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PHILLY’S FIGHTING FANS: BOOING THE SUNRISE

October 26th, 2008 · 5 Comments

by Ron Spence

A few Canucks’ supporters were caught hassling the Edmonton bench tonight, and were turfed out of GM Place.

Thank God they weren’t Philadelphia fans.

Below are some Boston fans who came to a baseball game in Philly a century ago. The Brotherly Love people don’t look too happy, but aren’t causing any trouble. A century later, things have changed.

“When Sarah Palin dropped the ceremonial first puck at the Flyers’ opener on Saturday night at the Wachovia Center,” wrote Lynn Zinser, “she was greeted by resounding (almost deafening) boos.”

courtesy of nytimes.com

The latest bad behaviour came during the Flyers’ game against the Devils tonight, when someone threw a smokebomb onto the ice. Unlike the perps in Vancouver, this person quickly left the building.

There were more complaints against the Philly – a few days later – during the World Series. tampabay.com wrote:


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“They’ve booed Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny,” Ralph the Wonder Llama wrote about Philadelphia fans. “Jay johnstone once said if the ballgame was rained out, they’d go down to the airport and boo landings. At a Phillies game, they once booed a wheelchair-bound kid who threw out the first pitch because he got it to the catcher on one hop.”

Jim Wolf359 adds: “They CHEERED when Michal Irvin almost broke his neck against the Eagles some years back.”

And then there is this group of Flyers’ fans who are ganging up on a rival supporter.

courtesy of community.comcast.net

At least the pugilist didn’t spill his beer.

courtesy of deadspin.com

Again, it’s the same action at a Phillies’ game – three on one, or four on one. They’ve got it down to a science.

At an Eagles’ game, a crowd beat up a Washington fan who dressed up as a ‘Redskin’.

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courtesy of insidetheiggles.com

A young Philadelphia supporter attacks an older Giants’ fan.

courtesy of insidetheiggles.com

Years ago, Dodgers’ Baseball announcer Vince Scully stated that fans in Philadelphia “Boo the Sunrise”.

But, they make sure that they do it in a group.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Frozen Fan // Oct 29, 2008 at 2:20 am

    Hey, we Philly fans can’t let Montreal have all the fun! And don’t worry – despite what may appear in pictures, no Devils fans have ever been seriously maimed within the confines of the Wachovia Center. We save ritual sacrifices for the parking lot.

    okay, okay I kid. But the two idiots who tossed the smoke bomb were rigorously and uniformly booed by the assembled crowd. They don’t even represent a minority, let alone the rest of the city’s sports fans.

  • 2 Ron Spence // Oct 29, 2008 at 2:27 am

    I know how good the Philadelphia fans are. I have visited Philadelphia twice and find it a very friendly city. People actually look you in the eye on the streets in Philly, versus New York City.
    And I am very happy for the Phillies.
    I have enjoyed doing my research on Shibe Park and love the pictures of the fans watching the games from the townhouses.
    I enjoy looking at your site a couple of times a week to see how the Flyers are doing. Good win tonight.

  • 3 HAVE HATE WILL TRAVEL « CrashingTheGoalie // Mar 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    [...] And then I saw the kid again with a Philadelphia Eagles jersey and he was giving the finger for the third time. I thought, boy this kid does travel. I hope he’s collecting his air miles. And he has quite a collection of jerseys: hockey from Raleigh, baseball from Boston and football from Philly – where they really know how to hate (See our article on Philadelphia’s fighting sports fans.). [...]

  • 4 Matt B // Mar 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Well, for starters, you’re all welcome for the booing of Sarah Palin, several fans (from New York of all places) have given me the thumbs up over that.
    If this article spent more time discussing how tried and true our fanbase is, they might realize that Philly fans are the BEST fans in American sports. Our level of loyalty is unsurpassed. And yes, we’re a little over the top with the violence. But guess what: Rangers fans, Redskins fans, Cowboys fans, Giants fans, Penguins fans and Canadians ALL deserve it. Seriously, I’ve seen it a hundred times. The ones who get beat up show up to a game and are dumb enough to actually reply to the constant boos (which are semi-sarcastic by the way, much of the time we’re joking, remember we’re the city of BROTHERLY love, we’re gonna be annoying brothers) in some misguided attempt at upholding their honor, and then they say the wrong things to the most intense fans in the USA, and well, guess what happens??
    Oh and by the way, we didn’t really boo the Easter bunny, most of us were kidding, and Santa deserved it. Please note, that we take great pride in that. The governor of PA (Rendell) was at that game and (according to legend) hit Santa with a snowball himself.
    This got him elected.
    In short, the author is clearly just terrified of us, as you all should be.
    Fly, Eagles, Fly.
    Go Flyers.
    And the Phillies are the WORLD CHAMPIONS.
    -Matt

  • 5 Ron Spence // Mar 31, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I know you were kidding when you booed the Easter Bunny but you hurt his/her feelings.
    I guess you were just splitting hares.
    Thanks for taking the time to write.
    All the best in the playoffs.

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