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Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2008 by bsbp

I’m going all the way back to 2000 and SR-71’s ‘Now You See Inside’ for what sums up my opinion of the modern Flyers Fan.

I used to hang on every word
Each lie was more absurd
Kept me so insecure
But now that’s over
-Right Now

The cover bands still drag this little ditty out from time to time.

Certainly there are the exceptions to this, so flame away if you feel the need but recognize that your class, the Johnny-come-latelys is an embarrassment to the Philadelphia Fan reputation. You’re the fodder used around the country to make a mockery of Philadelphia Sports. I don’t know where you came from or why, but I seriously hope you go back to supporting soccer and the other non-aggressive sports your mothers let you play only a few years ago. You’re bad ass by reputation only and clueless about the sport.

Over the last few years the Flyers community has been pulled apart with the nonsensical chatter of fans who know as much about hockey as they do wiping their own ass. Last year was probably the high point for this as chaos and discord rained on the Flyers faithful.

 I had every intention of writing a piece about Riley Cote and a Fighting in Hockey 101 course for fans who never saw fighting as anything more than ESPN-driven spectacle, that’ll have to wait a day or two. Last night something funny happened on Flyers board after Flyers board, Riley Cote lost and fans shouted down the uniformed and uneducated hecklers. Cote lost and it brought out the best in Flyerdom, he was praised by teammates like Knuble and Hartnell, old-timers like Brian Propp and the fans of this team, to the chagrin of an undereducated and over-exposed few.

Riley Cote is a 6’1, 210 pound rookie in the NHL. He’s had 16 fights this year, his opposition averages 6’4 and 222 pounds. Some say size doesn’t matter and point to the likes of Tie Domi as proof, Domi was 5’10 and 200 pounds. In 97-98, one of Tie’s most prolific years he had 26 fights, his opposition averaged 6’2 and 215 pounds.

In an argument about size, 6’1 is the new 5’10. Cote’s every bit the little guy Domi was; thankfully he’s got buckets full more class and work ethic. The 6’4, 6’5 240 pounders were a rarity in Domi’s ‘effective’ era, they’re the norm now. Cote gives up 2 to 4 inches and 12 to 15 pounds on average, Domi gave up 2 to 4 inches and 12 to 15 pounds on average at the height of his activity.

A look at the Fight card only bears out that Cote has been every bit the ‘David’ in his battles.

10/13 Simon 6’4 235 lbs

10/25 Roy 6’4, 213

10/27 Thornton 6’1, 202 lbs

11/05 Strudwick 6’3, 225 lbs

11/08 Asham 5’10, 196 lbs

11/15 Orr 6’3, 222 lbs

11/23 Brashear 6’2, 225 lbs

12/16 Rupp 6’5, 230 lbs

12/21 Peters 6’4, 240 lbs

12/22 Peters 6’4, 240 lbs

12/29 Roy 6’4, 213

1/08 Thorburn 6’3, 210 lbs

1/20 McGrattan 6’4, 220 lbs

1/22 Rupp 6’5, 230 lbs

1/24 Laraque 6’3, 240 lbs

2/02 Parros 6’5, 215 lbs

We’ll get into dissecting some of these fights at a later date. With Brashear, Orr, Laraque and McGrattan on the docket in the coming weeks, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Riley get the ‘upset’ wins on both Brashear and Orr, as both earlier fights were a lot closer than most admit.

A bit of respect for a guy who goes out night after night and does something a lot of folks only feel comfortable with behind the anonymity of the internet would be nice. It’s the internet and every village is wired, just have to wonder how so many idiots manage to get hooked up.