I have wondered how you guys and Chaos though he no longer posts here became Flyers fans. Care to share?
Well, I first became interested in US sports in 2004, as I watched my first Super Bowl that year. During the NFL off-season it became more and more clear to me, that the Eagles would be the team for me, so I became an Eagles fan. Before that year I was a very, very casual hockey fan (rooting for the Red Wings, because Tim Taylor rooted for them and I liked Yzerman and Fedorov, but not really caring either way). During my first full season following the NFL, the NHL was locked-out, so I didn't really bother to look for a team to root for. That year, the World Ice Hockey Championships were played in Austria and I got infected by hockey fever as well. Having learned a lot about the Philly fanbase during my first season as an eagles fan (passion, knowledge about the game,...) I liked the idea of maybe rooting for the hockey team from Philly as well. After reading up on their history (Broad Street Bullies, etc.) and Forsberg (one of my favourite players) signing with the Flyers, the subject was settled, I was going to be a Flyers fan.
Traveled to South Africa in 2010 for the World Cup and got a "Go Flyers" at a market in Johannesburg from another man also wearing Flyers gear ... Don't know if he was another traveler or was actually from South Africa but it was nice to get the support in such a different place.