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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: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:03 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Just Philly being Philly.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:39 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

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

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:36 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Depressing.  Aholes will be Aholes though.  I would never wear an opposing jersey to another place nor would I bring a hot chick to a game.  I've seen too many situations.  And you are right it is always 3 on one or a hit from behind.  I hope this off duty officer uses his resources to find out who the attackers were and gets his own justice.  Punks.

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:34 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Fans get into fights at virtually every sporting event in this country, Just log on to Deadspin any day of the week and see the footage. Why is this special enough to be news on a real sports news site like CBS? Considering this didnt even happen at a sporting event but at an eatery. Is it because it happened in Philadelphia to a bunch of NYers and it's low hanging fruit?

Sad as it may be, there's a large portion of sports fans, and humanity in general, these days who are troglodytes and mouth breathers. Things like this is all too common.  This isn't some phenomenon that's unique to Philadelphia or the Northeast. Brian Stow, the Malice at the Palace, Celevlanders pelting people with bottles, etc. all come to mind. Google news search any city in this country and you can find crap like this.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:19 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I know there are some good fans in Philly but why is it whenever you hear something about fan violence it seems to involve Philadelphia, a lot.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:18 pm
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Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:10 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:00 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Wise decision by the Ranger fans to go out on the streets of Philly with Ranger jerseys on.

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:58 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

n.y. or philly... same mentality.. just dumb..Frown

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:56 pm

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

The Flyers Fans are still Garbage after all these years. Can you imagine what was said before the fight in front of children and some folks who were there because the resturant is Good. in the land of Brotherly Love doesnt look so Friendly. Just maybe the flyer fans who fought were really hungry and there average intelligence of 4 was reduced to 2 because of their hunger. Classless as Ever PHilly Fans..... 

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