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The Flyers Want to Set the World Record for People Watching Paint Dry… Seriously(?)

Aug 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT


Tomorrow is Monday, so naturally you don’t have anything to do. It’s not like you’ve got to go to work, or find a job in the first place, or watch The Price Is Right with Drew Carey. All that business is whack. You’re better off watching paint dry than watching Drew Carey.

Lucky for you, watching paint dry is actually an option – and it’s for a good cause, too. Alright, so maybe it’s just a cause, no modifier.

As an observant, employed individual/day-time TV watcher like yourself probably gleaned from the headline, the Flyers want you to watch paint dry so the franchise can finally carve out its place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Lord Stanley knows they’re not getting in there for most championships. Here are the details from the team’s Facebook page (via Deadspin):

Help us set a new Guinness Book of World Records for the most people to simultaneously watch paint dry when we paint the lines and logos into the ice at Wells Fargo Center this Monday at 11 a.m.!

Be a part of the preparations for the 2013-14 season and bring your cameras! Fans are welcome to enter from the Fan Zone store on the 11th street side of the Wells Fargo Center.

Gee, I’d really like to be there, but… let’s see, where’s my excuse rolodex? Ah, here it is. Working? Way too easy to get out of, almost laughable in fact. Fake doctor appointment? Then I’ll have to stay inside all day and watch Drew Carey.

Oh, here’s a good one. I’d love to help the Flyers set a world record, but being asked to literally watch paint dry borders on insulting. Yeah, I think that one will do.

I guess if you’re an art student or something, watching them paint the ice might be neat or even educational. I on the other hand have got bosses to duck and Price Is Right to watch.

I hear Charlie Manuel has some time though…

  1. loqiel - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    The Devils set this record during their neutral ice trap days. It’s an unbreakable record, like Schultz’s 472 PIM or Gretzky’s 215 points in a season.

  2. Trig - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Notice how they want everyone to enter through the fan zone store …. There hoping to sell merch too.

  3. THOM - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    please tell me this is a joke. isn”t this a move of a desperate franchise like the ISLANDERS

  4. gq - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    eh, I’m excited for the season. I really thing this team is going to win a lot of games and they are going to bring sports back into the city. While I don’t think watching paint dry is entertaining, I do appreciate that the Flyers have always been the best team in the city when it comes to engaging with the community. So things like this and the Flight Plan stuff they have on the website at least makes me feel like they are trying to create more buzz for the team and involve the community. It’s better than the Sixers who you don’t here anything from….

  5. Steve - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I thought that the Phantoms and their minor league shtick left town a couple of years ago?

  6. yishmeister - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    This just sounds like any normal Flyers home game from the last 2 seasons.

  7. 10, 9, 8 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    LOL – it only took 4 comments until a Flyers fan took a shot at the Sixers. Typical

  8. DLo34 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    When I saw this posted on various sports blogs across the country, I was absolutely embarrassed to be a Philadelphia Flyers fan. This is not a minor league team like Steve mentions above. The timing of this paint drying circus went off with perfect timing after Captain Claude Giroux suffered a serious GOLF injury. I love the Flyers, but their play on the ice last season was comic relief enough. We don’t need to be more of a joke – especially for those paying hundreds or thousands of dollars of their hard-earned money for season tickets.


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