The Flyers Are Soldiers Of Fortune

A plan comes together = Stanley Cup (Courtesy: nerdcityonline.com)

In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court
for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a
maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today,
still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.
If you have a problem – if no one else can help – and if you can find
them – maybe you can hire: The A-Team.

If you were following my Twitter last night, then you know I was on a small A-Team kick. The movie was on one of the Cinemax’s for the 3rd straight night (that I know of) and I was watching it for a 3rd straight night. I remember watching the show as a little kid, and loving how they used random objects to build weapons and win battles. Each guy brought something to the table. Is there any chance that the Flyers have the right mix to bring justice to the NHL and bring the Stanley Cup home?

“I love it when a plan comes together” – We weren’t tough enough. We didn’t step up in the clutch. Our goaltending didn’t save us. We failed in our mission. Out with the old leadership (Richards, Carter), in with a whole lot of new pieces. We’ve been told now that we’re bigger, stronger, and in a better position to compete.

Col Hannibal Smith: It’s a mash up of Paul Holmgren, Peter Laviolette, and whoever is named the captain. Homer put the team together, Lavy is in charge of game plans and mental and physical preparation, and the man with a C on his chest will hopefully be the leader on the ice. Everyone has to buy into whatever decisions these guys make. And these guys are responsible for staying the course, and doing anything crazy like switching goalies a doxen times in the first round of a playoff series.

B.A. Baracus: Jody Shelley, Wayne Simmonds, and a little bit of Chris Pronger. This is clearly the brute force and the muscle in the group. But don’t forget that BA also drove that slick GMC Vandura. Whoever is behind the wheel, controls the destination. That’s where Prongs comes in. He dictates who comes close to the crease unharmed (nobody). He runs the powerplay. He helps in the transition game. He’s only one player, but he sure does control a lot. It’s a reason that many think he might be wearing the C, which would give him dual personalities on this list.

Face: This is everyone from Giroux and Briere down to whoever laces ‘em up on the 3rd and fourth lines. Face did a ton of in between stuff. He scored with the ladies. There’s a few guys we’re counting on to score. Face helped coordinate whatever the team needed to build whatever the hell they were building. The Flyers have role players that will do the dirty work in killing penalties, digging pucks out of corners, and any other thankless jobs.

Murdock: He is absolutely batshit insane. But he’s funny, loyal, and damn good at what he does.  Pretty much sums up our fan base.  We are hands down the best fans in the league. No other fans have a reputation as tough as ours. And we don’t like getting dumped on, but we are damn proud that people bring us up. And we sure as hell are a big part of this team. We do our best to provide energy and encouragement. And let’s not kid ourselves; the Flyers brass builds tough teams because they know that’s what we like to see. Thus, the Broad Street Bully moniker is alive partially because of us.

Everyone who makes up the Flyers is a mercenary (soldier of fortune). None are from here, but they get compensated very well to represent our town. Maybe this will finally be the group to end our drought.

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Topics: A-team, A-team Intro, B.a. Baracus, Captain, Chris Pronger, Cinemax, Claude Giroux, Colonel Hannibal Smith, Danny Briere, Face, Family Guy, Fans, Gmc Vendura, Jody Shelley, Murdock, NHL, Paul Holmgren, Peter Laviolette, Philadelphia Flyers, Stanley Cup, Wayne Simmonds

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