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Two Bulls fans shot in Philly following Chicago win

Dec 13, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

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The real headline for this piece should read:

“Idiots looking to hurt people continue to use sports as an excuse.”

Two Bulls fans who were in Philly for the Chicago win Wednesday night were bragging about the game when they were shot on a train, reports the AP via

Lt. John Walker says the shooting late Wednesday on the Market-Frankford El happened after a dispute over the 76ers’ loss to the Chicago Bulls earlier in the night.

Walker says a 35-year-old Bulls fan quarreled with two younger males before being shot as his assailants exited the train at 46th street in West Philadelphia. A second man who and tried to calm things down was shot in the leg.

Neither man’s injuries are life threatening and both are in stable condition at an area hospital. There are no arrests in the case as of yet but apparently there were more than a dozen people on the train at the time.

The natural reaction is “people’s it’s just a game, calm down” but this is not that — the shooters are a******* out looking for trouble and are using a sporting event as an excuse. Same with the Laker fan who pepper sprayed Jazz fans earlier this year. Or some fights outside college football games. Or soccer hooligans in England.

It’s the people, it’s a societal issue. If these people were not hurting others in the name of sports they’d be doing it at concerts or some other venue.

Glad these victims are going to be fine.

Here is some video, via

  1. rj2323 - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Those kids are fake thugs damn idiots

  2. AJ - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    46th and Market in west philly is a long way from the wells fargo center in south philly. Sounds like these killings have more to do with the bad part of town the victims were in rather than the national media’s desire to write another story about unruly philly sports fans. Way to mine a tragedy for a trolling blog post. What a joke.

    My thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims.

    • raidmagic - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Maybe they are Bulls fans who live in that area. You can’t throw away the complete story just because of the part of town they were in. Oh yeah we’ll forget the part about the witnesses that described it as an arguement
      over the game.

      • benne8686 - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        no one who visits philly would ever be on that train or in that area.

    • willardj - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Right, because poor inner-city blacks don’t count as Philly fans. The only people who count are the rich suburban ones.

      There’s a lot of underlying racism in your post.

      • bigmeechy74 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        Wow these comments are annoying. I love it when people search for racism and try to be overly political correct. Give it a rest.

      • willardj - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Yeah, you’re right. There’s no such thing as racism. We all love each other and the only reason there’s inequality in the world is because some people are just born better than others.

    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Lol I love how you threw in the “thoughts and prayers to the families” so you could troll for thumbs up. That’s so weak.

  3. AJ - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    *attempted killings

  4. shaner329 - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    It’s good to know I take that subway to and from work everyday. Even better to know the shooting happened at a stop very close to the one I get off at.

  5. illcomm - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    were they from philly it actually just visiting. I take the train a lot and there are always older drunk guys yapping away doing what drunk people do best. no a shooting is not right. but it will be interesting to see hear what actually went down

  6. philly4lyfe - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I also take the el to and from work eve ry day. its always an adventure.

  7. fnc111 - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Just because it was well away from the stadium doesn’t mean it wasn’t about the game you idiot, AJ. Local thugs were probably watching the game at home while the bulls fans were at the stadium. Tough guys with guns probably saw the others wearing bulls gear and it escalated from that point on the train. Put the shooters in jail for 10 years and see if that will straighten them out. I don’t care how much junk someone talks there is no reason to shoot a gun at them.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    In Philly? Yawn.

    • florida727 - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Yeah, I’m guessing the victims aren’t yawning over this one. Of course, this is the city where they booed Santa Claus at an Eagles game, right? Just another step in the evolution of the “City of Brotherly Love”. Place is a toilet. Every time I go there, I look so forward to leaving. And, yeah, I am from Chicago.

      • Utley's Hair - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        Yes, my thoughts go out to the victims. That’s as far as your rant is relevant.

        Of course you bring up the “Santa Claus” thing—which happened to be a staggering drunk guy poorly dressed as Santa Claus…oh, and it happened 45 years ago. Feel free not to com to Philly. It wouldn’t be a big loss. Except maybe to wherever you go instead.

      • dangle13x - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        I love how he says “and ya im from Chicago” like that’s him being a tough guy. You’re a white trash rat, plain and simple. Good luck with the narcissism though, you tool.

      • cw3214 - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        I’m just sick of defending the few Philly fans that give us a bad reputation. You can say anything you want about the people who shot these fans, but don’t call the city a toilet. There are hundreds of thousands hardworking people in this city.

  9. sportsnut101 - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    when is this gun problem ever gonna stop all guns should have tracking device if u can put it in an ipad iphone u can put in a gun

  10. dannythebisforbeast - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Your the idiot dude. These thugs don’t give a crap about the sixers. Their looking for trouble. HAPPENS EVERYDAY IN PHILLY IN THE HOOD. This guy just happen to be on his way home- i bet hes not from Chicago at 46th and market. doesn’t take much to set them animals off Could have been anything. it’s not like he was a block away going what a great game and someone got pissed. It took at least an hour to get where he was. It doesn’t take much to get shot and or robbed in west Philly.

  11. kvanhorn87 - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Had nothing to do with Sports. There is no one and I mean zero people who care about the Sixers that much.

    • tfoz5150 - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      At first I laughed, then I said you know he’s probably right.

  12. mungman69 - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Explain what happened at the game where Santa was booed. Bet you can’t.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Nobody can. They just bring it up every time something happens, no matter where it happened, or how tangential to sports it was.

  13. comeattheking - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    In West Philadelphia born and raised…

  14. jerdogthompson - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    You think that’s bad. Just wait until the Lakers lose another road game tonight. I’m guessing they will;

    A)Burn down Staples Center
    B)Burn down Kupcakes house
    C)Burn down the Buss House
    D)Mug an old lady
    E)All the above

    You decide.

    • dangle13x - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Oh I get it, this is an attempt at humor. I had to read it 13 times before I realized it was supposed to be funny. Hilarious man.

      • 1historian - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

        “I had to read it 13 times” – not a good idea to admit that.

        Just saying

  15. Utley's Hair - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    The only thing this has to do with sports is that the victims were Bulls fans coming from the Sixers-Bulls game. It is a societal issue that needs to be addressed. Crap like this happens all over the place, thugs looking for trouble and unfortunately for the victims, finding an outlet. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, and I hope they’re okay.

  16. fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Sixers suck and the Bulls suck too.

    they should ALL become Knick Fans, then we can ALL go to the
    white house and drink beer on the white lawn.

    yeah buddy….

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      If the lawn’s white, they need to fire the groundskeepers.

    • tfoz5150 - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      I heard Isaiah Is coming back to lend his 2 cents. Go figure.

  17. willardj - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Wow, what a terrible tragedy. I can’t believe they would do such a thing. Hopefully those Bulls fans will be brought to justice. You can’t come into our city and then trash talk our teams.

    • dangle13x - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Hilariously inappropriate.

  18. jagsfan11 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Philly fans for you

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Who even said they were Philly fans? There are a whole lot of people in this area who are not fans of Philly teams.

      • tcclark - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        …like the bulls fans that got shot

    • tcclark - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      People in Jacksonville don’t get shot?

    • tfoz5150 - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      I was wondering how far down this post it would take. I don’t remember Jacksonville being the safest place the last time down there. BTW how is that Babin signing working out? Sold out any games lately?

  19. asublimeday - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Stay classy, Philly

    • tfoz5150 - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      So cute.

  20. asublimeday - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Wow, what a terrible tragedy. I can’t believe they would do such a thing. Hopefully those Bulls fans will be brought to justice. You can’t come into our city and then trash talk our teams.
    Kill yourself.

    • willardj - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Is it worse to celebrate a stranger being wounded from a gun shot or is it worse to wish for a stranger to commit suicide?

  21. BigBeachBall - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    this is why we can’t have nice things….

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      you don’t have nice things because of sixers and bulls fans shooting each other,,,,,,,

      WTF do you live……………….

  22. bigmeechy74 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Hey here’s the video of the shooting! Associated press posted it to youtube…

    • tfoz5150 - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Who was doing all the s#*t talking now? Yeah, I thought so.

  23. asublimeday - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Is it worse to celebrate a stranger being wounded from a gun shot or is it worse to wish for a stranger to commit suicide?
    It was two strangers on his part, so ill take my side of things.

  24. tcclark - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I love how people act like this is a stupid reason to shoot someone. OF COURSE IT”S A STUPID REASON TO SHOOT SOMEONE. What’s a good reason to shoot someone? If this were an argument about deep dish vs regular pizza and these guys got shot it wouldn’t be mainstream news. People get shot everyday in every city for stupid reasons. People get shot for wearing gang related colors and aren’t actually IN the gang. People get shot because a shooter needs to let out some anger. This is only news because it’s Philadelphia and it’s sports related.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      It may not be sports related at all. It’s just because it happened in Philly to Bulls fans coming from the Sixers-Bulls game.

      • tcclark - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        it probably wasn’t, but didn’t you hear, all crime in Philadelphia is sports related. After all, we threw snowballs at Santa and all shootings are just the result of suppressed anger from our losing sports franchises. True Story.

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