Philadelphia has long been considered a hostile city for sports fans. This is the same city that threw snowballs at Santa Clause during a Philadelphia Eagles game. They used to have a prison in the basement of Lincoln Financial where the Eagles play. They had a fight between mascots at a Philies' baseball game.
I was told a story from a former co-worker who lived in Philadelphia and witnessed the repeatedly horrible behavior. He told the story of going to a basketball game (the 76ers) and witnessed a mother and her two children coming in late. As they apologized to those they had to pass, the fans threw things, and yelled obscenities at them. Even after they had sat down the verbal abuse of this woman and her two young children continued.
These are the types of fans that you find in Philadelphia. They booed Donovan McNabb, the former quarterback for the Eagles. McNabb was an intricate part in getting them to the Super Bowl as well as much of the rest of the team's success. There is no explanation for this behavior and on Wednesday night they demonstrated their poor sportsmanship again.
The stands were full of fans, and they booed their team as they left the ice. They didn't applaud Jonathan Toews when he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy or the Stanley Cup. It was a clean series, no fights, not a ton of penalties, and no hard feelings between the players. Still, the fans could applaud a hard fought series. They couldn't appreciate the effort of their team, one that faced an uphill battle in each round and only got into the playoffs in the last game of the season.
The Flyers deserved for their fans to send them into the off-season with cheers, applause and not boos. It doesn't make any sense, except that possibly Philadelphia fans are completely ungrateful and undeserving of the sporting entertainment that is in their town. Even New Yorkers, who possibly are the most demanding fans in the world would never have treated their hockey teams that way.
Hey Philadelphia, I am wondering, did it hurt last night? Did you wake up depressed that you lost? Maybe if you were grateful for where you ended up it wouldn't hurt so much.