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Flyers Fans Book Review Part One

When you start a new hobby, or obsession (more apropos in my case), there is a lot of information to learn right off the bat. When my best friend Pam introduced me to hockey and subsequently, the Flyers, a lot of names came hurtling my way. Present Flyers, past Flyers, trades, etc. I heard names like Lindros, Pelle, Hextall, Clarke and I’m one of those people who has to see things to remember them. Just hearing stuff doesn’t stick in my mind. So I knew about Pelle Lindbergh and who Bob Clarke was (I now can recognize him both from …

RICE & MICE: What’s this about a neck injury?

Ah, the ongoing saga that is Sidney Crosby’s concussion, er, broken neck, oh soft tissue neck injury. Yes, it now appears that the storyline is not a concussion after all, but a soft tissue injury in his neck that is causing concussion-like symptoms. You may now scratch your head and look confused, because I am doing the same. I am skeptical about several things here and I’m not sure where to even start, so I am going to start with the obvious statement that Crosby may just have post-concussion syndrome, nothing more, nothing less. It seems like every doctor or …

RICE & MICE: JVR’s Concussion

So, last season I wrote about the travesty that was Mark Recchi questioning the severity of the concussion that Max Paciorretty suffered during the violent collision between his head and the turnbuckle in Montreal. At the time I talked about how irresponsible it was for Recchi to pass his uninformed judgment about how severe another player’s head injury was to the media, when all head injuries should be considered severe. Thankfully, Pacioretty has returned to hockey and has been healthy this season. Unfortunately, I have seen and heard more than once, fans making the implication that James van Riemsdyk is …

RICE & MICE: Concussions are the flavor of the month…

Well, according to Matt Carle on HBO’s 24/7 Road to the NHL Winter Classic last night, concussions are the flavor of the month. I think it’s safe to say that Claude Giroux has had enough of the current flavor. Giroux returned to game action last night, posting yet another impressive 4 point game. I know many people were concerned with his relatively quick return to the ice. Concerned that he would aggravate his concussion and miss even more time; concerned that he would somehow end up like Marc Savard, Sidney Crosby, or even Chris Pronger. What makes Claude different is …

Our 2011 Christmas wish list

Amid the gift-buying hype of the holiday season, we would like to step back for a minute and continue our tradition of compiling a list of our top ten Flyers-related Christmas wishes. It goes without saying that we want the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. So, we will just leave that one off the list and assume we are all on the same page there. 10. Continuation of improved communication between players and fans Two events that occurred on Twitter this season reaffirmed my belief in humanity. Neither was particularly Earth shattering but both deserve recognition. The first was …