March 24, 2011

Ed Rendell Defends Philly Sports Fans: Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) has responded to a GQ article that called Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fans the worst in America. "The Santa Claus incident was more than 40 years ago -- there are very few of us left who pelted that forlorn, scrawny Santa, and certainly current fans cannot be blamed for that," Rendell writes. "The vomiting incident was horrible, but it was one incident perpetrated by only one fan."

posted by rcade to general at 02:28 PM - 9 comments

Based solely on the LSU pic, their fans look pretty fun.

And I knew Wisconsin fans were knuckleheads when, after their team got stomped in Kinnick, a bunch of them marched around the Iowa tailgaters chanting, "Your band still sucks! Your band still sucks!"

posted by Uncle Toby at 03:00 PM on March 24, 2011

How White Sox fans escaped any mention at all is beyond me.

posted by beaverboard at 04:11 PM on March 24, 2011

I like how he slides right past the Eagles fans jeering Michael Irvin as he was carted away strapped to a gurney with a career-ending neck injury. I think most people's assessment of Philadelphia sports fans isn't generalized, it's specific. It's about the people they know who root for Philadelphia sports teams, and are fucking dicks about it, and proud of it. They are legion.

Philadelphia has the worst drivers, too.

posted by Hugh Janus at 04:39 PM on March 24, 2011

Hugh - Thanks for perpetuating a stereotype.

And everyone knows that Jersey has the worst drivers!

posted by myshtigo at 05:23 PM on March 24, 2011

You're welcome!

posted by Hugh Janus at 05:46 PM on March 24, 2011

From the GQ article: These days, Red Sox fans are indistinguishable from Yankees fans-just with more grating accents.

How true. Also, how did the West Fuckin Virginia Guy not get on the picture for them?

Re: Ed Rendell. I really wish he would have just come out and said that "yup, that's us. If you don't like it, don't come and you won't catch a battery to the skull."

posted by Bonkers at 07:09 PM on March 24, 2011

Oh my, that was a funny read. Also quite appalling. College sports, how effed up is that.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:25 PM on March 24, 2011

So Gov. Rendell, people should forget about the Santa incident because it happened 40 years ago, yet your reason first for why Philly fans are passionate is an event that happened in 1977? Talk about recent events.

posted by Demophon at 08:50 AM on March 25, 2011

Philadelphia has the worst drivers, too.
And everyone knows that Jersey has the worst drivers!

I'm from Jersey and drove around Philly and NY but I moved out to Miami about a year ago and I can honestly say try driving in Hialeah, FL and I'm more than sure that you'll change your mind about that.

posted by BornIcon at 12:32 PM on March 25, 2011

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