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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: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

There are idiots everywhere. That I know it just happens more there than anywhere except maybe Oakland for a raiders game

Very possible




Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:41 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

There are idiots everywhere. That I know it just happens more there than anywhere except maybe Oakland for a raiders game



Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:38 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Up for fight....?.... Watch video clip and read article those flyers clearly provoked and started fight. Paid a homeless squeegee man then taunts rangers fan pushed rangers fan then takes his jacket off and throws first punch then if the 100 lb weight advantage not enough and 1 foot height advantage his homo friend with Jagr jersey has to jump in when the real man rangers fan had to defend himself.

Again, I don't blame losers for being losers anymore than I blame dogs for being dogs. There were other rangers fans there not fighting so it wasn't just because they were rangers fans.  Fight or flight, we all make choices.

That's a typical Philly pu$$y that is all your city is filled with cowards and insecure paper tigers. 

There are losers doing this everywhere I wouldn't just worry about it in Philly

Not sure why you're so upset, did you know these guys or something?  I just don't get upset because of the jersey that idiots wear when doing stuff that idiots do happens to be my teams or a rivals team.  They aren't me, they don't represent me, and I don't concern myself with things that don't involve me.

Had I been there I would probably have been one of the guys trying to break it up.  That's just me, but since I wasn't all I stated was that the video made me want a cheese steak.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:18 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Up for fight....?.... Watch video clip and read article those flyers clearly provoked and started fight. Paid a homeless squeegee man then taunts rangers fan pushed rangers fan then takes his jacket off and throws first punch then if the 100 lb weight advantage not enough and 1 foot height advantage his homo friend with Jagr jersey has to jump in when the real man rangers fan had to defend himself. That's a typical Philly pu$$y that is all your city is filled with cowards and insecure paper tigers. I am sure a lot of people know who the clowns are and are covering it up because they are happy that a ranger fans got jumped and that makes them feel good.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:16 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Philly can't compare to where I grew up in Newark, NJ although now I live in the mean streets of Hunterdon County. But grew up in Newark, near, Irvington. Anyone heard of the Neark Bears?  No one can go to their games without being OK'd by the neighborhood first. Tim Raines is the manager.



Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:41 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Millarben,Feb 5th is around the corner,lets see what video we see then,maybe i will want to be eatn a Coney Island Hot dog watching it the whole entire time,you scumbag,whitetrash piece of shit,fuck you and your Philly teams Pussy.

Soreloser2, sorry I can't get as upset as you when loseres fight each other in the street.  It's not like the Rangers fans were just minding thier own business, they were up for the fight.  If I got upset or cared when someone wearing a jersey of a team I rooted for did something stupid I'd be misserable just like you.

Losers for NJ were fighting some losers from Del County or wherever they were from, who cares.  The whole thing just made me want to cheese steak.




Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:19 am
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Cotman------The only reason why opposing teams fans come to watch your games in your city,is the fun of when your teams loses all the time,choke,losersCry.Not to see Rocky or a Cracked Bell.The smile of watching you guys choke and cry,maybe thats why you guys are so violent,and misreable people.Its like a prison gettn out of jail after 25 years and wants to shoot his load.Frustration.


K and A in da House!!!!!!!!



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Fat boy giroux is prob cotmans cousin



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:25 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

By the way going into the 5 buroughs,you said you have been there,Run your mouth there like you do online behind the computer.Ill even drive you ther,lets see what happens PUSSY.I can say i Tell these Philthadelphians 1 on 1 face to face how it is.And nothing happens.But if it were 6 on me the PHilty will come out and play.PLain and simple Scranton Boy YOUR CITY IS FULL OF SCUM,Slum,Trash,Pussies.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:22 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Cottman,Frankford,1st off i think your from Scranton,not Philly.Cottman not Cotman.2nd Your Crib in Scranton must be nice,But i live in Pa also and when i drive 95 south off the highway have you seen the Ghetto burnt down crack houses there.85 % of Philly is scum,broken down burnt down,slum.Stop pretending your from Philly and gettin Scranton Mixed up with it TRASH.


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