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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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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:53 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:41 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

you have alot of anger towards someone you dont even know. remember this is just a post. some ranger fans got beat up. who cares. this stuff happens all the time. if it happened to flyer fans i would feel the same way.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:34 pm
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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:33 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic


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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:02 pmScore: 54Rate This Post:

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

i was talking about the ranger fans losing the fight to flyer fans



Bailey remember it was 5 on 2.i bet if me and 4 of my boyz met u and kicked the shit out of you.you wouldnt be such a dick.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:28 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Is that so?  Please provide statiscal evidence to back up your worthless claim.


OK. 

W
e already know about what just happened recently.....  want some more??  Here you go....  a little from the 40's, 60's, 80's, 90's and current stuff......


1. Criminal Court Installed At The Vet

Violence during Eagles' games became so bad that Philadelphia installed a court, judge and jail inside Veterans Stadium. 

2. Fans Throw Batteries At Dick Allen

Phillies fans in the 1960s upset with  by Dick Allen, the team's first prominent African-American player, threw batteries at him from the stands. Allen wore a batting helmet on the field.

3. Flyers Fans Attack St. Louis Blues

In 1972, Flyers fans brawled with the Blues fans and head coach in the stands of the Spectrum. 

4. Phillies Fans Fight, Boo At World Series Ring Ceremony

Phillies fans boo pitcher Adam Eaton at the ring celebration after they won the World Series, then brawl in Ashburn Alley as the title flag is raised.

5. Eagles Fans Boo Santa Claus Eagles

In 2003, the same man was asked to appear in the same Santa suit at a Sixers game. He was booed again.

9. Fans Hit Cowboys With Snowballs

Eagles fans, including  governor Ed Rendell, pelt the Dallas Cowboys and coach Jimmy Johnson with snowballs at the Vet.

10. Eagles Fans Cheer Michael Irvin Injury

On Oct. 11, 1999, Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending neck injury at the Vet. Fans cheered as Irvin was crumpled on the ground.

11. Phillies Fans Pelt Umps With Bottles

In 1949, the Phillies are forced to forfeit a game with Giants after fans unleash a 15-minute barrage of glass-bottle throwing. They were upset by a call against Phillies' center fielder Rich Ashburn.





Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:23 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I know that it's just you that's a scumbag.

lol..good one...original...you sound just like all my neighbors here, where we live in Pa on the ourskirts of Philly..thanks for making me feel at home..I am not a Flyer nor a Ranger fan...I'm just a fan...time to hit the casino...Stay thirsty my friend.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:19 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

michael irvin deserved to be boo'd



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:13 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

You know what this violent assault reminds me of?...

The guy who vomitted on a kid at a baseball game in Philly.

And the guy who got stabbed outside a sports bar near the stadium complex in Philly.

And Michael Irvin being booed as he laid injured on the field at the Vet in Philly.

And the snowballs being tossed at the 49ers fans in their seats at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly.

And the court they set up at the Vet in Philly.

And the batteries getting tossed at J.D. Drew in Philly.

And yes, Santa getting hit by a snowball at a football game in Philly.

And all the classless, obnoxious idiots that make up the worst fan base in all of America.  Philadelphia fans.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:10 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

actually it proves that NY has a bunch of douche bags just like Philly, and every other city for that matter. But instead of me bunching you in with the rest of NY, I know that it's just you that's a scumbag.


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