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A Philadelphia Flyers Fan's View from the 2010 Winter Classic

Bill SudellContributor IJanuary 5, 2010

BOSTON - JANUARY 01:  Fans cheer during the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins during the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 1, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Despite the outcome, the 2010 Winter Classic was a thrill, as well as a once in a lifetime experience for the thousands of Flyers fans who made the trip to Fenway Park.
 
Philly fans once again were out in full force for a road game. Boston fans were commenting on how they had never seen their city taken over like that. If there were 40,000 in Fenway on New Year's Day, at least 15,000 of them, if not more, were wearing orange. 
 
Flyers fans were all over New England:

  • The flight up on Thursday morning was packed with orange and black. One guy got on the plane wearing a Cam Neely t-shirt and got booed.
  • In line at the supermarket in Scituate, MA on New Year's Eve, two separate guys turned around to me and yelled Let's Go Flyers! 
  • On the train ride in to the game from the South Shore suburbs of Boston, at least 10 other Flyers fans were waiting at the station along with me.
  • Lansdowne Street behind the Green Monster before the game was overtaken by orange. The coolest thing was seeing fans on top of the Monster looking down at fans on the street and chanting Let's Go Flyers back and forth at each other. Amazing.
  • Inside the park, I didn't see anything crazy between Bruins and Flyers fans. Sure there was plenty of talk back and forth but from what I saw, everybody was there to have a good time. At numerous times during the game, fans were chanting Let's Go Bruins and then Let's Go Flyers back and forth, pretty cool.
  • The fans in centerfield got into the Fenway spirit and got a 'Yankees suck' chant going, one of the few things all the fans could agree on.
  • Both teams fans booing a Reebok hockey commercial with Sidney Crosby and Max Talbot every time it was shown on the big screens during the game.
  • Hours after the game, taking a cab back to the train station, all you saw walking the streets of Boston were people in orange Mike Richards jerseys. Everywhere.
  • Even with the disappointing finish, what a great day to be a Flyers fan.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino told the Boston Herald  he’d be happy to have the Winter Classic in town every year. “It’s been a very special week in the city,” Menino told us. “This game brought a lot of energy with it. On the first night, I saw a lot of Philadelphia fans out enjoying the city. January is always the quietest month of the year and this brought 40,000 people into Fenway Park and to eat in our restaurants and stay in our hotels. I told the commissioner, I want this back next year. I love this.”
 
Other observations:

  • It seemed like most fans had a very limited or almost no view of the ice from their seats.
  • The B-2 bomber flyover before the game was the best one I've ever seen. You couldn't hear it even as it went over the field.
  • The weather was perfect. No rain, overcast and not really cold until the third period when everyone started to feel the chill.
  • Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke's lame attempt to get the crowd going and sing "Sweet Caroline" was probably the low point of the day for me. Just horrendous. I know the song is a staple at Fenway for Sox games but those two should've stayed in their luxury boxes and not embarrassed themselves.
  • When the puck flew out of play and rolled until it hit the Green Monster took me back to the days of playing street or pond hockey.
  • Bobby Clarke taking the ceremonial faceoff against Bobby Orr, and of course, winning it cleanly.
  • The jackets worn by each team's coaches were great. Where can we buy those?
  • The mini rink in center field had a game between kids from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation against kids in Bruins jerseys with a guy dressed as the Geico caveman in goal. Every time I looked over, the Philly kids were taking it to the Bruins...great stuff.
  • Great collection of old school Flyers jerseys sighted at Fenway: Multiple Dave Schultz, a Doug Crossman, Mike Bullard, Bob Froese walking next to a Pelle Lindbergh, JJ Daigneault, Terry Carkner, Dave Poulin, Tim Kerr...and plenty of Lindros, LeClair, Clarke and Parent's as well.
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