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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: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:34 pm
 

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.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:33 pm
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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic


And for the record I have been attacked in Meadowlands stadium by Giants fans more than once. Dont make this a Philly thing. Its been going both ways for a REALLY long time. 


I know im guilty of wanting to settle the score for that ranger fan,and i hope one day the philly goons get thiers,i know it happens in NY and Nj too,We as fans need to remember 1 thing.We are rooting for our teams,these players dont give a shit about us.There making millions we are not (most of us)..After the game everyone should shut up and go there own way,besides half the stadium will be drunk and shit gets started.Pre game trash talk is fine,laying your hand on another human is not.Regardless of who we root for we are human.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:25 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:24 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Ranger fans should stop complaining about a little fight.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:14 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

And for the record I have been attacked in Meadowlands stadium by Giants fans more than once. Dont make this a Philly thing. Its been going both ways for a REALLY long time. 

Whatever makes you sleep better man.  Anybody and everybody that follows sports know very well that Phili fans are the most violent fans in North America.  Not all of them, as a matter of fact a very large percentage aren't but in comparison to other cities it's not even close.  Booing and throwing things at woman and players on stretchers is what they are good at....

 



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:58 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

If you think that these fans deserved what they got becuase they were wearing their jerseys around Philly than you are no better than the guys who attacked them. Be a man and take a loss like one.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

And for the record I have been attacked in Meadowlands stadium by Giants fans more than once. Dont make this a Philly thing. Its been going both ways for a REALLY long time. 



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:55 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

 - No, if you leave the game and plan to go somewhere in South Philly you obviously know your way around if you go to Geno's its a good 13 blocks from the stadium. You also have to wait in line outdoors for a good hour on a regular basis. These people knew exactly what they were getting into. By evidence of the video they had atleast 4 layers of clothing on, you leave the ranger's gear in the car. Should it have to be that way, no, but is it smart YES. and I am SURE there was heckling going on, the video cuts in right at a punch. there was definately stuff leading up to that. The video makes it seem one sided. A beatdown is never called for, I am not supporting the actions, I am just pointing out what should be obvious to me that you just dont wander South Philly with outsider's gear on. It reminds me of Bruce Willis in Die Hard 3 in the Bronx. You just cant expect that to go well for yourself. Its common sense. 



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:52 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. Then, you just have to look at the political scene to see that manners, dignity, grace, co-operation and professionalism are losing out to ignorance, partisanship, rudeness and immaturity.
We've got a long way to go to try to turn this situation around. hopefully, people will get sick of seeing their elected representatives act like children and demand better of them, and maybe that willl rub off on the people who think that shouting obscenities, screaming and even hitting other fans is way out of bounds. 
It's sickening to think that sports fans act this way. 
  


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