Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The NFL tosses a flag and the Flyers toss their coach

From where I sit it looks like the NFL is doing everyone a favour...

via nflcommunications.com

It's a fantastic cause. It's also a great way to get people thinking about breast cancer. Sure, it's over the top, but there's no such thing as too much message here. However, the flags were confusing. Because the players towels are basically the same colour, it's created a lot of confusion for players, coaches and broadcasters. When it comes to something like penalties, consistency is imperative. Not just with the call, but with how the call is made. There's also been questions raised about how much money is actually going to research. You know what, it doesn't much matter. My Aunt is a breast cancer survivor. I've seen what an insidious disease this is. If this helps one woman catch breast cancer in time to save her life it's worth it.

The Flyers hung their coach out to dry...and he should be the only one in trouble...

via flyers.nhl.com

OK, the training camp apparently was bad. The pre-season was lacklustre. And now 0-3 to start the season. The timing of this is simply odd. Why give Laviolette even 3 games? Why wasn't he fired during the off season? His replacement was waiting right there, so it's not like Philadelphia had to hunt around. Ed Snyder is a great owner in a number of ways. He's passionate. He's got deep pockets. He's not afraid to stand up for his team. He's also very hands on. And that hasn't always lead to the best choices. Let's face it, goaltending is a major issue for the Flyers. They had a pair of promising Russian goalies. Now, both are gone. Sergi Bobrovsky is a Vezina winner in Columbus. Ilya Bryzgalov is with Las Vegas waxing poetic in the ECHL. How is Laviolette to blame for Bryzgalov's idiotic 9 year deal? Or the current tandem of Chris Mason and Ray Emery? There's plenty of blame to go around in Philadelphia. And the guys in charge need to start looking in the mirror.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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