As the Flyers season came to a close in South Philly this afternoon, rally towels, beer cans, and trash started to clutter the ice. Yes, that old Flyers fan tradition of trashing the home stadium when things don’t go their way was on full display for the nation to see.
The fact of the matter is this: the Flyers weren’t nearly as good as the two-time defending champion Penguins. This was especially true in the confines of the Wells Fargo Center. Pittsburgh somehow managed to outscore Philadelphia 18-6 in the 3 games played at WFC. That is historically bad.
It will be a long offseason for the Orange and Black. Despite heroic efforts from captain Claude Giroux all year long and Sean Couturier in the playoffs, there was always a Radko Gudas turnover or a Wayne Simmonds no-show to counter any and all productivity on the ice.
To turn this team into a true contender, GM Ron Hextall will have his work cut out for him. Steering the franchise toward championships and away from its longstanding run with mediocrity will be no easy task, and this is something we’ll all have to be patient with. But what’s a few more years of waiting for a fanbase that’s sat on their ringless hands for 40+ years?
While the Flyers faithful begrudgingly exited the stadium today and dragged their feet back to their cars/Xfinity Live for a few more stiff drinks… I hope a lot of them did not forget that the 76ers are one win away from the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs. Or that the Phillies are a half game back of first place in the NL East. Or that the Villanova Wildcats just won their 2nd National Title in 3 years. Or that the Philadelphia Eagles are still Super Bowl Champions.
Yes, 2018 is still our year and we are still a city of winners. Don’t let the littered ice rink tattooed with a Flyers logo at the center of it fool you. Those are just the leftover remnants of another season lost by the city’s most terribly frustrating franchise.
Delco bred, living in Denver. Member of the US Army. Cody Ross still haunts my dreams. Twitter: @JosephPVicente