Most people know David Boreanaz as the lead actor in Bones, a crime drama series on a network not called NBC.
But did you know there’s also David Boreanaz, Diehard Flyers Fan?
Well, you’re about to.
Boreanaz has penned a lengthy essay about his Philly phanaticism for the official 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic game program.
Here’s an excerpt (courtesy Entertainment Weekly):
There’s no team that so completely reflects its city the way the Flyers do. Philadelphia is a blue collar, hard-working city with a flair for excitement. Sure, it can be a little rough and tumble on the outside, but on the inside it’s just about love for the game. All games. It’s just a great sports town. The fans treat the players like they’re family. So when guys like Clarke and Barber gave way to the Legion of Doom and on up to the skilled players we have today like Claude Giroux and James van Reimsdyk, the fans never let go of that old Broad Street Bullies legend.
When you play for Philadelphia, it’s not about the name on the back, it’s about the crest on the front. You play your heart out for the organization and no matter what happens with trades or whatever, you are a Philadelphia Flyer. You embrace it.
Over the years, I saw some games I will never, ever forget. I was there when Bill Barber got his 1,000th point and all the pamphlets fell from the Spectrum ceiling. I think I still have one of them in a box somewhere.
Or Game 6 of the 2004 Playoffs against Tampa Bay, when Keith Primeau scored that crazy wraparound goal and the Wachovia Center collectively went nuts. I remember getting to go down to the locker room and talking to Jeremy Roenick after that game and seeing him with this huge ice pack on his shoulder and knowing there was no way they were going to win Game 7 — they were beat — but that comeback in Game 6 was unforgettable.
Sounds like Boreanaz knows his stuff. I applaud his passion and dedication — it’s nice to see someone actually display history and authenticity, not like those frontrunning celebrity Lakers fans.
If you’d like to learn more about Boreanaz and his Flyer love, here’s an interview he did with CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos.
[For those that don’t know Strombo, he’s Canada’s younger, Gothic version of Anderson Cooper.]