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Dan Carcillo not the biggest fan of the Philadelphia media

Aug 16, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

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You could say there’s been a theme this summer when it comes to guys leaving Philadelphia. While the players love the fans and love the energy of the city, the one thing they’re OK with leaving behind always seems to be the eager Philly media.

We’ve seen former Flyers captain Mike Richards have some not-so-nice words for the city’s media and Chris Pronger is famous for his go-rounds with CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio. Now, Dan Carcillo is having a bit of a say himself about his take on working with the scribes in the City of Brotherly Love.

In a special sit-down interview with Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Carcillo was asked about how tough the media in Philly was and if it lives up to the reputation. Carcillo didn’t hold back on his thoughts.

“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.”

Outspoken? Rude? In Philadelphia? That sounds impossible. As for how the fans in Philly are taking Carcillo’s words, Travis Hughes at Broad Street Hockey says it’s nothing too far out of line all things considered.

I don’t know if the Philly media is rude necessarily, but there’s definitely some truth to the “people look for excuses and nitpick” thing. Of course, that comes with the territory of playing in Philadelphia or any other major sports city in the Northeast, but all in all, I’d say Carcillo’s comments are a fair criticism.

Let’s face it, when you’re a high-profile team in a city that’s wild about sports and wild about the team, you’re going to have a lot of fans and reporters asking a lot of questions. Some of those questions may not be all that comfortable to face up to. After all, it wouldn’t be Philly if there wasn’t some mutual agitation going on between… Well, everyone.

As for how Carcillo will handle things in Chicago, that remains to be seen. Getting off on a good first step after he serves his two-game suspension would go a long way to winning over the fans and to keeping a nice relationship with the writers.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Haha of course. No one is ever a fan of the media once they leave the city. Our media is hard on the players because they actually care. You think Philly is the only media that is tough on it’s players? Montreal? NYC? Toronto? C’mon dude. Oh well. You just give people another reason to bash Philly as if we are the only city that isn’t hard on our players. Enjoy Joe. I’m sure you are loving this.

  2. ml3939 - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    If he is talking about the talk radio media in Philly, he is right. They are a bunch of hockey know-nothings. I am a big Keith Jones fan but refuse to listen to WIP at this point. I hear MacNow is pretty good with hockey. But the big name radio guys blow when it comes to hockey- Eskin awful, Cataldi awful, Missanelli covered it 30 years ago and knows nothing about it now.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 17, 2011 at 12:27 AM

      I love WIP but hockey really isn’t discussed. Mainly Eagles and Phillies with mix of Sixers. I don’t think the personality heads admit to knowing a lot of hockey. There isn’t a strong demand of listeners wanting to talk about the FlyBoys. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is.

      • kellyb9 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:22 PM

        I disagree with the end of your comment. I don’t listen to much AM, but hockey is huge in Philadelphia… basketball is a joke.

  3. sgtr0c - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    The fans should not be thrown in, in the second last paragraph. Media is media, they sell a product for profit, it is their job. Sorry, Dan. I am sure the Chicago media will only ask you about your feelings and if you feel up to a challenge. The fans of Philly sports are not allowed to ask questions of the players, so the way you kinda stuck us in there at the end is cheap. Dan didn’t even say fans in his quote.

  4. bcjim - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    My ancestors first arrived in the US in the mid 1700s in Philly. They quickly realized it was a dump and headed south.

  5. pkswally024 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    HIS USELESS PENALTIES ARE WHAT’S RUDE! like kruk said,
    No guts! Peace Danny boy.

  6. mojosmagic - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Ignorant words from a guy who has under achieved his entire career. Richards and Carter, two great players were traded for many reason but the media wasn’t one of them. Ask Richard’s why he chose not to go to the All Star game? I guess he felt partying in the Caribbean was more important then the honor of going to the game. That decision more then the drinking and parting is the reason he is no longer a Flyer. Players grow up and I wish nothing but the best for Richards and Carter. Carcillio can’t play and isn’t worth mentioning.

  7. sasquash20 - Aug 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    I miss Danny boy. We had some wild late nights hitting the slopes!

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