When the All-Star ballots were released last week, the Flyers were decently represented, with the likes of Danny Briere, Marty Biron, Simony Gagne, and Kimmo Timonen on the list. However, a few fans have noticed one omission—Mike Richards. Richards has put together a great season since being moved up the ranks and given a role with more of an emphasis on scoring than checking, totaling 21 points in 19 games so far this season. Two Web sites dedicated to getting Richards to skate on January 27th have sprung up: votemikerichards.com and voteformike08.com. We're happy to see this Fasano-esque support for someone who truly deserves it.
Tim Panaccio reports that Richards himself isn't phased by being left off the ballot, which was put together a while ago, saying that there are a lot of guys more deserving to play in the game than he is. In fact, the Web sites are embarrassing for the shy 22-year-old.
Richards wishes the sites were taken down, as he is genuinely
embarrassed. "I don't know anything about it; I don't even know how the
all-star ballot is picked," he said.
He's that humble.
Trust us, Mike. There are far more embarrassing Web sites out there. Live it up.
Picture lifted from voteformike08.com.