When the Flyers win, a little piece of the earth breaks off and floats into space

April 23, 2012 | Drew Forrester

When the Flyers win, a little piece of the earth breaks off and floats into space

So, as it turns out, the worst franchise in the history of professional sports figured out a way to not collapse and choke away a 3-0 series lead.

Damn.

After the Flyers lost Games 4 and 5 to the Penguins, I was holding out hope that somehow they’d drop the next two and go home losers, shamed and embarrassed at having failed to capitalize on a once seemingly-insurmountable series lead.

They got lucky on Sunday and won Game 6, in Philly no less, where the home fans got to usher Crosby and Company out of the building with a serenade of “You can’t beat us”.

Where’s Patrick Kane when you need him to shut those goofs up?

While the Capitals play for their lives on Wednesday night in Boston (and let’s face it, we know how that’s going to end), the Flyers are at home, waiting to see if they play the Caps or some other Eastern Conference foe in the next round of the playoffs.

I’ll be honest, like I always am:  I do NOT want to see the Caps face the Flyers in the next round if Washington somehow gets past the Bruins on Wednesday night.

I don’t like the Flyers.

There’s nothing at all redeeming about them.

They’ve been punks since the days of Clarke, Linseman, Leach and Hextall.

But I know hockey and I know they can create offense and I know they have some speed…and all of that would create major problems for the Capitals if, in fact, they were fortunate enough to face the Flyers in the next round.

Losing to the Flyers in the playoffs would be like having Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam off the Orioles in the top of the 9th in a September game in Baltimore that gives the Yankees the pennant.

Actually, it would be much worse than that.

In fact, if I could somehow sign a document right now that guarantees the Flyers go 0-82 next season IF Teixeira – in exchange – could hit a grand slam in Baltimore to put the Yankees in the playoffs in 2012, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Flyers…0-82?  Lord, wouldn’t that be something to behold?

I’d sell my soul to Mark Teixeira, even, to have the Flyers go winless over a whole season.

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  1. bigkat Says:

    Drew,
    We must know from where you get this monumental disdain for the flyers. I have been listening to your show since you came on the air, so as a fan I am just curious. I am not a fan of the flyers, not much of a hockey fan, I just wonder about where all this hate comes from.
    Just asking Jason from Perry Hall

  2. Phil Says:

    I am not a hockey fan, don’t even know the rules..but I love watching playoff hockey. Also, I don’t like the Flyers, Bruins or Penguins although Breire is the only player I could name from listening to you…mainly I root against those cities because I don’t like the Red Sox/Patriots and Steelers and anything that makes those fans suffer is good. Title of your blog was hilarious, also I remember a few months back you were talking about Briere and some guy called in with a fake French accent and said he was Briere…funny stuff…another type of call that no other host would entertain…can’t wait to hear from downtown Pete after the Ravens draft…keep up the good work!

  3. Brad A Says:

    Drew,

    That series was win win for me. Either a Pitt fan was going home sad or a philly fan was. Im more pumped that Pitt is sad cause i cant stand anything about that city.

  4. RJ Says:

    Love the Broadstreet Bullies, always have, always will! So, Drew, go back and rant about the Os, although the Birds are playing pretty decent right now, good for them!!

  5. pvhockey34 Says:

    Go Flyers! Until now I have never had any distaste for Baltimore(mainly because as a 24 year old phillies fan I have had no reason to hate them considering they have been remarkably bad). You seem to be a capitals fan however, which means you’ll be glued to the television as we send rinaldo to headhunt Semin and Backstrum. I am not a fan of dirty hockey, but if someone as professional…couch couch…and well respected as yourself can post such a biased and hateful blog, well then I’d like to see Philadelphia live up to their title of Broadstreet bullies, just for your series. Lets face it, if…and i mean if….the caps make it out of Boston a lot of that will be chalked up to backstrum and semins late season returns to the club. We all know AO ain’t doing anything overly impressive and for some reason looks like a clear shortcoming of his once impressive and productive self. Without semin or backstrum your team will clearly fold to the flyers who can live without rinaldo, actually i think the only reason we need him on the ice is to spark up the series when he lays out semin and give holtby a snow shower. With all that said I am routing for the caps 100% in their game 7, in hopes that we will get to play them in the next round. If not they can go 6 games with the rangers n tire them out a bit for when were done with FLA. Best wishes to you and your beloved caps.

  6. pvhockey34 Says:

    You would like to dwell on a flyers loss in game 4, which admittedly was embarrasing, instead of embarrassing losses to the pens in games 1-3, and who were increditably outplayed in game 6, the game in which you said the flyers got lucky. The flyers were clearly a better team in games 5 and 6, when the series calmed down. Fleury stood on his head through the third period of game 5, and let in 4 in game 6. Say what you’d like about the flyers sportmanship, but remember no flyer spent his time shooting the pens equiptment across the ice or pulling their hair. I would be utterly embarrased if i was a pens fan, and feel embarrased for any hockey fan that did not feel a sense of happiness when the pens were dismissed from the playoffs Sunday afternoon.

  7. FRANCHISE Says:

    Let’s Go Caps!!!!…Let’s Go Dale Hunter!!!!…..Let’s Go Alex O.!!!!

    Beat Boston tonight and win game 7!!!

    Regards,

    Paul Holmgren & Peter Laviolette

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