Philadelphia weekend roundup

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Flyers down 0-2 in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals

Last night, I had to switch to the Flyers radio feed for the third period of Game 2 (the DVR had a conflict, which was odd since I thought everything was done for the season). I remembered hating these broadcasts in the past, and I can hear that nothing has changed. Two quotes fully characterize everything that’s wrong:

“The Chicago Blackhawks are lucky to still be in this game.”

At the time, they were winning 2-1 in the 3rd period and had led since scoring two goals in under 30 seconds late in the 2nd. Lucky may not be the right word here. After the game, things got even more surreal:

“The Flyers could easily have left Chicago with the series tied…”

OK maybe, both games were close. The Flyers had a real shot to win game one, but then the thought finished with:

“…or even left up 2 games to none.”

Really? This is what you come up with? They just lost two games, I know that it sucks, but this is not good broadcasting. This is delusional. I understand home announcers having a bias, in fact I kind of want that. When it turns into revisionist history, I have to wonder if I can even believe the play-by-play is what’s actually happening on the ice.

Roy Halladay pitches a perfect game in Florida

I didn’t get to see or hear any of this, but I was keeping track of it on my phone’s MLB app. It lost something in the translation, but it was still pretty amazing to “see.” This is only the 20th perfect game in MLB history (so yeah, they’re pretty rare) and the sixth to end 1-0. The crazy thing, in all six of those games the winning team’s run came on an error. It’s amazing to think that on those days, the opposing pitchers were having a great day too.

Unfortunately, this was one of the only bright spots for the Phillies lately as they’ve been shut out 5 times in the past 10 days and only 10 runs over that stretch. It could be worse though, I hear the Marlins are selling unused tickets to Halladay’s historic start.

Wawa HoagieFest 2010 kicks off

This annual event started back on May 24th and completely escaped my notice. If nothing else, I love the advertising. Really, who couldn’t love the Wawa Hoagie Balloon? Looking forward to the “Turkey Days” ahead starting June 21st.

Memorial Day 2010

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day! Thank you to all who gave their lives in service to our country.

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  • lydonwrites said,

    My favorite thing about Hoagiefest aside from the sandwiches is that Parry Gripped from Nerf Herder does the music for the ad campaign.

  • KevinMLD said,

    Speaking as someone who cannot understand the appeal of hockey at all and thinks it’s played by a bunch of hairy Canadiens whose only skill is the ability to ice skate, I gotta give the Flyers announcers some credit. I was astonished at how long the puck was in front of the Blackhawks net last night without finding it’s way in. The Flyers owned that third period. They just couldnt score. Which supports my whole hockey players have no skills theory.

  • ptb said,

    Matt – I find the HoagieFest ads ridiculous, but that’s what I like about them. They’re delivering hoagies from a hot air balloon and who can’t get behind that? Although, I did find one guy who isn’t a fan of Hoagie Guy.

    Kevin – It seemed like the Flyers were pressing throughout the 3rd, but how can anyone take the announcers’ comments seriously when the Flyers took the last face off in their zone with their goalie pulled?

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