The Flyers desperately need a new goal song

The Flyers desperately need a new goal song

If there’s any silver lining whatsoever to a Flyers’ offense that has yet to score more than two goals in team’s first first seven home games, it’s the fact that we fans haven’t had to listen to the team’s crummy new goal song all that often.

Wait… the Flyers’ goal song isn’t “Doop” anymore?

I can’t blame you if you haven’t been paying attention recently, but “Doop” has been retired as the team’s goal song. The Flyers have a new goal song and it’s pretty awful.

It’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark,” better known as “Light ‘Em Up” by Fall Out Boy.

Ugh.

Show of hands if any of you actually like this song or Fall Out Boy.

*Crickets. *

That’s what I thought.

“Doop” had been the Orange and Black’s goal-celebration theme since the start of the 2011 playoffs, reportedly at the request of the recently bought-out Danny Briere. With Briere now in Montreal, the song has been shelved.

Personally, I felt “Doop” was a decent goal song but I get the fact that some didn’t like it because they felt the Flyers took it from their Philly soccer neighbors, the Union, which has been using to song to celebrate goals scored since the its inception.  To me, it just felt like a unique Philly thing, which made it cool.

Before “Doop,” the Flyers used Pennywise’s “Bro Hymn” as the team’s goal song. Many of you will remember it from the Flyers’ run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. Another decent choice but it was a tad bit watered-down considering the Anaheim Ducks have used it since 2005 and the New York Islanders used it during the 2009-10 season.

In the pre-lockout days, the Flyers used Blur’s “Song 2” to celebrate goals. Some of you may know that song better as the “Woo Hoo” song. I wouldn’t mind bringing that goal song back except for one glaring black mark: the Penguins have used it in the past. They’ve tainted it. If there’s one thing in life you don’t want to be like, it’s something that reminds people of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For the first two home games of this season, AC/DC’s “TNT” blared throughout Wells Fargo Center on the rare occasion the Flyers actually scored. That celebratory theme was pretty bad but not as dreadful as “Light ‘Em Up,” which replaced it.

With these terrible goal songs, it’s no wonder there’s been so much bad karma around the Flyers’ offense this season.

Anyway, what’s abundantly clear here is that the Flyers desperately need a new goal song.

There’s an online petition floating around that requests the Flyers change their goal song to Tag Team’s “Whoomp There It Is.” Really solid choice. I back it.  I signed the petition. You should too. Our pal Zoo With Roy even threw his support behind it.

Allow me to toss another suggestion out there: the “Space Jam” theme song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8CCQgDbAxw

I get that it’s from a basketball movie, but imagine the disheartened looks on the faces of the opposing goalie and players as they hear that intro, that beat and then lyrics like, “To the jam, all in your face! Wassup, just feel the bass! Drop it, rock, down the room! Shake it, quake it, space KABOOM!”

They would feel so much shame. So much.

Anyone out there have any other suggestions? Let’s hear them.

Sixers fail to take care of business against Denver Nuggets

Sixers fail to take care of business against Denver Nuggets

It really felt like we could've gotten this one. The Denver Nuggets are hardly pushovers, but they came into this one a 7-13 team that'd lost their last three games, and even last night they seemed fairly beatable, even for a Philadelphia 76ers team still missing Robert Covington (in additional to our usual mini-roster of absentees). But Philly's energy sagged in the third quarter as Denver caught a second wind, and they spent the final frame hitting shots that the Sixers couldn't answer. Final score: Nuggets 106, 76ers 98. 

The most sobering part of the loss was that Joel Embiid finally played what would best be described as "a bad game." Not that bad, of course — even at his worst, Joel still managed 16 points and notched career-high five blocks. But he only shot 5-15 from the field, turned ball over three times, grabbed just four boards and played a large part in the sinkhole offense that the Sixers played in the late third and early fourth that ultimately cost them this one. JoJo still has trouble reading double teams and knowing when not to attack into traffic, and his frustration was extremely evident as he kept trying to do too much and paying the price for it. 

Nonetheless, even with an off Embiid night and a still-slumping Sauce — officially down to Left in the Car Overnight temperature after a night of 4 points on 1-7 shooting in 35 minutes — Philly probably still coulda gotten this one. Sergio Rodriguez appears to have swiped Nik's swag at least temporarily, with a season-high 17 points on 7-14 shooting to go with seven dimes and three steals, while Dario Saric and Ersan Ilyasova also poured in 17 and 8 each, and the Nuggets wings were largely kept quiet for two and a half quarters. But even while struggling, the Nuggets paraded their way to free-throw line — 34 FTAs for the night, including 12 for Danilo Gallinari alone — and once they caught fire late, the Sixers just couldn't keep up. 

A bummer for a team that's now lost seven in a row, and has to face the Grizzlies tonight in Memphis — their fourth game in five nights, and the first of a three-game road trip — without Embiid and also without Jahlil Okafor, out with illness. Even with the Grizz missing their own big names (no Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons, Zach Randolph or Vince Carter lately) and likely suffering from fatigue of their own after a double-OT road win last night in New Orleans, the 4-17 Sixers are gonna have a tough go matching Memphis' grit and grind tonight. Anytime you feel like Supermanning in and saving the day now would be cool, Nerlens Noel. Just sayin'.

Sixers name Elton Brand as Player Development Consultant

Sixers name Elton Brand as Player Development Consultant

Elton Brand is back with the Sixers, albeit not on the court.

The Sixers agreed with the former NBA forward to name Brand Player Development Consultant. In a press release, the team said Brand will be working with Sixers players in 'every facet of their on- and off-court development' while also working in the front office.

“We are extremely excited to bring Elton Brand back into the organization where he will be a valuable resource to our young and developing team," Bryan Colangelo said in the release. "Elton’s leadership and character displayed throughout his playing career as a player align perfectly with our vision, direction and culture of this basketball team, coaching staff and management group."

Brand retired during training camp after 17 NBA seasons, including five with the Sixers over two stints. The 6-foot-8 forward came out of retirement last season to provide a veteran presence for the Sixers and eventually played in 17 games when the team was snakebitten by injuries. 

He will now continue to be an influence on the Sixers' young core thanks to his new role with the basketball operations department.