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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: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Be amused all you want, SportsFannyRob; I guess you'll have to take your amusements where you can find them. For my part, what I find amusing is when bandwagon jumpers like you, and illiterates like "SoreLoser" (apt name), jump at every opportunity to vent their hatred of Philadelphia.

Stop trying to defend these obnoxious morons
What obnoxious morons have I defended, Fanny?  The only one defending obnoxious morons here--Sore Loser et al.--appears to be you. 



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Argo4444444444.Remember who started this shit,the flyer  fans.Besides your classless city,every other fans know who the worst classless fans are.You and I both live there.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

For the Philly Guy who put the ranger fan to sleep and also said it.I would knock your lights out,no need for a 5 on 2.Your a Pussy.Too bad sports fans let this shit happen.Never should be like this.I get pissed when i see shit like this.1 on 1 would be fine,Just shows What a true Pussy you are,Your boys needed to step in.Its too bad now some poor Flyers fan is gonna pay the price for this.I wish it were you or one of your goonies.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:10 pm
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Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:58 pm
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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

The cities you just referred are most cordial 95 % of the time.

homelandoffender, in Philly the fans are fine more than 95 % of the time. Too bad that's apparently not the case where you come from--from what you're telling me.

Philly has had this reputation since Ben Franklin was stalking 13 year olds.

Part of that is because fools like you jump to gild that "reputation" while zipping your lip when the bad stuff happens elsewhere. Your comment about Ben proves my point. Give it up, for crying out loud. You're boring.




Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:51 pm
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Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

The cities you just referred are most cordial 95% of the time..Philly has had this reputation since Ben Franklin was stalking 13 year olds.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Funny, when this stuff happens in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Vancouver, Chicago, Montreal, or wherever (and in whichever sport). it's considered just one of those things and dismissed, but when it's Philly's turn, it's considered a "further" reflection on our fans. Interesting phenomenon.

By the way, don't jump to conclusions about whose version of this incident you can believe.




Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I remember some years back we all wanted to see Raiders and Eagles fans in the Superbowl..but alas, the choke Eagles lost to Tampa Bay.Police could have got half the thugs off the streets from Oakland and Philly at that game. If you have visited Philly,you why these turds have no repsect for themselves or anybody else.(let's not forget the Philly baseball fans..summer time Eagle and Flyers fans).No place to take a kid or a lady..only a 9mm and a blackjack


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