New Year’s Eve: A time for getting sloshed…and watching hockey

No holiday sends us scrambling for some semblance of a social life like the final day of any calendar year…as if scrounging up a date, finding some friend’s house to haunt at the last minute and thinking you’re going to find a last-second hook-up before the ball drops is going to convince any one of us of our true worth. We of the faithful all know that true worth for the upcoming year is measured by whether or not your favorite hockey club wins or loses (RIP ties) on this final, final day. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet night at home, forced to turn in early because …

Five Reasons I Love the Flyers: Ralph Manoppello

Ralph Manoppello has been attending Flyers hockey games for over 37 years. His cousin started this crazy passion for a birthday gift against the Chicago Black Hawks. And 37 plus years later, he still bleeds Flyers orange, his kids bleed Flyers orange and his love of Flyers hockey is as strong today, as it was for a wide eyed 12-year old sitting at the glass watching Bobby Hull for the first time. Still a season ticket holder. Now hates the Crosby  Penguins more than Gretzky’s Oilers. And still loves being called one of the craziest fans in the most passionate …

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