Bill Lyon nails it today in his tribute to the Spectrum.
The Blade Runners.
The Spectrum was theirs. They brawled and bashed and splattered its ice with blood – the opponents’ and their own. In Philadelphia, blood plays big.
Kate Smith played big, too. In life and in records. Adopted as the Flyers’ good luck talisman, when her version of “God Bless America” was played, the Spectrum vibrated like a giant tuning fork, and the hardest of hearts suddenly found it hard to swallow.
We have to play a game there this year.
A roar and rush of memories