Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Bob Shinn

Bob Shinn runs the Flyers Hockey Talk page and is a very passionate fan, as you will come to see in his post. You can also follow him on Twitter hereBelow, he gives us the five reasons he loves the Flyers.

5. The aura

I have been to a sporting event involving every team in this city, except for the Sixers, but I have been to basketball games, and nothing matches the atmosphere of a Philadelphia Flyers’ game. The passion and the attention  are there for 60 minutes. No one is texting or looking for the cameras, waving to someone at home. They are there for the game and they want the boys to bring it home. Regardless if it’s opening night, the 46th game of the season, or a Playoff Game 7, the passion is unwavering.

A Flyers’ game is an event. It’s a happening. It’s a party. The fans love their team and the team loves playing for their fans. It’s an energy that I’ve never felt anywhere else. It’s rare to find electricity in a building these days but on any given night, the electricity in the Wells Fargo Center could light up Pennsylvania.

I was never at a Fight Night at the Spectrum but I’d imagine the tension in the air would be comparable, if not exceeding it, in the Farg on a Flyers’ game night. Don’t listen to the media. We are the best fans and this is the best show in the world. I’ve seen it.

4. We are the underdog

The referees dont want us to win. The media doesn’t want us to win. The league doesn’t want us to win. Fans don’t want us to win. People in our own city dont want us to win. Yet, we still rise above it! I can’t believe there are people in this city that take pleasure in the Flyers losing, but these people are  the same ones that didn’t know who the Phillies were until 2008, and now think they know everything about every sport.

Every diehard Flyers fans feed off of these people. We feed off of the bad calls, the suspensions for no reason, the hate from Pittsburgh fans. You may look down on us now but, when we do win, the sweet satisfaction on getting one over on those who take pleasure in the failures of the Orange and Black will be good enough to drink straight out of Lord Stanley’s Cup. Believe it.

3. The crest on the front, not the name on the back

If you’re a Philadelphia Flyer, you play for that crest, not for yourself. Win or lose, this team is built on the philosophy of playing together, as one. No one is bigger than the team. We win together, we lose together. As Fred Shero said, “Win today, and we walk together forever.”

Those teams in the ’70s did it and, today, it still holds true as we have seen this offseason. NO ONE is above this team and, if you think you are, you don’t belong here.

2. The legend

I love that you hate me. Im a Flyers fan, and I’m damn proud of it. The fact that this team has built its reputation on hard-hitting, hard-working, scrappers who may just hit a LITTLE bit harder than the other guys in the other jerseys, makes me happy that you despise us. That Flying P is meant to instill fear, anger, hostility from anyone not wearing it. The Flyers may not be an Original Six team, but this franchise has built more history in its 40+ years than many have in double  that time. The Flyers ARE old school hockey, the way the game was meant to be played. And Im damn proud to be a part of it. We dont owe you an apology.

1. The fans

No one can tell me with a straight face that there is a team in any sport, any city, that has a fan base as loyal as those who don the orange, and black, and cheer our Flyers onto victory. As cliche as it sounds, a diehard Flyers fan bleeds orange.

I love walking through the concourse at a game, and seeing the jerseys that fans still wear. It’s a trip through memory lane. I love spotting Beezer, and Handzus, and LeClair, and Hextall, and Renberg, and Biron, mixed in with Giroux, and Bobrovsky, and JVR. I would love to know how many Jody Shelley jerseys were sold in cities before he got here, because I’m sure the sales here trumps the rest of his career. The passion in a Flyers fan is unmatched, and I challenge any city, and team to go up against a Flyers fan, and be prepared to walk away in shame. Win, or lose, Flyers fans continue to follow.

2006-07, worst season in Flyers history, top 10 in attendance in a post-lockout season. Need I say more?

The Five Reasons to Love the Flyers feature was inspired by the Five Reasons I Love Hockey feature on the Puck Daddy blog. This column should run biweekly on Thursdays. If you are a diehard Flyers fan and would like to submit your list of reasons to love the Flyers, contact us.