Man, those Flyers fans are a tough crowd. They’re letting me have it in the comments section. So I’ve done what I had to do. I’ve prayed to the man above to help, to give me guidance, to make me strong against these folk in Pennsylvania who are rubbing their hands in glee at this very moment at the thought of their team taking out my team.
Dear Rodney, please help.
“Don’t worry, Dennis. They come from a bad neighbourhood. I put my hand in some cement there and felt another hand.”
Flyers fans drink too much. When they give a urine sample, there’s olives in it.
Flyers fans take viagra and prune juice. They don’t know whether they’re coming or going.
They asked Flyers fans to be poster boys – for birth control.
Martin Biron’s mother had morning sickness after he was born.
The Flyers complained to their psychiatrist that everyone hates them. He said they were being ridiculous – everyone hasn’t met them yet.
When Daniel Briere was a kid his parents moved a lot. But he always found them.
When Derian Hatcher was born, the doctor slapped his mother.
STOP THAT, RODNEY.
Sorry, Flyers fans.
In all seriousness, what I’ve garnered from the comments this past week from Flyers fans is this:
They don’t feel their team is getting enough respect. They’re complaining that when I write about Montreal losing, it’s not because the Flyers played well, it’s because the Habs played poorly.
And they don’t think I’m giving enough credit to Martin Biron.
So I’ve been thinking about this. And really, the big reason Philly is doing so well is because of Martin Biron. It’s not because the Flyers are on fire. Daniel Biron’s been good but not great, and also RJ Umberger. But Mike Richards hasn’t, or most of the Flyers forwards, for that matter. And whatever John Stevens did to make his defence so tight around their net, it’s really working.
The reason I say Montreal is not playing up to their standards is because they’re not. They won the eastern division, they scored more goals during the regular season than any other team in the league. And their power play was the best in the league. They played fire wagon hockey all year, they were dynamic, fast, and were a handful for others teams on most nights.
But not now.
During these playoffs, their power play has fizzled and their scoring in general is way off, and that includes the Boston series also. The guys who lit it up during the season, the Kostitsyn’s, Higgins, Kovalev, Plekanec, are quiet now.
So Montreal isn’t playing up to scratch, and Philadelphia is riding with a red-hot goaltender. (And don’t forget, Flyers fans, there’s been a lot of goal posts hit.)
I don’t know why these fans have a problem with this thinking.
And one last little thing. After Philadelphia scored late a couple of games ago, Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen turned around and laughed in Tom Kostopoulos’ face. This is the kind of thing that turns off most hockey fans. It lacked class, you don’t see this type of mocking often, and when Kostopoulos smacked him in the mouth for this, I’m sure hockey fans, even Habs haters, nodded their heads approvingly.