Pennsylvania is the greatest sports state in the nation.
The Philadelphia's Flyers, Phillies, Eagles and 76ers combined with Pittsburgh's Penguins, Steelers and Pirates to create a statewide sports community stronger than any other.
The fans of each team are among the most rabid. Each franchise is among the most historically successful in their respective sports.
The 2006 race to the Governor's mansion featured Ed Rendell, known Eagles season ticket holder and post-game analyst, versus Lynn Swann, Hall of Fame wideout for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While the Eagles in Philly and Steelers in Pittsburgh are technically the most popular team in the state, as NFL football's supremacy in Pennsylvania, and the rest of the country, is unquestionable.
However, the popularity of the Flyers in comparison to other NHL teams in the major, three-to-four sport markets is incredibly high.
As the national spotlight has been turned on the Flyers and the rest of the National Hockey League like never before in the build-up to the Winter Classic on January 2, I've found myself contemplating the Flyers' not only among its hockey peers, but the rest of the franchises in Pennsylvania.
I also came to the conclusion the Philadelphia Flyers run not only this town, but the entire state.
Read on if my reasoning interests you.