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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
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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: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Wrong...ever been to Packers/Bears game? How about a Duke/UNC b-ball matchup? I have. Guess what...I saw a fight. I'd love to see where you get your stats from to back up "almost always". Stick to things you know about




Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:16 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

 I went to a Jets/Pats game with my buddy wearing his NE jersey, and we had to walk away, head down, through a gauntlet of Jets fans cursing and throwing things at us. Welcome to sport fandom, America. You want to scream at Philly, but check your own back yard first
wrong....in the vast majority of American cities you have no problems being a fan of another team. You may get mocked or called names but the incidents that turn violent almost always happen in the Northeast or California. Losers. 





Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:12 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

what would you expect from the place that gives us Penn St. and riots in support of pedophile enablers ?



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:56 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

My backyard looks pretty clean, cjb. Nice try, though.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:50 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

this is not really 'fan on fan' violence. These are loser idiots from Philadelphia. Enough
said. 



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:41 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

 What a bunch of fake tough guys ganging up on two smaller people. It makes my blood boil to see it.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:31 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Philly fans are vile a-holes.  What a shock!

In other news, don't look at the sun with the naked eye, concrete is easier to drive on than water, and December is cold in Alaska. 



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:29 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

With a history of sports fandom that includes chucking D batteries at outfielders, booing their own injured players and vomiting on little girls, this really isn't that surprising. You stay classy Philly!



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:17 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

This is rediculous that it has become national news. First of all, there was taunting from both sides that started the whole thing. Secondly, there are about 20 Rangers fans standing around doing nothing while a Flyers fan tries to break up the fight. Thirdly, and most importantly...this is a fight. A fist fight. No weapons, no stomping on a guys face, no beating of a defense-less man...punches were thrown by both sides, and one guy got knocked out. This happens for countless reasons (the underlying being that it's a bunch of drunk guys in the middle of the night) in bars and cities all over the country on a weekly basis. The only thing that seperates this minor ball brawl from the rest is that the guys were all wearing jerseys. I'm from NJ, right outside of Philly, went to school at WVU and have lived in VA, NC, DE, and Eastern PA. The names and faces (and apparel) are different, but I have seen this exact fight 100 times at 1am in bars and late-night pizza shops everywhere.
 As for Philly sports fans being a ss holes...yeah, many of us can be. We talk a lot of trash. Just like almost every other major sport city in the world. I was taunted into a fight at a Penguins game where we were outnumbered 7-4. I went to a Jets/Pats game with my buddy wearing his NE jersey, and we had to walk away, head down, through a gauntlet of Jets fans cursing and throwing things at us. Welcome to sport fandom, America. You want to scream at Philly, but check your own back yard first!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:18 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

You're welcome. Cry



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