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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: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:38 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

With all the nationwide news of fan violence, you'd think people would realize this problem is not unique to Philadelphia.  I went to Pittsburgh and had BATTERIES thrown at me, for crying out loud.  Every city has these idiots...yours is not immune. 

That said, it's totally unacceptable.  Trash talk all you want, but after the game shake on it.  We're all fans and should practice sportsmanship -- I want my son to learn how to win or lose with grace, and I really wish others wouldn't set such a bad example for him.  



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:32 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Why not just rename the article "All of Philadelphia to blame for Rangers fans getting beaten up."

I express a sincere get well to those hurt, but get out of here with the Philly hate.




Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:25 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

What happened was totally wrong.. but it also goes to say.. if you go somewhere in the middle of South Philly decked out in Rangers gear.. you HAVE to expect this to happen, and you are honestly taunting it to happen. If they had been smart and taken their jerseys off no harm would have ever happened. Once again it wasnt right but I still consider it invited by the events leading up to what happened


so pretty much you cant support your own team at an away game.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:16 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

There are idiots like this one for each and every team that plays a professional sport around the world. Unfortunately they are the ones that cause all the trouble and make the headlines. Look at the SF Giants fan that was put in the hospital by two idiot Dodger fans. All it is is a game so what if your team loses !!!!!



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:15 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

What happened was totally wrong.. but it also goes to say.. if you go somewhere in the middle of South Philly decked out in Rangers gear.. you HAVE to expect this to happen, and you are honestly taunting it to happen. If they had been smart and taken their jerseys off no harm would have ever happened. Once again it wasnt right but I still consider it invited by the events leading up to what happened. 



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:00 pm
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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:55 pm
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Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:51 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Well at least we know why philly fans act the way they do... they have a statue of a guy who isnt real, an outline of a house on the lot where ben franklin supposedly lived, and to top it all off you can go see a bell that has a crack in it. And when you are all done, you can have a steak with Cheese Wiz on it and a cup of water ice (as if there is any other kind of ice)

 No wonder the fans have no grip on reality, the whole city is a sham.




Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I have said it before and I will say it again, Philly fans are nothing but trash.  Yes, there are some good ones, but generally speaking, they are the worst people in the country.  This video is yet another piece of evidence. 



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Philly is a dump of a city, they have the most classless twits for fans, and they usually hang out in groups due to sharing the same small set of brain cells. This story should shock nobody.


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