Category Archives: Nick Carroll

The Wooder Cooler Is Two Years Old! (Belated)

2Yes, it’s been two years of The Wooder Cooler clogging up your Facebook and Twitter feeds and no one has fought me over it yet so I’ll take that as a good sign. I’d like to thank the people who comment on our posts, listen to our podcast, and make us a regular part of your day to day. You guys are the best (and I’ll probably hug you).

This site has taken some major strides in our second year…we did some work with an ESPN affiliate, both myself and Ray have begun putting our sports writing on CBSPhilly.com, and we’re doing Around the Cooler from a professional radio studio. It’s been wild and exhausting and endlessly enjoyable.

I’ve also fooled around with some things this year whether it be guest writers or podcast segments and anything in between. Like all experiments, some flopped and some were a great success. So while the site hasn’t gone through many major changes in the last few months and I want it to be clear that I’m by no means satisfied with where we are. There’s always a way to get better and I’m open to any avenue that allows us to do that so expect bolder moves over the next year. #TogetherWeBuild

-Vince

Around the Cooler 6/22/14: Stress Fracture

M-RR-Nickelback-480i60_480x270Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Are the Eagles a better roster than last season
  • We have our first real guest on the show to talk Sixers!
  • The World Cup and Ryan Howard’s interest in Nickelback.

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What are you talking about around the Wooder Cooler this week? Leave us a comment!

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Around the Cooler 6/15/14: Podcast About Nothing

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Jimmy Rollins, the Hall, the numbers, and….McNabb?
  • The Sixers new practice facility in Camden
  • We begin quizzo on the show!
  • The Cup, the Finals, and Evan Mathis’ bill.

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What are you talking about around the Wooder Cooler this week? Leave us a comment!

Theme done by the amazing Matt Schwalm

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NCAA Tourney Challenge!

FinalFourHey everyone!

You know that thing that you degenerately gamble on every year? Do it with us! For free!

We’re running a bracket challenge on ESPN and would like to compete against anyone interested (maybe for a prize? I’m working on it). If you’re interested in joining us, write a message on our facebook page or tweet at us and we’ll get you the info! Also, trash talk is strongly encouraged!

Thanks and good luck screw your crappy bracket.

 

-The Wooder Cooler

 

Around the Cooler 3/11/14: Can you Smell?!?!?!

the rockHere’s what we’re talking about:

  • FREE AGENCY! Woo!!!!!! (0:00)
  • In a word, the Flyers are _______ (20:00)
  • Nerlens Noel, Tanking, and Inventing the NBA Wheel (28:35)
  • WWE is changing the game in media as we know it! You gotta check this out! (49:20)

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Musical theme written by Matthew Schwalm.

Around the Cooler 11/1/13: Even Great Wins are Bad Now

Here’s what we’re talkin’ about:

Photo via Zimbio.com

Photo via Zimbio.co:

  • Introducing: Billy Kornfeld! (0:00)
  • The Sixers beat the Heat. Wait, what? (1:25)
  • We talk Flyers’ third periods, the Max Talbot trade, retreads, and more! (4:10)
  • Focusing on the Eagles defensive line, skill positions, and the Oakland Raiders! (17:56)

Play on your Mobile Device or Right Click to Download: Around the Cooler 11-1-13

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

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Musical theme written by Matthew Schwalm.

All Not Lost in Foles Debacle

Photo via Philly.com

Photo via Philly.com

The Eagles didn’t hire Chip Kelly to replicate the Andy Reid era.

Kelly was an obvious risk. That’s why he was – and still is – debated every day and every week as we all try to decipher whether he can be successful in the NFL.

This team isn’t trying to become good. In retrospect, the Reid era was good. There were a lot of positive times but it was ultimately unsatisfying.

If the Eagles wanted a coach that can take a bad team and make it good, there were safer options to accomplish that.

Success to this team means Super Bowl.

Because the first few weeks of the season have been solid and the division is unthinkably weak, the goals of this season have drastically changed. Instead of just hoping Kelly looked like a real NFL coach, the division now seems like it’s in play.

But should that be the goal? Even if this team wins the division, it’s not a Super Bowl team. This season is still an evaluation year and a rebuilding step to what should be more successful seasons in the future.

Whether talking about the defense or his team’s offense, Kelly has often talked about this being a process. This season, above all else, is about setting up future seasons when this team could conceivably be a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

That’s why Sunday’s debacle against the Cowboys might have been the best thing to happen to this team this season.

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Whew, that was good – Ray Emery and what-should-be the 2013-14 Flyers

Ray Emery returns to the Flyers on a 1-year, $1.65M contract.
By Leech44, via Wikimedia Commons

There’s really nothing quite like the first day of NHL free agency.

Over the course of hours, the market is depleted. Twitter is abuzz with insane rumors, signings, and drama as teams try to sure up their 2013 rosters before they run out of options.

The buildup is massive. Even at the draft, groundwork is laid for what amounts to a real-world NHL fantasy draft.

The day is usually something of a marathon. Players sign intermittently throughout until about dusk, then all the intensity, passion, and emotion dissipate, leaving just reflection.

By the time I woke up Friday, news was breaking that Ray Emery was on the verge of signing in Philadelphia again.

That was it. The Flyers were done in about 30 seconds.

I hope it was as good for you as it was for me.

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The Price is Right for Giroux and the Flyers

In the summer of 2011, I had a pretty good gig. I’d intern a few days every week, and the others I’d wake up at 2, have some cereal, and watch the Price is Right and Fresh Prince reruns on DVR until I could go play open hockey.

Basically, living the life.

I’m pretty sure I was halfway through a bowl of Cocoa Rice Krispies when I found out the Flyers traded Jeff Carter. I don’t think I made any progress on finishing it by the time I found out Mike Richards was gone, too.

When Paul Holmgren reinvented the Flyers, I spent the rest of that night sorting through questions.

My biggest inquiry was “How the hell is this team was going to score enough goals to matter without two of its most important offensive players?”

I don’t really think I was alone in asking that, either.

Less than a year later, I was toting Claude Giroux as an MVP candidate and the Flyers had no problems with their attack. Yesterday’s news officially gives closure to the Richards and Carter trades.

Now the 25-year-old Giroux is going to be a Flyer for a long time (don’t worry, he was smart enough to include a no-movement clause).

The deal is good for a well-deserved eight years and $66.2 million ($8.275 million cap hit).

I guess the reason I described it as well deserved is because of how much he did over the last two seasons in addition to the numbers.

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Thoughts on Lecavalier, Holmgren, and the laughing stock the Flyers have (undeservedly) become

I’ve been meaning to write about the Flyers for the last week.

I had this grandiose idea that – bear with me – the Flyers have actually been secretly rebuilding for the last two seasons.

Think about it. A year after coming two games from winning a Cup, they were the Eastern Conference’s best team for the majority of the season. Then the team flamed out down the stretch and crashed in the second round of the playoffs. After that season, the team’s two pillars and arguably most recognizable players get traded in separate deals for prospects and up-and-coming assets to add to the stable of young players already on the roster.

Then, they stick with the young nucleus for two seasons and, potentially, through this offseason. Waiting for Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier and the other young players to rise up and complete this grand puzzle Paul Holmgren has been assembling since he took apart the last successful group of Flyers.

I’m starting to think: “Hey, maybe Holmgren actually has an incredibly developed plan — He continues pumping this roster with young guys and acquires enough veterans and star value to appease a rabid fan base and a hands-on owner…”

Then yesterday happened and… umm, well, nevermind. We might have to reevaluate this. Read the rest of this entry

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