Yinzers are always looking for something to cling onto, some sort of inspiration to distract from their daily existence as people from Pittsburgh. It’s an unfortunate life, absolutely, but, often, their inferiority complex just comes off as desperate and smelling of steel.
But today, I’m on their side.
On the bright side for Flyers fans if they do pull off the record it will be their first championship since 1975.
They specifically took aim at the images emanating from the Wells Fargo Center:
Pathetic. Even Adam Aron would have found this P.T. Barnum-esque stunt to be ill-conceived. Having it on a Saturday, perhaps coupled with an autograph signing or an appearance from the Bullies!, would have made it an event. But this one made you embarassed to be a Flyers fan. This is not the sort of thing teams in big markets do.
Meanwhile, speaking of things that make asses embar, Claude Giroux slicing five tendons with a shattered golf club has to be somewhere near the top of the ridiculous injury pantheon. If that were an Eagle or Phillie it would be – rightfully – beaten to death on talk radio and elsewhere. I still don’t believe it happened just by chance… but we’re never going to know that for sure. One Penguins beat writer made a comment – likening Sidney Crosby’s diving to being “almost as macho as golf injuries” – that has some folks over at Broad Street Hockey unnecessarily bent out of shape over objective journalism. The guy’s right, though– it’s ridiculous, and something that would only happen to a Flyers captain. Shit like this never happens to Red Wings or Bruins… or Kings. Welcome to Philadelphia, where we paid our goalie $23 million to go away, where our captain nearly sliced his finger off golfing, and where we set the saddest World Record of all-time. Ugh.