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First call: Flyers coaching conundrum; ex-Pirates broadcaster going to L.A.

| Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, 8:27 a.m.
Philadelphia Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol, center, stands behind his bench late in the third period in Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Penguins won 7-0.
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Philadelphia Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol, center, stands behind his bench late in the third period in Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Penguins won 7-0.

In "First Call" on Tuesday, what is happening with the Flyers coaching situation? A very Cleveland Christmas for the Browns. A new home for Tim Neverett. How the Saints almost got themselves in trouble vs. the Panthers.


So, who is coaching the Flyers?

The Flyers fired coach Dave Hakstol. Philadelphia is the worst team in the Eastern Conference.

Scott Gordon was named interim coach. He had been the head coach of the organization's AHL club, the Phantoms. His debut is tonight against the Red Wings.

The rumor was that the team would be hiring former Chicago bench boss Joel Quenneville. But that's not happening. At least not yet, according to general manager Chuck Fletcher.

Philadelphia also called up highly valued goalie prospect Carter Hart.


A very Cleveland Christmas

For most teams, 6-7-1 wouldn't be cause for celebration. But after last year's winless season, the whole year has felt like Christmas in Cleveland.

They are celebrating accordingly. Offensive line coach Bob Wylie is playing the role he was born to play with his naturally beautiful "hut gut."

Santa Claus. And his linemen are his reindeer.

Don't laugh. Depending on how things go this weekend against the Saints, the Steelers may need those reindeer to plow over the Ravens in Week 17.


I Love L.A.!

Former Pirates play-by-play man Tim Neverett is getting a new gig. He had been with the Red Sox since leaving the Pirates broadcast. That was three years ago. But, according to his quotes in the Boston Globe, he decided to let his contract expire in Boston.

Now he'll be part of the Dodgers broadcasts. Neverett will be doing both radio and television. Current play-by-play man and former ESPN personality, Charlie Steiner, asked to cut back on his schedule. Also, Joe Davis has some national games to call.

Neverett will fill both roles.


I feel your pain

New Orleans player Tommy Lee Lewis fumbled the ball out of the end zone with 1 minute, 44 seconds left in Monday night's game. At the time, the Saints held a slight 12-9 lead.

Does that look familiar? I bet Xavier Grimble thinks it does.

Maybe those two can discuss how much that rule is hated before the Steelers play the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday.

The Saints held on to win by that 12-9 score. They welcome the Steelers with a chance to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.


I think I see what's going on here

Anthem-kneeling safety Eric Reid was asked to submit to another "random" drug test after the Carolina loss. It's his seventh one this season.

I'm sure it's coincidence.

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