The first episode of the Flyers Hangover series.
EAGLES LOSE TO THE ARIZONA CARDINALS 24-20.
A loss like the one that occurred for the Eagles on Sunday seemed inevitable as they have been avoiding their own mistakes to win games this season so far. That was not the case Sunday as the Eagles mistakes finally caught up with them. This loss should be a good stepping stone for the Eagles to learn from what they did wrong. Although, no one wants to see a loss and especially one that can put us behind the hated Dallas Cowboys.
Quarterback Nick Foles had a good game on paper as he completed 36 passes out of 62 attempts for 411 yards, for 6.6 yards per pass, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Foles did throw for 400 yards but he was picked off on some bad throws. It looked like Foles did not have feet set on a lot of the dropback pass play or just in shotgun when he had more time. Foles was not sacked once in the game against the Cardinals but was making hurried throws to out of bounds or throwing off of his back foot (which I noticed on a number of occasions during the duration of the game). Running back LeSean McCoy had a good game as he had 21 carries for 83 yards. It seemed like McCoy was not used enough as the Eagles gave the top notch Cardinals run defense too much respect. Shady of course dipped and ducked like he does too much on occasion but he really looked like he was going more north-south than east-west like usual.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been remarkable this year and he showed it as he had 12 receptions for 187 yards, 15.6 yards per reception, and 2 touchdowns which includes the 50 yard beautiful bomb. Maclin is becoming one of the best receivers in the league and he is a damn tough one as well. Maclin was involved in a nasty 3 player collision that left Cardinals star corner Patrick Peterson laying lifeless but Peterson is okay now. Maclin came back from that collision only 4 plays later and hustled even more than he did before being knocked out of the game.
The secondary let us down once again but it was mostly Nate Allen and Cary Williams. These 2 allowed Cardinals rookie receiver John Brown fr0m Pittsburgh State caught the 75 yard pass from Carson Palmer. The pass was a great pass as it was dropped into Brown’s waiting arm but Williams has to slow the timing between the quarterback and receiver and then Allen has to be better with his over the top help for Williams.
Chip Kelly had some questionable play calling throughout the game. The first one is that Foles threw 62 passes, what is Andy Reid the coach of this team again? Foles should not be throwing that many times when he has Shady and Polk in the backfield. The second one is the decision to not go for it on 4th and inches in the red zone in the 4th quarter.
This game obviously had its positives but had more negatives than positives. The Eagles injured offensive line did play quite well as Foles was not sacked. The Eagles are now 5-2 and visit the Houston Texans next week.
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You know what everyone loves about games against the LA Kings? It’s the constant reminder that at some point or another the Flyers had Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and now Justin Williams on their team and how every announcer and beat writer has to remind everyone about that hundreds of times a night. No matter how long it’s been since the Carter and Richards trades it will always be a big story when the two “Return to their former town” as if it’s their first time visiting the WFC since the trades. News flash guys, it’s bee a couple years, these are not breaking stories.
But now the tables have turned and it’s Philadelphia that gets to gloat about a former LA Kings player that we now have. Brayden Schenn former LA King, who the Flyers received along with Wayne Simmonds in the trade for Mike Richards, ended the game with an overtime goal to keep the Flyers win streak going while simultaneously ending the Kings win streak. Schenn’s goal, about halfway through the overtime, was originally waved off after Kings Goalie Jonathan Quick slid into the net with the puck right on his pads. After a review the goal was counted and Quick went threw a temper tantrum, throwing his broken stick at the officials.
Quick stands by his argument that he was pushed into the net by Wayne Simmonds keeping his little hissy fit going long after the game was over. “It was contact, so shouldn’t be a goal,” Kings coach Daryl Sutter grumbled. But a nice gif of the goal thanks to SB Nation shows that Simmonds wasn’t even at the net yet… so sorry Sutter you’re a moron.
Miachel Raffl scored his 5th of the season to give the Flyers a 1 goal lead in the first period, but a short handed Kings goal tied the game up. Then 43 seconds before the end of the period Chris VandeVelde scored his first goal as a Flyer making it 2-1 going into the second period.
The Kings came to Philly on a 6 game win streak and after the Flyers performance against Detroit, the undoubtedly expected an easy win. Unfortunately for them the Flyers rallied after a poor performance and had major pressure on the Kings from the very beginning; the Flyers had 20 shots on goal in the first period alone as opposed to their 17 shots in the whole game against Detroit. The Flyers now have a 4-3-2 record on the season and have a chance to finish the month off 2 games above .500 with a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, their 3 game win streak has included wins over Pittsburgh, Detroit and now LA. Even with multiple injuries to the roster, the Flyers have managed to turn their season around already and after a sketchy start to October, have started the season with a winning record.
Apparently the whole hockey world is just as confused about the win as Quick is and have resorted to making fun of the Flyers in ways that are stupid and childish. The Score decided to focus on B. Schenn arguing with the ref about the game winner, saying he acted like a child:
They decided to neglect Quick’s little temper tantrum after the goal, but we’d be happy to show you that so here:
I know that I really shouldn’t talk about Richards and Carter because that conversation has been beaten to death and will continue to be a conversation long after Richards and Carter have stopped being relevant names, but I want to point out just the basics of why the Flyers came out on top of both of those trades. First off, most obviously, Richards and Carter did not win the Stanley cups by themselves nor were they the biggest contributors, the Kings had a balanced and very skilled team with an elite goaltender. Richards and Carter did not win the cup themselves and they did not lead the Kings to the cup as the myth goes in Philly beat writer legend.
If you want to look at the most basic aspect, goals and assists; the Flyers definitely won:
Richards to LA in exchange for Simmonds and B. Schenn: Richards: 42 goals and 78 assists in his time in LA. Simmonds: 77 goals and 71 assists in his time in Philadelphia. B. Schenn: 43 goals and 47 assists in his time in Philadelphia.
Carter to Columbus in exchange for Voracek and a pick that became Sean Couturier: Carter: 64 goals and 40 assists in his time in LA, 15 goals and 10 assists in Columbus (79 goals, 50 assists since PHI). Voracek: 65 goals, 105 assists in Philadelphia. Couturier: 33 goals and 53 assists with Philadelphia. (and that’s not even mentioning his phenomenal 2 way ability)
So it’s about time that the beats caught on to what most fans already know, the Flyers won those trades. Now please stop acting like that was the worst deal ever.
Although pretty much no one is looking forward to sitting through this awful Sixers season we are about to witness, there is some news that the team made. The Sixers were fully aware that point guard Michael-Carter Williams will be coming back from an injury apparently on November 13th. So the team made a trade with the Brooklyn Nets to acquire point Marquis Teague and 2019 2nd round pick the Nets received point guard Casper Ware.
Teague came into the league in 2012 out of Kentucky and is only 21 years old. Teague was drafted 29th overall by the Chicago Bulls and went to the Nets. Teague has played in 88 in the league. Teague is a good player who is quick and can play some defense. He is one of the more known players on the Sixers roster. Teague will not turn this awful team around which none of us fans want because we want high draft picks.
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Now that the Flyers have announced both Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald will be out of the lineup for 4 weeks there’s a lot of debate about what the Flyers are going to do for a replacement and the biggest question is “Are they going to call up Shayne Gostisbehere?”
Well the answer is pretty simple and makes a whole lot of sense if you’ve been paying attention to everything Hextall’s said:
Foot in my damn mouth right? The Phantoms announced that Shayne Gostisbehere would be a healthy scratch, and only a few minutes later everyone’s suspicions were proved right and the Flyers announced that Ghost Bear has been called up and will make his NHL debut.Ron Hextall has abandoned the patience plan; having the top defensive pair has forced Hextall to reconsider his whole plan to leave the prospects down in the minors to develop.
Earlier in the day we were told that Mark Alt was thought to be coming up to replace MacDonald because equipment people had put his name on one of the locker room stalls, but Hextall was obviously surprised at the news and told media that they hadn’t talked about who they were going to bring up yet.
Well now we know.
Just a couple of days removed from resigning starting pitcher Jerome Williams, the Phillies have resigned outfielder Grady Sizemore. Sizemore is prominently known for his glory years with the Cleveland Indians but Sizemore caught the injury bug and has not been the same player since. Sizemore originally came to the Phillies around July of last season after being released by the Boston Red Sox.
Sizemore’s deal is a 1 year deal that is worth $2 MM but can be worth up to $5 MM due to performance bonuses. Sizemore played 60 games for the Phightin’ Phils last year and played quite well as he hit 3 homers, drove in 12 runs, and had a batting average slash line of .253/.313/.389. Although he obviously does not have the power he used to have, Sizemore still produced and was one of the only Phillies players that played with energy.
Again, not another blockbuster signing by any means like the Williams deal but the Phillies are taking care of the guys that they want on the team. Sizemore is a good keep for the Phillies as he plays good defense and with good energy. Plus, it is only October so no exciting will be made anyway.
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The bright spot going into a game at the Consol Energy Center is the Flyers record there since it opened in 2010. I’m sure you’ve heard that the Flyers are 11-2-1 on the Penguins home ice a bunch of times because what else is there to talk about that doesn’t make you want to drink heavily? So The Flyers record in Pittsburgh is good and we’re hoping that they can keep that building tradition alive by beating the Penguins despite the recent troubles.
The first period was a rollercoaster, starting with a Penguins rush right off the opening face off forcing Emery to make a good save early on. A typical early penalty on the Flyers doesn’t lead to a goal which is a welcome change from the embarrassing play of the PK over the past 2 games, but 7 seconds later the Penguins manage to put one in. Luckily The Flyers have Mark Streit who blasts one in on Fleury from the point to tie it up. There was a scary segment where the Flyers absolutely could not manage to clear the puck and it was one of those sequences where it’s not gonna end unless the puck goes in or someone gets a penalty called on them. Luckily Emery was able to glove a shot to get the play stopped giving the Flyers some relief.
At around 13 minutes into the game, French native and new Flyer Pierre-Edouard Bellmare scored his first NHL goal to put the Flyers up 2-1. Bellamre’s goal was a tip in from a Sean Couturier shot. The Flyers started the second period on a power play thanks to a potential dirty hit from Simon Despres. Couturier looked like he saw the hit coming and pulled up just before Despres could lay a full hit on him, R.J. Umberger stepped up to fight Despres on behalf of Coots. The Pens were given an interference call along with the fighting penalties.
Despite being out shot 11-7 in the first the Flyers managed to end the period with the lead.
Bellmare’s goal looked like it gave him the equivalent of taking four 5hour energy’s at once because he was all over the ice in the 2nd period.
Did you miss seeing the Flyers actually dominate on the power play? Yeah we did too, and it was so sweet to watch the Flyers 2nd power play of the night. Unlike the past few games, the PP unit actually managed to keep the play cycling in the offensive zone for a good chunk of time creating a few scoring chances. Unfortunately a short while later the Pens win a defensive zone faceoff and manage to tie it up from a shot that manages to deflect off on Andrew MacDonald’s skate.
In a matter of 2 minutes Both Wayne Simmonds and “Pebbles” Bellmare were hit in the head with shots and both went off the ice. Both did return to the bench after a nerve reacking commercial break. At the End of the 2nd period the Flyers get another penalty off an Olympic dive by Chris Kunitz. Concurrent minors are given out for hooking and embellishment.
At the start of the 3rd it’s announced that Rinaldo has an upper body injury and doesn’t return to the game presumably after a monster hit on Crosby earlier in the game that apparently injured his shoulder.
Midway through the 3rd period R.J. Umberger puts in his first of the season to give the Flyers the lead again. Then The Penguins give up a turnover and Sean Couturier puts a pass on Matt Read’s stick that turns into a beautiful top shelf goal. The Flyers go up 4-2 for most of the period until a bit of a break down let’s Marcel Goc sneak up on Emery and decreas the Flyers lead to 1.
With around 2 minutes left the Flyers seem to forget ho to play for a bit leading to some heart attack inducing plays and inevitably the Penguins pull Fleury in the last minute hoping to force an overtime, but they can’t come up with an equalizer and Sean Couturier puts an empty netter in to finalize the win.
Flyers beat the Penguins 5-3 and improve their record to 10-1-1 in the regular season. After ending the 1st period down 11-7 in shots, the Flyers end the game with a 33-25 shot advantage.
Remember the Flyers did officially own the Consol Energy Center according to Wikipedia: