Since this is about ice hockey, I fully realize most of you will not even read this post. That’s okay, because it’s more for me – and my dwindling sanity – than it is for everyone else. Either way, I need to rant about this before the brain aneurysm wipes me out.
The Philadelphia Flyers used to be my favorite NHL team. I bled orange since I could walk, but that changed when I became a police officer. Partly because I didn’t want to spend a day off working a damned parade and partly because sometime in the early 2000’s, the Flyers stopped caring about winning.
So now I cheer for the Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, and New Jersey Devils.
Speaking of Dallas, the Stars have had “College Spirit Nights” for a while now. They give the fans baseball caps with the Stars logo on the front, and one of the many area college football teams’ logos on the side. It’s a pretty cool promotion. Naturally, the Flyers adopted (read: stole) this idea, and are now scheduling college hat nights.
This piqued my interest, since I attended Saint Joseph’s University here in Philly, so I looked at the hats for the five schools in Philadelphia and the nearby area. The list read as follows:
Drexel University, Penn State, Rutgers, and Villanova.
I’m sorry, what???
Of these four colleges, only one (Drexel) is located inside the city limits. Villanova is eighteen miles from the center of the city, Rutgers is in New Jersey, 65 miles – or one hour – away, and Penn State is 192 miles – or three hours – away; halfway to Pittsburgh.
There are three major colleges inside the city limits – LaSalle, St. Joseph’s, and Temple. None of those schools were deemed worthy enough to be recognized, but a northern New Jersey school and a college nearly 200 miles away are front row, center.
And this, dear readers, is why I despise the Philadelphia Flyers.