Winter Classic musings: Philly fans invade Boston

    BOSTON _ Flyers fans have taken over Boston.

    At bars on New Year's Eve, there were a sea of orange Flyers jerseys. Ditto the streets surrounding Fenway Park, which will host the Winter Classic at 1 p.m. (NBC) today between the Flyers and Boston Bruins.

    The weather is perfect. About 36 degrees and clear. Snow showers are predicted for later in the day, but they may not arrive until after the game.

    "The Good Lord couldn't have done better for us right now," said Dan Craig, the NHL facilities operations manager.

    Craig said the ice temperature was 24 degrees, within tenths of a degree of its target,

    James Taylor will sing the national anthem and have a press conference in a bit. Prediction: It ill draw a lot more media members than the press conference currently being held by NHL czar Gary Bettman.

    Bettman just said the Winter Classic has pumped $36 million into the local econony, so, yes, it is an event that is here to stay.

    Will it ever come to Philadelphia?

    Probably not, because there is a stronger chance of rain on New Year's in Philly than in some other northern sites.

    But a Flyers-Penguins game at Penn State could be in the cards down the road. There's also a chance that, because of the popularity of the event, there will be two Winter Classic games each year, including one in Canada, Bettman hinted.