FFR12 Gm 11: PHI 1, PIT 7 - Booirthday (Now with More Sports!)
The good, the bad, and the ugly - aka the tale of my eighteen birthday.
Let's get the bad stuff out of the way. For the second time in four years, the Philadelphia Flyers lose the Battle of Pennsylvania on my birthday. At least last time they had the decency to invite me and actually provide an entertaining contest, one I could appreciate even though they came out on the wrong side.
This year? Heck no. The Flyers were blasted out of PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night, losing by a final score of 7-1. Mercifully, I didn't have to see this abomination live (high school soccer > Battle of Pennsylvania. But all I need is a quick glance at the box score to write about this game, this team, and where this season might be heading. What happened Tuesday night is absolutely unacceptable. To be utterly destroyed by your biggest rival, embarrassed for the second straight game against a team in your division, and fail to build off another budding win streak and amazing analytics? That just can't happen.
After the loss to Lausanne, Jake Voracek said everyone would forget about the flaws of the Flyers if they started strong. Well, where are we now? The Flyers are 5-5-1, 4 points back of Toronto for the final playoff spot in the East with 3 games in hand. It doesn't feel good. It doesn't feel bad. It doesn't feel like ANYTHING, except the same old Flyers we've come to know and loathe. I was so convinced that they had turned a corner after the home opener, and now they're right back where they ended last April.
I understand this type of game happens from time to time, but back-to-back against Metro division opponents? Unacceptable. There will be a lot of people saying just to burn the tape. No. This team should have to sit down and watch the last two games in full, partially out of spite so they can feel the pain their fans did, but also to learn from their mistakes so this doesn't happen again. Especially not to the Penguins.
Now, with that out of the way, what else do we have? *Channels used car salesman voice* CONGRATULATIONS, PHILLIES! You're now the biggest laughing stock in Major League Baseball. You spent $400 million over the offseason only to see your entire pitching core regress or be injured, the left side of your Opening Day lineup disappear, and your skipper over-manage ever game. Remember the superstar you stole from the Nationals? They just won their first title without him. Have fun spending stupid money on Gerrit Cole this winter!
Of course, my birthday wasn't all bad. In fact, ignoring pro sports, it couldn't have gone better. In addition to a Tuesday of happy birthdays, laughs, and 2008 Phillies highlights, I got to attend my first 76ers game. It was an absolute blast from start to finish, with the Embiid-KAT fight the absolute climax. I've never heard a louder MVP chant in person.
Life is all about dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Flyers have been all three so far this season. But there's still a long way to go, and there's plenty of time to make me and the rest of the fanbase forget Tuesday's game ever happened. Just make sure you actually do that. It won't be pretty if you fail.
PHI - 11/1 @ NJ (2-5-2, L1) - Show me that you've changed!
PIT - 11/2 vs. EDM (8-3-1, L1)