Yes Philly fans have a "bad" reputation. But defending it hasn't been hard. I usually respond with the "well that's just a select group of fans" or "well the guy (an away fan) was probably being just as obnoxious" or when people point out that we as philly fans threw snowballs at Santa< "well he was skinny and drunk. You would've thrown snowballs at him too."
If you watch the Penn State vs. Temple game on TV, or were at the game, you saw that there was a very large amount of Penn State fans there. And for the Penn State fans that were not Philadelphia natives their eyes were opened to the "foulness" of the Philadelphia fan base. It was obnoxious and I have never seen anything like that at any kind of sporting event.
Two events stuck with me, and probably many other visiting Penn State fans, the most:
- Temple fans wore this gem of a shirt - on the front saying "We Are" and the back saying "F**K YOU."
Ok? Cool? The Owl giving the finger adds a nice touch as well.
- During the game, after Temple made a "big" play, the Temple student section started a "F**k Penn State" chant. Again, completely unnecessary. And I hope it felt even better after Penn State came back and won. Best of all, a few rows in front of me was a lone Temple fan sitting among a bunch of Penn State supporters. After several good Temple plays he would stand, yell, mock, and flip off all Penn State fans around him. Yet he was seen hands in his face crying after the game. Much to the delight of my friends and I.
Have you seen other acts like this form any fan base? How over the line do you think these specific instances were?