Flyers Host Disabled Man Assaulted In Viral Video

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I was so distraught the first time I saw the video of those awful kids sucker punching Mark Smith, an intellectually disabled Cheltenham man. The smiling and carefree 38-year-old was completely blindsided by the youths’ act of cowardice on Memorial Day, and their betrayal of his innocence truly broke my heart.

My immediate thoughts after viewing the footage of course centered on Smith himself. Was he hurt? Is he getting the type of help he needs? What I really felt was that somebody ought to do something nice to help boost Smith’s spirits after going through such a traumatic event. Read more »

Snider Family Plans Marijuana Farm in Far Northeast

Flyers logo with a pot leaf in the center

Perhaps one day the Flyers will score for an ounce of marijuana instead of a case of Tastykakes.

Snider Health, a company founded by the heirs of late Flyers founder Ed Snider, has plans for a marijuana grow operation in Far Northeast Philadelphia. The Inquirer reports that the facility would be located in an industrial park at 14515 McNulty Road, which is near the Community College of Philadelphia’s Northeast campus. Read more »

Flyer Wayne Simmonds Wins All-Star Game MVP

Wayne Simmonds, ASG MVP

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Wayne Simmonds, the longtime Flyers winger who was acquired by the team in a trade with the Kings in 2011, made the best of his return to Los Angeles last night. Simmonds scored three goals over two games and led the Metropolitan Division to a victory in the four-team All-Star Game tournament. He was named MVP. Read more »

Let’s Talk About This Photo of Joe Biden Eating Ice Cream at the Flyers Game

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On Wednesday night, the Flyers defeated the Capitols in a shootout. Their 10-game win streak ended last Saturday, but they’re currently in playoff position as they prepare for their annual post-Christmas “Disney on Ice” road trip.

And, at their last home game for two weeks, the Flyers had a special guest at the Wells Fargo Center: Joe Biden! On the day news broke that Biden would be setting up shop at Penn for his post-government work, including his “cancer moonshot” initiative!

But whatever. The most important thing is the above photo tweeted from the Flyers’ official account after the win. It shows Biden, with his wife, Jill, enjoying an ice cream cone. We have some thoughts. Read more »

How the Flyers Became the Hottest Team in Hockey

Steve Mason makes a save

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At the start of the Christmas shopping season, the Flyers didn’t look like they were going to bring Philadelphia much holiday cheer. They were incredibly sloppy in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Black Friday, dropping them to 10-13 on the season. They had just 21 points. After a promising return to the playoffs last season under first-year coach Dave Hakstol, the Flyers looked like they’d regressed.

It went beyond that, too. Just a week before that 3-2 loss to New York, Shayne Gostisbehere was benched the same day he was voted Philadelphia Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association. “He’s a coach that is — for some reason — talking himself out of putting his best squad together right now,” Broad Street Hockey’s Travis Hughes wrote. “Who’s holding Hakstol accountable for putting a subpar lineup on the ice?” The Flyers were so bad it was funny.

Fast forward to today. The Flyers are the hottest team in the NHL, and nearly at the top of the standings to boot. They’ve won 10 straight, including a 4-3 triumph in Colorado last night that gave them 41 points. And their 10-game win streak happened early enough in the season that they’re now one of the top teams in the NHL (though they have a few games in hand on some of the clubs around them).

Plenty of teams go on long win streaks, and often it’s a product of a top team hitting some lucky breaks as well. But Flyers looked like a bad team, and suddenly they’re a team that can’t lose. Even when the Flyers play pretty crummy, like they did last night against the Avalanche, they win. What happened? Read more »

Flyers Fans Have Been Woo-ing, and Players Are Angry

Jakub Voráček. Photo by James Guillory, USA Today Sports

Jakub Voráček. Photo by James Guillory, USA Today Sports

On Tuesday night, the Flyers beat the Bruins in a nine-round shootout after the teams tied at 2. But that was not the biggest story of the game. The biggest story was: Woo!

A little backstory: One of the greatest wrestlers of all time is Ric Flair. He’s never been as mainstream-famous as Hulk Hogan or The Rock, but among wrestling fans he’s treated like a minor deity. I could go on for several paragraphs about Ric Flair’s skill as a wrestler or his talent on the mic, but what’s important for you to know is that Ric Flair yells “Woo!” Read more »

You Should Be Excited About the Flyers This Season

The Flyers might be pretty good this season.

This is not always the case. Since the 2012 season, the Flyers haven’t finished higher than third in their division and have not advanced past the first round of the playoffs. They haven’t been that fun to watch the past few years.

Last season ended on the upswing (bracelet-throwing aside). The Flyers finished with 96 points, won two games in the first round against the No. 1 seed, and saw a standout season from rookie Shayne Gostisbehere, who was called up a month into the season. Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth put up great numbers in net. Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek had down seasons, sure, but the Flyers looked like they were on the way up.

That was GM Ron Hextall’s plan when he took over the job in 2014: Acquire some young talent, and slowly build the team back to contention. Read more »

Flyers’ Legion of Doom Line to Reunite for Alumni Game

Flyers Legion of Doom line - alumni game

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that the famed Legion of Doom line from the 1990s would be reuniting for an alumni game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in January.

Center Eric Lindros, left wing John LeClair, and right wing Mikael Renberg played together from 1995 to 1997 and helped the team to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final. Renberg was traded after that season. Their moniker was coined by a childhood friend of backup center Jim Montgomery, Tommy Cacioppo. Montgomery was talking to Cacioppo on the phone and telling him how good the trio looked on the ice. Cacioppo replied: “They’re like the Legion of Doom.” (It was a reference to the pro wrestling tag team also known as the Road Warriors and not the supervillains from the 1970s animated Justice League show.) Read more »

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