It’s been four long years, but the Hair Man is back in town.
Page of Wilmington, Delaware, known amongst the Philadelphia faithful
as “Hair Man”, spent ten years as a Flyers season ticket holder before
having to take a bit of a sabbatical four years ago. Now that the Flyers
are in the Stanley Cup finals, there’s no way he was going to sit on
the sidelines any longer.
You can catch him all game long in
section 114, although he promises he won’t be sitting for very long
while he does everything possible to get the crowd fired up for the
game. One thing he won’t promise: foul language.
He believes in
everyone having a good time, and had become somewhat famous for taunting
the opposing team during the pre-game warmups. Yet he says he does it
all in a family-friendly manner, never going overboard and never using
As we walked through the crowd, we quickly learned that the rest
of the Flyers fans won’t make the same promise. These fans, already
fired up as they taking in a few beverages before the game, were quick
to point out that the Flyers will not only win the next of these two
games but should have won the first two as well.
Kevin Muller, a
season ticket holder for the past 20 years, contends that the Flyers
just need to find a way to get the goaltending and the offense to click
in the same game. He’s also a big fan of Dan Carcillo and was ecstatic
that the Flyers decided to insert him into the lineup. He may not have
played much, Muller said, “but he sure is good for this team.”
asked about the Flyers crowd, and whether the Blackhawks will have
trouble with the atmosphere in Wachovia, Muller is much more to the
“Philadelphia is the absolute toughest place to play in the
NHL. That is a fact.”
His friend, Chris Moore of Lafayette HIll,
Pennsylvania, agreed. While there was no doubt amongst this group how
great the Philadelphia crowd is, and how superior this crows is when
compared to the Chicago crowd, Moore also looked longingly back at the
days of the old Spectrum.
“At the Spectrum, you were right on top
of the ice. The Wachovia Center is just more….corporate.”
just means the Flyers fans will have incentive to work that much harder.
Robert Ritner, a season ticket holder since the early 1980’s, says
that the Flyers just need to maintain their intensity for a full game.
crowd will certainly help the Flyers get into the game early. The
Flyers have finished games strong, they just need to start off better.
The crowd will help with that.”
Ritner, who says that this past
season was a very tough one to get through for fans, is ecstatic that
they’re in the Cup finals and says he’ll be perfectly happy with the
season even if the Flyers lose. Still, this has been one heck of a ride.
has been the greatest thing ever. I hate to see the season end.”
also says that the Flyers’ secret weapon hasn’t worked all that well
for them. When asked what that secret weapon might be, he responded very
matter of fact: