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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 5, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Notice the bad ass knocks the ranger fan down with a sucker punch,dude was walking away.congrats pussy the philly way.goto sleep,that comment haunts me now.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Glad to see you've cleaned up your language at least slightly, (Sore)Loser--well advised, considering that the administrators deleted your original post (as well as the one of mine that quoted you). You're moving in the right direction--keep it up. Maybe one of these times you'll even get to the point of criticizing the few guys who allegedly did the bad stuff and not the rest of us in Philly who didn't. Now, that will be real progress.




Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

pathetic- nothings better than the guy that gets tough when he has a pack with him



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

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Philly fans--you do know that Rocky Balboa is a fictional character, right?

Oh, we do. But I'm not sure everyone from out of town does. You should see all the outside turistas photographing the Rocky movie prop--sorry, I mean statue--outside the Art Museum. From what I hear when I walk past, it sure sounds like at least a few of them think Rocky was real.




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:00 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

And lastly, you don't go to Geno's for cheesesteaks because they are absolute crap.  Go a few blocks down from the stadium to Oregon Ave and go to Tony Luke's. 



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:55 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

That is just wrong, but props to the real Philadelphians who are taking care of it and getting these worthless punks what they deserve.  Stay classy, indeed. 


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:48 pm
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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Oh and i still would knock that pussies ass out 1 on 1.Id show him put to sleep,he would join his Eagles in the show" DREAM TEAM 2012".Then wake up to nothing.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Argo I dont vent towards philly,as you can see i didnt call all philly fans clasless,being i live in philly and have a ton of philly fan freindz.I Just tell it how it is.1 on 1 would be kool the Philly guy prob would have won but when its 5 on 2.Come on bro.Be a man,thats a pussy.unless thats how you handle your buisness too.


SeanAvery7
Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:33 pm
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