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  • Anonthony

    Ugh. Pittsburgh sports fans are the worst.

    • SultanofShaw

      Don’t even know who started the fight. Could’ve been the caps fan!

      • dcd

        If you look at a Venn diagram of Caps fans, UMd. graduates, and people who start fights, I imagine there’s a pretty significant overlap.

    • dcd

      May I recommend a trip to Philadelphia before you make a statement like this?

      • Anonthony

        Touché! Philly fans are even worse!

      • navyard

        I was going to say the same thing. I grew up outside of Philly. No matter what airport in the world I am, I can always tell when a flight from Philly has just landed.

  • Kingman Park

    Let Pittsburgh fans have their sports because they have literally nothing else going for them.

    • WestEndLove

      MY FRAGILE SPORTS EGO CAN’T HANDLE LOSING, MUST MAKE JOKE ABOUT AN ENTIRE CITY.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Says someone who has clearly never been to Pittsburgh.

      • Carey

        Sure, it’s a fun place to visit, see a Pirates game and have a sandwich at Primanti’s. But living there is a different story. There’s a weird cultural insularity there that’s hard to explain. The tiny downtown area shuts down after 5pm. And the winters there are beyond bleak and miserable.

      • rss

        Pittsburgh actually has a lot going for it these days and there is other food there besides Primanti’s. Haters – next time you are there, I suggest you check out Pamela’s (for diner food) and the Ace Hotel for hip fancy drinks in East Liberty.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          Sorry, but no amount of great cheap food and drinks can make up for the appallingly dreary weather, at least for me. I put in my time out there and just…nope. The weather makes me suicidal.

          • Jay

            Growing up in Pittsburgh, I never thought the weather was that bad. Then I spent four years in Syracuse and now Pittsburgh weather seems entirely acceptable…

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Lol Caps are such a loser franchise. Can’t even make it past the second round after winning the President’s trophy.

  • MadMax

    Craps fail again, feel bad for you guys.

  • Anonymous

    It’s unclear who started this, but I always find it surprising when fans of a winning visiting team taunt the home team. The vast majority of times there are far, far more home team fans, so it seems like really poor risk assessment to pick a fight that you are incredibly unlikely to win. That’s booze for you.

    • anon

      Isn’t it more surprising that people with no actual connection to a sports team feel the need to fight someone because they have a tenuous connection to a different team?

    • MadMax

      I would guess that most people who taunt someone at a sporting event do so not expecting to actually be punched for it.

    • James W.

      You could’ve stopped at “unclear who started this’ but went on to make sweeping assumptions on what happened and why. The idea that Caps fans wouldn’t start $hit is laughable to anyone who’s been in the vicinity of Verizon center on a game night.

  • Fearful Pens Fan

    As a native Pittsburgher who was out watching the game last night, shocked at the display of some Caps fans… saw some drunk loser spit in a Pen fan’s face, unprovoked, because they were wearing a Crosby jersey… karma for next season!

    • Kingman Park

      God that’s awful. The Caps lost because they gave probably their worst game 7 performance of all time. To blame Pittsburgh alone for the loss shows how delusional some fans are.

      • Chris

        They outshot and outplayed the Penguins all game.
        2009 would like a word with you, or any of the 5 game 7’s the Caps have lost. This was one of their better ones, let alone any other team’s

        • Tsar of Truxton

          I don’t know about that. As a neutral observer (Bruins fan), who admittedly only watched the first period and the last 10 minutes of the third, I would not say that was the case. The first period was pretty back and forth and if anything, the Pens controlled the play (the box score indicates the Pens out shot the Caps in the first). For the last ten minutes, the Pens were all over the Caps (they couldn’t even enter the zone with the goalie pulled). Again, the box score indicates that the Pens out shot the Caps in the third, so it seems to support my recollection. I missed the second, and the Caps did drastically out shoot the Pens in that period, so maybe that is what you are remembering, but overall, the stats were basically even. In the portions of the game I watched, the Pens shots seemed like better scoring chances as well.

        • MadMax

          Isn’t saying you outshot them kind of like saying you talk to all the guys/ladies in a bar, but none want to go home with you?

          • LMFB

            Not necessarily. If you are outshooting another team, it’s (usually) because you are dominating the play. So shots on goal or scoring opportunities can be a good indicia of who is dominating the game. So, it’s not like some overconfident loser at a bar striking out. That said, the shot difference here was 29-28 (i.e., pretty close), and I don’t think you can say the Caps outplayed the Pens all game–they played like they knew they were defeated in the 3rd period.

            Makes me sad, I really want Ovie to get a cup. (And DC, obv).

            Oh, and unless you are on the ice yourself, you should not be fighting over a hockey game. Yuck.

        • James W.

          Caps looked terrible last night compared to how they played during the series. If that is truly one of their better game sevens, then they are perhaps the chokiest team in all of pro sports….

        • Kingman Park

          At least last year’s game 7 went to OT. We outscored the Penguins 9-4 in the previous 2 games to stay alive in the series and you’re saying a shutout is one of their better game 7’s? I’m a Caps fan but even I know that is just not true.

          • anon

            there was no game 7. Pens won in 6 and comfortably controlled the series

          • Kingman Park

            Ah shit you’re right. Doesn’t make it any less sad.

  • David Puddy

    Wait till that Caps fan tells his fellow rubes back in Centreville about how he defended his team’s honor!

  • anon

    OK I”m a Pens fan and that is not cool. It’s just hockey! Let’s leave the drunken fan brawls to Philly!

  • Jay

    All sports fans are awful*, it just takes a team’s success to bring it out. Penguins fans taunting Capitals fans are classless and lame; Capitals fans attacking Penguins fans are dangerously out of line. In all of these cases, it’s not like the fans themselves have accomplished or failed at anything beyond maybe being born in a city that’s having a good or bad year…

    *With the caveat that some cities have a disproportionate share of abominable people (*cough*Boston*cough*)

    • MadMax

      Boston is unquestionably the worst. Sorry Philadelphians, you’ll have to find something else to be proud of being bad at.

      • NH Ave Hiker

        Boston is the best.

        • Jay

          I wonder what Adam Jones or Bill Russell or PK Subban or Joel Ward would say…

          • NH Ave Hiker

            Get out of here with that crap. Just because there are a few racist jerks in a crowd doesn’t mean all of New England is like that. Did you not see Fenway give Adam Jones a standing ovation the very next game?

          • Anonthony

            They only did that because they were warned before the game that if they didn’t start behaving themselves, the team would be relocated to Montréal.

          • Jay

            Of course they’re not “all” like that and similar things happen elsewhere, but this wasn’t exactly a unique or isolated incident; it’s the kind of thing that has happened so often in Boston – and across all four major sports – that it has given the city something of a reputation for that kind of behavior.

          • Tsar of Truxton

            I wonder what Big Papi or IT or Jarome Iginla would say. I wonder what you would say about the banana nooses found on AU’s campus last week. I wonder what Bryan Stow would say about Dodgers fans. In another incident, a Giants fan killed a Dodgers fan in self-defense. I can’t say I have heard of any incidents leading to paralysis or death in Boston. There are bad apples everywhere, don’t kid yourself.

          • Tsar of Truxton
      • anonymous

        But but….the SNOWBAWLLS!!!!!
        .
        ….50 years ago
        .
        I still maintain most of the terrible Philadelphia fans are from Jersey. I don’t know any actual Philadelphians who are proud of that crap. Dealing with the turnpike or PATCO ride home must be just too much to take without alcohol in your blood. I may not have much evidence, but I’m sticking with it

        • dcd

          Please. Don’t try to pass off Pennsylvanians’ thuggish behavior on the good people of the Garden State. It’s more likely people from the Alabama portion of Pennsylvania. And it isn’t like actual Philadelphians are cultured aristocrats themselves.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Look – it’s easy to take a swipe at Philadelphia fans – and yes, a very large portion of them are from / live in south Jersey. Any fan, of any sport from any city, can act like a thug. I do not believe thuggish behavior is limited to a particular sports teams’ supporters, as we can see examples in the video above and in news stories all across the U.S. – hell across the globe, really (looking at you, football club hooligans!). But please, there are actually some of us native-born Philadelphians who would like to leave our brawling ways in the past and just enjoy a beer, a hoagie, and a good game!

          • MadMax

            Is a hoagie different than a sandwich, or is it just a regional terminology thing?

          • LittleBluePenguin

            oh, it’s a very regional term for a sandwich, but moreso a sub-type sandwich. For instance, a BLT wouldn’t be a hoagie. But an Italian sub would be. We always butted heads with my cousins from New England, who insisted it was a “grind-ah.” Wut.

    • James W.

      But “all sports fans” don’t show up to games, drink their faces off, and pretend like their personal honor is at stake when their team is insulted. There are plenty who can take in a game and maintain a degree of civility. You just won’t see them going viral on Twitter.

  • Ohsnap

    Worst fan power rankings:
    Russian fans of any sport.
    European soccer fans.
    Hockey fans.
    Football fans.
    Baseball fans.
    Basketball fans.
    American soccer fans.

    Also let this be a lesson caps fans: you can’t win a Stanley Cup if a Russian is your best player. You need the toughness only a Canadian can provide.

    • MadMax

      Duke and Ohio State fans probably deserve their own special line too.

      • dcd

        Agree with Boston, Duke and OSU, but don’t sleep on Notre Dame!

        • MadMax

          Yeah but at least Notre Dame fans are generally quiet when they’re losing / lose.

        • DukeofHillEast

          I can’t believe I’m about to be seen as defending Notre Dame. I hate ND. That being said, I have been to South Bend twice, as an opposing fan, and both times I have left with respect for the fans I encountered. Don’t get me wrong, they think they are God’s gift to the world and never shut up. But I have only ever experienced some light hearted ribbing and then an offer of a free beer.

      • Anonthony

        Alabama.

        • MadMax

          I find the SEC in general to have its own level of obnoxiousness. Alabama (to me) doesn’t stand out anymore than conference proponents as a whole.

      • Go Bucks! O-H…

        • Accountering

          I-O!

    • Anon X

      Somehow missed your list – but posted one substantially similar.

    • LMFB

      Montreal Canadiens fans deserve a place all their own, right above hockey fans (as a city that riots over hockey).

      • MadMax

        I thought Maple Leafs fans were supposedly worse? Admittedly, hockey is one of the few sports I don’t really follow.

        • LMFB

          I don’t think so–I mean, you have to give it to Leafs fans, they show up and cheer for a team that hasn’t made it to the playoffs since…anyone cares to remember. But Habs fans boo their own team, they cheer ironically if their goalie makes an easy save when he’s having an off night. They’ve rioted numerous times because their team won or lost a playoff series (or the Cup).

          That said, the fans aren’t known for hurling racist slurs (but maybe that’s just because they are in french and I don’t understand them).

    • BroadStBully

      +1000 about a Russian being the best player and leading the team to a cup..just not gonna happen

  • LosLobos

    I used to be a sports fan until I realized that being a fan is an incredible waste of time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md2vBiNm7W0

  • Anon X

    So many hockey fans are just slightly better behaved than football hooligans in the UK. Driving around chinatown last night before the game (and before the booze intake) was already like driving through a prequel to Mad Max.

    1.) football hooligans
    2.) A massive number of hockey fans
    3.) NFL Fans from certain cities
    4.) Many LA Dodgers Fans
    5.) Everyone else

  • All you to know about that game was the Penguins were going for every single puck like there was no tomorrow and the Caps players to a man were hesitating and playing without urgency.

    Zero more to be said. If you want to know what the Penguins have a lot of championships, merely watch that game/

    • anon

      Yeah it was a total reversal from game 6, in which the Caps trounced the Pens. Just depends on which team shows up.

  • Spectator

    Fight broke out at Penn Social last night too

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