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Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:45 pm

By Brian Stubits

Just after the New Year, we relayed to you the story out of Philadelphia where a Rangers fan was badly beaten by some Flyers fans outside of Geno's Steaks following New York's 3-2 win in the Winter Classic.

The victim is 30-year-old Neal Auricchio, a police officer in New Jersey and former purple heart honoree from his service in Iraq as a marine. He is also a life-long Rangers fan who was on leave from his duty with the police after his wife gave birth the week before Christmas.

While the police investigation to find the men responsible for beating Auricchio and damaging his eye socket to the point of requiring surgery, the Rangers have set into motion a day for Auricchio to come to Madison Square Garden for a game on them. He'll be on hand Feb. 27 when the Rangers host the New Jersey Devils

Rangers coach John Tortorella was the one who called to give Auricchio the news.

“It absolutely lifted his spirits,” his wife Maria Auricchio told the New York Post. “He’s, and we’re all, such big Rangers fans. It was great [to get Tortorella’s call].”

I tell ya, between this and his relationship with Liam Trainer, Tortorella is going to win over some more fans.

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Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:55 pm

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

You cannot be a Flyers fan and a decent human at the same time

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:37 pm

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

My post was deleted by an admistrator a day after I commented. Why? Must be a NY fan. 

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:45 pm

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

DCN, and rpmacmurphy both said it better then I ever could.

Only 2 things I'll add.  People claiming one city, or anothers fans are goons, or whatever people are calling them.  Fan bases in every city across the country have a number of people who act like this.  It is our job as people who know better.  To try prevent situations like this without causing the situation to escalate further.

Also, I would of liked to have seen tickets to more then 1 game from both teams.  Heck I'd like to see them give him playoff tickets.  I think that would send a very clear message to the people who wanna attack others over a game.

Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 1:38 pm

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

Reminds me of the 90s. Taking the train to Philly with our Blueshirts on and fetching a whupping from Flyers fans (including the Cops) for daring to set foot in their rink. The majority of the Flyers fans I've met are respectful and then there are the steakheads who couldn't find their way out of a round room with one door.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:53 pm

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

Ya anyone saying this is ok either 1) didn't watch the video or 2(have no regard for human life.  Forget the fact that he's a cop and war veteran..... Let's say it was your dad.  How would you be reacting then????  This wouldn't have even been a topic of discussion if the Flyers fans manned up and fought the guy one on one.  Bad blood flows all over the place.  From the middle east to up her in Northen Canada.  The problem with this is and only is that it was a gang jumping.  The term gang refers to a group of 3 or more individuals.  Clearly the 3 Flyers fans( although initiated by one) Swarmed the Rangers fan AND then after his buddy tried to jump in and PULL guys off.  One Flyers fan turns to hit him and he tries to defend himself unsuccessfully.  After getting what he got, the Flyers fan then turns back to engage in the already beaten guy on the ground.  The Flyers fan who commented about helping regardless of what jersey he was wearing.... That's my sight on it exactly.  I live in Hamilton, Ontario Canada and have been a Rangers fan since I was 9 yrs old.  If I was at MSG watching any game where something like that happened, I would do everything I could to make it at least a fair fight.  If you( as a society) find it entertaining to see 3 guys beat up one, then you have a sad misconception to life in general.  This happens everywhere and to have it become stereotypical of certain rivalries is rediculous.  It starts to make an imapct when it adheres fans to go enjoy their team if they live in another geographical area.  I have tonnes of Maple Leafs fans, since I live 30 mins from Toronto and have never once been challenged like that for being a Rangers fan.  I've had boo's, heckles and shit like go back to "the big apple before we take a bit outta you"... this was told to me by a 70 year old man!!!... But never anything violent.  Toronto fans are hardcore for their team(even though they suck balls!!!) but not idiotic like this.  I understand the rivalry isn't as great as Philly/Rangers or Ilses/Rangers(where a guy got stabbed at a game) however in a heated environment anything can happen.  It's the brain capacity you have to hold to understand this is wrong.  Flyers fans shouldn't be jusdged by this and a big hand for Geno's Steaks trying to apprehend these goofs.  I hope their children get to see what kind of disgrace they are to human life.  No one would've known he was a decorated war vet at the time or I bet this all wouldn't have transpired at all.

Since: Jul 9, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:52 pm

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

It wasn't his was the fact that he was watching from Florida. 

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:52 am

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

Hey Vision 20/ obviously need to have your eyes checked again, and re-read what actually happened.  The 2 Ranger fans were in line at Geno's, when the 3 Philly fans paid some window washer to go over to the Ranger fans, and spray the cleaner in their faces.  Homeless window washer complies, the Ranger fans get righfully pissed, then the three (much larger) Philly fans jump on the Ranger fans from behind and pummel them.

So, YOUR reenactment of what happend is 100% false, but nice try.

Oh, and please go to Pearl Vision.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:48 am

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

As a decent human being and a Flyers fan, I am embarassed at this.  I still question why bystanders did not help?  If I was present at the time, I would have helped the Rangers fan, while in my Flyers jersey.  Its a disgrace to our society that bystanders did nothing to help this guy. 

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:15 am

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

being a Red Sox fan I'm embarresed of behavior like this

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:14 am

Rangers give fan beaten in Philly tickets to game

shocker people calling each other out on here. This is exactly what I was talking about earlier. People take sports WAY too seriously. It's supposed to be about entertainment and following things that we enjoy and love. Why do people need to take things to extremes?

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