Flyers One Loss Away from Elimination: Who’s to Blame?

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After giving fans hope with a 2-1 win over the Rangers on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers went back to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 and were never really in it. The Flyers fell into a 3-0 hole 36:20 into the game and lost, 4-2. They now trail the series, 3 games to 2, and are one game away from elimination.

The Flyers say the series is not over, sometimes directly (“This series is definitely not over,” goalie Steve Mason says). They’re right! The Flyers play again Tuesday in South Philadelphia; it would be embarrassing if the players thought the team were already eliminated and forgot to show up for the game. But it sure looks like it might be over soon: The Flyers have been outplayed for most of the series, and are lucky they weren’t eliminated in five or even four games.

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Flyers Lose, Fans Flip Off Former Flyer

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My grade school was terrible at basketball. The St. Martha’s teams I played for did not win a game in either 7th or 8th grade. I was not yet five feet tall and not very good, so I didn’t play much. One night we were losing big to St. Dominic’s; I remember it well because it was played in a gym where some parts of the sideline were concurrent with a radiator. There was not much to be excited about. On the bench I asked a teammate what he was doing after the game. “We’re going to Joe’s house,” he said, “to make fun of the other team until we feel like we’ve won.”

When your team loses, moral victories are important. It’s good to have a coping strategy. The Philadelphia Flyers have not won the Stanley Cup since 1975 — a drought so long even St. Martha’s has won a title in that timeframe. Last night, the Flyers lost to the New York Rangers, 4-1, in Game 3 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one, and they’ve outplayed the Flyers for most of it. Last night’s 4-1 Flyers loss was the best the team’s played all series! If you handle Philadelphia’s perennial sports failures by giving up as soon as you just know, now’s a good time to start giving up.

But, oh, what a moral victory Flyers fans had Tuesday night.

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Keith Olbermann Won’t Stop Trolling Flyers Fans

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To be clear, Keith Olbermann fired first.

No, he wasn’t fired (although who would be surprised) — he took a shot at Philadelphia Flyers fans by calling them illiterate.

One day later he was back at it on Twitter, taking another cheap shot at us after we shared the story:

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The Four Worst Philly Sports Teams

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In the end, the Sixers even sucked at sucking.

They ended their season Wednesday night just as they started it: with a victory over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Given that everybody knew going into the season that the plan was to stink up the joint as much as possible, those two wins are … unforgivable? Because they helped give the Sixers only the second-worst record in the NBA this season — which means the even more putrid Milwaukee Bucks now have the best chance of capturing the top pick — and, with it, perhaps a semblance of a future in professional basketball.

Blech.

Still, we’re not sure this is the worst season in Philly sports history. Yes, it was bad, but everybody knew to expect it. It’s the stomach-punch seasons — where expectations and achievement misalign badly — that should count. And there are lots of contenders for that prize. Here’s a nominee from each of the city’s major remaining pro teams:

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Flyers Playoff Game Bumps Miley Cyrus Concert

NBC 10  reports: “The Philadelphia Flyers announced this evening that Miley Cyrus’ BANGERZ TOUR, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd, will now take place on Monday, April 21st. Live Nation rescheduled the concert to accommodate the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game three of the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Flyers and New York Rangers will take place April 22.”

Which raises the obvious question: Anybody want to guess the over-under on the number of crestfallen Miley fans we’ll see at the arena that Tuesday night?

How Did the Flyers Stop Being Awful?

Dec 28, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate Michael Raffl (12) shootout winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Photo | Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 28, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate Michael Raffl (12) shootout winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Photo | Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Via Crossing Broad comes news that the Philadelphia Flyers do not suck, despite a recent four-game skid. How’d that happen? Last time we checked in, they did suck — less than a 5 percent chance of making the playoffs after a rough start to the season in November.

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7 Presents Philadelphia Should’ve Given Pope Francis

Can you believe the mayor of Philadelphia went to the Vatican and gave the Pope a freaking football jersey?

Pope Francis actually got jerseys of six Philadelphia sports teams: The four major sports, a Union jersey — which is at least a sport that’s popular in both Italy and the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s native Argentina — and the St. Joe’s Prep football jersey above. Yes, the Pope now owns a Phillies jersey; he can dress like Macklemore.

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Battle Pittsburgh at Milkboy


Tomorrow, March 15th, The Philadelphia Flyers take on their cross-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1 p.m. The game is always a heated battle and you can participate firsthand at Milkboy Philly.  The Center City bar is participating in a special simulcast with Pittsburgh bar, Pittsburgh’s D’s Six Pax & Dogs. The two bars will be competing head-to-head for the Lord Shawnee Cup. The first bar to kick their keg of ShawneeCraft Double IPA will be declared the Shawnee Cup winner. The beers are just $3 and the first one will be poured at the opening drop of the puck.

Milkboy will have other $3 beers on special all-day as well as complimentary bar snacks to fans.

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