Sports fans in Philadelphia have a certain reputation for being not that welcoming to the visiting team and that was on display after being eliminated by the Penguins.
Whether it’s throwing snowballs at Santa Claus or cheering when Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending neck injury that resulted in cheers from Eagles fans, Philly sports fans have established a not-so-great reputation in the sports world.
Not all fans are great and not all fans are bad, but it seems like Philly has a larger proportion of bad fans than good. That was on full display on Sunday during the Philadelphia Flyers game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins won the elimination game thanks to four goals from Jake Guentzel. The Flyers season was over, but their fans weren’t going to go away without giving their fans another black eye.
When the game was ending, Flyers expressed their displeasure by throwing trash on the ice. It’s a great metaphor because if you’re a fan who does this, you’re a trashy fan, and shouldn’t be allowed back in the building. The Big Lead has the video of the incidents.
The post-game handshake line is one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship in professional athletics but it was tainted by the trash-chuckers from the stands.
This is standard procedure for Flyers fans. Two years ago, fans decided they were going to chuck bracelets on the ice after a game vs. Washington. How many times do fans need to be told not to throw stuff on the ice, with the exception of hats after a player scores three goals, catfish in Nashville or octopus in Detroit?!?!
It’s mind-boggling how obtuse some fans can be. If I was a Flyers fan who wasn’t throwing literal trash on the ice, I would be so embarrassed by the actions of these people because they represent all of the fans. Now instead of talking about a heroic effort by Sean Couturier playing on a torn MCL and still potting three goals and helping on two more.
Maybe Sixers fans can help change the image of Philly fans the next time they take the court in the NBA Playoffs because Flyers fans sunk to a new low today.