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Until the playoffs are over, penguins are Flyers in Camden

Apr 11, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

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Well, you know it’s the playoffs when the Adventure Aquarium in Camden is renaming all of its penguins after current Flyers.


The Penguins, uh, penguins, will display their new names in what was formerly known as “Penguin Island,” in the aquarium, complete with Flyers décor. The area is being renamed “Flyers Island” until the playoffs conclude.

Camden is a city in New Jersey right across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, so while it’s not in Pennsylvania, it’s still Flyers country.

No truth to the rumor the Pittsburgh Zoo plans to name all its orangutans after current Penguins to avoid looking like Flyers fans.


  1. govtminion - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    “No truth to the rumor the Pittsburgh Zoo plans to name all its orangutans after current Penguins to avoid looking like Flyers fans.”

    OK, that’s pretty damned funny actually.

  2. psujay - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    This is…pretty lame.

  3. ml3939 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I guess your inability to answer how the penguins followed the Chicago model in your article yesterday has left you to zoo duty. I can’t wait until you cover the birth of a panda.

    • ruddigervancity - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      What are you talking about? That’s not even what he said in the article yesterday. Go back and re-read it – he said that Pittsburgh and Chicago each followed the same model – sucking hard for a good long stretch and picking up high draft picks as a result (Fleury/Malkin/Crosby/Staal in Pitt., Barker/Skille/Toews/Kane in Chi).

      • ml3939 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        I understand the concept of building through the draft but Pittsburgh hit a lottery unlike any team has hit in any other sport- four 1st or 2nd overall picks in 4 consecutive years and 3 of those years the talent available to them was unreal- MAF, Crosby and Malkin. Staal is no slouch but the other three are unreal can’t miss talent. Just being bad and building through the draft does not always work. It is not a model to win. And how can it be the Blackhawks model if the Pens started by drafting MAF in 2003 and the Hawks started by drafting in Barker in 2004? I would be willing to accept an answer from either you or Jason on this one.

    • ruddigervancity - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      I can’t tell whether your trolling skills are off the charts good, or whether your reading comprehension skills are off the charts bad. Here is the excerpt I think you’re talking about:

      On whether the Leafs should’ve followed the “Pittsburgh model,” aka suffering through a few miserable seasons and building through the draft:

      “They won a lottery. They won a goddamn lottery and got the best player in the game. Pittsburgh model, my ass. They got the best player in the lottery, Ray Shero’s an excellent GM and a friend of mine, but I love when people talk about the Pittsburgh model.”

      (They talk about it because it works. Chicago used it, too.)

      Where is it called the “Chicago model”?

      As for the effectiveness of the model, it certainly isn’t infallible, but if you have a top 5 pick for 4 or 5 years in a row, you’re very likely to amass some real blue chip talent.

      • ml3939 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        I guess calling the Chicago model was more of an implication. I just don’t think it is necessarily a model. Some teams are just bad and need to build through the draft, a theme consistent in all team sports. Pittsburgh hit a once in a millennium type of lottery. Chicago did well with Kane and Toews. Basically it works far less than it fails. That was my ultimate point.

  4. northstars17 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    I love the Pitts/Philly matchup. do you think there will be fights in a series so crucial to win?

  5. phillyphever - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Eh, who cares about Camden? Trust me, not a place you want to go at all.

    • dougr42 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      that aquarium is actually pretty awesome.

      • phillyphever - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:41 AM

        Yeah, I’ve been there before, but I would like to stay far away from that city as possible.

  6. thetooloftools - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    That’s ok… in Pittsburgh they are hanging signs in the ghetto that says “Welcome to Philadelphia”.

    • ml3939 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      Pittsburgh is the largest restroom on the PA turnpike that has yet to be cleaned up.

  7. biasedhomer - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Slow day in the blog room, eh?

  8. solador78 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    So the penguins are all named Jaromir Jagr now?

  9. kitshky - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Lets not get on Brough for taking a breather with Penguins (but they’re so cute!) before the nonsense thats about to be unleashed tonight / tomorrow morning..

  10. mianfr - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Are the mayors also making a ceremonial bet, where the Pittsburgh mayor receives a nice cheese steak if Philly wins and the Philadelphia mayor gets a nice hunk of rusted metal if Pittsburgh does?

    • crosberries - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      He just proved writers theory ^^^^

  11. crosberries - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha SNAP

  12. vismund11 - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    I wish there were writers on this site that weren’t biased and Actual journalists

    • kitshky - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      How is that relevant!? Every time rivals play each other one of the cities do something like that ..aaand these are the teams currently playing so he’s biased for posting about it?

      What are you lookin for here … Woodward and Bernstein?

  13. mclovinhockey - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    That’s strange… Funny but strange

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