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Guest Post: In Opposition to Defenders of Fighting in Hockey, a Defense of Fighting in Hockey

Michael Baumann writes about baseball for Crashburn Alley and Grantland. He also writes about basketball for Liberty Ballers. He will be joining us occasionally on Flyers Faithful to share his thoughts on hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @MJ_Baumann. My relationship with hockey is dominated by emotion. I don’t have the “analyst” hat I’ve developed with baseball, where I have to put my childhood biases aside so I can wax poetic about Jason Heyward or Andrelton Simmons one moment, then turn around and hurl vitriol against his team, the Atlanta Braves, an organization I hate on a level that usually …

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Petition: Make Whoomp! (There It Is) the new goal song

Earlier today, I set up an important petition. Perhaps the most important petition of our lifetime. What is my goal? To get the Flyers to change their goal song to Tag Team’s “Whoomp! (There It Is)”. You can sign the petition here. We all miss Bro Hymn. It’s true. It doesn’t matter if we stole it from the Ducks, it still felt like ours and it felt right. But its time has come and gone. DOOP was Danny Briere’s request, and it disappeared from Philadelphia along with the diminutive French Canadian’s contract. Besides, we shouldn’t be stealing from the Philadelphia …

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Thoughts after three

Impressive Flyers so far: Vincent Lecavalier Brayden Schenn Mark Streit Zac Rinaldo Steve Mason (minus one goal) I keep thinking to myself things like, “Why is Nicklas Grossmann carrying the puck in the offensive zone?”, “Why is Grossmann shooting the puck?”, “Why is Grossmann still on the ice?” That’s not a criticism of Grossmann so much as it is an acknowledgment that perhaps he’s being misused and overused. It says more about the players on the ice with him and the coach, really. During the first 40 minutes of the season, the Flyers looked like a team that could dominate …

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Saving Steve Mason

“No, it never does. I mean, these people somehow delude themselves into thinking it might, but… but it might work for us.” – Dr. Tobias Funke I’ve noticed a curious thing throughout the preseason and start of the regular season: people are going out of their way to defend Steve Mason. What is it about Steve Mason that elicits this reaction? He has one excellent year under his belt, followed by a whole boatload of meh. Mason won the Calder in his rookie season with a 2.29 GAA, .916 save percentage, and 10 shutouts in 61 games back in 2008-2009. …

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Waiving of Hall leaves questions unanswered among the forward group

The Philadelphia Flyers waived Adam Hall on Saturday and he cleared waivers on Sunday. While he has yet to be sent to down to the Phantoms, you can’t help but wonder what is in store for the forward group. It’s entirely possible (probably even likely) that we see additional moves before the season begins, but I seriously scratch my head with this one. Any plan that potentially has Jay Rosehill in your regular twelve forwards is not a plan that I like. The Flyers forward group currently consists of Giroux, Voracek, Hartnell, Lecavalier, Schenn, Simmonds, Couturier, Read, Talbot, Laughton, Rinaldo, …

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