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How I’m Coping with the NHL Lockout

Philly’s entry into the world of late 80s hair bands, “Cinderella,” said it best, “You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.” As I sit here in my room, TV off amongst fun sized Christmas candy wrappers, I’m reflecting on how I’ve missed the NHL this season. Luckily, I’ve found a few ways to create a surrogate for the National Hockey League in these dark days: 1 ) The Five Hole — Anyone can follow around their dog with an inside out baggie, waiting for nature to take its course. Instead, I carry a Koho hockey stick. The cold …

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Point/ Counterpoint : NHL 24/7

Welcome to another edition of Point/Counterpoint, where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes square off about all things hockey related. This week, Dain S. and Jim H. will discuss the pros and cons of the HBO Winter Classic-themed show 24/7. First up, point from Jim… I hate 24/7. There, I said it! Really though, I don’t. The fact is, I could literally watch the show 24/7. Its compelling and pertains to my interests. Here’s the problem with it — I’m thinking that too much info about your heroes and rivals takes away some of the mystery of the sport. I’d …

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Spawn of Lockout

As the story goes, last time there was a lockout in 2004-05, ESPN, the primary carrier of NHL games at the time, panicked. The Bristol behemoth and “Worldwide Leader” suddenly had a ton of airspace to fill, and all other ” legitimate” sports were spoken for. One can only imagine the tense, sweat-soaked and empty Chinese food box laden meetings, that went on among network brass since their 12-year run of success with the sport had come to an unexpected end. I’m not sure who exactly it was, but I can imagine one underling meekly raising his hand to suggest …

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Coping mechanisms of the Flyers fan

Being a Flyers/Philly sports fan all my life, I have come to know disappointment and more importantly, how to cope with it. Denial is not just a river in Egypt, but a sludge and rage and guilt-filled trench that flows down through all regions of Philadelphia from a thousand branches until it empties into the junction of Broad and Pattison. Here are some ways I’m coping with the Shea Weber news. Rationalization: Weber and Ryan Suter were arguably the biggest defensive names this off season. For the last few years, Nashville Predators have had them both, IN THE SAME DEFENSIVE …

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Repressed Hockey Memories: Putting the “Fan” in Fantasy

I’ll admit it. There’s a veteran Flyer that none have you have ever heard of. A grizzled, career-worn player in the mold of a Mark Recchi, looking to hoist a cup before he retires. You most likely haven’t heard of him because that player is me. I’ve always had a very good imagination.  The woods surrounding my neighborhood were Tatooine, Dagobah, and Endor all rolled into one and I silently fought the forces of evil until justice prevailed or it was time for dinner. Maybe for some, this fantasy play dies along with childhood but luckily for me, I can’t …

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