Exactly one month from today, the Flyers will likely take the ice for the final time in the 2014-15 season. It will be remembered as a season of missed opportunities.
Honestly, it should be considered a minor miracle that it took until the beginning of this week to eliminate the notion of the Flyers and the playoffs. But that has finally come to pass.
The Flyers took a slow start to the season and managed to give their playoff hopes life. Talks constantly shifted between the draft lottery and the ever-diminishing hope of making the playoffs. The shame is at the end of the season, the Flyers probably should have made it.
As the final horn sounded, Jake Voracek slammed his stick against the boards, breaking it. Steve Mason threw the word embarrassing out again.
After being 15 seconds away from their biggest win of the season on Saturday, the frustration of the heartbreaking loss that day has brought about three straight losses for the Flyers. In the process, they have watched their playoff hopes vanish.
The last two games have been a story of frustration. Things got no better on Tuesday night.
Steve Mason stood on his head, keeping the Flyers in the game for most of the night. But with less than seven minutes to play, the Stars were able to solve Mason at last, taking the lead and eventually holding on for a 2-1 win over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
Tuesday evening on SportsRadio 94WIP, Rob Ellis had a major announcement regarding his future at the station.
"These are my last two hours at WIP," said Ellis, returning from commercial break around 8 p.m. "This is my last show."
Ellis carried on with the following, heartfelt message:
"I say this for a couple of different reasons. I want to keep people up to speed with what's happening. You know, and I've been quite honest with you, I'm not thrilled with some of the things that have gone down at the station in recent times.
I've spoken at length on the air about it. This is not to trash anybody, but this is just to say 'thanks' more than anything else to you, the listeners, and you, the fans of the station, you guys who call us, listen to us, stream us. Anyway you get us. Listen to the podcast, or whatever the case may be.
I just want to tell you from the bottom of my heart, 'thank you'.
I grew up in this town, as I mentioned earlier. I listened to this station as a kid. I go way back to the beginning of the station. I was nuts. I was seven, eight years old listening to sports talk because I loved it.
My career took me down the path of television for a long time, but I always, always had the idea in the back of my mind to at some point do sports talk radio. If I was going to do it, I wanted to do it in my city. I wanted to do it here. I didn't want to do it anywhere else, and I got the opportunity to do that.
Much like I say with the professional sports teams, if it's not for the fans, then we don't have a job, they don't have a job. Well, if it wasn't for you guys, and if it isn't for you guys, we don't have a job here at the station.
There wasn't a day that went down that I took that for granted. Every single day, every shift, it may have not been the best show in the world, but I tell you this: I put every ounce of effort I had into it. There was never a show where I didn't prepare, or I didn't try to do the best for you guys. In turn, I've been able to do a lot of great things, worked with a lot of great people. Had the ability to meet a lot of great people along the way, and it's been awesome. It is absolutely been a blast.
There's going to be a big announcement tomorrow as to where I'm headed. It's an opportunity that I'm really excited about, and I absolutely think it's going to be a great thing.
This is a perfect night for me to go out on. Because this is a classic, listener-caller interaction type of night. That's what we do. We're the ultimate interaction. I'll tee it up, I'll give you my take, you give me your take, and we'll go back-and-forth and we'll have fun with it. That's what it should be. It's just like if you sit around with your buddies.
I'm really, really grateful to everybody who's gotten to me to this point, because it's been awesome. You'll be seeing me, you'll be hearing me. Certainty. There's no question about that. This doesn't severe anything. It's been a lot of fun. It's been a blast. I will certainly appreciate that from the bottom of my heart."
The Temple University alum was a part of the afternoon show up until this past February, when newcomer to the station, Josh Innes, partnered with returning Tony Bruno for a new look to the time slot. This subsequently sent Ellis back to the 6:00-10:00 pm shift.
Ellis, who grew up in Upper Darby, Pa, had been a member of the WIP family since joining in May of 2007. He is a married father of two, Bobby and Maddie, and he also coaches his son's tee-ball team.
Matt Rappa (@mattrappa) is a contributor to Flyerdelphia.com