Justin Bieber, the Flyers, and the Jersey Foul of the century

Image via Ike Richman

This was posted in the comments section of our Morning Fly By yesterday, but really, it's just so atrocious on every possible level that it needs to be put on the front page, if only so that more eyes can see it and we can learn from this most egregious of errors.

Over at Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski has been throwing together collections of Jersey Fouls for the last few years. There have been hundreds of terrible Fouls posted over there, but really, I don't know if any of them are worse than this.

First off, you know like hell that Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen wanted nothing to do with the Justin Bieber show on Sunday night at the WFC. But he happened to be performing in the building the Flyers play in, so the cross-promotional machine forced them into attendance. (That, or the fact that he's famous. And dreamy!)

But no, really. Let's delve into this here. I mean, I know Bieber is on his WORLD TOUR and everything, but is he really playing so many shows that he can't figure out what city he's in? When Dave Matthews Band was in town two weeks ago, trumpeter Rashawn Ross wore a Michael Vick jersey on stage. When they were in NYC over the weekend, he wore a Nick Mangold Jets jersey. He understands the being-in-a-different-city thing.

Kind of a simple concept, no? Well, here's Bieber, wearing a Yankee hat in Philadelphia. HEY KID. THIS HAPPENED. KIND OF A SENSITIVE SUBJECT.

But okay, it's not terrible, right? I mean, former Flyer R.J. Umberger gave Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger his own personal Flyers jersey a few years back. This sort of jersey-giving happens all the time. Roethlisberger's gift even had the No. 7 on it, which of course is retired by the Flyers in honor of Bill Barber.

At least Roethlisberger is a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, even if he does play in Pittsburgh, and he genuinely looks pleased to have Umberger giving him that gift. I bet its hanging on a wall somewhere in one of his nine houses. Meanwhile, look at Bieber's smug little 11-year-old grin. That Flyers jersey will no doubt wind up in some closet alongside all the other free crap he's been given over the last however-the-hell-long-he's-been-famous.

No. 1 belongs to Bernie Parent, not some stupid-haired little Leafs fan. Whose terrible decision was this, anyway?

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