— Iain Page (@IainPageFox29) December 19, 2013
What a difference a month makes. The last time we checked in with the Philadelphia Flyers they were setting records for offensive ineptness. Now the team is riding high after a three-game winning streak, including a statement effort against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
So what has happened? And how has it happened so quickly?
Last night Scott Hartnell held a dinner to raise money for his charity, the #Hartnell Down Foundation, at Spasso Italian Grill in Old City. The event included dinner and drinks at his favorite spot for his pregame meal of chicken parmesan and penne alla vodka. At the event, Scott signed autographs and posed for photos with fans and fellow teammates Steve
Downie Mason and Wayne Simmonds. The #Hartnell Down Foundation was created in 2012 to support charities involving youth through physical activity and sport in communities across the U.S. and Canada. The foundation has provided all-expense scholarships to players from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation to attend the highly respected Minnesota Hockey Camps, and in helping build Jake’s Place, a “boundless” playground in Cherry Hill, N.J. With Scott are Eric Walker and Kris Zapata, who were among 11 kids awarded scholarships to the Minnesota Hockey Camp this year.
After the jump, Hartnell reads from his new children’s book, Hartnell Down.
Do Philly sports fans deserve their lousy reputation? That’s the heart of an upcoming feature story, as one lifelong hometown fan tries to set the record straight once and for all.
But we want to hear from you. Based of years of cheering at the Spectrum, booing at the Vet, tailgates, parades and crushing disappointments—what’s your opinion on the state of fandom in Philadelphia?
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One thing you have to credit Chip Kelly with is this—the guy can stick to a script. After his Eagles turned in their second horrifying performance in a row—Halloween ain’t got nothing on these Birds when it comes to scary stuff—Kelly faced some tough questions in yesterday’s press conference.
He deflected most of them with relative cool and a certain grace under pressure that’s admirable, considering the dismal state of his team. Then Kelly was asked about the problems with his offense, aside from the rotating cast of guys under center.
“You just hope if you’re a little unstable at quarterback, we can kind of lean on something else that can help us get through those murky waters,” Kelly said. “That’s where, as a group, we’ve got to do a better job… take a little bit of pressure off.”
Coach, if there’s one phrase to avoid in your post-game comments, it’s “we’ve got to do a better job.” See also: “time’s yours.” And avoid throat-clearing whenever possible.
Flyer Scott Hartnell “stars” in a great spoof of a terrible local car ad featuring terrible local athletes.
(Flyers fan fic considerably racier than above tribute video.)
In his most valuable contribution to the world of Philadelphia journalism since his legendary re-tracing of the Rocky II montage, Philly Mag contributor Dan McQuade’s written a City Paper cover story on the very real world of Philadelphia Flyer fan fiction. (There is a much smaller sampling of Phillies fan-fic, including the immortal “It’s Werth It.”)
Newly-minted Flyers head coach Craig Berube didn’t take kindly to a question by Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski, and the aftermath is pretty amusing (video after the jump). Asked whether he would punish Jay Rosehill for a four-minute penalty, Berube told him to “get lost,” asking him if he thought a “spanking” was appropriate. And then came the dismissive hand-wave. Oh, the hand-wave, captured in slow-mo below.
After the Flyers lost to the Hurricanes on Sunday, I texted a hockey-loving friend: “Think Lavy’s in trouble?” There had been so much talk about the team needing a fast start this season, along with whispers of a short leash for the coach if they faltered early. But after just three games? Even for Ed Snider, who changes coaches like Hugh Hefner rotates girlfriends, that seemed like a stretch. My pal thought oh-for-five would spell Laviolette’s end. I still figured the coach get a full season to right the ship, but ended my thoughts with this: “You never know with Snider.”