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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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Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:13 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

why are rangers fans and rangers fans fighting ? When neither of their teams are alf as good as the Bruins. HaHa



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:08 am
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Since: Feb 9, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:03 am
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Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:01 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

You're right!  I should grow up and go on a faceless blog and make fun of people by stereotyping them!  Thanks Texas ;-)



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:57 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Grow the (expletive deleted) up. Philly fans should be embarassed.



Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:59 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Not sure which is worse, the horrific video or the horrific comments about Philly fans.  You guys are just as bad as the fighters by saying those kinds of things about Philly fans.  Stay Classy.



Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:59 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Philly sucks.  Maybe it was cool in the 18th and/or 19th century, but now its a miserable place. 



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:57 am
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Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:56 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

@ the guy who says it happens everywhere in every city.  maybe but it's certainly much much less often every where else.  and in philly its all the time every sports season and it just seems to happen much more often there and the things that happen are fucking gross and way over the top compared to other cities.   its throwing up on a little kid at a baseball game or 3 ppl jumping someone from behind after a game or spitting on people durring the game or fucking peoples cars up in the parking lot. 

fans of every single sports team in all sports hate your fan base.  its not a bad rap.  its a fact thats gets proved every year.  when the entire country hates a fan base like this its not because we root for teams in your div....  its cause your fans are loud mouth scum in life.   boston hates ny teams, ny hates boston teams,  la hates san fran, blah blah blah.  but everyone hates your freaking scum of the earth fans and shithole city and your teams don't even win LOL.  that should tell you something... when there is so much general disgust for a fan base of teams from all over.

face it you town is full of trash.  just lik the guys on here making excuses saying it should be expected because he wore a rangers colors




Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:46 am
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