2014-15 Flyers Preview: Different, but Still Kind of the Same

Sep 30, 2014: Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates with goalie Ray Emery (29) after defeating the New York Rangers, 4-2, at Wells Fargo Center.

Sep 30, 2014: Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) celebrates with goalie Ray Emery (29) after defeating the New York Rangers, 4-2, at Wells Fargo Center.

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.

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Flyers Goalie Steve Mason Keeps Posting Shirtless Selfies with His Dog

Two days ago, Flyers goalie Steve Mason posted this to his Instagram.

Cute doggy! Also… it’s a shirtless selfie with his dog. Let me go on the record as pro-selfie — and even pro-shirtless selfie! I myself have finagled a way to post two shirtless photos of myself on this very website, so it would be hypocritical of me to come out against it. Plus, shirtless pro athletes are way more exciting to look at shirtless than I am. Post as many shirtless selfies as you want, Steve Mason!

Well, guess what: He has!

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