Saturday, September 29, 2007

The 'Free Downie' T-Shirt

I can't imagine this will be a hot seller, but here it is nonetheless.


At 5:02 p.m., September 29, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

It's not selling nearly as well as the "Cross-check Downie in the face" t-shirts.

At 8:28 a.m., October 01, 2007, Blogger Donna said...

For what it's worth... there's some additional information that might alter your opinion somewhat, regarding the sale of the "Free Downie" shirts

The people who designed the Cafe Press "Free Downie" shirt are posters on a particular Flyers fans message board, which can be found at .

The shirt was such a popular idea that a discussion began about possibly selling the shirts to raise money for a cancer-related charity, as the board's founder Jeff Lamana died of cancer at age 32 in April 2006. (Jeff also was the creator of the site -- he created a separate Flyers site because the traffic to the Flyers boards was so high.)

Our board:

The link to the sub-forum on that board, "Lamana Lane", where the thread that reported the sad news of his passing now resides, as well as tributes and "moments of silence" (the posts that contain nothing but ".") that have been posted since then:

Here's the link to the thread that attempts to get pre-orders for the shirt for charity. Kindly disregard some of the crankiness that's sure to follow, when people see that we've had a few barbs cast in our general direction by non-local media:

Jeff himself started a charity called "Phans for Hope" while his cancer was in remission, which has been incorporated as a non-profit organization and which we'd like to give the money to. About Phans for Hope:

About Jeff:

Unfortunately, the information on Jeff's page is out-of-date. It wasn't updated to mention that Jeff's cancer returned, that Jeff and Adina did get married in spite of the cancer's resurgence, and that Jeff passed away in April 2006.

In short -- whether you agree or disagree with the league's handling of the Steve Downie situation, at least recognize that the fans who are unhappy with the result are trying to do something constructive with that anger. It started with the Cafe Press link that you posted, but it's grown beyond that and gone in a positive direction that deserves to be mentioned in your NEXT article.

P.S. regarding a different blog post

As an AHL season ticket holder with the Philadelphia Phantoms, I was greatly saddened by the untimely passing of Darcy Robinson. We saw him many times when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came to play vs. the Phantoms. He was the sort of player that you LOVE when he's on your team, but who drives you up the walls and around the ceiling when he's on the opposing team. It's nothing short of a tragedy that he passed away so young (age 26) and from what appears to have been an undetected heart problem.I can't help but think of the night when Jiri Fischer was stricken with heart problems during a Detroit Red Wings game. Darcy Robinson's sudden illness and collapse sounded so much like what happened to Fischer. It's scary to think of how close the NHL came to having this same kind of tragedy strike during a game.

God willing, what they learn from this terrible loss will help them revise the players' preseason physicals (which Darcy passed), and help them detect this kind of problem before another tragedy strikes.


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