The Philadelphia Flyers haven't seemed to change a lot in the last 35 years. Flyers fans like myself certainly know that nothing has changed when it comes to our number of Stanley Cups, as we've been stuck on two since 1975. The only other thing that hasn't seemed to change is our logo and uniforms, which is at least something else to notice other than our Stanley Cup drought.
A blogger named Dave Dameshek, a.k.a. the 'Uniform Monitor,' noticed the Flyers' looks in his list of the best uniforms in American sports. Although he writes for the NFL's official website and regards the Flyers as his least favorite sports team, he still ranked their uniforms as the best in all of America on Aug. 17.
The Flyers even finished above the five-time Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Blackhawks - who beat the Flyers for a more important championship just two years ago. Of course, Dameshek pointed out that this list might be the only thing the Flyers win "for another century."
Yet if nothing else, the uniforms do hark back to a time when Philadelphia was a hockey champion. While other teams across the four major sports have tended to change their looks and logo, the Flyers remain the Orange and Black with a giant orange and black P in the front, just like always. They occasionally change how the orange and black looks on their jerseys, but their signature scheme has been the only one this team has ever known.
As Dameshek stated, the look is "straight out of the 1970s" which makes all the sense in the world. After all, the Flyers won championships in the 1970s and have failed to match the glorious time of the Broad Street Bullies ever since. If today's Flyers can't match them with results on the ice, then they can at least look like they do - only without as much blood and guts to match.
Dameshek ranks the Flyers at No. 1 while the jerseys of the Sixers, Eagles and Phillies are at No. 31, No. 50 and No. 51 respectively. Perhaps this makes sense as well, since the Flyers may have the best chance to get Philadelphia's next championship - especially with the Phillies in decline and the Eagles as uncertain as ever.
Yet since the Flyers lost a few key players and failed to get Shea Weber - and since there may not even be a 2012-13 NHL season for all anyone knows - the quest for a Stanley Cup is still an uphill battle. But hopefully, the Flyers can change their championship drought before the time comes to change their championship-level uniforms.
Robert Dougherty is a life-long Philadelphia resident and a Flyers fan since the age of eight.
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