In the fourth edition of The Simpsons annual Halloween special, Treehouse of Horror, (way back in 1993!) Flyers fans noticed an extra special addition to the “jury of the damned”. Joining the likes of Benedict Arnold, Lizzie Borden, Richard Nixon, John Wilkes Booth, Blackbeard, and John Dillinger was the starting line of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers!
It’s random, sure, and the guys that The Simpsons’ artists put out there neither look nor dress like our beloved Broad Street Bullies (blue and white short sleeved jerseys!?), but the reference is absolutely appreciated. This is easily one of the most famous pop culture references to the Flyers. Plus, it goes as far as to associate the Bullies with Richard Nixon. That’s a low blow.
Did those random blue Flyers jerseys inspire these crappy things from the late nineties? If so, maybe they’re redeemed a little bit. Okay, no, they’re not.
Finally, I ask, what is the better horror Flyers pop culture reference: this Simpsons appearance or Danny Torrance’s kick ass Flyers jacket in The Shining?