The sports oracle, ESPN, has declared the Flyer’s season over, unless, of course, it isn’t? A brave assessment by a brave group of “journalists.”
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Now, I don’t know everything about the NHL, not yet, anyway. But it seems to me that ESPN might be jumping the gun here. The image (above) on their NHL home page hints at a “lost season” after only the first three games. We all know that ESPN exaggerates drama in order to create content. ESPN is the channel that convinced half the nation that Tim Tebow was passable as an American Football Quarterback or that grown men should care about a 20 year old pretending his girlfriend goes to another school. They aren’t just masters of fabricating storylines, they invented the game. But a lost season after three games is far fetched, even for them. Give me a break. Surely the corresponding article by Scott Burnside, their hockey EXPERT, would calm the waters, right?
“Now, no one loses a playoff berth in the first two weeks of a season, not even a truncated, 48-game season. But with the Flyers struggling out of the gate, this will give Holmgren and coach Peter Laviolette a chance to see who in their fine supporting cast is ready to step forward.”
Great. Thank you Scott. Thanks for focusing on the short term injuries, but also the very big loss of Scott Hartnell. It’s not the greatest start for the Flyers, but calling the season over is just batshit. It would be irresponsibly short sighted to call the season after only 6% of it had been played, right? RIGHT, SCOTT? RIGHT?
This is how his article ends…
“Someone will have to step up in the coming days and help pull the Flyers back onto the track. If they don’t, there’s a good chance we’ll look at these opening days and mark them as the point at which the season was lost.”
There you have it. You can’t lose a playoff berth after the first three games of a season, but you can lose the entire season. Just like ESPN can’t lose any credibility, because it never had any to begin with.
(By the way, the Flyers are only 3 points out of 8th and 5 points out of 1st in the division.)