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Written by Ryan | 06 October 2011

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Baby, don't understand
Why we can't just hold on to each other's hands?
This time might be the last I fear unless
I make it all too clear I need you so, ohh

Take these broken wings
And learn to fly again, learn to live so free
When we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up and let us in
Take these broken wings

Baby, I think tonight
We can take what was wrong and make it right
Baby, it's all I know that you're half of the flesh
And blood that makes me whole, I need you so.

So take these broken wings
And learn to fly again, learn to live so free
When we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up and let us in
Yeah, yeah

Let us in
Let us in

Baby, it's all I know that you're half of the flesh
And blood that makes me whole
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

So take these broken wings
And learn to fly again, learn to live so free
And when we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up and let us in

Take these broken wings
You got to learn to fly, learn to live and love so free
When we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up for us and let us in
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ooh

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Written by Ryan | 06 October 2011

Just a reminder, it's T-Shirt Thursday around these parts. You could have one of these beautiful shirts (or any of the other 50+) for free. All you have to do is email us, tweet at us, or drop a deuce in the comments with the name of the Flyer you think will score first tonight. Details below:

 

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The basics:

1. Every Thursday during the season (when the Flyers play) we're giving away one of our home brewed shirts found here in our gear shop.
2. You can win it
3. All you have to do is send an email to Flyersgoalscoredby@gmail.com, hit us in the comments, or tweet us with the name of whoever you think is going to score the first goal of that night's game for the Flyers.
4. That's it.

Everyone who choses the player who scores will be put into a drawing and the winner can select any of the shirts in our store. No shipping. No tax. No nude pics required.

We'll post a reminder every Thursday morning and you have until the clock strikes Puck Drop PM to just type the name of a Flyer.

Rules for all you hamsters out there:

- 1 entry per email address, 1 per commenter name, 1 per twitter handle (so you could enter 3 times)
- that's it.

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Written by Ryan | 06 October 2011

From left to right, the guide to Flyer Survivor over the past five seasons.

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Before ya'll shit, as I know you're prone to do, these are lists of who dressed on opening night, not everyone that the Flyers owned.

Looks like the Flyers had many more new faces two years ago after getting dumped on by the Penguins, just not high profile faces.

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Written by Ryan | 05 October 2011

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This is all very confusing. Ok, you have to assume that Brayden Schenn is simply hiding under the Wells Fargo Center instead of on his way to Adirondack to save the club almost $1.5M in cap space. You have to start there.

And then you also have to assume that with Rinaldo still in Philadelphia, the Flyers are reserving a 12th forward spot for someone who has no skills. Whether it be Rinaldo or Shelley, or even Sestito, the Flyers are only icing 11 hockey players this season. That's at least the thinking going into it.

So with the top 7 spots spoken for by Briere, Giroux, van Riemsdyk, Voracek, Jagr, Simmonds, and Hartnell, and the 12th spot spoken for by a Mad Libs knuckle chucker, we've got 4 spots to account for - 2 on the third line and 2 on the fourth.

Conventional wisdom, and I believe it to be right in this case, would tell you that neither Schenn nor Couturier should be on the 4th line as offensively gifted rookies. It would also tell you that it's dangerous to have them both on the third line, as rookies are often looked at as defensive liabilities. So I'm lost there.

Read could probably play on the 4th line, but if he's as skilled offensively as his preseason performance hinted at, then he shouldn't be down there either. Read being 5 years older than Schenn and 7 years older than Couturier (and that college degree, baby), maybe Laviolette is banking on him being more prepared defensively than either other rookie. Maybe he balances out the youth with his need to shave.

Even though we're handicapping our 4th line with a goon instead of breaking the mold and putting Talbot and Nodl with Rookie X, it appears there was no room for Betts anywhere but in the press box. But I would have thought that the Flyers would want him there for injury's sake, at least bad enough that they would waive Shelley (maybe they can't while he's suspended?) or at least demote Rinaldo to start the season. Maybe Rinaldo making $166k less than Betts had something to do with it? Maybe we're that up against the cap? It don't know. All I did was start typing on Blogspot 4 years ago.

But what is extremely troubling to me is this - that Laviolette and Holmgren did not have a conversation that Ed Snider then signed their T&E for from Chipotle as both a symbolic and functional gesture. A conversation in which they said "let's change our game plan from putting out 3 lines that can play and a 4th line that gets 3 minutes of ice and gives me agita to putting out 4 lines that can play and rely on true team toughness."

In the end Betts, if he gets claimed on waivers, will have been a victim of a nostalgic love for the enforcer. Something that Flyers management needs to catch up to Flyers fans in moving past.

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Written by Ryan | 03 October 2011

homerhead

I'm reading this book called Full Spectrum by Jay Greenberg. It basically chronicles the first 30 years of the Flyers existence. It's bigger than the tablets the 10 Commandments were written on. For reeeeels.

I've just gotten to 1988, the season when Paul Holmgren was chosen to succeed Mike Kennan as the the Flyers head coach, despite never having been a head coach in any capacity anywhere. And some of the shit he's saying...I swear to God I hate the internet. Believe it or not, hockey guys actually used to talk like real people before everything they said was examined with a Miami Metro PD Lab Microscope by a million Dexter Morgan's with Macs.

Here are some of the beauts:

"God Job!"
Written on the chalk board after the Flyers won their opening game of the season.

"I jumped for joy when Clarkie told me. Literally. We really needed a scorer."
Upon hearing the news that 23 year old Peter Zezel was traded for overweight, hard-partying Mike Bullard.

 "We lit a candle."
In response to hearing that Mark Howe was going to be out 7-10 days with an MCL sprain.

"I wet my pants."
When the Caps forced 5 faceoffs in a row with their goalie pulled in Game 6 of the opening round. (That's an actual quote)

"A snowball with number 66 on it."
After a Mario Lemieux goal - I don't even know what that means.

"If he was scared he hid it pretty well."
On telling Ken Wregget he was starting game 7 of the 2nd Round against the Penguins.

"You, out late drinking the night before a playoff game!"
Homer holding Mike Bullard IN THE AIR BY HIS THROAT in front of the entire team.

And that was just the first year out of 3 1/4 seasons. The Flyers didn't make the the playoffs in either of the next two years, nor did they when Homer was relieved of his coaching duties 24 games into his fourth season, so he must have had some great quotes during those years. Probably wet his pants and shirts during those seasons.

The funny thing is, the players were even more candid than the coaches back then. And most of all? Bobby Clarke. Just wait until I retype some of the shit this guy said. As a sneak preview I'll drop this line on you - in regards to Ron Hextall, the previous season's Bobby Clarke Award winner as team MVP, holding out of training camp in 1989:

"Look, Ron Hextall doesn't have to play hockey for a living. It's a free country." 

BAZINGA! 

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Written by Ryan | 03 October 2011

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With everyone making predictions on point totals and starting lineups and class couples, I find myself more full of dread than usual. This preseason was a little too promising. There's some weird sense of "hey, maybe we can actually do this" floating around that is bringing out my defensive tendencies. I want to believe too, but shit, the Phils lost last night so now they're basically out of the playoffs and if The Dream Team is going to finish 1-16 (an extra loss tacked on by Goodall for making up football plays) then the Flyers might go the old T-Mobile 0-82. There are, however a couple things I dread more than others, and here they are in an exactly particular order:

1. Ilya Bryzgalov is not as good as we're hoping he is. Sure Bob's looked great in the preseason but the club paid big money for big money goaltending and I want him to steal some games.

2. Chris Pronger plays 40 games or less due to injuries.

3. Jagr blows.

4. Claude Giroux gets a long term injury.

5. The Flyers sign Max Talbot.

6. The Flyers Trade Bob for like 2 first rounders and 2 prospects and then Bryz gets his leg knocked off by a Stamkos one-timer.

7. They're just not good. They just don't get wins and no one knows why.

8. Which leads to stories about Laviolette being on the hot seat, which, I swear, I will come down to Center City and punch the Inquirer and Daily News buildings to the ground.

9. Holmgren does something crazy and we have to trade away one of our cute players for a toothless pug with rabies.

10. Slideshows.

Morgan Freeman said it in Shawshank Redemption - "Hope is a dangerous thing. Gimme a beat."

Let's hope that this new-look, generation-spanning collection of seemingly random parts can be put together in a way that makes sense and produces a steady 6 month performance. Let's hope nothing I listed above happens. Not even the ones that already have.

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Written by Ryan | 02 October 2011

After helping to carry off his barely conscious teammate just seconds before, Jim Vandermeer looked for a little revenge Thursday night in the form of a scrap with his old Phantoms teammate, Todd "The Refridgerator" Fedoruk. And this is what it looked like:

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Written by Ryan | 30 September 2011

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Written by Ryan | 30 September 2011

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The Devils take a weak shot on net. As the camera follows the shot you notice Chris Pronger is grinding Stéphane Veilleux into a snortable compound against the back post. Veilleux backs up a bit so he can actually go eye to face with Pronger. Everyone in the building knows Veilleux isn't going to actually do anything, but his posture and positioning are defiant towards the Flyers captain. Just the fact that he's had Pronger's attention for so long lets you know that, from our point of view, he at least did something wrong. And now he's in a battle of wills with our captain.

Well, was, until Wayne Simmonds came in and fired Veilleux over the back of the net and then eye fucked him back to his bench.

Now it became obvious when we returned from the commercial break that Pronger had actually been in the wrong, as he was the only one sitting in the box, but that's only in the ref's eyes anyway. Whatever he did, Veilleux must have deserved it. Pronger's the captain of the Flyers. Simple enough.

But that's not even the point. The point is it didn't matter if Pronger had been Andre the Giant and Veilleux was a 6 year old kid, no does that to your captain. No one dares to look him in the eye and stands indignant with his chest puffed out in his direction. The only thing you give the Flyers captain is reverence. And I don't care if it's Lady Byng herself against your monstrous captain - you look cross at the Flyer wearing the C on his chest and you're going to get a lot of attention. Bad attention.

I think Hartnell appreciated the Simmonds gesture so much that after he rocked Veilleux later in the game he double mushed him into the ice.

None of this is to insinuate that this type of behavior didn't happen last year…but it didn't. Richards was always laughing after whistles and tucking his mouth guard into his glove with the posture of a JV football player that just been told to take an extra lap.

And this isn't me cashing in all my Richards chips for a Pronger stack but I am looking forward to the intensity Pronger's going to bring to this team. He's the kind of guy that will trick his own players into waking up by starting trouble just to have them come in and get their blood flowing. Which is maybe what he did last night.

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In a related note, Wayne Simmonds tucked the first syllabus in the trapper keeper last night, which meant that 8 people had correctly chosen The Night Train to open up scoring. We mean to be more transparent in these drawings as the season progresses but we threw the winners into a helmet and plucked out @mclassick as the inagural winner. Matt, we'll DM and you and you can have your run of the shop. Contest will be on again next week.

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In a related note to that, Fran does most of our in-game tweeting here at the blog. As Vice President of Advanced Social Media and Sock Puppet-making that's his job. But I had an extremely funny thought last night, so I tweeted it, and it just did not get the response I hoped for.

For a variety of reasons, I thought it was funny that Scott Hartnell was the one warming up Bob midway through the second. One being I'm sure he missed the net at least once and the other being that his second shot was so off the mark that the rebound went into the corner. Also, just the way the refs seemed to hesitate to even give Bob a warm up. So I hopped on my little mental red trolley and went to my own private Neighborhood of Make-Believe and pretended that the refs had decided that Hartnell actually needed shooting practice, instead of Bob needing a couple shots before joining live action. And this happened:

@flygoalscoredby:Why did Hartnell just get shot practice?
@flyersgirl38: Warming up Bob. Only happens in preseason. #letsgoflyers

I could have worded it a little more sharply, but flyersgirl38, I appreciate you trying to help me out, but come on girl….

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Written by Ryan | 29 September 2011

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The basics:

1. Every Thursday during the season (when the Flyers play) we're giving away one of our home brewed shirts found here in our gear shop.
2. You can win it
3. All you have to do is send an email to Flyersgoalscoredby@gmail.com, hit us in the comments, or tweet us with the name of whoever you think is going to score the first goal of that night's game for the Flyers.
4. That's it.

Everyone who chose the player who does in fact score will be put into a drawing and the winner can select any of the shirts in our store. No shipping. No tax. No nude pics required.

We'll post a reminder every Thursday morning and you have until the clock strikes Puck Drop PM to just type the name of a Flyer. Easy peasey Richard Park.

Rules for all you hamsters out there:
- 1 entry per email address, 1 per commenter name, 1 per twitter handle (so you could enter 3 times)
- that's it.

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