Five Reasons I love the Flyers: Steve J

Courtesy of the Hockey Junkies

You might know Steve J from such blog failures as Fire Eric Bruntlett or Punadelphia. Most likely you know him as Estebomb on Twitter.

Steve is a graduate of Temple University and former intern at WPEN (from before it got all fancy and ESPN owned). He’s also a born and bred Philadelphia Flyers fan who would scream like a little girl if he ever met Lindros and LeClair. Steve proudly podcasts for Flyers Faithful.

5. Mites On Ice

You’ve seen the Mites on Ice during intermissions at Flyers games.  When I was five years old I got to do that at the Spectrum.  I remember about as much from that as a five year old can but an experience like that is more than enough to set one off on a lifetime of fandom.

4. Eric Lindros

Seeing Eric Lindros back in the orange and black for the alumni game was a great moment for everyone but it especially got to me.  I grew up with Big E kicking ass and taking names.  He was my absolute favorite player growing up and I wore his white home jersey every opportunity that I could.  Eric Lindros played like a freight train in his prime and it was a joy to watch.

3. The Phantoms

I’ve been to a fair amount of Flyers games and I always have a blast but holy crap are they expensive.  When the Flyers moved to CorewellsWacho Fargle Bargle Center and created the Phantoms to play in the old Spectrum I finally had a chance to see hockey at a reasonable price again.  The Phantoms were a fantastic first look at the next generation of Flyers.  I remember watching Vaclav “Vinny” Prospal light up the AHL before joining the Flyers on their ’97 Cup run.  There was also a fight every five minutes.

2. History And Continued Success

Around the time that I was 13 I read the book Full Spectrum about the Flyers and became fascinated by their history.  The franchise has done so much in relatively little time.  It’s honestly fascinating.  They’re always interesting and always competitive.  You’ve got legends, you’ve got obscure but lovable role players, goons, has-beens, overachievers, underachievers, everything!  The ownership takes care of their ex-players and makes sure that the Flyers are always a top team.

1. Flyers Community

I’ve always loved the Flyers community.  We might be big dumb morons who chant “hey ref you suck!” and mock Sidney Crosby even though he’s out hurt in that particular Penguins game, but it’s still awesome.  I once went to a Flyers-Red Wings game with my dad and randomly connected with two Flyers sitting next to us in Brind’Amour and Lindros Team Canada jerseys.  We chanted at and made fun of the Red Wings and had a blast together.  Every time I meet Flyers fans I instantly feel a sense of community.  It’s a fantastic experience.

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.