GQ Names Phillies Fans Worst Fans in America

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What a bunch of cock-ups over at GQ. I can't believe we're actually going to dignify this with a response, considering that we're playing right into their hands. The reason Philly comes up last in most of these surveys is not because we truly are the worst fans, but because we're the most passionate, will pay the most attention to them, and, in turn, give them the purchases and page views they need.

I'm all for attention-getting posts, however, you should at least believe what you're writing. Here goes from GQ:

2 and 1. Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies 
The Meanest Fans in America

Over the years, Philadelphia fans have booed Santa Claus, their own star players, and most absurdly, the recipient of America's very first hand transplant, whose crime was dribbling in a ceremonial first pitch—thrown with his freshly transplanted hand. Boooo! Admittedly, there are some things fans have cheered. Like Michael Irvin's career-ending neck injury and a fan being tased on the outfield grass. Things reached their nadir last season, when Citizens Bank Park played host to arguably the most heinous incident in the history of sports: A drunken fan intentionally vomited on an 11-year-old girl. The truth is this: All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. "Some of these people would boo the crack in the Liberty Bell," baseball legend Pete Rose once said. More likely, these savages would have thrown the battery that cracked it.

 

Honestly? Fuck yourself.

I'm not even going to go into detail as to why this is drivel- I already did that here, when I explained why Rick Chandler is a dick.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go write a post to inform you that I'm leaving for a few days so I can spend money that I don't have to do something I don't like to do (flying) to sit in a sold out stadium to watch my favorite team play games that don't mean anything. Yeah, some shitty fans we are.

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32 Responses

  1. I never get bothered by these articles for 2 reasons
    1) We all know the truth: we’re no better or worse than any other passionate fanbase. Our city has some losers who give us a bad name like most cities. People call us the worst b/c it’s easy and socially acceptable. It’s boring by now.
    2) Any bad press for being bad fans is good if it means less fans of other teams come to our games. I don’t want those losers there anymore than they want us in their stadium. Yes, we’re horrible depraved lunatics…now go the fuck away and let us fill this seat with a worthy fan.
    GQ should stick to hot chicks and metrosexual stories.

  2. I don’t know what the argument is. I am a gigantic Philly sports fan and I gotta be honest with you, we are a bunch of fucking assholes. Why do we take pride in being crazy fans but then get defensive when we get called out on it. FUCK IT

  3. Spot on. As a whole, we really are a bunch of assholes. Does shit happened elsewhere? Sure does. Does it get magnified when it happens in Philly? Absolutely. But disgusting shit happens here more often than it does anywhere else. Off the top of my head, only Philly fans have killed another Philly fan outside the stadium after a game. I hate the ridicule as much as anyone else, but, as a whole, we’re a giant bunch of disgusting animals.

  4. I wonder how many of these people have ACTUALLY been to CBP, or The Linc, or The Wells Fargo center for a game, or two, or three…
    The fans are great, roudy sometimes, but flippin’ amazing. Isn’t that par for the sports world? In Philly they just cheer louder.

  5. we take total pride on being the most “intimidating fans” and that we needed a courtroom in the bowels of the vet, BUT when someone calls us mean or unruley well ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!!!!!…….pick one….be proud of our reputation…or be all up in arms over it!..CANT BE BOTH!

  6. @camp, Where do you self-hating Philadelphia fans come from? There are always a few of you whenever shit like this comes out.

  7. idk why you care so much. honestly i love the fact people cant stand us, it means were doing our jobs. fuck you i like people not liking philly. its philly vs everyone else and thats how i like it. thats how it should be and always will be. i like this attention we get. PHILLY GET ROWDY!!!!!!!
    r.i.p VET

  8. Their capitalizing on the negative because that is what sells. Trash talk is cheap.
    Hey Philly, Let’s dis them in their pocket!
    We are more passionate, we sell OUT every game, raise more money for our Team charities, fly and charter buses to see our team win and buy more merchandise than other fans.

  9. @Tank: Fans seem to kill each other about every other year someplace. There was a brawl outside the Angels Stadium in 2009 if I recall.

  10. ooh boo hoo another writer from Minnesota (or wherever his ass is from) doesn’t like us. Here’s the facts 1. no other fanbase is as real and brash as we are. 2. Philly is not for the faint of heart that goes for athletes and fans. 3. We honestly don’t give a hell. Our passion even seeps into our teams. That tough do anything to win attitude, aak the Flyers, Phils and even the Sixers. Best example would probably be when we had the world series parade back in 2008. I was at CBP and i can honestly say I have never experienced so much passion in one day and there were some harsh activities like refusing to let people walk through the crowd lmao funny as hell. Best day of my life

  11. Giants (San Fran) fan was attacked and killed last year I believe. I’ve been to countless Philly sporting events. Playoff Baseball/Hockey, An eagles Game at Giant Stadium (their fans are just as bad if not worse) And Philly, we get pegged for a few really bad incidents as our entire fan base is horrible and we puke on everyone. Fact is we are passionate and love sports and take pride in our teams. So thanks for this GQ, bringing up old ass stories and justifying to the only people it matters too (Philly Fans) how ignorant the national media is to us.

  12. Honestly, I go to about 20 games a year and the worst I’ve seen are drunk college bandwagoners playing push you, punch me getting escorted out. Because that *never* happens in other places that serve booze.

  13. I live in San Diego now, Phoenix for 4 years, Atlanta for 4 years before that, and then 25 in Delaware/Philly area. There are assholes in every city, and they root for all different teams. Philly has had that label and everytime this article comes up, you have to know the author is going to go to this well, just as thousands before him.
    If you want to see ruthless, go to a Raiders-Chargers game and watch men and women of all ages and race show up to the stadium anticipating a brawl. Both sides talk about it the week leading up to the game, they relive old fights and brawls that they’ve participated in or seen, strum up youtube videos for encouragement. They had swat teams at Qualcom this year, SWAT TEAMS.
    It happens everywhere, as a Philly fan, yes my brethren and myself have gone overboard before, but we are some of the greatest fans in the world when it comes to the positives of a fanbase, loyalty, support. But to ignore the shit that fellow philly fans have done before is ignorant.

  14. These are the ass-clowns that published the nauseating McNabb article early in the 2010 NFL season that made me throw up in my own mouth. Their credibility in the sports realm is zeroed out, and they have an agenda against Philly.

  15. Tired, lazy journalism. If you can even call their last failing attempts to remian relevant in the internet age as journalism. These articles are written for the same reason the local news always starts off with the most violent headline story. It’s an attention grabber.

  16. We are the BEST, and theres only a few places that can even come close. Regardless of a few knucklehead of yesteryear. That is a no thought article, based on a stereotype. So what!! He has to write sports articles FOR A DAMN CLOTHING MAGAZINE. No wonder why he isnt writing for ESPN

  17. I went to a Raiders game back when they were in LA, and it was scary as shit. Witnessed at least 3 fights in the stands, including one person gettting kicked in the face. Can’t imagine what the games are like in Oakland.

  18. Philly fans are the worst – snore.
    Best comment ever regarding Philly fans by the great Bob Uecker, when asked what do they do in the off season: “They go to the airport and boo bad landings.”

  19. HAHAHHA damn GQ couldnt be any more! PATHETIC city and fans!! and you guys crying about it like always just admit it!!!

  20. This coming from the bastion of legitimate sports reporting that is……..GQ magazine. I wonder when Teen Beat will be coming out with their list next?

  21. Camp said it the best. Who cares? We are assholes, we throw beers, we harass opposing fans to a dangerous level, we vandalize cars, we are what we are, and to be honest, I’m kinda proud of it.
    But for fuck’s sake, can ANYBODY write a god damn article about Philly fans without referencing the “Santa-booing incident”??? Thee most incredibly misconstrued, blown out of proportion story to ever happen in sports-related history. Get over it!

  22. I think the worst thing are all of the writers here, using British/Australian slang like “spot-on” and “cock-up”. They sound like idiots and you sound like bigger idiots imitating them.

  23. Actually I take all of that as a compliment. They did not say we were the worst fans in sports they just said the meanest. Mean is great! I love being a Philly Sports fan and getting in visiting players and fans heads before they even enter our stadium. So don’t be pissed about this celebrate it.

  24. I love this gesst I wiill love to be inlighted more about the sport and link or mis to follow it up anyone pls thank you.

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