Classless Flyers Fans Throw Ed Snider Tribute Bracelets Onto Ice, Earn Team Delay of Game Penalty (Videos)
This might be a new low for Philadelphia sports fans. And if you know anything about Philadelphia sports fans, you know that’s saying something.
Monday night’s Game 3 between the Flyers and Capitals started out well enough. Before the puck dropped the home team paid tribute to beloved team founder Ed Snider, who recently passed away, with every fan in attendance receiving an Ed Snider tribute bracelet.
The Flyers, down 2-0 in their best of seven series, responded to the tribute by jumping out to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game.
But the wheels fell off halfway through the third period. With the Capitals up 4-1, Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare sent Capitals defenseman Dmirty Orlov headfirst into the boards with a nasty check from behind, sparking a brawl. When the fog cleared and the referees announced the penalties—of which the Flyers received a deservedly disproportionate amount—the fans lost it. And pretty soon, Ed Snider commemorative bracelets were raining down on the ice.
Wayne Simmonds and Alex Ovechkin pleaded with the fans to stop throwing the bracelets:
So did the Flyers PA announcer Lou Nolan. “Hold those wristbands in your hands, show some class. This is Philly,” he said ironically, “not somewhere else in the NHL.” Check it out:
Nothing worked, though. Flyers fans kept throwing bracelets, so the refs had to give the team a delay of game penalty in accordance with NHL rules.
Nolan scolded the fans while announcing the infraction:
— Cindy Webster (@Cindy610) April 19, 2016
A lot of (but not all) Flyers fans watching at home were disgusted by the disrespect shown to the late Ed Snider.
— Erin Stephan (@ErinStephan) April 19, 2016
I am sad and embarrassed to be a #Flyers fan tonight, and it has nothing to do with the team or how they are playing.
— Farra D’Orazio (@FarraD) April 19, 2016
God I feel terrible to be a flyers fan right now, disgraceful to those whom threw the bracelets
— Justin Sierocinski (@Jinger_BreadMan) April 19, 2016
— Kendra Hogan (@kendralee18) April 19, 2016
— Joe (@jcorrado19) April 19, 2016
At one point the word embarassing was actually trending in Philadelphia.
— Trendsmap Philly (@TrendsPhilly) April 19, 2016
Should we really be surprised, though? Nothing is sacred to Philly sports fans. These are the people who once pelted Santa Clause with snowballs at an Eagles game.
Stay classy, Philadelphia.