Michael DeNicola


Yes, yes. That's me and Carcillo in a photo together from the Flyers Wives Carnival. I framed it like a puck bunny with a man-crush, and it's sitting at my desk. I realize how that makes me look and I'm completely fine with the verbal bombardment I'm inevitably going to receive from many of you. 

Shall I hand over my man card now?


Nevertheless, I'm sure I do not need to remind any of you regular readers that (while a Flyer) Daniel Carcillo was my favorite skater. He just laid it out there on the line, had plenty of attitude, played bigger than he was and never hesitated to drop the mitts. I love players like that. They're not the most skillful. They're moves will never make it to SportsCenter. 

I understood all the negatives he brought to each outing, but personally....I overlooked them all and just appreciated Car Bomb for what he was. 


Now that I got all the sappy details out of the way, by now you've heard ol' Danny boy still has some unsettled feelings for the Philadelphia media. 

Yesterday Carcillo was asked, "Is the Philly media as tough as they say it is?"

"Yeah. It’s ridiculous. . . . If you lose, people look for excuses, and they nitpick. They make stories out of nothing. It’s unfortunate. That’s just the way it is. It’s kind of their culture. People are kind of outspoken and rude."



Well, today you'd think Carcillo stood at the top of City Hall and drug his cojones over William Penn's face like some lineage of King Kong with a sex offender record, because people are tearing him a new one. 

"Rude"? Not exactly the adjective you thought Rough & Tumble Carcillo would ever complain about. 

Now, I'm not entirely certain if Daniel was exclusively sticking it to the Philadelphia media when he mentioned how "it's kind of their culture." Could he have meant the fans too? 

See, when you insult this city's sports media then you indirectly insult the fans. We (the fans) are demanding. We care so much about that crest that we need to know what's going on with the players representing it.

There isn't a fanbase more thirsty for the Stanley Cup than Philadelphians. If you play like crap and drag ass out there, we expect our media members to dig in and leave no stone unturned.


Now, to a degree I must concur with Car Bomb. There have been other instances when players had problems with the muck rakers of this town. They can be a bit intrusive, but as BroadStreetHockey put it....."that comes with the territory of playing in Philadelphia or any other major sports city in the Northeast."