Jeremy Roenick. What a biased job of calling a game. Frankly, I am surprised he did not need a cigarette after each Blackhawks goal.
He ruined a great game for many of us. What happened to fair and balanced? He was also a Flyer during his career—NBC went out of their way to screw this one up.
Jonesy (Keith Jones) on Versus did a much better job calling the game, speaking with the players and was quite fair in spite of being a former Flyer.
I left the game in the middle of the third period and shortly after, I heard the horn and the game was tied at three. My streak of leaving to allow the team to score stands.
We Flyers fans are proud. We might not have had a date with Lord Stanley, but the Flyers made history this playoff season. They came from 29th place during the regular season to the Stanley Cup Finals as a seven seed. Along the way they made history being only the fourth team (in any sport) to come back and win a series when down by three games to zip when they put the Bruins away!
A Few Thoughts on the Series
I have proved that my absence from the TV does make a difference in scoring. Danny Briere proved that healthy he can do anything. In some ways he was more a team leader than Mike Richards.
Michael Leighton showed the world that not only can he play with the big boys, he can out-play them. There were amazing saves every game and even game five (when he was pulled), he allowed scores because there was no defense.
Scotty Hartnell is my hockey version of Chase Utley. Oh that hair! Hockey for me is a blood sport and he is a Broad Street Bully at heart. He is an old lady's dream.
Coach Laviolette for some reason reminds me of Jay Wright (Coach of Villinova's basketball team).
The team as a whole changed from mediocre during the regular season to superb as a playoff team. I did not watch a great deal of regular season hockey this year but I was not spellbound by this team and there were other teams that held my interest (Eagles, Penn State, Phillies and NCAA basketball). I love hockey, but this team did not seem able to get it together and I hate to watch a team lose.
Then came the shoot out with New Jersey and holy hockey pucks, Batman, we were in the playoffs. We won against the odds as did Montreal. Once we beat the Habs (an unlikely seven vs eight seed meeting in a playoff) the Cup was in sight.
We were a team (and a city) of destiny... and it ended with just one strange goal in OT by the Blackhawks.
"I thought it was a whistle. I was getting ready, waiting for Peter to send some guys for a defensive zone face off. I had no clue," Danny Briere told broadcasters of the goal that had to be reviewed. "And then, all of a sudden, I see them being confused, a few guys jumping on the ice, not knowing what was going on. Then all of a sudden, I was 'No, that can't be it.' You can't win a Stanley Cup not even knowing, not even being sure if you really won it or not. I couldn't even believe that they'd win a Stanley Cup this way."
Hold your heads up Flyers, you gave us all hope that the impossible was possible. You had a city mesmerised throughout the playoffs. Hockey has not been this much fun to watch since the Broad Street Bullies Days!
I now believe in miracles. Jeff's cancer is gone. The Flyers made history and lost The Cup by an OT goal, Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game and Donny McNabb is gone. Life is good!