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The Birth of a BSL Tee

When I started Broad Street Legends I wanted to make sure the designs that came out were unique, well thought out, and each a classic in their own right.  The thought is simple enough, but the process is much easier said than done.  So how do the shirts from Broad Street Legends come about??

Generally my head is full of entirely too many things.  In my spare time I think of shirt ideas, but not just any shirt ideas, shirts that I think I would want to wear myself.  As I come up with them I write them down on a sticky note or put them in a file on my computer.  I go back to them a few days later and revisit the concept which proves very useful as I end up killing off more than half of them.

Those that are left get dumped on my business partner and artist, Brian.  Both of us have full time jobs and Brian has a family to provide for to boot.  So needless to say our time is at a premium already!  Poor Brian gets bombarded with these ideas, sometimes 5-10 in any given week.  Some ideas are well formulated and thought out.  The rest may just be a phrase, a picture, or just a vague concept.  We sift through and pick out a few “hopefuls” before we begin the HARD part.

Brian and I will spend weeks with an idea.  He will formulate and spend hours coming up with art for exactly what I want…or what I thought I wanted.  Sometimes it’s a home run, boom, that was easy.  But most of the time I cringe at the thought of having to tell him I hate it and it needs to be completely changed.  Just because you visualize something doesn’t mean it always works on paper.  It’s certainly the most frustrating part of the experience, but this painstaking honesty is what makes the difference between a cool shirt and a friggin epic shirt.
After this next round of changes and adaptations I ask friends and family what they think.  We’ll get input sometimes from up to 10 people and take all their suggestions into consideration.  Only then do I bring them out for opinions on instagram, twitter, etc.  Finally after weeks and countless hours of editing it’s ready for you to buy.

Looking back at some of our convos it’s amazing to see how the shirt begins, and where it ends.  Shirts like Iron Mason started with a simple text but ended up with something so perfect it’s beyond quality I ever imagined doing before I started all of this.  We both are so humbled that you support the shirts and we hope to keep improving and giving you a unique apparel experience as time goes on.

-Mike

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As Fall Approaches

It’s been a surreal spring and summer for me with Broad Street Legends.  The site was something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now and this spring I wanted to just throw it out there and see what sticks.  I never anticipated the response I got and I am eternally grateful for all of you who picked up a shirt to help me along.  In just a few short months I got to meet so many new people, visit the Preston and Steve show, and finally find something in my life I genuinely love doing.

This fall is going to be ridiculously fun and I have so many new designs in the works.  I’ll bring those out as we get closer to the season starting.  I’m also working on developing a second similar project that I’m sure you 4 for 4 Philly sports fans will love as well.

As a small business I have no advertising budget so any word of mouth about my shirts is worth more than gold to me!  I hope you get a lot of compliments when you wear your shirts this fall/winter and I plan on continuing to bring you creative ways to express your love for the orange and black.

-Mike

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Heartnull

Off goes Hartsy…to Columbus to hopefully pull a Jeff Carter and end up in LA for another cup or something like that.  Always had a love/hate thing with #19.  When his rights were acquired in the deal for Forsberg he certainly looked very promising.  He put up 54 goals in his first two years here but then laid a 14 goal egg in 2010.  Hartnell then had 24 and 37 goal seasons to follow and that up and down inconsistency is kind what goes on with him in every season itself.

When he was on, he was on.  A brick house who could lay the biggest of hits but still bury the game winning goal.  He played “Flyers hockey” and could put the team on his shoulders and change a game himself.  But when he wasn’t on he seemed lethargic, slow, and all together just not mentally in the game.  He went through streaks of games where you actually forgot he was on the team (despite the fact that he missed hardly any games as a Flyer).

Somewhere, either in the GM office or behind the bench, it was decided he was no longer needed.  I’d like to think that if Berube had any confidence in him he’d still be in Philly today.  Even if it was Hexy’s decision, and was a financial one, it’s hard to argue against a decision as sound as this.  I like Hartnell, a lot.  Plenty of great plays and he was always great with the fans.  But at $4.75 million a year for 5 more years instead of RJ’s 3?  Sorry Scotty, thanks for the memories.  Say hi to Bob and his Vezina

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The Eternal Optimist

I took a few days off before writing about the end of the season.  I’m still not sure how I feel about 2013/14.  Looking back I suppose one could say they exceeded expectations, or they at least exceeded mine.  We have a legit starter for the first time in years and that’s something every cup contender needs.  They also have a boat load of 20+ goal scorers.  Things are looking up…right??

In the past the Flyers’ mantra was to move young talent to acquire NOW talent to try and win every year.  This off season is going to tell a lot about the club.  Will they be patient and let the youth of this club grow together?  Or will they fall back on their ways and move their future pieces to try and take a cup in 14/15?

The team gained some priceless playoff experience in that up and down 7 game series.  Is Hextall going to shake things up, or stay the course with the current squad?  For once, just once, I hope Mr Snider has the patience to grow and build off what they have.  I’ve seen enough talent shipped off to hoist the cup elsewhere (Justin Williams, Patrick Sharp, etc)

 

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Just…one…more

Like I said in yesterday’s post, the Flyers managed to hang around in this series without playing solid hockey.  And last night that ideal level of performance arrived.  I don’t want to say too much about tonight.  I don’t want to jinx it.  All I’ll say is that if the Flyers play their game and have success again on the power play (while continuing their hard nosed penalty killing) they will be on the better end of the hand shake after the 60th minute.

LET’S GO FLYERS.

Summon the spirit of ’97 (it worked last night so I’ll do it again)

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What, Me Worry?

This is the team that started 0-3.

Went 1-7 in their first 8 games.

Looked borderline playoff material before a Feb/March winning tear.

Their captain has one goal in 5 games.

The power play has been atrocious.

They started a defenseman  who played in a handful of games all season.

And they STILL almost snuck out a win yesterday.

The Flyers have put themselves back up against a wall all year and have managed to scrap back when there’s no choice not to.  They’ve yet to play a “good” hockey game and have still managed to keep this series 3-2.  What happens when this team finally starts to click?  When their confidence in scoring returns?  It’s only a matter of time until that happens but time is now their worst enemy.  Tomorrow night will tell everything about this squad’s character.

Summon the spirit of ’97!

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Another Sunday Matinee

The Flyers are undefeated on Sunday noon games this playoff season!  So lots to look forward to today.  Even in their win Friday night the Flyers found themselves having to play “comeback kids” as they put themselves in another early game deficit, something they collectively want to avoid going forward.

“It’s not the ideal situation,” forward Wayne Simmonds said. “Ideally you’d like to play with the lead. It’s a best-of-3 series now. We have to be smart and make sure we’re coming out strong.”

Captain Claude Giroux seems to think the team was a little too fired up early on in games 3 and 4 and perhaps a game on the road can help get them back in the right mindset.

“We just need to be smarter,” Giroux said. “Be less pumped up at the start of the game when we do plays that we shouldn’t. … At home when the fans are going it’s hard not to be too excited. They give us a little boost. Think we need to keep our composure and just play the game.”

Nick Grossmann will be out after going skates first into the board Friday night and will be replaced by the quick Erik Gustafsson or the ever aging (but very experienced) giant Hal Gill.  A decision is expected by Berube this morning about it.  Gill did manage to play the final two games of the season paired up with Mark Streit and managed to be +2 while averaging 18 minutes of ice time per game.

“I think it helped a lot,” Gill said of his late-season play. “You want to feel comfortable on the ice. I’ve been working hard in practice, keeping my feet going and trying to stay in shape that way. Getting on the ice affirmed what I’ve been doing, so that’s been nice.”

In the end the Flyers need to find a way to put up at least 3 goals against Lundqvist as they can’t expect Mason to stand on his head every game like he did in game 4.  When Henrik is “on” he may be the best in the NHL so they need to take advantage of every prime scoring change.  Traffic opportunities like Voracek’s goal Friday are what’s going to be needed to beat this Rangers squad.

It’s going to be a fun one up in New York today.  LET’S GO FLYERS!

 

 

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The Mason Mystery

Emery had a rough one in goal yesterday but the team didn’t do much offensively to even look like a playoff squad.  But I was shocked when I saw Mason dress and be on the bench.  Surely if he’s healthy enough to dress (and possibly play, as he eventually did), he’s healthy enough to start…right?  Not sure if it was playing the “hot hand”, Mason’s lack of faith in his healing, or maybe even his lack of faith in himself.  The comment he made about even if he was healthy he didn’t see why Emery shouldn’t start really worries me.  Your starter needs to want to be in the game, help the team, and needs balls of steel to survive in this town.  The whole thing has been a confusing mess and I just hope he shows up Friday in net like he never missed a beat.

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Tonight tonight

Tonight’s winner is in the driver seat, no two ways about it.  A Flyers’ win completely shifts the momentum of the series.  Stealing one away was huge on Sunday and they need to capitalize on that.  A loss, on the other hand, puts a lot of pressure on a team that does not necessarily “thrive” at home this year, especially on the power play.

Speaking of power plays…if you go to games, please stop yelling “SHHOOOOTTTT” every time a player touches the puck on the PP.  It drives me up a friggin wall.  It gets even better when the player actually does shoot and it gets blocked.  You then precede to boo the player and tell him he sucks.  They’ll be fine out there without instruction, I promise; they do this as a profession.

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Reason for hope

The Flyers had a disappointing night last night.  There’s no two ways about it.  But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  They managed to keep the Rangers 1-1 until the tough double minor 8 minutes into the third period.  They kept the Rangers 1-1 and were playing HORRIBLE hockey.  If they can manage any semblance of the offense they had just a few weeks ago they could do some damage on Sunday.  Giroux needs to get involved and get his shots in and the rest of the team will certainly follow.

That loss took a lot out of everyone’s sails but it’s a toss away game for me.  We’ll see what they are really made of Sunday afternoon