The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers have shared one of the most intense rivalries in the National Hockey League over the past several seasons. Fans of the Washington Capitals would likely try and argue that their rivalry with the Penguins is greater, fueled by the comparisons between Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, but I don't think it even holds a candle to the battles between both of Pennsylvania's NHL franchises.
That's why when the 2017-2018 National Hockey League regular season ended and it was announced that the Flyers and Penguins would be meeting in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs we knew we were in for some good things. Unfortunately the product on the ice hasn't lived up to the hype, and while we have had a very back and forth series overall it has been from game to game. Most of the games in the series have felt over by the time the first period comes to an end thus far.
That however hasn't prevented the fans from getting involved and enjoying the rivalry to the fullest extent, and over the week-end some members of the Flyers' fan base took the rivalry to a whole new level. On Sunday when fans went to the bathroom at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, they found that the urinals had all been given a cosmetic upgrade. That upgrade came in the form of a picture of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby at the bottom of each and every urinal at the Wells Fargo center, that is a serious level of dedication to trolling Crosby and his fans.
Now there will be some who will call this tasteless, and it probably is, and rude, and it certainly is, and in this day and age of political correctness there will be many who will cry offense. That being said though this is exactly the kind of thing that fuels a passionate rivalry between two fan bases, and I would much prefer to see these type of pranks going back and forth than a fight in the crowd between two fans or anything of that nature.
If you think putting a picture of Crosby in every urinal was dedication from the Flyers fans though you haven't heard everything yet. We have no way of verifying this ourselves but reports from the Wells Fargo's Center and the fans in attendance suggest that it was an entirely different picture in each of the urinals, now that is dedication.
Crosby has of course caught wind of this and he doesn't seem to be the least bothered by the whole situation, and in fact may have even been criticizing the Flyers fan base for their lack of originality.
“It’s not the first building it’s happened in,” Crosby said as per the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t know if they stole that idea from someone else, but yeah, that’s not the first time that’s happened.”
Here's to hoping that the Penguins' fan base has something planned in response to this act of disrespect directed at their captain.