No matter how good, bad, mediocre or dysfunctional the Philadelphia Flyers may be, they almost always draw the eyes and attention of North American viewers.
The latest proof of that is another potential Winter Classic appearance for the Orange and Black.
This came up a few days ago – sorry, that whole Christmas thing kind of got in the way – but CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio cited a Hockeybuzz.com report that the Flyers will travel to our nation’s capital to play the Washington Capitals outdoors in January 2015.
While nothing is in any way confirmed - Panaccio noted a Flyers official didn’t verify anything and only said the team was a “finalist” - and the Boston Bruins have also been mentioned as an opponent for the Capitals in the game, the Flyers make sense as an opponent from both rivalry and geography points of view.
Have you seen any of the three games the new Metropolitan Division rivals have played against each other this season? Each contest has been action-packed and entertaining for a variety of reasons. The teams don’t seem to like each other and play great games against each other.
And let’s be honest, the shenanigans that occurred between the teams in early November – our worst Philly sports moment of 2013 – probably did nothing but help the Flyers’ chances of being the Caps’ opponent. You know NHL and NBC executives’ eyes just lit up upon seeing that.
As far as geography goes, D.C. is obviously just a short drive from Philadelphia and the game would be an instant sell out.
Panaccio mentioned Nationals Park and FedEx Field as potential game sites.
Nationals Park is kinda cool and just a few years old, but there’s nothing really special that sticks out about it. FedEx Field is in the middle of nowhere in some Maryland suburb and has that Dan Snyder stench all over it. That place may have to be crossed off the list just for the fact Snyder will almost certainly have his grimy hands in on any deal.
Baltimore is almost smack-dab, directly between D.C. and Philadelphia and has top-notch, downtown facilities in the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium and the Orioles’ beautiful Camden Yards.
I don’t know about you guys, but a neutral-site Winter Classic between the Flyers and Caps at Camden Yards sounds pretty damn cool to me.
Again, nothing has been confirmed yet. Just strong speculation. But it’s worth talking about.
If true, it would be the Flyers’ third Winter Classic appearance in six years.