Brian Mapes
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Flyers Get a New Coach; Philadelphia Sports Are Doomed

Peter Laviolette has been fired as coach of the Flyers and is being replaced by Craig Berube.

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If Laviolette was on such thin ice then they should have fired him in the off-season and done a proper coaching search.  I’m not going to bash Berube because I don’t know him well enough to say if he is going to be good or not.  Maybe they would have hired him in the off-season anyway, I don’t know, but at least the team would not be dealing with an in-season system change.

The Sixers are trying to lose but at least they have a plan.  The Eagles are trying to build a young team around a young, high-energy coach.  I don’t have a clue what the Flyers’ (or Phillies) plan or philosophy is.  The Flyers organization is clearly dysfunctional and needs more than a coaching change.  Every move the GM makes turns to crap and the owner has transformed into Al Davis.

One championship in 30 years.  Go Philadelphia.

Thanks for the Memories, Uncle Charile

Charlie Manuel was fired today. Yes, you heard correctly, the winningest manager in Phillies history, who gave us a World Series Championship, was fired.

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Manuel wasn’t a tactician. The double switch threw him for a loop. Knowing when to hit-and-run was difficult. Determining when to bring in a reliever and which one was troubling. He was loyal to a fault. That said, he was great at managing the personalities of extremely high paid ballplayers and getting the most out of them.

I think Uncle Charlie did the best he could this year. He was given a bad team that had almost no chance of competing regardless of who the manager was. The team has too many aging players. The worst part is they are overpaid and locked up in longterm contracts. Rubén Amaro, Jr is at fault here, not Chuck. By firing Manuel, RAJ confirmed he is an awful GM and doesn’t know what he is doing. He should be fired immediately but the Phillies owners are too tentative to pull the trigger.

Manuel is being replaced by Ryne Sandberg, the so called “heir apparent”. I like Sandberg but let’s remember that he is here because Chicago and Boston didn’t want him. It makes me wonder why and what flaws or baggage he carries around.

I guess it doesn’t matter who the coach is next year, the team will continue to stink until they can get younger and more patient. They need their swagger back. Unfortunately, Amaro doesn’t have the skill set to make any of this happen and we are doomed to have another awful year.


My name is Brian Mapes. I'm a father, husband, Phillies fan, Eagles fan, comic book lover, software engineer, technology lover, wannabe artist, and former MacRumors mod. These are my random thoughts.