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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 6, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic


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Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:09 pmScore: 92Rate This Post:

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

The entire time I watched the video I just wanted a cheese steak.  Maybe these guys already ate.


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.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:39 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Damn drunk Philly fans at it again. Just when you think they've become a tad civilized, they dump it all back into the sewer again.



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

F*cking cowardly scum, hope they get what's coming to them either on the inside of the outside



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:36 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Philly fans make the "Black Hole" in Oakland look like kindergarden.....



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:36 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I think the court should put all "tough" street thugs in the octagon with MMA fighters and let them get a taste of their own medicine.  Those pu55ies are never tough when they have to fight in a controlled environment.




Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:20 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

I wasn't physically attacked, but I was wearing my FSU coat to a Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills game. Nothing happened on the way into the stadium or during the game, but afterwards walking back to the car a drunking idiot said "This is BILLS country. GTFO of here."

My reply do see it says Seminoles over the LOGO. Do you know the difference between the 2 logo's. It also says Florida State on the front. Look."

His reply "Sorry man, just saw the logo and I don't know." And he and his buddy casuallly walked away in shame as he was heckled by many Bill fans.

Just my little story.



Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

The entire time I watched the video I just wanted a cheese steak.  Maybe these guys already ate.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Totally classless...but not surprising.  It's true that in the Northeast the fan bases appears to be a more unruly bunch then in other parts of the country but it seems to be a bigger problem in Philadelphia.  Maybe it's due to the fact that their sports team have gone championshipless for so long (with the exception of the Philly's of course). Or maybe it's because they are the unachieving, ulgy little sister to their big New York sister.  Back when the Patriots played the Eagles in the Superbowl in Jacksonville there was no shortage of Philly wannabe tough guys attempting to incite fights wherever they went before and especially after the Superbowl with Patriot fans. Apparently not much has changed...I experienced the same tough guys this year when the Patriots played the Eagles in Philadelphia.  Fans need to remember that it's just a game.  I've been out to Chicago to see that Patriots play the Bears and must say that outside for an occasional heckler I found most Bears fans respectful.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:47 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Ha ha ha... IconMatt scored a -44 on his last posting. Well below the nation's average of 88.3, but brilliant by Philly standards. Must've graduated near the top of his class.



Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Flyers fans attack Rangers fans after Classic

Amen...... Agree 100 percent!


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