So as I read through Puck Daddy's article on a couple of Flyers fans, who reportedly vandalized a Montreal reporters car after Game 1 and then getting to the comment section of the article where fans can chirp in with their thoughts, etc. I quickly noticed that there was an emerging pattern in the comments..."stay classy Philadelphia"(though some people like to change it up and say, "stay classy Filithadelphia" or my favorite, "Philadelphia: White Trash Capital of the World). Guess that proves the class from other fans....HA, whatever!
This isn't the first time we have experienced this type of name calling or hatred towards our team and your hometown (though I feel like a Philly resident being a Flyers fan). Actually the name-calling part doesn't necessarily bother me(it does but doesn't) it's the fact that the people calling us out, their teams don't exactly have sterling reputations of fans being "classy" themselves.
Take Montreal as one of the best examples. Here is a fanbase that is so entirely passionate about their team and city, that they will literally burn it to the ground out of shear joy that their team wins a series in the playoffs. Not even the Cup, but a round in the playoffs. I also do remember in the 07-08 playoffs at the Bell Centre a fan dumping a cup of beer over captain Mike Richards head when he was called late in the game sealing the only win the Habs would take against the Flyers in that series. My response: stay classy!
I watched a video of a Boston Bruins fan clocking Steve Yzerman in the face after a game(I'm guessing that the Red Wings won) with a full fight ensuing. Classy! How about the Bruins themselves jumping over the glass to get a fan who stole a stick of an on-ice player...pure class! You could go on and on to dissect this matter even further and show proof that not all fans are so gracious in victory or defeat. (If you got other stories or videos to share to further this thinking, by all means post it up.)
By now people should realize that you won't ever be in control of everyone at a sporting event (hockey, baseball, football, basketball). What one fan does or a few fans do, is entirely up to them. Right or Wrong. You can't just lump an entire city in that mix and label them trash from the actions of a very small group of people over time.(esp. if your town has some fans that don't give the city a particularly good rep. either) That in itself is just... wrong.