Since our big The700Level.com meetup at Smith's Restaurant and Bar on January 23rd (RSVP here!) will be in conjunction with a Flyers game being shown on the TVs, we thought it was time to award our comment of the week to one of you guys dropping knowledge about the orange and black.
We go to 2sentz's post on the "perpetual myth of Flyers bullying" in which BenE was in strong agreement. After some niceties:
Recently, I have seen people scapegoat Rinaldo, Sestito, Shelley, and Rosehill as problems when the team isn’t successful. It’s such an easy out to point fingers at those guys, because they only get 4-8 minutes a night. But that’s just it: they don’t see the ice that much. The Flyers weren’t faring any better last season when Wellwood, Zolnierczyk, and Fedotenko were getting those 4-8 minutes, so how can Rinaldo et. al. be the issue?
No, fans need to start calling out the scorers who aren’t scoring, and the defensemen who aren’t playing good defense. The “goons” are the least of the Flyers’ worries right now. Rinaldo and Rosehill aren’t goons anyway. If you want a goon, look at Steve MacIntyre. At least our boys can skate, backcheck, and forecheck, which YES, are viable hockey skills. No one is “stuck in the 70s.” Not everyone is a 20-goal scorer.
So congrats, BenE on your $25 gift card victory. Spend it wisely.
And just a reminder to you all about Smith's in Rittenhouse: If you’ve never been, they have some pretty killer specials during all NFL games (including Thursday nights): $4 Harpoon drafts, $10 pizzas, and some great $5 food specials like guac, boneless wings, or chicken nachos.
Check them out one of these days. You won't be disappointed. And maybe you'll bump into us at the bar.