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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: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:27 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Lmfao. Amen well stated



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:26 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

 dont care if philly is tough or ny is tough, i just think the rangers fans that got beat up were not very smart.


Im gonna try and be level headed with you Bailey.Why do you say that "rangers fans that got beat up were not very smart."



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:25 pm
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Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:25 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Don't even go there watch any eagles flyers or now even phillies road games and you see Philly fans constantly trying to taunt the home fans whenever something good happens. Then they want to get mad when opposing fans dare step foot into there shitbox of a town. Can't have it both ways now. It's an insecurity that people that live in that 40 mile radius Philly cesspool have.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:22 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

i dont care if philly is tough or ny is tough, i just think the rangers fans that got beat up were not very smart.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:19 pm
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Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:17 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Bottom line is Philly fans think they are a bunch of tough guys and in reality most of you look like Andy Reid and will never man up one on one. Wanna be British soccer fans. I hope those fans get assaulted one day if they had the nads to come to NYC. But you cowards will only come to ny if you came in a bus with 300 fans with your cheesy low budget fan road trips. We will come to Philly in our cars with our gear on eat your cheesesteaks and head home and not be intimidated.

Who's trying to sound like the tough guy now? What's wrong, can't take some of your own medicine. Can't take the facts that the NY fanbase has just as many idiots as Philly? Maybe you should post again how Philly thinks they are tough, and then beat your chest how tough you are. Dope


brian8ball
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Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:17 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:15 pm
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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:11 pm
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