THN Deems Flyers Fans Craziest, Brings Up Santa Snowball Incident


The Hockey News released their list of craziest fans in the NHL and guess what?  Flyers fans topped the list.  But it's not because Flyers fans are knowledgeable about the sport, passionate, and unwavering in their support during bad times.

"In Philadelphia, Santa Claus gets pelted with snowballs and goons are beloved figures. If you don’t play hard and hit, you won’t survive the Flyers faithful – and that’s just when they’re playing road hockey."

Oh ok, I get it.  We're the nuttiest because fans threw snowballs at Santa back in 1968 at an Eagles game.  That makes perfect sense.  Then again, what national sports media outlet hasn't used the Santa cliche when referencing Philadelphia this week?  I guess THN was just trying to fit in.

Of course, having condoms thrown at me in Boston during this year's playoffs didn't get as much attention (although Deadspin and Puck Daddy picked it up).

Either way, Flyers fans are the most dedicated in the NHL. Around the Atlantic Division, Pittsburgh and New Jersey weren't mentioned, while Rangers fans finished second. Surprisingly, Islander fans finished eighth. Click here for the complete Top 10.

By the way, crazy fans, you can get really good deals on Flyers tickets with Crossing Broad Tickets.


6 Responses

  1. I mean it’s not like we had over 10,000 people in the (then) wachovia center for a game that wasn’t even there or anything else worth mentioning…
    I’d rather have “goons” as our city’s beloved figures than idolize a fairy princess like Crosby any day.
    What’s so great about santa anyways?

  2. Thats the second santa-snowball reference I’ve heard today. Mark Schlereth used it this morning on Mike & Mike as evidence that McNabb will get booed on Sunday.

  3. Every time I read “Santa” and “snowballs” in the same sentence, my blood pressure goes up just that much more.

  4. No one knows that that Santa was a drunk and was stumbling around. That’s why people threw snowballs at him…everyone just likes to leave that part out to give us Philly fans a bad rep.

  5. Did anyone else see Herman Edwards lying his ass off on Mike & Mike earlier this week about the Santa incident? He said he was there, playing in the game. The only problem is that it happened 9 years before he even played for the Eagles, when he was in roughly the 8th or 9th grade. Apparently Herm has never heard of the internet or fact checking or anything like that.

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