10 Worst Philadelphia Sports Fans Moments
Being from Philadelphia must not be easy.
Besides for not having experienced a sports championship since the Philadelphia 76ers won the NBA championship in 1983 (not including the 2008 World Series), Philly fans have become more notorious for their senseless behavior, than for their major sports accomplishments.
A day after the Phillies saw their first fan tased for running on to the field, the following game another fan jumped the fence and ran around the outfield.
Although he was not tased, this inept fan left the field in handcuffs.
Philadelphia sports fans have become known for their bad behavior, so in honor of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, I present to you the 10 Worst Philadelphia Sports Fans Moments in history.
And if you're from any other city besides Philadelphia, you certainly will.
Philadelphia Flyers Fans Boo Sarah Palin
In front of her children, Willow and Piper, former Vice Presidential candidate candidate Sarah Palin was booed, as she was introduced to drop the first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers' home opener against the New York Rangers.
Although the scoreboard at the Wachovia Center read "Flyers fans, show Philadelphia's class and welcome America's No. 1 hockey mom, Sarah Palin," it should come as no surprise the Flyer fans in attendance ignored the message and made her wonder why she's even here.
The raucous reception that was given to Palin proved one thing: Flyer fans obviously don't like her, but they didn't need to boo her either.
Shame on you, Philly.
This wasn't your typical snowball fight that takes place amongst friends in the backyard of a house.
After rumors spread that Eagles coach Buddy Ryan had put a bounty out on Dallas kicker Luis Zendejas during the first meeting two weeks earlier, Eagles fans waited in anticipation for the rematch with "America's Team."
With NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue in attendance on game day, December 10, 1989, the Veterans Stadium crew failed to remove the snow that had piled up for several days leading Eagles fans, including future governor Ed Rendell, no choice but to pelt the Dallas Cowboys' players and coach Jimmy Johnson with massive amounts of snowballs.
Although the Eagles won the game 20-10, this game will forever be remembered as the greatest one-sided snowball fight in NFL history.
Two Minute Penalty For Fighting
During his 16-year NHL career, Tie Domi was known for his role as an enforcer and an instigator. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets.
It was during the 2000–01 season, that Domi was involved in an incident with a Philadelphia Flyers fan.
Domi, while sitting in the penalty box, had sprayed a heckler with his water bottle when an intoxicated Flyers fan began yelling at Domi and climbing up the glass.
The glass panel collapsed, and the fan fell into the penalty box. Domi was able to pin the fan and was able to land a few punches.
There is no excuse for Domi spraying the heckler with a water bottle. But what fan contemplates taking actions into his own hands by attacking a visiting player in the penalty box.
It sure seems that this type of behavior only happens in Philadelphia.
Double "D" Batteries
Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies with the second overall pick in the 1997 Major League Baseball draft, J.D. Drew elected not to sign with the team.
Drew demanded an asking price of at least $10 million, but the Phillies had no plan to pay an unproven player this amount of money. Consequently, Drew would end up playing for the St. Paul Saints of the Independent Northern League, and eventually signed with the St. Louis Cardinals the following year.
Upon his return to Philadelphia, Drew was booed in his first game since his contract fall out with the Phillies two years ago.
Philly fans welcomed Drew back home by throwing "D" batteries at him. The game was delayed for roughly ten minutes after debris landed near Drew in center field.
Philly fans could've injured Drew, and they still wouldn't have felt any remorse.
What could've turned into a disastrous situation at Veterans Stadium, was simply another example of how gracious and high-class Philadelphia fans really are.
"Not" A Pretty Woman
Forty-four year old Susan Finkelstein would have done anything to see her beloved Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series: even if it meant allegedly offering sex for 2009 World Series tickets.
Finkelstein was found not guilty on a prostitution charge. Although she was fortunate enough to avoid spending time behind bars, she might have been better off going to jail, considering what it's like to station yourself for a few hours in a stadium filled with Philly fans.
If she was unable to afford tickets to the game, the smart thing would've been to stay home. But as we all know, Philly fans will do anything for attention: even behaving like this.
2009 World Series: New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Only in Philadelphia would a 17-year-old ask for his father's permission to run onto the field during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals that was taking place at Citizens Bank Park.
Steve Consalvi apparently didn't listen to his father's advice.
He ran on to the field waving a rally towel, and was tased by security at the stadium. Consalvi became the first sports fan to run onto the field and get tased by police.
He certainly stole the headlines from the players, and Philadelphia police acted within reason in order to stop Consalvi from potentially endangering the lives of any player and/or manager on the field or in the dugout.
I'm very surprised that this incident was met with mixed reactions from the fans in attendance. Considering how Philadelphia fans normally behave, I would have expected all of them to give Consalvi a standing ovation for his brainless behavior.
Guess some of these fans do have a brain, and that is great to see.
Fans Boo Donovan McNabb At Draft
When the Philadelphia Eagles selected Donovan McNabb with the 2nd overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft, McNabb was greeted with a chorus of boos because the Philadelphia fans who were in attendance were pushing for the Eagles to draft Texas running back Ricky Williams.
McNabb’s career in Philadelphia should’ve ended with a contract extension allowing McNabb to retire as an Eagle.
But that didn't happen.
During his time in Philadelphia, McNabb led the Eagles to four consecutive NFC East division championships between 2001-2004, five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl XXXIX appearance, in which the Eagles were defeated by the New England Patriots.
He won the 2004 AP offensive player of the year award, and is the Eagles' all-time leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.
But McNabb will now be the starting quarterback in Washington, as the Eagles sent McNabb to the Redskins for the 37th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, and conditional third or fourth-round pick in next year's draft.
Even before McNabb took an NFL snap, Eagles fans booed the team for selecting the Syracuse quarterback in the draft, and when McNabb walks out of the Lincoln Financial Field tunnel in a Redskins uniform, McNabb should expect to hear the same reception.
Because if the Eagles can trade away one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Eagle fans can certainly boo him when he returns, and that certainly wouldn’t surprise me.
And it shouldn’t surprise you, either.
Veterans Stadium Becomes Rikers Island...Sort Of
The violent acts that were occurring at Veterans Stadium were continuing to increase, thus, leaving Philadelphia no choice but to install a court, judge and jail inside the stadium.
A courtroom was built into the stadium where unruly fans were taken for judgment and sentencing after committing crimes at Veterans Stadium.
The penalties for the crime forced offenders to give up season tickets, pay a $400 fine and sit in jail for the rest of the game.
Since the Eagles moved to Lincoln Financial Field, the crowds have become more subdued by controlling their behavior, and the "Eagles Court" has been closed.
No matter how behaved Eagle fans have turned out to be (not really), the city of Philadelphia still installed a court in their old stadium.
Hangover: The Sequel
Bad fan behavior is nothing new for the city of Brotherly Love, but Philadelphia fans have reached an all-time low
21-year-old, Matthew Clemmens of Cherry Hill, N.J, allegedly vomited intentionally on an 11-year-old daughter of an off-duty cop.
Clemmens was charged with aggravated assault and other counts in this "nauseating" incident that occurred at Citizens Bank Ballpark.
It was reported that Clemmens also struck a police officer in the head several times, and threw up on an officer before being removed.
Philadelphia fans have done some terrible things in their day, but throwing up on a little girl is just heartless.
While at the game, a father only wanted to enjoy a baseball game with his daughter, but only in Philadelphia would someone not allow that to happen.
This Was Just Wrong
On Oct. 11, 1999, Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending neck injury at Veterans Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles.
While Irvin lay motionless on the ground, Eagles fan cheered.
While medical staff attended to the Hall-of-famer and former first round draft pick, the cheers simply got louder.
The injury occurred when Irvin landed awkwardly on his head after catching a pass from fellow Hall of Famer Troy Aikman in the first quarter.
It is reported that many fans in attendance cheered when they realized Irvin was hurt, and again when paramedics wheeled a stretcher onto the field.
The Eagles, who haven't won an NFL championship since 1960, should be embarrassed for having fans that are capable of this type of behavior. Irvin single-handedly destroyed the Eagles during his 10-year career, and Eagle fans thought this was the only way of returning the favor.
Only Eagle fans would think cheering for injured player is an acceptable idea.
Real classy move, Philly.