Like the first foliage turning orange, yellow, and red in the fall, grown men congregating in large groups to consume alcoholic beverages and watch sport signifies the football season has finally returned.
There was proof of the NFL returning in spades on Thursday night when a couple of fans at the Eagles game against the Buffalo Bills just wanted to get some crab fries at the Linc, maybe a beer as well, and instead wound up in a confrontation with people of similar ilk.
Punches were thrown -- if not punches, slaps that were intended to be punches. Fries were spilled.
And football went on.
Also of note: the one man is wearing a DELCO IRISH shirt.
You absolutely hate to see it.
That's how the sports world felt Tuesday night when Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome leg injury during the NBA opener against the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
The injury, which is graphic, can be seen here. Hayward has been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle.
Instantly, an outpouring of support spread across the NBA.
Here is some reaction from Sixers players:
Eagles rookie Sidney Jones knows about tough injuries. He's recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
And the terrible injury produced some powerful scenes and images.
We've heard so much about Nolan Patrick's vision and passing ability.
Now we know why.
Patrick on Tuesday delivered the first jaw-dropping highlight of his NHL career when he slickly dropped a pass through his legs for a trailing Dale Weise, who finished the play with the Flyers' fourth second-period goal of the night (see observations).
You can watch the play in the video above … and just, wow.
Patrick, only 19 years old, does it so naturally and without even looking — at all — in Weise's direction.
Some Flyers were seen on the bench smiling in amazement of the teenager.
And it probably won't be the only time.