Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/21/13 at 05:11 PM ET
When asked by a reader if she really hates the Flyers...
You just have to understand a few things: In addition to liking the Rangers, I'm a Mets and Giants fan, which means I am preconditioned to dislike and distrust the Phillies and Eagles. I grew up about halfway between New York City and Philly, so the allegiances of my peers were split, which made for a more intense rivalry. In recent years, the Flyers, Eagles, and Phillies have kept the Rangers, Giants, and Mets out of the playoffs. The Rangers drafted Bobby Sanguinetti (now playing in Russia) when they could have had Claude Giroux. And finally, Philadelphia and its fans are just highly mockable.
That said, I really don't hate the Flyers per se, I just find them most fulfilling when things are flying off the rails. The Ilya Bryzgalov saga delivered on this, though it grew uncomfortably bleak by the end. Giroux recently injured his finger while golfing, which is concerning to any fan of the league's finest players, yet still mildly amusing in the same way that it's mildly amusing when you get a ticker update that Mark Sanchez has thrown three interceptions five minutes into a Jets game.
Actually, the Flyers are in many ways the Jets of hockey, if you equate goaltenders to quarterbacks.
-Katie Baker of Grantland where you can read a few more questions and answers regarding hockey.
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