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Caps Fans vs. Philly Fans

So let's see, the Flyers. They play in Philly, right? Home of the 17-on-one crowd fight? The Tie Domi vs. fan in the penalty box fight? The "Most Intimidating Fans in Hockey" official team promos? The dozens of signs taunting Crosby? The message board tales, like so?

There was a stupid old lady who was wearing a sens jersey this year. She was being really loud so someone threw tinfoil at her. Before long, she was nailed with a cup of beer. The security people kicked her out and everyone was cheering "@sshole! @sshole!" It was priceless.

Sounds so. Donald Brashear, of course, played in Philly. I asked him about Philly fans.

"They're crazy," he said. "Yeah, crazy. I mean, they have a long reputation and they have a long history behind them. They won for a long time, they have their fans and their fans have been behind them a long time. Here, we had to kind of build up to that. [The Caps] had fans here at some point, and then they kind of lost them, and now we had to build back, and be winning and bring our fans back. Now we've got 'em back."

I asked whether he had ever witnessed any fan, um, "craziness."

"No, but you always hear about it," he said. "It's mostly in football. It's not that bad, it's just they can rock that building and get the building going. They like the physical play and they like the rough stuff. Philly does play physical, and they've always been a physical team, so we're gonna have to be ready to play physical."

So does he expect any trouble in the stands, with the cities so close together, and with Philly fans having invaded D.C. venues for so many years, and with Philly fans being what they're reputed to be?

"No no no, there's not gonna be anything like that," Brashear said. "There can always be, it doesn't matter where it's at. It's most likely to happen in Philly, if it was. I mean, if you're wearing a Capitals jersey in that rink, you're probably going to get screamed at and stuff like that, but that's probably the case everywhere. I mean, I never heard of any fans beating up any other fans."

Well. That's an optimistic view. Here's hoping. Anyhow, this legendary dancing Caps fan doesn't seem particularly threatening. Is he Philly's version of the Horn Guy? Or the Wizards' Sprinkler Man?

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 7, 2008; 1:14 PM ET
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