TONITE: Broad Street Bullying


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: It’s a bittersweet feeling to watch HBO’s lively and engaging new documentary on the mid-1970s Philadelphia Flyers. The “Broad Street Bullies” remain one of the most distinctively branded sports teams of modern times, an intriguing mix of wonderful hockey skill and medieval intimidation. You can’t argue with their success and this documentary doesn’t, celebrating their Stanley Cup victories in 1974 and 1975 with gleeful exuberance. Even if you hated the Flyers, which most New York hockey fans did, it’s fun to watch. At the same time, the documentary acknowledges that in some ways the Flyers did hockey no favors, reducing a graceful sport to a barroom brawl. MORE

NEW YORK TIMES: In HBO’s new documentary, “Broad Street Bullies,” there are 153 images of brawls, nearly all ignited by the 1970s broad-street-bullies.jpgPhiladelphia Flyers; 15 clear depictions of blood; 23 shots of mouths lacking teeth; and 25 oral references to Flyers-style brutality — from “baddest animal in the hockey jungle” to “a fine line between talent and terror.”  “Broad Street Bullies,” which has its premiere Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern, depicts hockey the way Hannibal Lecter might have coached it, but with beers instead of Chianti. MORE

USA TODAY: Nearly four decades after the Broad Street Bullies roamed the ice, the muscled-up moniker still has a loose affiliation with the Philadelphia Flyers. But there was only one true group of Bullies. “We made everyone fear us and then we went out and beat them,” enforcer Dave “The Hammer” Schultz said. He could be talking about on the scoreboard or when the Flyers dropped their gloves. The 1970s Broad Street Bullies did more than bust and bloody some chops. They slugged their way into the consciousness of the NHL and hoisted a pair of Stanley Cups in celebration at the end. “We were the best thing that happened to the National Hockey League,” Schultz said. “Some might disagree. But we created a lot of excitement in the franchises that were existing then.” The Bullies will be celebrated in the documentary “Broad Street Bullies” which premiers at 10 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday on HBO. It’s the first NHL documentary ever aired by the premium cable network. MORE

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