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Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:55 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 10:32 pm
 
FlyersFansBy: Adam Gretz

Philadelphia sports fans have a tough reputation, and I'm not talking about some tired, overplayed story about booing Santa Claus over four decades ago. They have high expectations, not only in terms of on-field success, but in the way they expect players to play. They can be a tough crowd, and Jeremy Roenick, who spent three years with the Flyers between 2001 and 2004, has been finding that out on Wednesday after his appearance on a cable TV show.

Roenick, while appearing on Jay Mohr's Fuel TV show, Master Debaters (no, we're not making that up) was involved in a discussion about the most annoying fans in sports. After referencing the now infamous Santa Claus incident, Roenick brought up the Flyers game where a fan reached over the glass behind the penalty box and tried to grab at Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tie Domi after he squirted the fan with a water bottle. Roenick then described Philadelphia fans as "crazy, crazy sons of b***ches."

Flyers fans were not amused, and have apparently been sending the nine-time All Star some hate mail and hate Tweets throughout the day, prompting Roenick to go on the offensive, 140 characters at a time, on his official Twitter account. Here's a brief excerpt of the madness.

There's a ton of Twitter shorthand in here, so please try to follow along as best you can -- it's rough, I know -- but you should get the gist of what he's trying to say. I think. Maybe.
Let's rephrase the question to u uneducated people giving me crap! The ? Was who r the worst fans! Not worst fans supporting their own team. Worst fans to play in front of as an opponent. The hardest fans to please cause of their devotion to their sport. U can't argue w me. Phili is the toughest on visiting team and their own players that don't work hard or pull their weight. U guys will bo(o) a player out of ur City if ur a slacker and a bum and don't work for the emblem on the front of the phili jersey no matter what sport it is. So all u idiots tweeting me w uneducated hate mail wake up and tell me I'm wrong. Cause I think phili has on of the most loyal fan base In the world for their own teams and only the players that give their heart and sole for them. Period end of discussion. I gave my heart Sole and body for that sweater!
My heavens. And it's been like this all day. Roenick went on to say, again, 140 characters at a time, that he he went through five concussions to give his heart and soul for the teams he played for, that fans don't see the commitment involved from a professional athlete, and that he also feels that Philadelphia has the most loyal fan base out there, and that his comment wasn't directed at all of them ... just the people that were giving him a hard time on Wednesday. You can read all of his Tweets by clicking right here.

If nothing else I think there are two lessons to be learned here:

1) It's probably not a good idea to refer to Philadelphia fans as "crazy S.O.B's" unless you want to hear from them.

2) You're probably not going to win an argument with an angry sports fan on the Internet.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:20 pm
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Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

They had riots in Detroit after they won they cup it's just that nobody could tell.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

He scored like 10 goals in the last 2 years...he is bad. Great guy! Bad hockey player! And yes, we will boo Jagr too. I just can't believe a Flyers fan is complaining about other fans booing people! LOL!

P.S.- I've never wondered why no one repects our fan-base, I don't keep track of that sh*t...I just like winning Cups : )



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 16, 2011 5:55 am
 

Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

He is right , Philly fans are the worst fans in the united states , with that being said I disagree with they are the worst overall fans that would have to go to Vancouver without a doubt , only a idiot fan base would destroy and loot their city because they lost a hockey game , and they can't say it is outside influences. Yada yada. It happened twice 17 years apart. !



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

They will boo Max Talbot right out of town when they realize how bad he is...

The same Max Talbot who scored both goals in the game 7 of the 09 Cup?

Thats why you Pens fans aren't worthy of squat.

So let me guess, when we come to your building this year, you'll be booing Talbot, a big reason for your last cup, and Jagr (who you people boo'd so badly in the past) even though he helped put the Pens on the map,...

And you wonder why no one respects your fan-base.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

They will boo Max Talbot right out of town when they realize how bad he is...



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

Why all the backpedaling? JR was right in the first place. It wasn't a question about loyalty but one about the most annoying. By their very response they are proving JR was right when he said that they are crazy SOBs. Just from a number  of Flyer and Eagle posters on these CBS boards, the fans who are most often over the top are Philly fans. Way to go JR, no need to explain the remark, you were right the first time.
Ok, here it comes, the inevitable over the top response from those same fans claiming otherwise.......wait for it........



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

I love JR. He used to skate around during warm-ups, and on several occassions, he would knock over someone's beer against the glass for a laugh, then buy him another one, just to let the fans know he knew they were there.

JR unquestionably gave everything he had not just for Philly, but everywhere he played.

As for the stream of hate mail being sent to him, some of us Philly fans really need to chillax. To actually go to the extent to send JR hate mail after taking what he said out of context is absurd.

I will be the first to admit that JR is not the best analyst in the world, but he was always great for hockey.

JR actually told the players union they were idiots for not accepting an original deal that the NHL offered before the lock-out killed the season a few years back. The one they eventually took was for less money too.

When the Flyers had to trade JR to the Kings to make cap space for Forsberg, he actually told the front office that it was a great move. Despite never wanting to leave, he understood the team was better off (in hindsight, maybe not).

My point is the guy always kept it real. He spoke with emotion, he voiced his opinions, and thats rare in sports. So from one Flyer fan to another, maybe some of you should ease up a bit.





Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Twitter battle: Flyers fans vs. Jeremy Roenick

Can't really prove him wrong.  Being a Pen's fan I really really dislike Philly.  I can talk trash about Philly all I want, but I can't knock the fans.  They are some of the most hardcore fans in sports.  Players going into Philly know ahead of time how quickly those fans will turn on you.  If your not making a differance with the team.  I think knowing that some players actually become better then they were because of it.


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