Where was the outrage about how the revered Orange and Black obfuscate injuries — upper body and lower body instead of shoulder and ankle — how the second-year-coach seems to be in the deep water with no ability to swim; and how the team’s stars Voracek and Giroux are disappearing before our eyes.
Could it be that CSN has a massive double standard when it comes to the Sixers and Flyers? Just asking.
By Theodore N. Beitchman
You can take Astroturf and the “anguish” of country clubbers about why Tiger Woods will never measure up to Jack Nicklaus.
Throw in Glen Macnow’s attempt to get Flyers fans riled up because the Sixers owner also owns the Devils, and his ridiculous rant about why Tony Romo doesn’t deserve to be a CBS NFL announcer (by the way, who does deserve to be?!).
And they all pale in comparison to the phony outrage that transpired on CSN last Thursday.
In a show called “Philly Sports Talk,” the awful Michael Barkann (above) hosted a phony outrage fest, starring Dei Lynam of CSN and the Daily News’ Bob Cooney.
The subject of their phony outrage was the Sixers and their pattern of not telling the truth about injuries to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
Cooney was pissed off because Embiid sat for an interview with ESPN’s Jackie McMullen, who has been covering the NBA for at least 30 years, having started at the Boston Globe.
He was pissed because, I assume, Embiid chose not to grant his only sit-down interview in at least two months to a local writer, choosing instead to talk to someone who hasn’t demonstrated a pattern of unfairness to the Sixers.
In the piece, which we linked to:
Embiid admitted that he thought his meniscus tear was a lot worse before his operation than it actually was.
Cooney went on and on and on about how deceitful the Sixers have been about Embiid’s injury, which he believes they knew would require surgery when it happened in January. They waited until March 23, his reasoning seemed to be, to approve the operation because they didn’t want Embiid to come back too soon and ruin their chances to improve in the lottery, where they stand today at No.4.
Egged on by the unctuous Barkann, he also lit up Ben Simmons, who granted an interview that day after he was cleared to play after missing the season because of foot surgery.
Simmons was asked if he would play in the NBA summer league, as he had last summer. And he said, “I don’t know,” or words to that effect.
Barkann joined in the opprobrium of Simmons and the Sixers management, adding a comment from an ortho doc who never treated Simmons or Embiid, who said sometimes a meniscus looks worse on an MRI than it really is once you start operating.
All of this was going on as the Flyers, owned by the same company that owns CSN, had just melted down to miss the playoffs for the third time in five seasons.
And yet there was no outrage, would would have been real, about how the revered Orange and Black obfuscate injuries — upper body and lower body instead of shoulder and ankle — how the second-year-coach seems to be in the deep water with no ability to swim; and how the team’s stars Voracek and Giroux are disappearing before our eyes.
I wonder why that is.
Could it be that CSN has a massive double standard when it comes to the Sixers and Flyers?