Nice guys finish last.
You’re running out of gas.
Your sympathy will get you left behind.
- Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day
Last night, Green Day was in town, and they put on one hell of a show. Thus, they are the inspiration for today’s post. The Flyers are often criticized for being too rough, and are still referred to as the Broad Street Bullies. Opposing fans talk trash, call us dirty, and complain quite a bit. You know what? Good! This is hockey, it’s the way it should be!
How many of you really want some pansy ass hockey players? I’m not saying we need to play dirty, but playing rough is a lot more fun. I’ve been to MSG for a few Flyers-Rangers games, and when the Flyers start throwing a few hits, I hear those whiny New Yorkers complain about how rough they are. But when Carcillo drops Gaborik, and nobody else challenges him, the fans are asking questions about the character of the Rangers. So in the end, what do those “whiny” New Yorkers want? More toughness. And they are not the only ones.
When players drop the gloves to fight, there’s not a single arena in the league where the fans start booing. No, everyone gets up, screams, cheers, and loves every swing of the fist. Hockey is a game for tough guys; if you’re weak, sorry, find another sport. So, as I quoted in the beginning, “Nice guys finish last.” How does it apply here, to the Flyers? Simple: we enjoy seeing a hard-nosed brand of hockey, with a take no prisoners approach. And deep down, no matter who you are a fan of, so do you.
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