Fun Read for Flyers Fans (Chet’s Take, 12-7-17)

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The Philadelphia Flyers have been around for 50 years now, and there have been just a handful of folks who have been part of the franchise from the beginning. One of those folks is Lou Nolan, the team’s public-address announcer since 1972 (and a public-relations assistant to another lifer, Joe Kadlec, the previous five years). If you think that a …

Recchi Now a Hall of Famer (Chet’s Take, 11-16-17)

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Another former Flyer is now a Hall of Famer, and he’s the kind of athlete Philadelphians love – a hard-working blue-collar guy. Mark Recchi, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall Monday night in Toronto along with four other ex-players and two executives, played 22 seasons in the NHL, including parts of 10 seasons over two stints with the Flyers. …

Future Is Bright As Flyers Camp Opens (Chet’s Take, 9-14-17)

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Training camp has opened, and another Philadelphia Flyers season is fast approaching. It’s season number 51 for the Orange & Black, but it’s now been 42 years since those back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, and we’re all wondering just how soon this club will again compete for a third Cup. First things first, Flyers fans: Don’t get your hopes up.  It’s …

Judy, Judy, Judy… (Chet’s Take, 8-3-17)

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On our latest weekly show, we announced the results of our 4th Annual Philly Pressbox Radio Hall of Fame voting, unveiling the five new inductees for 2017. There were 15 retired players on the ballot, with the top three in fan balloting over the past week earning automatic entry to our (just-for-fun) Hall, before Bill Furman and I each named …

Who’s Next? (Chet’s Take, 6-12-17)

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It’s a question that’s been asked dozens (hundreds?) of times in various forms since the Phillies’ “golden age” ended with their surprisingly early postseason exit in October 2011: Which of the four major Philadelphia pro sports teams will be next to compete for a championship? For purposes of our discussion, we’ll define”compete for a championship” as: make it to the …

The Flyers’ Great Goalie Search (Chet’s Take, 3/5/17)

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Who is the Philadelphia Flyers’ No. 1 goaltender right now – Steve Mason, who has strung together three consecutive impressive games, or Michal Neuvirth, who just signed a two-year contract extension? Who will be the main man this fall? That one is anybody’s guess. In the good ol’ days, the Flyers played solid defense and usually had a pretty good …

A NEEDED BREAK FOR FLYERS (CHET’S TAKE, 1/18/17)

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Admit it: You didn’t know there was such a thing as a bye week in the NHL. (Guilty as charged on this end.) It turns out the five-day “bye week” was part of the most recent negotiation with the NHL Players’ Association. Anyway, the break arrived at the perfect time for a Flyers team that has struggled mightily in recent …

DEAR SANTA… (CHET’S WISH LIST, 12-21-16)

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OK, we’re just days away from Christmas, and I’m still working on my shopping list. There are just so many gifts that I know would make a lot of people around here pretty happy! Let’s see, for Douggie and little Howie, I’m seeking a speedy wide receiver who can run a route and catch a football, a big offensive lineman, …

TIME TO WATCH MORE FLYERS, SIXERS (CHET’S TAKE, 12-15-16)

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With the Eagles’ third-straight non-playoffs season winding down, there will be a lot more focus in the weeks and months ahead on the Flyers and 76ers. We’ll learn more about whether the Flyers, winners of 10 straight games currently, can keep that momentum going for a while longer … and whether they can be a legitimate playoff threat. It’s fun …