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Quotable: Flyers aren’t even convinced they’re dangerous at the moment

Nov 7, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

source:  It’s been a rough go for the Philadelphia Flyers early into their 2013-14 campaign. They’ve gone through one coach already and the puck just doesn’t seem to be bouncing their way at all. Fans don’t really see a lot to believe in from this team and, in a somewhat brutally honest quote from Claude Giroux, the team itself doesn’t seem to believe — at least not fully.

Claude Giroux quoted from the Daily News:

“We need to stay positive,” Giroux said yesterday. “We are a good team. When we start believing it, when we start playing like it, we’ll be a dangerous team.”

So, does that mean players in the Flyers’ locker room are not believing right now?

“Maybe they believe it, but they don’t believe it 100 percent,” Giroux said. “I really believe that when we start believing that we’re a good team, that’s when we’re going to start winning games. We’re not convinced that we are right now.

Okay, so it’s not as damning as you may think, but come on guys. If you don’t believe in yourselves, what do you expect everyone else to think?

And one of my favorite Bob Dylan quotes just because:

“I don’t believe in anything, no. Why should I believe in anything? I don’t see anything to believe in.”

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  1. cape maybe - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I’m 36, and as a life-long Flyers fan, I find this team and this quote utterly disheartening. We’re barely into November, and it pisses me off to know that soon, very soon, if things don’t change, there won’t be much of a point in watching games.

    Also: not trying to stir-the-pot, or be ‘that guy’, but I wanted to air a nagging thought that has struck me as of late.

    We all know Craig Berube was tough-guy and enforcer when he played. In fact, I remember watching many a Flyers game wherein he would beat the tar out of someone. Having said that, I kinda wish he would be just a wee bit more vocal and animated on the bench. I dunno’, maybe it’s me, but It seems like every time the camera cuts to him after a dumb/terrible/lazy sequence made by the team, he’s got his arms folded and he looks like the proverbial deer-in-the-headlights? It’s blinkering eyes, followed by a pithy bark about the line he wants out there, and then back to the game.

    Of course I don’t know what’s said or what his actions are in the locker-room during intermission.
    Of course I don’t want him to be douchey Tortarella type, or some apoplectic frothing at the mouth socio-path.
    And of course I understand that remaining calm and stoic is supposed keep the team poised and balanced.

    But I don’t know, man. Show a lil’ emotion Chief. Go off on a min-rant. Light a fire under someone’s taint. Smash a stick over someone’s head. Place equipment manager Derek Settlemyre in a violent rear-naked choke hold for no reason. Pull a switchblade and start threatening the refs while sobbing hysterically.

    Alright, that last part is absurd. I’m sorry. I’m just kind of annoyed. Go Flyers.

  2. Robb - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Berube is probly kicking ass in the locker room, but i would love to see him choke the shit out of a couple players. Are we running out of options on who to blame for this.. we went from Stevens is not vocal enough, Richie and Carts are out drinking with Lupul.. Richie isnt getting along with Pronger and Lavi. Pronger is hurt, we have no leader in the locker room. Bryz is a cancer to the team. The teams not responding to Lavi. Fire Homer and now we landed on, Why is Berube our Coach?

    • cape maybe - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Hey Robb, as the author of that initial post, I just want to reiterate that I am in no way calling out Berube, or questioning why he is our coach. Homeboy is in a brutal spot and I feel for him. I was just airing a thought I had. Which was/is, I wonder if maybe a lil’ more of an in-your-face style approach might be necessary at this point? Lord knows nothing else seems to be working with these stiffs.


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