Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Those Other Teams Pt. 1: Philadelphia
As it is stands, they are quite unlikeable - especially considering point #3. But the fourth and most crucial, their constant failure. A team led by the Legion of Doom in the mid-90s? No Cups! Eric Lindros making a comeback when the Flyers seemingly had the Devils done in the 2000 playoffs? The Devils smacked them right in the face in 3 straight as Lindros got smacked to the ice. Even if the Devils aren't involved, the Flyers just live to disappoint. Consider the 2006 first round against Buffalo, Game 6. Must-win game, the Wachovia Center is packed in orange, and the Flyers proceed to lie like a cheap rug for the Sabres to the tally of 7-1. Were I to use a tired Internet meme to describe that, it was a true "EPIC FAIL." To see a geographic and unlikeable rival fail in so many ways and on so many levels (e.g. after that Sabres failure, they missed the playoffs completely! Oh ho ho ho. It doesn't get old.) is very enjoyable, indeed. If you enjoy your rivals consistently disappointing, you know you truly don't like them to a point.
My sympathies to the Devils fans in southern New Jersey and those in eastern Pennsylvania that you must endure the Flyers dominating your pro hockey zone. At least you can look forward to the Devils beating them - again and again and again.
Maybe it is because there are more Flyer people here (Maryland),but I might give them a hairline edge in hate.
Te Rangers, aside from the 3 post lockout seasons have been terrible since their one shot of glory in 1994. The Flyers on the other hand were the team always pushing the Devils for the division in the mid to late 90's and early 2000's. Also consider in the 35 game winless streak the Rangers ahd against the Devils during this same time span. The Rangers fail just as often as the Flyers - neither of them has really had an extended run of success in the last 20 - 30 years (save of course for 1994).
Although after last years first round, the hate for the Rangers started to climb back up.
Now, sean raises a good point. The Flyers save for 2006-2007 were a contending team like NJ. Only, the Flyers didn't actually win anything. While Philly was more competitive, they continued to fail when it counted. Whereas for the Rangers, they stepped on New Jersey for the one shot at glory that we will never hear the end of because of the lovely selective memory of Rangers fans.
That's the difference, to me. The Rangers actually DID succeed where the Flyers couldn't. So while the Devils were stomping all over the Rangers for most of the last decade; they'll always have 1994 to crow about.
The thing I don't getabout you Devil fans is why don't you show up for games. The attendance at the Meadowlands and the Rock is shameful!! Too bad because it will be a long time before you can enjoy a great home time again. GO FLYERS!!!