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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: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:23 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic


And do you really want to compare the crime rates of NY vs Philly?

Bertym36 Do your reasearch,then get back to me

17.) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
1,189 violent crimes and 537 robberies per 100,000 people

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Philadelphia Annual Crimes

VIOLENT PROPERTY TOTAL 2011 20,772 62,580 83,352 annual crimes per 1,000 residents 13.49 40.63 54.11 CRIME INDEX 9 100 is safest This city is safer than 9% of the cities in the US.

New York Annual Crimes 2011

VIOLENT PROPERTY TOTAL 8,803 32,102 40,905 annual crimes per 1,000 residents 5.73 20.88 26.61 CRIME INDEX 29 100 is safest This city is safer than 29% of the cities in the US

Boston Annual Crimes 2011

VIOLENT PROPERTY TOTAL 6,677 22,458 29,135 annual crimes per 1,000 residents 10.49 35.27 45.76 CRIME INDEX 13 100 is safest This city is safer than 13% of the cities in the US.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:08 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

1968, before you were probably born. The real Santa they hired didn't show up so they grabbed a fan out of the stands in a terrible
Santa costume. Not saying it's right, but not like Tim Allen was out there.
And didn't they have to stop a game in New England againts the Jets because of fans throwing snowballs? I'll give you Jimmy Johnson and the Cowboys but I think that evens out w/ the Jets game.
Look, Philly can be rough, no doubt, but I've been to the Meadowlands several times, and it's not any less pleasant there. Your personal experience says different, mine does as well.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Burtym36...I'm not disputing it doesn't happen elsewhere.  I'm been to both Philadelphia and New York for Patriot away games and from my own personal experience the only time I almost got into a physical alteration was in Philadelphia.  The same can be said with my experience at the Superbowl back in 2005...hoards of drunken Eagles fans rolling 7 to 8 deep looking to fight. Not that I haven't encountered heckling in NYC or even Buffalo but usually a good natured gesture 
;of buying a fan a beer goes a long way. Can't say the same could be said in Philly....sure they will accept a beer but the neverending taunts almost never stop. For God sakes they threw snowballs at Santa.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:58 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Okay, so it's the uneven numbers that disturb you. Try this one out for size:


sucker punch-check, out numbered-check

How about the first story of the guy punched, kicked and throw over the seats? Beer thrown on kids?

You can call Philly what you want as there's no excuse for what went down, but don't turn a blind eye
and ignore whats happened in NY/Boston. This is not a Philly problem, this happens all the time, particularly in the Northeast.

And do you really want to compare the crime rates of NY vs Philly?

Here's a social experiment for you. The next time Boston comes into New York and sweeps the Yankees, put on a Red Sox jersey that night and walk around the Bronx, let me know how that works out for you.




Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:37 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Burtym36
Yankee Fans Stabs Red Sox Fan-2010 A dispute pitting a Boston Red Sox fan from New Hampshire vs. a New York Yankees fan from New Haven turned ugly at the Chowder Pot III Restaurant Saturday night, landing both men in the hospital and resulting in the Yankees fan's arrest after he allegedly stabbed the Red Sox fan, police said.

Exactly my point 1 on 1,not like wild animals 5 on 2.We all know there are idiots  at all games in every stadium,no one is disputing that.5 on 2,really sucks,and it happens more in Philly than anywhere else.Did you see the 2 black guys beating 1 white male 2 days ago in Philly train station.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:30 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I agree with all of you, great to see that Jets and Patriots fans can be above all the fray and remain civilized, unlike classless Philly

Delinquent Jets Fans: 2010 “Jets fans cursed the Munoz family, threw beer at the children and demanded they put down the pro-Brady sign … Munoz called her husband, Randy, who was sitting in a different section and they both complained about the unruly fans to stadium security guards during halftime … As the game headed to the final minutes — and a 16-9 Jets win — Munoz held up her daughter’s pro-Brady sign and was attacked by Jets fans in the next row … He claimed Munoz was punched, kicked and thrown over a row of bleacher seats. Munoz was not taken to a hospital, but sustained cervical spine injuries according to the lawsuit … The children were not physically harmed.” Despicable behavior … but basically what goes on at every stadium on Sunday. Stay home. Enjoy red zone. Make all the signs you want.

Yankee Fans Stabs Red Sox Fan-2010
 A dispute pitting a Boston Red Sox fan from New Hampshire vs. a New York Yankees fan from New Haven turned ugly at the Chowder Pot III Restaurant Saturday night, landing both men in the hospital and resulting in the Yankees fan's arrest after he allegedly stabbed the Red Sox fan, police said.

Extremely civilized. You are models for the rest of the nation on how fans should behave.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:52 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Mets and SoreLoser...it's great that fans from opposing teams can find common ground and personally I don't consider either of you as arch enemies. As much as I dislike the Jets it doesn't extend to their fans.  Most ADULTS understand that it's ok to be passionate about the sports teams they root for or to have civic pride in where they are from but it's bushleague to get into an altercation of it.   It doesn't prove that you are anymore passionate about your team than the next fan. It shows you are usually just a drunken idiot with beer muscle and numbers behind you looking for an opportunity to fill the hole of dissappointment left by their team's defeat.

Mets, here's hoping the Jets right the ship and raise their level of competition next season. Nothing better than the Patriots/Jets rivilary for me. SoreLoser, good luck to your Giants. Love my UMass boy, Victor Cruz.  Maybe NE and NY will meet in a Superbowl rematch this year...hopefully this time the outcome will be different.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:52 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Totally agree with you both,Swami and mets,and you two are my arch enimies.Giants,Yanks fan here.Good Luck Pats next week.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Sideline swami well said. We are arch enimies with jets and pats but you never hear stories of fans ganging up on the opposition. It happens it Philly way too much mainly because many people there are very insecure the hate their lives,hate their wives, hate their jobs, their teams always choke and only gratification they get other than jacking off in a napkin is when they jump other teams fans like savages.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Cotman... I've been reviewing comments over the last few days and thanks for the insight into the "Philly culture". I especially loved your Rocky analogy. You know that Rocky is a fictional character, right? I will agree with you that the entire idea of "normal" is subjective, howvever, explain to me how it's "normal" that three to four goons stomp on one guy for wearing an opposing teams jersey. I don't care what part of the country you are from...that's just bushleague.  You want to talk about weak and cowardly...these Philly goons are the definition of. It's easy to be a toughguy in a crowd of your peers and even more cowardly to be the second or third or fourth man up in a fight against one man.  That's some "code" you live by in Philly.  Not so sure these same knuckleheads would pull the same stunt if the numbers weren't in their favor.  So call me arrogant or elitist but as I said before maybe this behavior comes from years of being championshipless. Not sure what's to "envy" in Philly.



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