Boys of Summer
Well, with the Flyers ousted, the Sixers hoping for a lucky ping pong ball bounce, and Eagles' training camp still over a month away, there's not much by way of links today...
Ed Snider was on Comcast's Daily News Live yesterday. Tim Panaccio cites Snider's claim that the Flyers lost money this season, despite making it to the conference finals, due to their high payroll. Panaccio also infers from Bob Clarke's comments that John LeClair and Tony Amonte won't be back next year, likely casualties of the as-yet-unnegotiated new labor agreement. John Smallwood reminds us that we've now had 84 seasons (combining the city's 4 major sports franchises) without a title, certainly a record in that category. Smallwood says it was bad enough when we were losing to cities like Boston, Chicago, LA, and New York. But losing to Tampa Bay (which isn't even a city, but a body of water), is just plain demoralizing (and Smallwood says he's "really starting to hate the place.") John also says even if he wins the Triple Crown, Smarty Jones doesn't count. I agree. Which is why you haven't seen any coverage on here.
Todd Zolecki submits his article for the Phillies off-day. He says Pat Burrell's confidence has been the biggest difference so far this year. He also notes that the Phillies rank second in the league in average attendance (39,624), which certainly seems like a huge jump from the last year at the Vet. Marcus Hayes writes about pitching coach Joe Kerrigan's "hands off" approach to managing his staff.
CSN has Phillies-Mets tonight at 7:10. TNT has Game 3 of Wolves-Lakers at 9. And exactly 5 people will be watching the Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 between Calgary and Tampa Bay on ESPN at 8.