When Kate Smith sang God Bless America live before a Flyers game, their record was 3-1. Combining live and recorded performances, the team is 94-26-4. But has this tradition grown old and tired, or should the Flyers keep it going?
First of all, there’s no direct relation between her singing and the team winning games. It’s a very nice coincidence, but nothing more. It get’s the crowd hyped up, which gets the players a bit pumped. But that pretty much effects the first few minutes of the game. Nobody is thinking about that song by the time the third period rolls along. And if it really was as magical as we all believe, then we would have won many, many more Stanley Cups since 1975. With that said, here’s the argument for and against Kate.
Put History To Rest
Since the last time we won a Stanley Cup was 1975, the marketing department keeps living in the past. We constantly see old highlights and hear updates about old players. Isn’t it time to live more in the present? Kate is part of the old Broad Street Bully days. The NHL isn’t like that anymore. The Flyers need to be more fresh, and bringing out this old symbol isn’t helping them do that. Also, we’ve got the best singer in the league in Lauren Hart. Let her handle things on her own, she’s great at it. Also, there’s a lot of big games, and bringing Kate out all of the time just makes it a lot less special. We pretty much come to expect her quite often, and it loses the magic feeling. During out short playoff spurt, I heard a ton of calls on sports radio talking about how dumb this was and how people were getting tired of it and that it should go away.
Strike Up The Band
She’s part of the pregame ritual. Who cares if the team loves to drum up the past? Every other team does it from time to time. There are few people who complain; the majority of fans still love it. Every time that Kate get’s announced, the crowd cheers. It’s just another part of the off-ice entertainment. It may not actually help the team on the ice, but it definitely doesn’t hurt them.
I say keep Kate singing, but make it a lot more rare. Don’t do it on opening night, don’t do it for every playoff game either. The games have to be of the utmost importance. Make us almost forget about her, then bring her out. It’s not fun when you’re expecting her; it’s fun when it’s a big surprise. I agree that the team brings up the glory days much too often. Let’s focus more on winning now, so when we do hear the old stories once in a while, it makes it more special.
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