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Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:37 am
Edited on: January 5, 2012 9:46 am
 

By Brian Stubits

Fan-on-fan violence has hit hockey again and unfortunately for the good fans of the Philadelphia Flyers, it will further sully their overall bad reputation.

The Winter Classic was great. It was a fun event, turned out to be a really entertaining game and sure seemed to be a hit in Philadelphia to me. Despite the large numbers of New York Rangers fans I saw in attendance, there was nothing more than a few boos for the Blueshirt fans walking around the stadium before the game.

It was after the game that things got rough.

When you want a quick meal in South Philly, where do you go? Geno's Steaks, of course, one of the most renowned Philly cheesesteaks in the world. Naturally, there were fans of both the Rangers and Flyers waiting in line when a fight broke out. I'm not even sure if fight is the right word, more like an assault.

Here is video of the incident and Philadelphia Fox 29's story. (NSFW warning: there is some cursing.)

Apparently proud of their efforts, you can hear one of the attackers telling the Rangers fan that was just knocked cold to "go to [expletive deleted] sleep."

What was the cause of the disturbance, was it some postgame trash talk that heated everybody up? According to the Fox report, it was a situation where the Flyers fans bribed a local window washer to come and squirt the Rangers fans with water. That led to the hostilities boiling over and the above being the result.

One of the two Rangers fans that was assaulted is reportedly a police officer who was off duty. He was taken to a hospital in North New Jersey near his home, in the Woodbridge township. From the Star-Ledger:

"He took a severe beating," township spokesman John Hagerty said, adding that the officer was taken to a hospital, where he required stitches to close wounds. Hagerty refused to release the name of the officer, though News 12 New Jersey identified him as Neil Auricchio Jr., an Iraq war veteran.

Thanks to Facebook and SB Nation's Broad Street Hockey -- and one person's intelligence -- the Philadelphia police have a pretty good lead. Check out the information that Broad Street Hockey's Travis Hughes dug up and turned over to the police.

The dispute might not have been related to the game, I don't know, but what I can deduce is that these Rangers fans were picked partly because they were wearing blue instead of orange. It's stories like this that will continue to dissuade fans to wear opposing team colors to games, a sad development if I may say so.

This is the second fan violence incident in hockey in a little more than a week. You'll recall the story in San Jose of a 16-year-old girl being hit over the head and concussed at a Sharks game because she was wearing a Canucks jersey. In that case it was one hit and the accused attacker said it was an accident. There is no using that excuse in this melee.

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Comments

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Cjbmpm1,i only spoke the truth,Do all Philly teams suck Yes,never win yes,fat yes.I live in Philly and wear my NY colors all the time here,never got hit in the mouth,called out plenty of Eagles fans in your stadium 1 on 1 guess what nothing.



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I can only imagine the pounding Philly is taking for this incident. I guarantee you it's all well deserved. The football stadium with a lock-up, the turd fans who threw snowballs at Santa Claus and the drunken brawls down the aisles of Phillies games - not to mention the disgusting punk who forced himslef to throw up on a man and his young daughter at a Phillies game. It's a shame that the city that was home to Ben Franklin - The City of Brotherly Love - is just plain full of pigs and mentally deficient people. I'll take New York City residents every day of the week, and twice on Sundays, over the crap pile known as Philadelphia. Had to get that off my chest. Oh, and nice jagr jersey in that baby crap orange color.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:48 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4hb

lFM0yQdE

Whoops, here's another....Evrthingbigintx, your back yard isn't so clean afterall, hugh?

Anyone else like to tell em this doesn't happen everywhere?


CJ sorry could not see it cause i need an account,dont feel like making one.But from what i can see its a 1 on 1 which is a huge diffrence from 5 on 2.Is that how they fight in Philly,because they cant hold there own 1 on 1,bunch of pussies thats all.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:46 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

there teams all suck and never win,Philadelphians are fat and overweight,thanks to Geno's Cheestakes.

Sorelosers2...it's "classy" people like you that come here, say things like that, and then get angry when you get hit in the mouth.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

All you people defending Philly by pointing out the things that happen elsewhere is idiotic.  It doesn't vindicate this violent attack, or make it acceptable.  It's morons like these out by Geno's (and those trying to rationalize their behavior in some shape or fom) that give Philadelphia it's nationwide reputation as the worst city in America, with the worst sports fans hands down.  "Passion."  That's just a poor substitute for "stupid".  A lousy attempt to put a positive spin on idiocy, so as to have something to feel good about.  Enjoy your token championship from 2008.  It's now just a pimple in the anals of sports history.  And you don't deserve anything more than that.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:39 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4hb
lFM0yQdE

Whoops, here's another....Evrthingbigintx, your back yard isn't so clean afterall, hugh?

Anyone else like to tell em this doesn't happen everywhere?



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

actually Philly is about 3 to 4 hours from Penn State, closer to Pittsburgh, but I'll pass on your sentiments
to the Iron City. Not sure if you're familiar with PA or any other state for that matter, but some states are kind of big. Maybe next you can deride Buffalo for the Syracuse scandal.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I agree Ballhawk513,Feb will be  redemtion for those rangers fans




Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:35 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Well i guess from reading this blog,we all know and agree on, Philly fans are scum,Philly is Dirty Scum,It takes 5 on 2 for Philly fans to win,They sucker punch people.Only Philadelphians think they are classy,While the rest of the US knows who the scum of the earth fans are (You got it Philly Its You),there teams all suck and never win,Philadelphians are fat and overweight,thanks to Geno's Cheestakes.And hooterville2 is not a NE fan he is a Philly Fan Undercover.




Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:35 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=WAR
UjUOl6tc

This is a Texans/Cowboys fan fight. Nice try, though.


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