Quinn — known as “The Big Irishman” — was a popular figure in hockey circles. He played seven years in the NHL as a defenseman in the late 1960s and ’70s. His first head coaching job was with the Flyers; he replaced Fred Shero late in the 1978-79 season. In the 1979-80 season, Quinn led the Flyers on their incredible streak: After losing its second game of the year, the team went 25-0-10 in its next 35 games.
It was not a good night to be a Philadelphia sports fan.
First off, the Sixers lost. That’s not necessarily news, but this was a game they might have been able to win! They led the hated Celtics by as many as nine points in the first quarter, but eventually lost 101-90. The record for most losses to start a season is 18. The Sixers are 0-11.
Meanwhile, Tony Wroten fired back at Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, who said the University of Kentucky basketball team would beat the Sixers this year. I see no reason we can’t make this exhibition happen — it might be a chance for the 76ers to actually get a win.
Porn star Lisa Ann — the star of political porn parody Who’s Nailin’ Paylin? as well as a 2011 inductee into the Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame — went on a bit of a rant about Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto yesterday morning on her Twitter account.
Lisa Ann, who has also recently been in the company of Notre Dame wide receiver Justin Brent, said the Flyers defenseman is the “most annoying texter” she’s ever encountered and frequently asked her to set him up with women when Del Zotto was on the road. Per her Twitter, Lisa Ann doesn’t “do the [boyfriend] thing” due to her line of work.
The most annoying texter in the history of my life has been.., hands down @MichaelDelZotto … Shocker right!
— Lisa Ann (@thereallisaann) November 2, 2014
Yes, @MichaelDelZotto the STUD NHL player… For some reason he thinks I am a dating service and will arrange dates for him.
— Lisa Ann (@thereallisaann) November 2, 2014
To celebrate Halloween, Flyers head equipment manager Derek Settlemyre pulled a prank on the team’s players with a “special Gatorade cooler with special ingredients.” Inside the cooler, which he says was passed around the NFL, NBA and NHL, there’s a rubber snake instead of Gatorade.
References to the Almighty God. Mentions of Jesus Christ. Bible verse citations. Heads up about heading into practice. Vague references to “grinding” and/or “putting in work.” Thanking Uber for the ride. The Twitter lives of many Philadelphia professional athletes can be pretty banal.
But that doesn’t mean all of them are social media dullards. Here, in no particular order, are the 10 Philly jocks who make it a point to bring their best game on Twitter — follow-worthy, all of them.
The NHL is hiring former Philadelphia Flyer Chris Pronger for a job in its Player Safety Department, ESPN reports. Pronger will be one of those who decide the appropriate punishment for illegal hits.
But there’s an issue: Pronger is still being paid by the Flyers. Pronger last played in 2011, his career cut shot from concussion-like symptoms. He’s not ever going to play again, but he’s still under contract.
Pronger’s contract, which he signed in 2007, pays him until 2017. So each year he’s quietly shuffled onto long-term injured reserve at the start of the season. It’s beneficial for both the Flyers and for Pronger. If he were to officially retire, Pronger wouldn’t be entitled to collect his salary. Also, per NHL rules the Flyers would be stuck with a cap hit of several million in “dead” money; by putting him on long-term IR, he doesn’t count against the salary cap.
And people are upset about his new role in the NHL.
The event will be hosted by 97.5 The Fanatic host Jason Myrtetus, and, while no current teammates will be on hand, Flyers alumni like Brian Boucher, Bob “The Hound” Kelly, and Todd Fedoruk will show up in a cavalcade led by members of the U.S. Army.
In addition to getting crowds all Flyered up, there will be contests and giveaways to score t-shirts and other team memorabilia.
Things get started at lunchtime tomorrow, October 9th, from noon to 1 p.m. at Dilworth Park (Broad and Market streets.) Team spirit mandatory.
There is a bonus to being a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers. Like all Philadelphia sports teams, they equip you with the tools to deal with crushing disappointment. But it goes beyond that: Almost 40 years since the team last won a Stanley Cup, the Philadelphia Flyers are still considered pretty tough.
And this goes beyond the general stereotypes of hockey player toughness. The original “Broad Street Bullies” moniker has stuck with the team in the four decades since the Flyers won a pair of Stanley Cups in their seventh and eighth seasons. And why not? The Flyers are still known as a team that values brawn as much as brain, that hits hard and doesn’t make apologies for it. Even articles defending them for not being dirty note their high number of penalty minutes.
And this is, well, kind of cool. Kind of stupid, too: One could make a convincing argument the Flyers have relied too much on brawn since their last Stanley Cup, which has kept the team from winning another. But, if you’re not going to win a championship, at least you can have this.
The Sixers are a joke. The Eagles haven’t won since 1960. The Phillies — despite being named part of baseball’s new power triumvirate just a few years ago — are the laughingstock of the league. The Flyers? Well, at least they’re tough.
The Flyers may think Broad Street Hockey is “the only ones asking any questions” about the return of the Ice Girls. But they’re wrong.
Last night, Keith Olbermann named the Philadelphia Flyers the second-worst person in the world for the day. The only person Olbermann deemed worse than the team was an Australian golf pro who crashed his car while doing a radio interview.
The Flyers earned the honor, as you might have guessed, for bringing back the Ice Girls after fans booed. After recapping the Mother Jones story about the Ice Girls, Olbermann called it “about as sexist as sports can get.”
Last week, we wondered how long it would be until the Flyers caved and brought back the Ice Girls. Less than a week! Last night, during a preseason game, the Flyers announced they were bringing back the Ice Girls. Thus ends the most interesting saga of the Flyers’ offseason.
Tryouts are this Saturday, October 5th, at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey. Per The 700 Level blog, which has the same parent company as the Flyers and pays its writers better than the team reportedly pays the Ice Girls, the team cleaning up ice shavings will likely be a mix of Ice Girls and Ice Boys.
The team still isn’t talking about why it nixed the Ice Girls in the first place, but did tell Comcast SportsNet (also owned by the parent company of the Flyers, also pays a better-than-Ice Girl freelance rate) that “we listened” to the fans’ displeasure with their absence. “When Flyers fans voice their concerns, we listen, because they are undeniably the most passionate and knowledgeable fans in all of sports,” Flyers COO of business operations Shawn Tilger told NJ.com. It’s a good thing Ed Snider wasn’t in charge of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, or he would have shut it down before Dottie Hinson got the chance to do a split and get on the cover of Life magazine.