eagles Continue to Grow Flock in Silence

photo compliments of sportsillustrated.com

photo compliments of sportsillustrated.com

Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Eagles have added Bill Lazor as an assistant to their staff. However, there have been no official reports from the Eagles to announce the move.

It’s business as usual in Philly.

Chip Kelly was announced as the new head coach of the Eagles on January 16th. Since then, a number of college coaches such as Rick Minter (University of Kentucky) and Jerry Azzinaro (Oregon) have been seen sporting Eagles gear and talking to recruits at the Senior Bowl. Pat Shurmur, who worked with Reid and was most recently head coach of the Browns, has been understood to be the new offensive coordinator for over a week.

And the Eagles have said nothing.

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Penalty Problems

Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday felt like a day to make things right.

Sure, the Flyers’ first three games sucked and led to all sorts of panic, but legitimately kicking the Rangers’ asses before blowing out the Panthers almost made that start a distant memory.

The key word is almost.

With a chance to even their record, generate some momentum, and make the first three games basically irrelevant, the Flyers got hammered by the Lightning, giving new life to the uncertainty regarding this team and reintroducing questions that were almost, almost answered the previous night.

Following the Flyers loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, the go-to excuse became the team’s discipline. After all, the Lightning scored two of their goals with the man advantage and another shortly after a power play ended.

I don’t feel like wasting time dragging this out. Essentially, that’s garbage.  Read the rest of this entry

Phillies Bring Back Chad Durbin; Add Yuniesky Betancourt

Ruben Amaro Jr. continues his quest to strengthen the bullpen and buy five dollar DVD’s from Wal-Mart with today’s transactions.

Reliever Chad Durbin will have a second stint with the Phils after signing a one-year contract worth a max of roughly $1.5 million.

His signing is pretty middling in terms of value. Durbin will likely see limited action from the bullpen with the Phillies after a solid campaign with the Atlanta Braves. He pitched in 76 games for a total of 61 innings and an ERA of 3.10.

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Flyers Cheat Sheet: 1/19 – 1/25

We understand that it can be hard to keep track of every game for every week. As a result, we’ll be releasing a cheat sheet every week so that you can stay up to date with the Flyers throughout the year!

Photo courtesy of Philly.com

Photo courtesy of Philly.com

Despite all of the hype for the lockout-shortened season, the Flyers started off the year with a thud. Poor starting periods and miserable special teams left the Flyers with an 0-3 record after facing Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and New Jersey.

With Philadelphians getting tense, the Flyers finished off the week with a hard-fought 2-1 win at home against the Rangers.

Storylines:

  • Injuries have been awful for the Flyers. Scott Hartnell, Zac Rinaldo, and Andrej Meszaros were all injured this week. Danny Briere is still recovering from his broken wrist.
  • First round pick Scott Laughton is getting his first NHL action. If the 18 year-old plays two more games, the first year of his contract will go into effect.
  • Tye Mcginn received his first action with the Flyers. He also had a fight in his second career NHL game.
  • Brayden Schenn was suspended for one game after a launching check to Devils’ defenseman Anton Volchenkov.
  • The Flyers have signed Mike Knuble to the squad and called up Andreas Lilja from the Phantoms.
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Wayne’s World? Excellent!

One solid hockey game can make a hell of a difference.

Despite a faint voice of reason, Flyers Nation (yeah, I know, that’s lame) was in a panic after a sluggish start to the shortened season.

But, still without Danny Briere, and now Brayden Schenn and Scott Hartnell, the Flyers dominated the vaunted Rangers. The same Rangers the Flyers haven’t beat since the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

I’m really hoping this will at least cool down what’s quickly become an intense and angry Philadelphia sports scene (can’t we just direct these emotions at Ruben Amaro?). Hey, for what it’s worth, the Flyers have now fired as many shots as their opponents this year.

Unfortunately the news was not all good – well, maybe good for Sheena Parveen. Paul Holmgren announced that Scott Hartnell will miss four-to-eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.

You really don’t need me to explain why this is bad. Hartnell scored 37 goals last year – including 16 on the power play – and posted more than 20 for the sixth time in seven years. He was a stalwart on the top line with Claude Giroux.

This is a pretty tough pill to swallow for a team that lost Jaromir Jagr and James van Riemsdyk in the offseason. Essentially, the Flyers’ strength over the past few seasons – their deep group of talented forwards – is significantly weakened for the time being.

It will also probably lead to Holmgren burning a year of Scott Laughton’s contract.

I do, however, see one bright side. Wayne Simmonds.  Read the rest of this entry

The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 01/23/13

The Wooder CoolerHere’s what we’re talking about:
Flyers 0-2 start (0:00)
Sixers: Jrue and Thad make ESPN’s “25 under 25″ list, Bynum notes (18:00)
News and tidbits from the Eagles and Phillies (40:00)

Play: 

Right Click for Download: The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast 1/23/13

What are you talking about around the water cooler this week? Leave us a comment!

Climbing the Charts: Two Sixers top 25 under 25

jrue and thad

Think the Sixers’ season and future is completely derailed by Andrew Bynum? Think again! ESPN released their list of top 25 NBA players under the age of 25 and wouldn’t you know it, there are two 76ers on that list.

Despite how hard I tend to be on the hometown hoops team (I do it out of love, I swear) this is actually a pretty big achievement, especially for a team as down in the dumps as ours currently is.

The rankings are based on current stats, natural potential, projected wins above replacement player (WARP) over the next 3 seasons and, well, age (duh).

In case you hadn’t been able to guess the two yet, the big unveil:

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I Wish You Would Step Back from that Ledge, My Friend

After anticipating this season for nine agonizing, lockout-filled months, the last four days have many Flyers fans rethinking their priorities.

Maybe we were better off locked out.

Well, even though my opinion on this team is clear, I don’t think three games is worth any panic.

Let’s take this game by game:

After a rough first period, the Flyers outplayed Pittsburgh, outshooting the Pens, 21-16 and holding them scoreless over the final two periods. If Claude Giroux’s or Wayne Simmonds’ late efforts deflect off the post and into the net, we could be having a completely different conversation right now.

The Flyers followed a passionate home opener with a quick turnaround in Buffalo, and it showed. Compounding matters, two shaky disallowed goals make it a completely different game (for argument’s sake, we’re going to ignore the empty netter). In the end, the Flyers were outplayed, but with a call or two this is a much different game.

Last night was a strange game. The Flyers dominated early and spent a good portion of the first half of the game on the power play. However, the Devils capitalized on their opportunities, scoring on three of their first five shots (over the first two periods).

That’s pretty much when the panic came.  Read the rest of this entry

Freddy Adu to Hit the Road

photo courtesy of Soccerbyives.com

photo courtesy of Soccerbyives.com

Today Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth wrote an open letter to the fans. In the letter, which you can read here, he details the general direction and mentality of the organization going during the offseason. However, what’s rather surprising is the stunningly direct response to the status of Union forward Freddy Adu.

Hackworth says:

“Basically, to make a very long story short, we presented Freddy with an option to come back and play for the Philadelphia Union. However, Freddy chose to stick with his current contract, which was not an option we were willing to accept. At the moment, Freddy has not been sold nor loaned and he continues to be our player, but in reality, while we are paying his salary and while we have his rights – he is not a part of our plans going forward. We have a number of challenges because of moves we have made in the past couple of years that affect us long-term and frankly, Freddy Adu is a major one. The next step for him is one that we have been trying to work on since October, which is to see if there is a viable option to sell or loan him that makes sense for our organization and for Freddy.” Read the rest of this entry

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