Oct 15, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (20) reacts to the call against the Los Angeles Kings during the 3rd period at the Wells Fargo Center. The Kings beat the Flyers, 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Szagola-US PRESSWIRE

No Charlie Brown, It's Not The Great Pumpkin. It's Chris Pronger.

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I have kept pretty quiet about my personal thoughts in this whole lock out thing. I’ve said that both sides need to give in a bit. However, I’ve been even worded for the most part. Well, it’s really making me angry. REALLY angry. Maybe it’s because I’ve had a headache for almost two weeks straight. Maybe it’s because I live in an apartment and the people above us won’t quit stomping around. Maybe it’s because I woke up with the lyrics to Limp Bizkit’s Break Stuff running through my head. I don’t know. What set me off was when I opened up a book I’d put on hold reading last year to finish on a rainy day from the Kerrelyn Sparks ‘Love At Stake’ series. The bookmark was my ticket to last season’s game VS the Flyers, one of the two most horrible games of the year. Otherwise known as ‘The Day Hockey Stood Still.’ Ooh that day makes me so angry when I think about it. Chris Pronger, the jack-wagon, and his merry band of idiots. Since I’m in a bad mood, I’m gonna rant.

Those friggin Flyers. I can’t stand the team. At the risk of sounding like Sidney Crosby, who’s another one that irks me, let me just say that I don’t like ‘em. I do still have loyalty with Pavel Kubina and Bruno Gervais. “Let’s get the puck and hold it down on our end for half an hour so we don’t fall into the scary guy’s trap.” Dumbarsses. I remember sitting up in our seats looking down on the ice, them holding the puck agian, and everyone booing. I wasn’t booing. To my memory, I was yelling a few choice words that embarrassed my husband. They looked like oversized pumpkins skating in little circles, while acting like little kids. “If you won’t do it my way then I won’t play.” What was even worse was the VS network, who was owned by the owners of the Flyers, blamed Tampa. The Flyers blamed Tampa saying that it was “Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 trap” that they were avoiding, and it was Guy Boucher’s fault. Pah-leez. They were saying that the Lightning shouldn’t be able to play like that. Why not? It’s called defense. Get the concept.

The Flyers were being cowards. Yes, cowards. Period. In football they have a countdown clock to make their play. In basketball they have the shot clock. Why is there nothing such in hockey? The Flyers weren’t the first to use this lack-of-technique. Washington did the same not too long before. But I don’t think that they held the puck for as long, or as many times, as Philadelphia. They certainly didn’t cry about it being the other team’s fault at the end of the game.

The bottom line is when you have a classless team you’ll have classless hockey. Oh, I can’t wait for the hate replies I’m going to hear on this one. But bottom’s up, Philly, you’re not as bad as Boston!

Just Google ‘The Day Hockey Stood Still’. The links that are brought up refer to that hellish night. It’s ridiculous. Classless and immature. Speaking of immature, here is Mike Milbury walking off of the set in protest of the 1-3-1.

Here’s TSN’s take on it:

They asked in a poll if this kind of defensive system should be used. How about asking in a poll if they should be able to not play the puck?? I guaran-dang-tee you that if it was the other way around, and the Flyers were using the 1-3-1 and Tampa was refusing to skate, that everyone would love the defense and say that Tampa was being petty. Good thing that the Lightning would never sink to that low.

Just another day in hockey paradise,
Dolly Dolce
@HulaDolly

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