Philadelphia Flyer Fans Relentless In The Pursuit Of Idiocy

Matt EichelSenior Writer IMay 18, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 16:  Fans stand for the God Bless America before the start of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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You stay classy city of brotherly love.

Or wait, nevermind.

During a Game One that saw their beloved Flyers steamroll a lackluster Montreal Canadiens team, many members of the Canadian media covering the game couldn't get away from being harassed by fanatical Flyer fans.

Some Flyer fans pulled the plug on a pre-game broadcast by Radio-Canada while other Flyer fans harassed another Canadian TV crew, presumably Hockey Night In Canada.

Patrick Hickey of the Montreal Gazette found his very own car, a 1999 Honda Accord, vandalized and dumped on by Flyer fans simply because he had Quebec license plates.

Not only were his license plates gone, his bug deflector was too, and half a hubcap.

And while there were many fans with Canadiens jerseys on, none of them escaped the Wachovia Center without being harassed and bumped around by rowdy, and sometimes ignorant Flyer fans.

Wow, such class, reminds me of Pittsburgh fans and Washington fans, so gracious in the way that they won.

Wait, they lost and they didn't even raise this much of a fuss.

Granted, I'm a Habs fan who watched as looters went about Montreal after Game Seven in Pittsburgh and looted stores in downtown Montreal.

And that was obviously and seriously unacceptable.

But as a Habs fan, I've seen how brain-dead Flyers fans can be.

For crying out loud, these guys have booed Santa Claus at a Philadelphia Eagles game!

These are fans that will chant out expletives during a hockey game if they don't like a player.

In the words of Patrick Hickey, Flyers fans are not in the relentless pursuit of history as the shirts say that they had out before every game.

Flyers fans are "relentless in the pursuit of idiocy."



Montreal Gazette (Flyers, Habs fans adding to their reputation as troublemakers; May 17, 2010; Patrick Hickey)