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Broad Street Bullies Documentary

Posted in NHL, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2010 by tangentman

HBO will premiere their Philadelphia Flyers documentary, “Broad Street Bullies”, on May 4th at 10 PM.

Growing up a Flyers fan, the back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in ’74 and ’75 are some of my earliest memories of the team. Although they were despised by many fans around the NHL for their intimidating style of play, the team was adored by fans in the Philadelphia area. While the Bullies took a lot of heat for kicking ass and taking names, their rough and tumble approach to the game was initially engineered to mimic that of the Big Bad Bruins, the Flyers’ rowdy rivals from Boston.

Led by Head Coach Fred ‘The Fog’ Shero, the Flyers also took on the Soviet Central Red Army team on January 11, 1976, in an exhibition game which saw the Soviets leave the ice during the first period in protest of an Ed Van Impe elbow to the head of Red Army forward Valeri Kharlamov that wasn’t deemed a penalty by referee Lloyd Gilmour.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Bullies documentary looks entertaining. Check out the trailer or read more on the Flyers’ website.

Stevens on his way out?

Posted in NHL with tags , , , on December 4, 2009 by tangentman

The Philadelphia Flyers, on paper, should be considered a Stanley Cup contender this season.  However, roster potential doesn’t always translate to success on the ice.  The team came out of the gate looking like one tough team to play against, yet, after the first few games, they seemed to revert back to the same team we’ve seen the last couple of years – lackadaisical, inconsistent and unfocused.  To be fair, they did have a helluva run at one point, winning 7 of 8 and playing very strongly, but over the last 12 games they have gone 3-8-1 and have been outscored 32-34, the last two games being shutout losses.  They currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, 2 places south of a playoff spot.

Who gets the blame?  There has been a lot of discussion around the internet on this subject.  There are those who say that Coach John Stevens must go; that he can’t motivate the team.  Others will argue that the players should be able to motivate themselves for the games, and that Stevens can’t be blamed for that.  The rest blame the coaching staff and the players, and I think that’s the closest to the truth.

Stevens appears to have lost the players.  Some of them have said it’s not his fault; that for some reason they aren’t playing well.  There are reports that there is a divide in the locker room between the young guns and the seasoned vets, which, in reality, is up to the team’s ‘leadership group’ to work out.  Whatever is going through the players’ heads, they can’t seem to get it together in the games.

Stevens will probably pay the price by losing his job, his fault or not.  The next coach will have his hands full, but, if he plays his cards right and makes the players (no matter what nameplate is on the back of their jersey) compete for ice time and his respect, could have this group of guys playing like the team it looks like it could be on that roster sheet – a contender.

EDIT – As of 5:00 this afternoon, John Stevens has been fired.  I hope the players feel like shit.

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