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Past yearbooks described GM Bobby as “a good drafter but an incredible trader”. Historically GM Bobby has made the most trades, played the most players, drafted the most and walked-off the most bodies. In recent seasons we have seen GM Bobby develop loyalty towards more than one player (Brendan Morrison was the only player genuinely treated well the first 7 years of this organization). The 2007 draft saw the entire Flyin’ Pepperall roster redrafted, with GM Bobby choosing to actually hold some of these players beyond the 2007 season. This increase in loyalty has allowed a few other GMs to surpass him in the seasonal trade activity, though not by much. At the same time, GM Bobby finally pulled off the win with a core group he had been building for several seasons and even kept some of them moving forward after that victory.
GM Bobby is a BBY founder with this franchise having been in play since the original 1999-2000 season. The team name comes from the 1998 OHL All-star game which many of the BBY founders attended. GM Bobby decided at that game to loudly cheer on an Erie Otter named Colin Pepperall –much to the enjoyment (or dismay) of the rather silent crowd at the event. When it came time to choose a team name, this seemed the obvious choice.
GM Bobby went with a classic-inspired Flying P logo. The observant will note the combination of a vintage Phillies P with the timeless Red Wings wing, executed in bright red. This logo is still in use by the organization today as a secondary logo, coloured to suit the background being used.
2003 was a transition season for the Flyin’ Pepperalls organization after the disappointing loss to the Monster Meese in 2002, GM Bobby wanted a fresh start for his team. This new logo was sleeker and more modern and based off an Italian oil company or racing team (the story has become muddy over the years). Some versions existed with a bright lime/florescent green for the rectangle part of the P. While this logo was abandoned, mostly due to symbolizing the 2 darkest seasons in franchise history, the bright green remains the primary Flyin’ Pepperall team colour to this day.
The current Flyin’ Pepperalls logo is rumoured to be a caricature of GM Bobby himself. The crazed eyes with their intense gaze forward, wild streaming hair, gritted teeth and slathering froth all seem accurate. We suppose the cigar is a stylistic touch. This logo maintained the traditional Flyin’ Pepperall red and contrasts with the bright green uniforms brilliantly (if not gaudily). At least one version with the Woodpecker having a bright green head was shared with the fan base as an alternative look. Described by past yearbooks as “The insane woodpecker logo” we know a careful researcher in automotive parts history (hence the “Mr. Horsepower” slogan) will find the source of this iconic image.
|2013 (lockout)||Patrick Kane||55|
|2005 (lockout)||David Legwand|
|2013 (lockout)||Patrick Kane||55|
|Owen Wilson||President, unassigned assistant||2003-2009, 2012|
|Johnny Depp||Coach||2004-2009, 2011-2012|
|Emma Stone||Water girl, promoted to Coach||2010-2012, 2012-present|
|Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson||President||2014-present (Did do a previous stint between documented hirings)|
|Harley Quinn||Team Therapist||2014-present|
The Flyin’ Pepperalls have used a lot of staff over the years. We know we haven’t captured them all on this list, but these are the ones of official record and significance.
The Arch Enemy
The Flyin’ Pepperalls had an intense rivalry with the Monster Meese stemming from what many called the “Punk-faced stunt” victory the Monster Meese cruised to in the 2001-2002 season. The hard-charging Flyin’ Pepperalls fell flat in the final month whereas GM Nabber played three players with minimal stats on the season for that final month who proceeded to rip it up (he played them for the Free agency rules at the time requiring players to have played). This rivalry was one-sided for years after with the Monster Meese being a superior team for much of the first decade of BBY history and the Flyin’ Pepperalls being a bottom feeder. Recent seasons have seen roles reversed, though we expect when the Monster Meese rise again, GM Bobby will be seeking to crush them.
GM Chad of the Expendables put forth a major effort to trash talk down the Flyin’ Pepperalls at the end of the 2013-2014 season. The Pepperalls were running 6 injuries most of a long roster switch and held on to squeak out an unlikely victory, something GM Bobby will surely aim to repeat with a larger margin.
|Draft Year||1st selection and position taken (if known)|
|1999||Colin Pepperall (7th)|
|2001||Raffi Torres (7th)|
|2002||Eric Cole (11th)|
|2003||Eric Staal (4th)|
|2004||Martin Erat (23rd)|
|2005||Mark Recchi (5th)|
|2006||Mikeal Samuellson (40th)|
|2007||Patrick Kane (2nd)|
|2008||Colin Wilson (6th)|
|2009||Matt D’agostini (65th)|
|2010||Ryan O’Reilly (54th)|
|2011||Jason Arnott (65th)|
|2012||Igor Radulov (6th)|
|2013||Valeri Nichushkin (5th)|
|2014||Matt Nieto (43rd)|