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Richards hears cheers, boos in return to Philly

Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:35 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 7:55 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz


Mike Richards made his highly anticipated return to Philadelphia on Saturday night for the first time since being traded by the Flyers back in June, and he had a rather interesting -- and busy -- night during the Kings' 3-2 overtime win.

Along with winning 13 of his 19 faceoffs  and logging over 20 minutes of ice-time, Richards also assisted on Jack Johnson's game-winning goal and was also guilty of the penalty that resulted in Matt Carle's third period power play goal that tied the game at two, forcing overtime. His play on the ice, however, wasn't necessarily the only thing we were watching for. Almost as intriguing was the question of how he would be received by the Flyers faithful in the stands, a notoriously tough crowd.

Richards, one of the team's two first-round picks in 2003 (the other was Jeff Carter, also traded this past summer), served as the Flyers captain for three seasons and scored over 130 goals before being traded to the Kings in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round draft pick. He had his share of run-ins with the Philadelphia media, but he was also arguably the best player on the team for the past four years.

The Flyers took the time to thank him for his contributions with a message on the video board, which was accompanied by a standing ovation from the sellout crowd. The hugs and kisses, of course, stopped there, and when play resumed Richards spent the remainder of the evening hearing a chorus of boos every time the puck touched his stick, the type of treatment that is usually reserved for Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby within the confines of the Wells Fargo Center. And there's nothing wrong with that. Richards, for whatever contributions he made to the Flyers over the years, is no longer a member of the team, whether it was a result of his actions or not (and it wasn't, he was traded), and fans are well within their right to cheer or boo whomever or whatever they choose during a game.

They acknoweldged his contributions during a stoppage, and then it was back to business as usual: supporting the players that still play for their team.

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Comments

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:44 am
 

Richards hears cheers, boos in return to Philly

Richards wasn't just traded to usher in a youth movement in Philly.  He was traded because he was bad for the team.  He didn't motivate the players as a captain should.  He seemed to just put the effort in when he felt like it.  He was a poor captain.  He was traded because Jeff Carter and himself were a cancer to the team.  It was his behind the scenes actions that led to this trade more than anything else.  Why does CBS keep writing that it had nothing to do with his conduct off the ice?



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 7:36 am
 

Richards hears cheers, boos in return to Philly

Well said Dwide, you hit the nail on the head. I don't disagree with booing him but I was at the game last night and I sure as hell wasn't one of the fans booing him



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 3:06 am
 

Richards hears cheers, boos in return to Philly

I love Philly sports.

We will cheer a former athlete in his first introduction in another uniform. This shows that we love him for what he did for our team and for their career in Philly.

Then, we will boo them throughout the rest of the game. Showing that we now recognize you as the enemy and are no longer on the same side. Because in the end, we root for our team.






Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 2:09 am
 

Richards hears cheers, boos in return to Philly

I don't get sports fans in Phili- why boo your former capitan?  Maybe if he committed a cheap shot on your current star or some other heinous act, but just for getting traded? 
Keyword in your question is the answer: Former.  He's not a Flyer anymore, and he's an opponent.

And in case you didn't see or hear (which apparently you didn't), he got his just recognitions and cheers when the time called.

He wasn't getting boo'ed for getting traded.  He was getting boo'ed because he's a King and not a Flyer.

Now take your alternate account, delete it, and come back as your regular self.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 1:59 am
 

Richards hears cheers, boos in return to Philly

I don't get sports fans in Phili- why boo your former capitan?  Maybe if he committed a cheap shot on your current star or some other heinous act, but just for getting traded? 



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