Hungry For More, & With A Vengence
April 15, 2009

Does that picture annoy you? No? It really should. Here’s why:

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia,
celebrates his second goal of the game against Philadelphia
Flyers goalie Martin Biron, right, in the second period during
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in Pittsburgh. 5/10/08

Yeah, and nobody wants that again. Actually, nobody wanted it in the first place, but that was last year. Also last year: Arguably the Flyers’ biggest rivals knocked Philadelphia out of the play-offs in five embarrassing games. The Flyers had a nice run last year, sure, but that was probably the worst way for it to end. But I digress, history is history and the present can’t change that. If you thought getting bounced by Pittsburgh hurt a lot last May in the third round, I hope you bought twice as many tissues this year because it only gets harder. I’m sorry, and I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand anyone associated with the Penguins in anyway. I hate Crosby. I hate Fleury. I still hate Michelle Therrien. I hate their PR guy. I hate “The Igloo”. I hate the rats that occupy “The Igloo”. I hate everything about them, so why would the Flyers post season being ended by them feel better this time around? It won’t, it’ll be even worse, and I’m sure the guys know that. Nobody liked Penguins in 2004 and why would they? Penguins are ugly, I mean not just Malkin and Crosby, but actual Penguins too. Pittsburgh averaged 11,877 people at home (dead last), and just for good measure the Flyers were fourth with 19,375 on average that year. The worst season in Flyers franchise history was the 06-07 season. The Flyers (avg. 19,282 at the end of ’07) still had a little less than 2,000 more people in the seats than the Pens (avg. 16,424 at the end of ’07) could manage that year. How’s that for true fans?

I wanted to do a post before the play-offs started because after tonight’s game, I’ll either: A. Not want to jinx the Flyers for the following games since they’re up 1-0, or B. Will be livid about being down in the series already. And to be honest, my hopes are really high. I know they shouldn’t be. I could tell you about how two analysts and one hockey monkey picked the Flyers out of 48 people/animals, but I think ‘Flyers Goal Scored By…” did a pretty good job on that already.

So there you have it. At the end of this series, it’ll either be the sweetest revenge or us, the Flyers Faithful, will have to endure another early demise with Sidney Crosby’s hands around our collective throat. I have no idea which one it’ll be and ‘quite frankly’ (as a one John Stevens likes to say) I’ll have no impact on the outcome. I won’t be in attendance for any of these second season games, unfortunately, nor do I suit up for/have any real contact with the Flyers. All I know is that it’ll be a crazy ride and the only ones who can truly affect the game are the players themselves. We just have to have confidence in them. Yes, even Randy Jones. And if we have a motto here at the 215 411, it’s: In Mike Richards We Trust.

Start this full-fledged attack the right way and shove the gold
and black down their throats like we got the good ol’ O & B down ours last year.