It is also widely known that teams from Western PA are not too keen on the cross-state Yin to their Yang. With that said, I am not going to sit here and give Phily the benefit of the doubt. I know what their fan base is capable of. I have seen it in action in person way too many times to count, each time a little worse than the next, but no less surprising. Whether it is the constant booing of their All-Pro quarterback, or the Phillie fan deliberately puking on the 11 year old earlier this year. Don't get me wrong, there are fan bases all over the continent that have that "fringe" contingent of drunkards and miscreants that wreak havoc after games, before games, during games, etc (See New York, Chicago, LA, Atlanta, Boston). But in all those cities, I can't say I have ever seen another irreverant fan gets tazed by security guards.
With game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight in Phily, I thought it was interesting, to say the least, when I read earlier about the latest in their attempt at welcoming an opposing team to town. Apparently, Fox 29 is reporting that there is a social blast floating around Facebook and Twitter urging Flyers fans to participate in a flash mob this afternoon in Center City to "attack the Blackhawks’ bus as it leaves for the Wachovia Center."
What? I can't believe this is even real but, alas, it is...look it up.
Starting at the Four Seasons, where the Hawks players are registered, they will "bike" their way through town, following the Chicago bus on route to South Phily and the stadium. Though I am not sure whether it is bicycles or motorcycles, does it even matter? In today's day and age of terrorism and fear of un-permitted assembly, does anyone really think this would be a good idea? Something tells me there will be a caravan of police giving the Hawks an escort.
This only added to my disdain for the Flyer fanbase even more, not that it really could, when I read a, slightly biased report from my good buddy Danny Mac in the Chicago Tribune. I don't normally like the things that Dan McNeil says on his show, or agree with much of what he writes. Nor, as most of you already know, am I a Chicago fan. But I know exactly what he is talking about because, as I said, I have experienced it all too often.
I am not going to post the article...only link it with the instructions to GO READ THIS!! Apparently rather than sit in the press box, Dan McNeil took a seat amongst the residents of the City of Brotherly Love. In a quote to summarize the article...
"This city relishes its tougher-than-a-$2-steak image. They take pride in being as warm as a freshly neutered Doberman."Stay classy Philadelphia. We wouldn't want the rest of the world to think you are civilized.