Anyone with half a brain knows why NBCSP rarely criticizes the Flyers: they are owned by the same company, Comcast. If any other team in town had played as badly as the Flyers did in this series, they would have had their head handed to them — on merit. When will the double standard end? Not until Comcast sells the team or stops televising the games. Don’t hold your breath on either.

By Theodore N. Beitchman

The only thing more pathetic than the eight goals the Flyers gave up Sunday as the Penguins ended their season was the way the butt-boy NBC Sports Philly post-game amen corner rushed to avoid the obvious:

   Pittsburgh is not the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion for nothing.

            And the Flyers really never had a chance to knock them off in this series.

But dumb-ass Michael Barkann and his sidekick Al Morganti kept blaming the unforced errors the Flyers committed, as if this were a tennis match, instead of stating what even Stevie Wonder could see:

            The Flyers made the playoffs by the skin of their teeth, and they have so many holes in their roster that this off-season will tell the tale for next season and probably five more.

The question is:

  Will mediocre coach Dave Hakstol come back for a fourth season, or will the Flyers’ lackluster performance, especially in the fifth game, inspire GM Ron Hextall to pull the plug on the worst coach/manager in town.

It’s obvious that the Flyers need to get a great goalie.

Brian Elliott is too old, Michael Neuvirth is too brittle and who really knows about Petr Mrazek.

All the “smart guys,” and I use that term advisedly, say Carter Page is the wave of the future.

But the Flyers need to get a great goalie now.

The Orange and Black is now the fourth-best pro team in Philly, and another season of treading water may sink the franchise for a long time.

The clock is ticking on keeping bad boy Radko Gudas’ time in town, and not just because he singlehandedly sent Sean Courturier to the hospital for an MRI when he tripped him in practice.

Anyone with half a brain knows why NBCSP rarely criticizes the Flyers: they are owned by the same company, Comcast.

If any other team in town had played as badly as the Flyers did in this series, they would have had their head handed to them — on merit.

When will the double standard end?

Not until Comcast sells the team or stops televising the games.

Don’t hold your breath on either.