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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
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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: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:10 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

bailey, i think the point of this article is how immature and childish fighting is in general.  Then you go and play Mr. Internet tough guy calling someone out?  What are you going to do arrange to have a fight with him?  Both of you need to grow up.  Any time you resort to using your fists it's generally because the other person is 1. more intelligent 2. better educated 3. better off in terms of living situation.  Sure there's times in everyone's life where they want to fight but it's the more educated that refrain understanding that their actions have consequences.  From your message below I'm guessing your one of those people that acts first and regrets it later.  Have a long good life full of envy of the guy that has it better than you



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:08 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Are you a Rangers fan? Must be, strong words no action.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:01 pm
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Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:56 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Typical white trash Philly fan juvenile beHavior. It's funny how Philly fans only act like tough guys when their is a large contingent behind them. If it isn't 10 on 2 they won't ever throw down. It's a shame because I know there are some good passionate fans there and many come to citi field or MSG and you never hear stories like this in ny. Because most people from ny have too much class to stoop to that trailer park mentality. Stay classy Philadelphia! Can't wait to come back to Philly feb 11th watch the rangers wax the flyers again.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Hope when those fags get caught and goto the sin bin,Bubba  breaks them in,like the pussies they are.

Unfortunately that probably isn't going to happen since laws protect morons like this.  We'll be lucky if these idiots spend one night in a jail cell,,,, actually it won't even be one night.  They'll get charged and let out until their court date.  And unless they are on probation or something they'll probably get a suspended sentence or at most end up with a criminal record for assault.  Either way, the only way to pay these guys back is the same way they beat down the NYR fans.... I'm sure they'll get theirs one day.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:40 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic


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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:34 pmScore: 90 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Sounds like these thugs really attacked the wrong person, off-duty policeman, war vet, the business owners in the area must be irate too, I would imagine there will be reward money offered soon, my guess is they catch these* tough* guys.


Hope when those fags get caught and goto the sin bin,Bubba  breaks them in,like the pussies they are.



Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:39 pm
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Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:38 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

your such a a$$ it was the winter classic this was a event not a ordinary game! your wearing a team jersey not a white hood going into harlem. ( not a raciest common just a point) you should never expect this to happen jus tfor wearing a team jersey. idiot comment!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

The reality is, unfortuantely, that we continue to deteriorate as a nation. It starts at the school level, where poor behavior is tolerated as opposed to being dealt with in a quick and immediate fashion. when I was a kid, if you had trouble with a teacher, you had trouble with your parents. Now, when it happens, the parents try to get the teacher fired. Good lesson there.

Great post and very true.  The only thing is I have to wonder why it's so much worse in some cities then it is in others.  People can pretty it up all they'd like but the bottom line is things like this have happened in Phili a whole lot more then most other cities over the last couple decades.  I've heard many athletes in the past talk about how crazy and violent Phili fans are...... why is that?  Nobody knows.

I'll tell you this much though, I've raised my kids to be respectful citizens and would never expect them to be violent towards anybody. If they turned out like the morons in this video and became violent, attacking people over a sporting event I would dis-own them in about 30 seconds.  There would be no bailing them out of jail or seeing their faces ever again.  I love my kids but as painful as it would be to cut ties with them, I'd do it in a second if they became scumbags like these morons.

 


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