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Taking Back Philadelphia

I’m too young to have seen the days of the Broad Street Bullies. So when I hear about the Philadelphia flu, it’s just a cool story to me. Teams just aren’t scared to play here anymore.  That explains the Flyers 14-15 home record thus far this season. There is no good reason it should be like that, and the next 31 days gives us a chance to get things right.

10 of the 16 games this month are at home. I might as well add April to the equation since there are only 2 home and 2 away games in that month. So that all adds up to 12 of the final 20 at home. I never played sports in front of any sort of paying crowd, so I don’t know what it really feels like to be on the road vs a home game. But there’s a reason that the mental side of sports is always talked about. And right now, with the playoffs just 20 games away, the Flyers need to gain any edge they can.

It’s easier said than done, but simply put, the Flyers need to better. They’re in the middle of the pack, jumping between 6th and 4th place in the conference.  When it comes to the playoffs, it’s not about standings anymore, it’s about how you’re playing. So now that we have some many games in South Philly, it’s time to put together some convincing wins.  If we don’t come away with a W, at least make the other teams work for it. The way this team has played lately has been disheartening. If you turn on either WIP or The Fanatic, you’re likely to hear the following things beign talked about before anyone brings up hockey:

  • Eagles possibly trading up to get RG3 in the NFL Draft
  • Phillies Spring Training
  • Ryan Howard’s Achilles injury/recovery
  • Andre Igoudala is not a superstar
  • The Sixers need as the trade deadline approaches
  • National sports stories

The only mention of the Flyers usually happens for a few minutes the day after a game. The Eagles season is far away, the Phillies haven’t started, the Sixers are coming back to Earth after a hot start, and the Flyers still aren’t getting any love as the playoffs approach. Well, as the old cliche goes, winning fixes everything. If they can start getting wins at home, they can gain back the home ice advantage that they so clearly want. And it starts tonight with our game against the Islanders. And hopefully, it ends with the Orange and Black accepting a trophy from Gary Bettman next June, in front of 20,000 fans wearing those same colors.

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