10 times Philadelphia fans were truly the worst
Philly Fans: The Worst of the Worst
Every fan base has rough moments, but Philadelphia supporters seem to have them more than most. These 10 instances in which Philly fans were unbearable serve as proof.
The time they climbed light poles after the Eagles Superbowl win
In the battle of Eagles fans versus greased light poles, the Philadelphia police couldn't control the Philly fans on the night that the Eagles won Superbowl LII. Even after the use of hyrdraulic fluid to keep fans from climbing the city's light poles, the fans would not lose.
The time one guy intentionally threw up on an 11-year-old girl
Some of the acts that follow in this gallery are fairly harmless, but this one may be the most disgusting thing to ever happen in Philadelphia — a city, mind you, where Sam Bradford is worth millions, so disgusting things are commonplace. During a Phillies game in 2010, a 21-year-old fan named Matthew Clemmens and his friend were escorted by security out of their seats for unruly behavior. However, on their way out, Clemmens reportedly "leaned over and put two fingers down his throat" and started vomiting onto an off-duty police officer and his 11-year-old daughter. No further commentary needed. He was later charged with aggravated assault along with a few additional counts.
The time they booed Donovan McNabb right after he was drafted
Imagine you get a new job, and the first time you appear before your coworkers, they boo you. Mercilessly. They saw you were really good with your previous employer, but they don't care about that at all, because they wanted someone else to fill the spot you got. So they just boo you. This is what happened when the Eagles drafted Donovan McNabb in 1999. All he did was go on to be the top quarterback in franchise history by a large measure in many categories. Good call on the boos, Philly fans.
The time they beat up Chief Zee
In 1983, Zema Williams, known to those associated with the Burgundy and Gold as Chief Zee, hit the road for a Redskins-Eagles matchup. Dressed in his customary costume, Williams was beaten up twice during his visit to Veterans Stadium, according to the Washington City Paper. First, two people ripped his clothes and threw the feathers he was wearing on his head from the upper deck down into seats below. That, though, would pale in comparison to what happened to him in the parking lot afterward; those same two attackers, plus two others, assaulted Williams and — among other things — broke his leg. He had to use a wheelchair and crutches the rest of the year.
The time Ryan Howard had a beer bottle thrown at him
McNabb shouldn't feel bad; he's not the only icon from the City of Brotherly Love to be targeted by those who should adore him. This past June, Ryan Howard grounded out to end a home contest versus the Brewers. Then, on his way back to the dugout, someone from the stands chucked a beer bottle at him. The first baseman wasn't hit by the beverage, but now he has to keep his head up each time he takes a stroll to his bench in his own stadium because he can't trust his own fans not to toss random objects at him. No place like home, huh?
The time a few fellows burned DeSean Jackson's jersey
Before the Redskins went into their stadium and officially won the 2015/16 NFC East title as a result of smothering their team, a few Eagles bros decided to burn a DeSean Jackson jersey. The whole scene was incredibly sketchy and broverloaded with the type of yelling that makes you wish your ears could be detached from your head at a moment's notice. Alas, the act was pointless, but also served as a bit of foreshadowing, since Kirk Cousins would go on to torch Philly's secondary all night long to the tune of 365 yards and four scores.
The time they totally embarrassed themselves against the Capitals
Another unfortunate sequence of events. Just before the Capitals and Flyers commenced their first-round playoff series last April, Ed Snider, who had co-founded Philadelphia's hockey team, died after battling bladder cancer. So when the Flyers returned home to the Wells Fargo Center for Game 3, every fan was given a plastic bracelet which were meant to serve as tributes to the franchise's owner. As it turns out, the bands ended up serving as mini projectiles that were thrown onto the ice in the final stages of a 6-1 Washington victory. Eventually, the home side was assessed a penalty, but no box would've been big enough to fit all of the offenders.
The time Chris Baker received a cheesesteak he never ordered
In a September 2014 showdown with the Eagles, Chris Baker was ejected for a hit on Nick Foles during an interception return. Some thought it was clean, while others thought it warranted the disqualification. Nevertheless, the refs tossed the lineman, and on his way off the field, some supporters in green decided to toss a cheesesteak at him, too. Whether they at least had the courtesty of asking if he wanted Whiz or provolone on the sandwich is not known.
The time an ump had to eject a Phillies fan who was harassing him
Umpires are usually responsible for ejecting players, but recently, Bob Davidson had to toss a ticket holder from Citizens Bank Park. The reason? Because the drunk guy first told Davidson he sucked (not atypical behavior, sure) and then reported to Davidson that he owned "property on 69th street." #Nice #GotHeem
The time they threw snowballs at Santa Claus
As the years have gone by, this story has proven to not be as bad as it was originally made out to be. But it's still not great. In 1968, near the end of a disastrous campaign by the Eagles, the team held its annual Christmas-themed halftime show. However, the Santa Claus supposed to participate didn't show due to a snowstorm, so a backup St. Nick was selected from the crowd. Combine the weather, the late addition of Santa and the fact that the Eagles had finally started winning right when they were positioning themselves to get O.J. Simpson, and it's clear why those in attendance bombarded Kris Kringle with snowballs. Alas, a list like this must include this incident.
The time one dude jumped into the penalty box with Tie Domi
No sane person would ever try to fight Tie Domi, which is why it makes sense that a Flyers fan once tried to. Chris Falcone, who had seats a couple rows behind the visitor's penalty box during a 2001 Maple Leafs-Flyers tilt, famously lunged into said box when Domi was sent there and squirted water onto other fans who were taunting him. Falcone was handed a citation and also needed stitches following the scrap. Considering how skilled Domi was as a fighter, he's lucky that's all he left with.