I’m a bandwagon Flyers fan. I’ll admit it. I haven’t seriously paid attention to the team since the 2013-2014 season. Maybe the extraordinary energy it took to try and convince myself Steve Mason was a true number one goalie fried the last synapses of my fandom, but it was never the same after that year.
In my defense, there were some sorry, SORRY teams after that year. They made the playoffs twice, were never a threat to ever do anything in those playoffs, and seemed to be a rudderless ship, yo-yoing relevance to full-on rebuilding year by year.
They were purposeless. An afterthought in Philadelphia. We saw them lose the Stanley Cup in 2010 after a miraculous run, blinked, and they were still treading water nearly a decade later. Who has the energy for that shit? The franchise had no direction at all, no number one goalie, and the most exciting moment in the last five years was a new mascot that EVERYBODY hated when it was first unveiled.