Nothing Left to Say: Flyers Lose Again, Likely Sealing Their Fate Finally

Nothing Left to Say: Flyers Lose Again, Likely Sealing Their Fate Finally

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Time and time again this season the Flyers were welcomed
back into the playoff mix with open arms by their Eastern Conference rivals when
all hope appeared lost, and hey, the Orange & Black even responded on
occasion. More often they did not however, and following a third consecutive
loss to an opponent ahead of them in the standings on Thursday, with eight
games remaining it finally feels safe to say Philadelphia will miss out on
Stanley Cup fever for the first time since 2007.

The Ottawa Senators limited the Flyers opportunities through
the first two periods, and despite some good chances over the final 20 minutes,
the good guys were held to a single goal for the third outing in a row.
Meanwhile, the usual defensive breakdowns led to a pair of breakaway markers at
the other end, while the Sens added the exclamation point with an empty-netter
as the final seconds wore down to complete the 3-1 victory. It was the second
time in three tilts Philly lost to a team amid a five-game pointless streak.

To put where they’re at in the standings in perspective,
even if the Flyers somehow collected all 16 points possible from their
remaining schedule, the New York Rangers – currently situated in the eighth
seed – would still need only nine to beat them out for the final spot. Seeing
as the good guys have won more than two straight only once all season, and even
those four games are now sandwiched by losing streaks, it’s not a very likely
scenario to say the least.

If we’re being honest, it shouldn’t come as all that large a
surprise. The team started slow, never truly heated up, at times hardly showed
a pulse, and has generally had problems at every end of the ice. The fact that
the Flyers were in it for as long as they were was more a testament to a
condensed schedule and a top-heavy conference than of their own merit. But then
it’s still sort of a shock, because the minimum expectation for the club this
year had to be some level of postseason play.

It’s going to be a long offseason, one with plenty of finger
pointing for sure, because there is plenty of blame to go around. Of course, we’ve
been stuck at that stage of grief for awhile, so what else is there left to say
really?

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There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

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There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers and it is sad.

Not in the sense that it's a move that remotely affects anything about the current state of the Phillies. It's sad simply because Chooch -- lovable and awesome and wonderful Chooch -- is no longer a Phillie.

Chooch will be remembered for catching Roy Halladay's perfect game and no hitter and that little dribbler down the line in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, dropping to his knees in celebration with Brad Lidge making them World Effin Champions.

But mostly he'll just be missed. What a guy to have aroud for so long.

Roy knows how hard it is not to have him around. I guess Chase won't need his any longer since the two will be reunined with one last chance of glory in L.A.

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Jimmy Rollins. Then Chase Utley. Now Carlos Ruiz.

Thursday closed another chapter of the Phillies' golden era.

Ruiz, the Phillies' catcher since 2006, has been traded to the Dodgers (along with cash) for catcher A.J. Ellis, right-hander Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Rollins was dealt to the Dodgers in December 2014. Utley, still with Los Angeles, was traded to the Dodgers in August 2015.

Ryan Howard is now the lone leftover from the Phillies' 2008 world champion club.

In 11 big-league seasons — all with the Phillies — Ruiz has hit .266 with a .352 on-base percentage and has been lauded for his game-calling abilities. This season, the 37-year-old is batting .261 with a .368 OBP, three home runs and 12 RBIs in a reserve role.

"I met Chooch in 2009 for the first time and immediately sensed that he was a special player," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "But more importantly, over the years I grew to know that he is a special person. I'll miss him."

Ruiz caught Cole Hamels' no-hitter in July of last season, marking the catcher's fourth no-no behind the plate, tying him for most in MLB history with Jason Varitek.

"He’s a tremendous catcher and it just shows," Hamels said after no-hitting the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25. "If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be catching this many no-hitter, perfect games. All of us have been fortunate enough to have him."

The Panama native, beloved and known by the Delaware Valley as "Chooch," quickly became a fan favorite. He was the staple behind home plate of the team's five-year run from 2007-11, in which it won five National League East titles, two NL pennants and, of course, the World Series championship in 2008.

"They are my favorite fans in the world," Ruiz said in February, "and we have some good memories together."

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

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HBO's Last Week Tonight

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

Charter schools. They're complicated!

After watching John Oliver's segment on them over the weekend, you'd agree there is plenty of nuance involved in the charter school debate. But also that some of them are dirty as all get out. An underground nightclub at a SCHOOL? Jeez. That can't be okay anywhere.

It's a solid segment. But it also took a couple of unneeded digs at the city of Philadelphia, its cuisine, and its sports fans.

That irked the Mayor of Philadelphia and he fought back today on Twitter.

"Agree on charter oversight but English soccer fan who eats fish from newsprint can't judge Eagles fans, cheesesteaks," Jim Kenney tweeted.

Take that you fish-eating Brit!

You can also watch the entire John Oliver segment from Last Week Tonight below.