Tomorrow night, when the LA Kings come to town, former captain Mike Richards gets to make his return. And if anyone is dumb enough to boo him, it proves that you are a complete idiot. Do You remember Mike ever giving less than an all out effort? I sure as hell don’t. His production went down a bit last season, but he was hurt. What he lacked in offense, he made up for in a ton of other things. As a Flyer, did we ever boo him or call for his head? Hell no!
The media has tried to build a negative perception of him simply because they didn’t like him. They overblew his partying reputation completely. He was no different than most young, rich athletes. It did not affect his game. We all saw him on the ice. He was everything that we wanted him to be. Who cares about his interview skills? I sure as hell don’t. I proudly wore my #18 jersey when I went to games for the last 6 years. Because when the puck dropped, he gave it his all.
He never said anything bad about the fans, the city, the team, his teammates, or coaches. That includes his time here, and every interview he’s given since getting traded. He didn’t have some abrasive personality that rubbed us the wrong way. He was simply a low-key guy that let his emotions show when he played the game. And as hockey fans, isn’t that what we really care about? We want our athletes to give it their all and entertain us. Once in a while he tried to do a bit much. But his minor flaws were greatly overshadowed by all of the great moments he gave us.
His entire time here, we loved him. Why would anything change now? He didn’t leave us by choice. That’s why every article highlights how hard it was for him to accept the fact that he was dealt away. If you boo him tomorrow night, it’s because you were brainwashed by the media. It’s because you have no will power, and are gullible, and you believe everything you hear. But if you’re smart, you’re going to be better than that. You will realize that he was awesome in Orange and Black. He’ll always be part of the Flyers family. You don’t have to cheer for him, since he is on another team and trying to beat us. But if you boo him, then you’re living up to that horrible reputation that the national media has given us.
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