We can all remember sitting in movie theaters, watching penguins march to the sea to breed and being charmed as they made appearances in documentaries and animated films almost weekly for the next few years.
But all it takes is Sidney Crosby’s awful face to burn through any good will penguins built up since their dynasty in cinema of the early-to-mid 2000's.
Chris Pronger's face, on the other hand, was quite welcome yesterday, despite what he was saying, and made everyone nostalgic for the Flyers winning games, if you put aside the stuff about him yelling at his kids.
The Flyers took the lead early last night - too early. A 4-1 lead in a Flyers-Penguins game feels more like an ambush than a cushion; you spend the rest of the game looking over your shoulder, wondering when the big, stupid thing is going to happen.
"The fans of Philadelphia have no idea what they are about to witness. The greatest sports experience of their lives is about to unfold over the next four years..."
--Charles “FishDuck” Fischer
Look, Mr. Fishduck, sir; this is Philadelphia. We prefer our attitudes to be toxicand relentless- if you start injecting this message of hope into the masses, people are going to be able to get out of bed in the morning, and the next thing you know, our sports talk radio is filled with conversations that aren't thinly veiled messages of hate.
Even the Wells Fargo Center isn't free from the influence of the films, as Ilya Bryzgalov's recent new mask featured Darth Vader, the Death Star, R2-D2, and Yoda wielding an orange light saber which the team now reports was an attempt to put some Flyers colors in the scene, not indicate Yoda is a Sith lord like some kind of monsters.
In the mean time, all we can do is hope we've seen the last of the worst Jedi ever.