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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: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:30 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Typical Flyer fans.



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:13 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Stay classy Philly, makes Coulubus look like Oxford ......  even in the age of instant posts The city of Brotherly love can't help showing it's colors.




Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:10 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

This thread has all the magic I would expect a trainwreck to have.

Thanks to the poster for the tip about the place a few blocks down from Geno's with the better Cheesesteaks.



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:54 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I dont mean to generaliz or lump innocent people into the same category...Oh, what the hell...You know it's true...ALL PHILLY SPORTS FANS ARE A-HOLES!

It's a city full of cockroaches who cheer for loser teams.

You should be disgusted by your display.



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:52 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

why is anyone shocked?  Filthydelphia sports fans prove time and time again that they are the most classless people on the face of the earth.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:29 am
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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:23 am
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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 5:40 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Excellent redwings 1969, well done. This guy is the eptitomy of a city that identifies with a mythical boxer. Yo Philly fans, please beat each other up and leave the innocent alone. I hate that freakin' city!!!!!!



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 5:36 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Typical Philadelphia knuckle draggers. Their entire mentality is based on a mythical boxer and the Broad Street a-holes of the 70's. My wife and I go to at least one Eagles and Flyers games per year. We moved here 16 years ago from NY because of my job and I will NEVER route for a Philly team. But we never wear an opposing team jersey / t-shirt / hat in that crap hole of a city. In Philly every incident of this nature includes multiple Philly goons against 1 or 2 innocent sports fans, hospitalized because they were fans of the "wrong" team. That city doesn't deserve pro sports. Let just them just keep watching the Rocky movies and run up the art buliding steps. This way, fans of other teams would no longer come into the city, and all the Philly goons would only have each other to beat up. The Ranger fans were on line to spend money in Philly. In this economy, I would think the city would appreciate additional business. But goons like this are a reason my wife and I eat dinner before of after the games, closer to home, an hour away. It's safer. Let us not forget the poor guyPhilly fans killed outside of the baseball stadium a few years back. He was attacked by multiple goons as well. Since this week's victims was a cop, I woner if he was carying a firearm. With mutiple people on him, he would have had every right to use it. Maybe that's what it would take since the city can't seem or isn't willing to stop this kind of behavior. Yeah, Philly fans....criminals!



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:35 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Wow...Edward Neary and his buds are real men, just like the majority of Philadelphia fans out there. 6 on 2 is SUCH a fair fight!! Sorry to any real fans that inhabit the city, but the majority of your fanbase are cowards and scum. No class, no morales, NO BALLS! 


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