Something is happening in the Philadelphia sports landscape and there’s a good chance you aren’t even aware of it.
While you spent your weekend cheering the Eagles on to the Super Bowl and watching repeated videos of fans climbing Crisco-lathered poles, or driving a dune buggy up the Art Museum steps, or watching the fan in the subway run into a pole while chasing a train, something else has been quietly happening in town.
The Flyers have kept winning and have gone from last place in the Metropolitan Division to tied for second place in pretty much a blink of an eye.
And they have done it by winning four in a row, 16-of-22, and playing their best hockey of the season.
Now, I still remain a skeptic. I still think this level of play is unsustainable for the rest of the season, but there are starting to be signs that I could, in fact, be wrong.
And when you look at those signs – some which I, along with many of you fans, have been yelling about for months – the chances of me being wrong about this Flyers team grow more and more with each passing game.
Yes, the Flyers are two consecutive losses away from falling right back into a chase position in the topsy-turvy Metro, which frankly has eight teams of equal ability – all with identifiable strengths and glaring weaknesses. And yes, there’s a lot of hockey left to be played, and the cream will certainly rise to the top as it does every year (in other words, Pittsburgh isn’t going to miss the playoffs after winning consecutive Cups) but when the team is playing this well, there has to be a reason – well, several reasons – and after last night’s 3-2 overtime victory in Detroit, the Flyers third overtime win in the last four games – it’s time to start identifying them and to look at where the Flyers really are at this point.