Welcome back, Orange & Black

Hallelujah. Welcome back, Flyguys.

Hallelujah. Welcome back, Flyguys.

On a night when the entire sports world was focused on Yankee Stadium, my attention was focused on an ice rink in South Philadelphia.

My Flyers were back.

With many fans observing Rosh Hashanah, the Flyers gave an allotment of tickets to their preseason game against the New Jersey Devils to Temple students and my cousin, Samantha, made sure we didn’t miss out. After meeting my sister and her friends on campus, we took the subway to Pattison Ave. and made our way through the sports complex to the WFC.

The Flyers wasted no time getting on the board with a Brayden Schenn goal and the arena was rocking. Andrew and I traded pictures of our outings — mine of a mostly-packed Wells Fargo Center and his of an empty Turner Field — and marveled at the fact that a preseason hockey game garnered thousands of fans more than the last Braves home game of the season.

I was so excited to see most of the starters take the ice and watch one of the legends, Jaromir Jagr, skate — even if he’s a Devil these days. The Orange & Black were lethal on the power play, converting three times on goals from Vinny Lecavalier, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Schenn.

Minutes before the Captain took his final bow in a storybook ending in the Bronx, the final horn sounded and the Flyers completed a 4-0 rout of the Devils.

I have a lot of favorite sports, this is no secret. But there’s something special about hockey. I love the ice, the fast pace, the hard checks. Heck, even one of my most comprehensive packages at the NCAA focused on the game.

When there are more people packed into the Wells Fargo Center for a preseason hockey game than at the Braves’ final home game of the year in Atlanta, you know it’s definitely time to ask — #IsItOctoberYet?

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