Philly Fans Continue to Prove They’re the Worst in Sports

“The City of Brotherly Love” is more of a punch line than the truth, and that is especially evident by the behavior of their fans.  Over the past several years, Philadelphia is known more for its idiot fans than it is for the cheese steak. 

While it is true that it only takes one rotten apple to spoil the barrel, for some reason, Eagles and Phillies fans seem to have more bad apples per capita than any other sports city in the country, and one of those winners made headlines this past week. 

After his friend was ejected from the Phillies game for cursing, spitting and spilling beer on another fan (who happened to be an off-duty police officer) and his daughter, Matthew Clemmens decided to up the ante by intentionally vomiting on the father and daughter.  Clemmens was arrested and held on $35,000 bail last Friday.

I’m sure there a some fans with some class in Philadelphia, but to say this is a recurring theme would be a huge understatement.  You think Philly fans think they’re simply getting a bad wrap?  While Clemmens’ display was probably the most disgusting, take a look at the following list of incidents, and you decide if they are the worst in all of sports.

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Phillies Fans Charged with Battery….literally:  In JD Drew’s first game in Philadelphia, at least two Phillies fans snuck batteries into the stadium and threw them at the outfielder because they were upset that Drew’s agent Scott Boras advised him to hold out for more money the year prior, when the Phillies selected him as the second overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft.  Had just one of those batteries struck Drew (or any player, umpire or fan, for that matter), a number of serious injuries could have occurred.

Eagles Fans Show Their Draft Expertise:  In the 1999 NFL Draft, the Eagles selected quarterback Donovan McNabb from Syracuse.  Eagles fans in attendance at the Draft booed McNabb as he walked to the stage and accepted his hat and jersey for being the second overall selection that year.  The classless Philadelphia fans had wanted their hometown team to select running back Ricky Williams instead.  McNabb would have the last laugh, however, as he outperformed many of his peers from that draft, including Williams, who was later suspended from substance abuse problems.

Rival WR Gets the Wrong Kind of Standing Ovation:  In the fifth game in the 1999 NFL season against the hated Dallas Cowboys at the Eagles’ Veteran’s Stadium, Cowboys star wide receiver Michael Irvin was slammed to the ground and remained motionless and ultimately was carted off the field due to a spinal cord injury.  Eagles fans cheered and mocked Irvin as he was carted out of the stadium.

Phillies Fans Boo Their MVP:  Just two summers ago, Phillies first baseman, Ryan Howard, who had won the National League Rookie of the Year and MVP Awards,  started the 2008 season in a dismal slump, in which he batted .172 in the month of April.  Phillies fans booed and jeered the All-Star slugger until he turned things around later in the season, and finished second in the MVP voting that season and was an integral part of bringing the first World Series to Philadelphia since the 1980 season.

Thank you Philadelphia for being the anti-measuring stick for sportsmanship and righteousness.  In your never-ending quest to be the biggest degenerate sports fans in America, you continue to create new and more effective ways to further distance yourselves from every belligerent bleacher bum who has taken pride in being kicked out of a sports event.  In the words of the great Ron Burgandy….”Stay classy, Philadelphia.”

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9 Responses to “Philly Fans Continue to Prove They’re the Worst in Sports”


  1. 1 Steve April 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Not to mention the infamous snowball throwing at Santa Clause incident years ago. That city truly is a cesspool full of degenerates. And for whatever reason, they seem to be proud of it.

    • 2 J Dunbar April 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      You’re right…another great point…the people there are proud of it. I guess everyone’s got to be good at something.

  2. 3 kdonovan13 April 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Ok, you came up with five examples, three of which were from over ten years. This could be done for any fans from ANY city. You’re so clever, really.

    • 4 J Dunbar April 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

      If that’s the case, name a city, and more importantly, name a more disgusting display from a fanbase than the vomiting guy. Thanks for the comment, but I just don’t see any other cities/fanbases that are even close to Philly.

      • 5 dennis May 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

        I watched a Cubs fan throw throw a beer at Shane Victorino hitting him in the head as he was making a play in centerfield last year. While at the Meadowlands for a Jets Eagles game back in the 90’s I witnessed a Drunken Jets fan screaming at the top of his lungs “Foleeeeeeeey, You’re paying my rent!” Over and over again, then apparently the bathroom line was to long and he whipped out his Johnson and began urinating in the concourse. Yes, Women and Children were all subject to this charming display. How many people have been stabbed outside Dodgers Stadium? Don’t get me started on the thousands of Youtube clips of Brawling Yankees and Red Sox douchebags defending their turf. In 2008, Flyers Playoffs vs the Canadiens. During a Post game interview, Danny Briere was pegged by a water bottle tossed from a Canadien’s fan. Do you want me to keep going?

      • 6 J Dunbar May 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

        Those are good examples of other fans raising the high bar, but you still have them spread across many different cities. However, none of those individual cities has the track record of Philly. One example I did not mention in my original article (because I did not find it until after I had already posted this article) was a story of Phillies fans running over two Cardinal fans, subsequently killing one of them. That was two years ago. Would you like me to keep going?

  3. 7 Sestak May 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I have a few to add to this list…..As as far as I know, the old “Vet” was the only American sports venue with it’s own court/jail. They actually needed a jail on site to handle all of the criminal activity. That in itself ends any sports city bad-fan-debate right there….Also, Philly fans hold the legacy of having booed every significant athlete who has ever worn one of their pro teams jerseys. This has been documented several times…I don’t recall St. Louis fans ever booing Ozzie Smith or Marshal Faulk or really a host of others star players.

    • 8 J Dunbar May 5, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks for the comment. I agree 100%, and these are not just isolated instances. There are very few fanbases that make headlines, and they consistently are in the headlines (for all the wrong reasons).

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