Winter Classic altercation (December 2012: fan sentenced to house arrest)
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01-05-2012, 06:53 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2009
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I am 25, and went to the game with four guys aged 24-26. We drank some in the parking lot, but definitely not a lot and no one was even close to being drunk.
We walked around the fan zone thing around noon, went back to the parking lot until 2, then went into the game. I talked to multiple Rangers fans at the fan zone. My one friend asked me what I was doing and I told him that I was a "man of the people" and an "ambassador for the city." I even ended up apologizing "for my city and humankind" to one ranger fan on the way out of the stadium when a Flyer fan stepped in front of me to get to him to yell in his face. I had my fun joking around with Ranger fans telling the ones I saw eating Cheese Steaks that they were only for Flyer fans and the Pizza was for them.I always picked my targets carefully though, if the person even looked at all negative I kept my mouth shut.
We had three Ranger fans sitting next to us the entire game and you won't believe it, but they were all between 23-25 years old...and they weren't drunk either!
I sat next to them and asked them what it was like to have a real goalie, they responded by asking what it was like having a real offense. From there we were off to the races. We ended up talking about NY vs. Philly sports in general, the whole Mets-Jets and Yankees-Giants break down, and cheese steaks. They asked me where we thought the best place was and I told them Pat's/Geno's was the best place to go for the atmosphere and they could get one from each and do their own taste test. My friends, and everyone I told this story to, have been texting me if I could figure out if it was the three guys, and I can safely say it was not. They all had blue Ranger jerseys on; Callahan, Richards, and Lunquvist. The only blue Ranger jersey in the video is a Stall jersey at the very end.
At any rate a group of five 24-26 year old Flyer fans had a cordial time with a group of three 23-25 year old Ranger fans. At the end of the game we all shook hands (they even did it with most of the row behind us as well) and we all went our own way.
Saying that is is just the city, or just an age group, is absurd. This could happen in any city with any aged person, it all depends on their character. This is obviously a rare occasion, 48,000 people in CBP plus thousands more that were just in the area, and only one fight during the game and one after. Maybe 10 people total involved making this less than 1% of the people who attended the game/area interacting with physical violence. Although my thoughts are that it shouldn't happen at all, I am actually surprised there wasn't more.
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