We just witnessed one of the uglier exhibitions you’ll ever see people attending a game put on. For the three of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, the Flyers stunk up their first playoff game in the Wells Fargo Center following the death of owner/founder Ed Snider, and so people voiced their displeasure by throwing the special light-up bracelets they got as part of a pre-game ceremony/tribute to Mr. Snider onto the ice. So many bracelets hit the ice that the Flyers were penalized for delay of game for it.
The national sports media will have a field day with this for a couple reasons: it’s news, firstly, and something that doesn’t happen every day, but also, it satisfies the average Joe’s confirmation bias. “Of course Philly fans did this. It’s Philly. They booed Santa Clause and threw batteries at players in the Vet and cheered Michael Irvin’s injury. What did you expect?”
Confirmation bias makes for big ratings, as anyone at FOX or MSNBC will tell you; people want to hear what they believe confirmed and so they go places they know will do that. For anyone who believes Philly is a cesspool of ignorant boorish fans, national sports news is their best friend right now, and the national sports media will squeeze every drop out of this they can for clicks, page views, and TV ratings. It’s their nature. Those who unceremoniously chucked their bracelets onto the ice tonight did little to dissuade anyone that Philly is not in fact a cesspool of ignorant boorish fans, and it gives Philadelphia a black eye around the nation.
I’m here to tell you that everyone who threw their bracelet is not a true Philly sports fan. These people do not represent my city nor my teams. A true Philly sports fan in addition to being a fan of Philly sports teams is also a fan of the city itself, loves the city of Philadelphia itself, and would never do anything so damaging as to cause the reputation of the town lasting harm. Every true Flyers fan in that building left with their bracelet. Anyone who can brag about throwing his or her bracelet doesn’t truly love this town and doesn’t belong anywhere near our beloved teams, let alone in the same building as them.
“I’m drunk in Philly and so this makes my behavior acceptable.” No it doesn’t. Not even close. In fact, given the reputation of the town, people attending games should exercise more discretion, not less. It’s obvious this guys cares for nothing but himself, but yet true, classy Flyers fans get lumped in with him because of something negative he did. There’s no excuse for this: not the Flyers losing the game or the Flyers being on their way to being down 3-0 in the series or anything else. None. This is disgraceful.
Now this is interesting. If they thought to save the bracelets that they collected from the ice, they could in theory trace them back to whatever seat they were programmed to. Do it. Trace them back to the seats and ban them. Ban them all. There’s no place for them here. Anyone who thinks it’ll hurt the Flyers to do so doesn’t know how many people buy season tickets. Make little Kyle explain to his dad that he lost the family season tickets they’ve had since 1980 because he chose to be an idiot and toss his bracelet onto the ice, and it got traced back to him. Eradicate the problem.
Here’s hoping the Flyers take every measure to find and ban those who chucked their bracelets.
Here’s hoping other fan bases don’t lump those who love the city of Philadelphia into those who mindlessly threw their bracelets onto the ice, who used the amount of money they paid for their seat, their alcohol consumption, and the fact that they’re in Philadelphia as excuses.
Here’s hoping this incident didn’t turn young potential Flyers fans off to the team or the game.