Epic Carnival | Where Sports and Pop Culture Collide: THE FLYERS ARE NOW THE ICEF**KERS?


by Neate Sager, Out Of Left Field

Wikipedia is pretty well-policed, but not so well that it can catch every single act of sabotage that sports fans commit to the page of much-loathed teams like the Philadelphia Flyers.

This is a brilliant piece of saboteur work not so much for the originality of the insult, but for the timing and the target (the Flyers have always been loathsome and some would say they have the fanbase that's least likely to catch this; translation, they're all mouth-breathers, but that's just a general consensus).

The Wiki cops are running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to make sure no funny stuff happens with the pages of various U.S. politicians as the presidential election campaign builds up. That would leave the barn door wide open for a saboteur to sneak in and modify the Flyers' page. (It might be gone by the time you click through, but thankfully, fellow Epic Carnival writer DMTShooter was quick to pounce with a screengrab.)

Some would say that saboteur is a French word for "vengeful Montreal Canadiens fan," considering the Flyers' extinguished the Habs' Stanley Cup hopes last spring. However, think about the outsider art Flyers fans have created to mock Penguins prettyboy Sidney Crosby (No. 87 is nails, but I've yet to find a female fan who doesn't think he's man-pretty). Do you also see a reference to the team's "many brawls" with the New York Rangers right there on the page? Lower Manhattan and Western Pennsylvania are probably the first two places to look.

It's also entirely possible that a Flyers fan went the 8 Mile route in an act of self-sabotage. Flyers fans can be completely crackers that way. Well-played, whoever did it.

Well-played, whoever did it.

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