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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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Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:07 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

 Philthydelphia, did you expect anything else? I feel dirty when I fly over the city....LMAO!    


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:49 am
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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:39 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

First off, this didn't happen at the game. It happened hours after at a steak shop that's not even near the stadium. Yes, they all probably attended, but why is this considered violence at a game? I dont condone any of this, but to single out an entire city because of a couple of drunken asses is what pisses a lot of people off in this town. We all get a bad rap, yet this happens everywhere including New York. But because someone got it on tape and the history here, the entire fan base are animals. I dont even know why I waste my time caring. I for one know that I wouldnt walk around a major city in an opposing teams colors, after a losing effort by the home team, hours after the game, where I'm going To possibly stir something up with any drunk locals. This isnt a Philly thing, it happens everywhere in all major sports cities. Most of these fans are passionate, but there's that tough guy group of people everywhere. Kinda like being in one giant bar, ever been or seen bar fights? My point is , this is a blue chip city and tailgating is a way of life here for the sports teams. And alchohol is the problem people, and the young punks or immature men who see this shit that the media broadcast, Think they are badass and think they are just doing the Philly thing. So while this happens everywhere and drinking usually has a big part in it all, I think stories like this and the media coverage these kind of things get just adds fuel to the fire, and guarantees it will continue to happen by those idiots who don't know better and think they are part of some tough guy image that this city was tagged with.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:28 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Christ, they should have put a beatdown on Laviolette for starting Goalie Bob over the $10 million dollar savior Bryzgalov; far too clever by about half I'd say!



Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:27 am
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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:44 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

funny i never beat up on philadelphians cause,i feel bad they suck there teams suck,the city is scum.and why they beat on us.because its 5 on 2,our teams are way better,and our city  is 1000 times better than there city will ever be.philly is a wanna be.try to copy everything we got.cottman you have not met the right person yet,in time you may,stop hanging around the kids and females or book worms AT the  stadium.by the way,no disrespect to the rangers fan that got suckerd,but wasnt he from jersey.come play with my city boyz south philly.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:42 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

the initial guy squared off fair and square. you can't blame him for what his friends did. i was born and raised in the city and i have  seen countless out of control free-for-alls. i've been pummeled by groups of guys on many occassions and have seen other guys beaten by groups. the people here have a very clicky, us against them attitude. i think it stems from growing up in tight neighborhoods and rowhouses. it makes people edgy because there's no room to breath, but it also makes people close knit. and then it just feeds off of itself. everyone knows that when you hit the streets its kill or be killed, so everyone has a ginormous chip on their shoulder. i've lived in other parts of the country and for the most part, the thought of fighting never crosses people's minds. here, it's all we think about. it really is a way of life. for what it's worth,

Thank you for joining CBS today and enlightening us with your post but most of all thank you for proving my point.  All your post does is prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Phili has some serious issues when it comes to their sports fans and violence in sports.   The fact you "expect a confrontation" when you wear your Phillies jersey speaks volumes as well.  I find your mentality unbelievable to say the least.  You call fighting a way of life and "all you think about"?  And you think that's normal?

You're a loser man... that's all there is to it. 

Oh, and thanks again.  



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:25 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

exactly.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:24 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

New York fans are smart enough to know that you are accountable for your actions. They know the are the okra killer whales and the Philly fans are the little baby seal stuck on the block of ice if they wanted to they can knock the seal off with one swing of their tail and knock the little critter in the water at any time.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:24 am
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