Other Philadelphia Sports Thread IX

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  1. FC Matt 90

    FC Matt 90 New Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Philadelphia
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, it wasn't a great end, but the Flyers did have a good run. Of course, I'm dissapointed, but I'm also proud of what the team was able to accomplish. After the loss of game 6 to Washingon, I was basically resigned to the fact that they had blown the series and were done, so in a way, everything after that was gravy.

    Gotta give alot of credit to Kimmo for coming back. IMO, he and Biron were the MVPs of the postseason.

    I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but the really spotty calls against the Flyers throughout the playoffs and the obvious reasons why the NHL would want the Caps/Habs/Pens to win and Flyers to lose made me wonder whether it was just the players deciding things.

    Regardless of that, the Flyers played 2 great series and gave us some memorable moments (Lupul's game 7 winner in particular). Of course, I'm really disappointed with the end result, but the future does look bright.

    Now I hope that Crosby and the Pens just get slaughtered by Detroit. Maybe Kronwall will knock Crosby out and finally stop all his whining (that is, unless the refs personally escort Sidney around the ice to protect him).

    It's a long time til October...let's go Phils
     
  2. Z010 Union

    Z010 Union Moderator
    Staff Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Other Philadelphia Sports Thread [Huit]

    Curse of this thread not withstanding, there were some very encouraging signs of life from the Sixers and Flyers this year. Both played over their heads in the playoffs. Hopefully some smart draft picks and free agent moves makes them both legitimate contenders next year.

    The Sixers need a big boy either a PF or C and a real #2 that can shoot the lights out.

    The Flyers need defensive depth and some more players that bring a Mike Richards type attitude.
     
  3. FC Matt 90

    FC Matt 90 New Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Philadelphia
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Other Philadelphia Sports Thread [Huit]

    They need to resign Carter too
     
  4. bouncingsoul44

    bouncingsoul44 New Member

    Jun 10, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Club:
    Reading FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Other Philadelphia Sports Thread [Huit]

    I have to agree with Bryan, both the Sixers and the Flyers gave it a hell of a run. The Pistons have a very good team this year and the Sixers managed to beat them twice, including in Detroit. Thaddeus Young's improvement was a huge plus and gives us a fairly good, extremely young power forward. The talent on the team, coupled with the huge amounts of hustle they exhibited many times, makes me thing they could really contend next year.

    The Flyers were, according to the rankings and most of the sports pundits, supposed to lose in the first round to the Caps, if make the playoffs at all before that point. Instead, we beat the Caps and we beat the 1st seed Habs convincingly to get to the Eastern Conference Finals. We also gave the Penguins a run for their money in many of the games and that was without several key players. I would definitely say that is a successful season, especially after last season's collapse.

    Good showings by both teams, and it makes me very hopeful for next season.
     
  5. mdelrossi1

    mdelrossi1 Member

    Jul 29, 2005
    Center City Philly
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Other Philadelphia Sports Thread [Huit]

    As much as I loved the run, I think the Flyers overachieved amazingly this post season. so much so that I wouldnt be surprised if they regress next season. everything just kind of fell into place for us this year and thats probably why we went so far.

    If you look at the washington series, it took the capitals 4 games to wake up and play to their ability, and after that they won 2 of the last 3 and only losing the last game because of an ulucky non-call by the official. If that team had the veteran leadership that we have, they probably could have won.

    With the Canadiens series, the Flyers ran into Carey Price, a 20 year old prospect who played one of the worst series for a goaltender that i've ever seen. if they hadn't traded Cristobal Huet, that series would have been much more competitive.


    there are 2 things that I am really concerned about with this team.

    One is the inability to hold a lead. the defense on this team gets very suspect when they are up 1 2 or even 3 goals. it seems like one of two things happens, either they sit back and try to trap which is ineffective, or the other team comes at them with everything they've got which is something they cannot handle.

    the other thing that I saw not only in the Penguins series but the others as well, was the fact that they could not break the trap, something that has plagued us since 1995. the only reason we came back in the games against Montreal was because Price was letting in soft goals. When the capitals got a lead, the Flyers had a tough time getting back into the games. Against the penguins, our only win was when we scored first.
     
  6. CyphaPSU

    CyphaPSU Member+

    Mar 16, 2003
    Not Far
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Other Philadelphia Sports Thread [Huit]

    There is no doubt that the Flyers had a lot of things fall into place for them, but one cannot take away from them the things they did achieve. I'm hoping what we saw was a young team growing during up these playoffs.

    Bottom line is that a) there is a young core to this team which is expected to have batter days ahead of them, b) the front office needs to address the defensive part of the team and add depth there because there are holes. Hatcher is too old at this point. So I'm hoping to see a few moves this summer.
     
  7. Pelti

    Pelti Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Yeah, I don't see the Flyers beating the Habs without Price's meltdown. To many soft goals trickling off his glove hand.

    The Flyers probably would not have beaten Pittsburgh even with fair officiating, but we will never know. Too many weak calls early, and a complete lack of calls late clearly benefitted the Penguins in every game, even if it wasn't some sort of conspiracy.

    Until the league and refs call the rules and make the Neutral Zone interference/trap impossible, it will still ruin the game for years to come.

    I did find it funny that the allegedly faster and more talented Penguins spent the entire series trapping the "slow, dirty Flyers". Why does a "skating team" need to resort to constant interference, hooking, slashing, and tripping to beat a "physical team"?
     
  8. USRoverDE

    USRoverDE Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I still don't understand how a "gritty" team loses a knock out game 6-0.
     
  9. Sundevil9

    Sundevil9 New Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Reston, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The thing to remember with the Flyers is that the goal was the playoffs.

    Winning one series was extra, and winning the second was really beyond expectations.

    This wasn't a team built to win the Stanely Cup this year, this was a team built to be better than last year and then they can compete for the Cup in the near future. There's lot's of encouraging things, and Holmgren obviously got a lot a pieces of the puzzle last offseason, hopefully, he can repeat the process this offseason.
     
  10. Calcio69

    Calcio69 New Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    CHADDS FORD PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The Fleecing of the NHL -- the Great New NYT Best Seller by Paul Holmgren, GM, the Flyers of Philadelphia
    Sheeet - no GM in the league will even TALK to him this summer for fear of becoming the latest to be duped in the Flyers' return to glory!
     
  11. JamesTaylor

    JamesTaylor BigSoccer Supporter

    May 26, 2007
    Wilmington, DE
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    When will be the next time the Phillies get an RISP hit?

    WTF!!!
     
  12. TOTC

    TOTC Member

    Feb 20, 2001
    Laurel, MD, USA
    Re: Other Philadelphia Sports Thread [Huit]

    Minor grammatical quibble.

    This might be one of the better young teams the Flyers have had since the days of Poulin, Brind'Amour, Craven, Hexy, and Zezel.
     
  13. Calcio69

    Calcio69 New Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    CHADDS FORD PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Other Philadelphia Sports Thread [Huit]

    BTW - he played men's amateur league soccer in SJ and had been rumored to be a member of a Canadian jr nat team.
    And don't omit Tocchet from that group, though he has lately become tainted goods.
     
  14. JamesTaylor

    JamesTaylor BigSoccer Supporter

    May 26, 2007
    Wilmington, DE
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think we need more Ron Flockhart, Pelle Eklund & Ilkka Sinisalo type players.
     
  15. Calcio69

    Calcio69 New Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    CHADDS FORD PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Flockey Hockey
     
  16. FC Matt 90

    FC Matt 90 New Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Philadelphia
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Bring back Pat Faloon!
     
  17. TOTC

    TOTC Member

    Feb 20, 2001
    Laurel, MD, USA
    Remember all of those first-rounders that the Flyers once had? Pat Falloon, Alexandre Daigle, Mike Ricci, Jeremy Roenick, Kerry Huffman, Glen Seabrooke, Claude Boivin ... and that Lindros guy?
     
  18. ZiggyBear

    ZiggyBear Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    Philly
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We've have plenty of first rounders now. The statistic on versus said we had 15 players in our line-up that were once first round picks. Whereas the cup champs only have 1 (red wings)
     
  19. TOTC

    TOTC Member

    Feb 20, 2001
    Laurel, MD, USA
    Shows you good dealing, eh?
     
  20. ZiggyBear

    ZiggyBear Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    Philly
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I won't say clarky didn't do a lot for this club, but I highly doubt he could have ever turned this club around like Holmgren. Now all we have to do is get rid of Hatch and Smith and find a defenseman and Stanley here we come...I mean we will lose again next season
     
  21. Dills

    Dills Moderator
    Staff Member

    Philadelphia Union
    United States
    Jun 6, 2006
    Southampton|PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    get rid of hatcher? you serious, clark?
     
  22. JamesTaylor

    JamesTaylor BigSoccer Supporter

    May 26, 2007
    Wilmington, DE
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Speaking of number 88...

    Crazy story about Keith Jones saving Lindros' life:

    "...But Jones insisted that Lindros be taken to a nearby hospital and it was discovered Lindros had a collapsed lung caused by internal bleeding of his chest wall. It was estimated he'd bled out more than half his body's total blood volume..."

    With video.
     
  23. FC Matt 90

    FC Matt 90 New Member

    Aug 1, 2006
    Philadelphia
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This will always be the enduring Lindros image for me: [youtube]16Z7-XRPcrw[/youtube]

    I got to see the Legion of Doom and his Hart Trophy season, but I think that'll be the play I'll always remember. That, and him complaining about the Flyers' doctors
     
  24. Calcio69

    Calcio69 New Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    CHADDS FORD PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He led w/ his head!
    He leans in and attacks Stevens' shoulder w/ his head. He was intentionally trying to get out of Philly!
    He'd do ANYTHING.
     
  25. angryhugo

    angryhugo Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Philly Phorever
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "Is it pronounced Lind-ross or Lind-rose?"

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