Most hardcore Philadelphia Flyers' fans have heard every smarmy comment imaginable from those who don't understand their orange allegiance. That last colorful term was inserted simply to prime the emotional pump of every detractor and now leads us directly to our fifth point.
Five lessons #5: Hockey fights are good
There's a certain something that can be gained from riling your opponents. As some say, "If you can't beat them, the next best thing is to start a fight."
Philadelphia fans clearly value the intellectual ground to be gained through physical confrontation. Applause heard at the Wells Fargo Center, or that which still resonates from the ghost of the Spectrum, rises to the same level for a great goal as it does for a great fight. Loyalists understand that on-ice confrontations are good for the soul.
Five lessons #4: Taunting your opponents throws them off their game
Taunting the crowd is something that many Flyers' fans find to be delightful when they visit opposing arenas. If other people choose to feel blatant hostility, when simple good-natured ribbing is all that's being expressed, then everyone will simply have to agree to disagree.
Groups of Flyers' supporters have been regularly identified as the power source of negative tension within the bowels of various stadiums when they have been spotted on road trips. Creating a proper version of 'The Wave', their aura literally flows from whatever section of seats they have invaded.
Five lessons #3: Don't be a front-runner
We all know people (a loosely used term) who root for whatever team is winning at the moment. Those human beings aren't 'fans', they are front-runners who stand for nothing.
Real fans support their own teams, even if the score is 10-0 and there's only one faceoff left to be drawn in the game. Flyers' fans specifically wear their team colors to school, work, or a hearing the day after their team has lost the big game because because like-minded friends are everywhere.
Five lessons #2: We will always be 'The Bullies'
There's something dysfunctional, yet noble, about being feared in hockey land. Standing above a crowd that has just been subdued creates a certain sense that smells unspeakably sweet.
That Flyers' emblem, those orange-hued sweaters, and the look on the faces of Philadelphia hockey loyalists is all so diabolically sinister. What could be more wonderful?
Five lessons #1: Don't be a phony
Baited thoughts cause some to ask why anyone would still be supporting a franchise that hasn't won the Stanley Cup since it beat the Boston Bruins in 1974 and then the Buffalo Sabres in 1975? Those who view loyalty as a foreign concept tend to ask questions like that one.
People choose to support the products that they believe in. Honest ownership then uses available revenue to try and win 'the game'. That realized relationship is correctly honored by team founder and chairman Ed Snider, along with all hardcore Flyers' fans.
Someday this franchise will capture its third Stanley Cup. At that undetermined time released Philadelphia joy, as has never been felt since the American Revolution was won, will trump the feelings of those who are sure to express their eternal displeasure.
Overtime: Detractors of the iced orange order regularly exhibit emotions ranging from pity to disdain whenever the truth has been pushed under their noses. Meanwhile, Flyers' fans completely understand the tongue-in-cheek intent of these five lessons and have been laughing along the way.
Sean O'Brien is based in the Philadelphia region. He has written professionally for over two decades and is currently a Featured Contributor for Yahoo! You can follow him on Twitter @SeanyOB and also read his daily Sports Blog: Insight.
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