Review: 100 Things Flyers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Thanks to Adam Kimelman

“The Stanley Cup Playoffs are like a two-month tap dance through a minefield.” (Kimelman)

By far, my favorite quote out of the book that I finally finished: 100 Things Flyers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.

The quote is under #21 entitled Suprimeau, which probably unsurprisingly is about Keith Primeau, Flyers captain in 2004.

Overall, this is a solid book. Most of the information intrigued me and kept my interest. From the hey days in the 70s, to the 90s and 00s; this book covers an awful lot of history and factoids in what others might consider merely an expansion team.

Some highlights (at least for me):

#7: Only the Lord Saved More Than Bernie Parent.

I knew the name, but that was about it. A glimpse of this man’s ability and stats is staggering.

#14: Listen to the Greatest Duet in Hockey

Kate Smith and Lauren Hart. Better than any other anthem (or God Bless America) singers out there.

#33: A Carnival Atmosphere

A highlight for me personally because I’ve gotten to experience this. 2011 Carnival was amazing for little ole non-Philly resident me. To find out that my money is added to the 23 million that the carnival has raised for charities. Especially awesome that it’s the wives that put the whole thing together.

#35: Chelios’ Dirty Hit

I just enjoyed reading that Hextall beat the crap out of Chelios. Nothing more than that.

#37: The Saddest Streak

Scoring after Pelle Lindbergh’s tragic death, “I came back to the bench and remember sitting down and almost crying,” (Mark) Howe said. Might have cried myself.

#56: More Than a Nice Head of Hair

Scott Hartnell and this was written before his awesome season this year. Boo yeah.

Lowlights:

#16: The Flyers Family

This burned a bit because it was mostly about how so many former Flyers are working for the organization now (Keith Jones, Chris Therien, etc.) and how the Flyers treat their players like family. The Richards trade makes it hard for me to swallow this.

#46: The Seven-Year Five-Day Deal

About the WFC and it’s construction and contract and such. I made a note on my Kindle, ‘boring.’ Maybe it would interest someone, but I’m at a loss as to who.

#82: The Curse of Sarah Palin

Edges toward political which I don’t think has a place in this book.

#73: Work Out Like Chris Pronger

Bittersweet.

#75 A Daily Double at the Draft

2003 Draft – Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. I just…it still hurts. I think this book should have editions and be updated every offseason.

But all in all, the book is fun and informative. The fact that each number is only a few pages makes it a good book to read in any setting whether you want to read for a few minutes or a few hours.

After the 100 things, there is a several page summary of the Flyers run in the 2010 playoffs. I still got nervous reading it. There is also extra material, tidbits that didn’t make the top 100 that were about a paragraph a piece and enjoyable.

100 Things Flyers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Adam Kimelman **** (out of five)

If you’re a Flyers fan, old or new, this book needs to be on your bookshelf whether it’s real or digital.