Caps Fans Litter the Ice, Take Aim at Players After Flyers Win

Caps Fans Litter the Ice, Take Aim at Players After Flyers Win


In today's installment of Fans Behaving Badly, we bring you the Washington Capitals' faithful, who last night put a black eye on an otherwise great series by raining trash onto the ice after the game. While the Flyers were celebrating, Joffrey Lupul was hit by a small pizza box, and during an interview with Steve Coates, Jeff Carter was hit with a plastic beer bottle.

Now, Caps fans aren't alone in their transgressions, not by any stretch
of the imagination. Phillies fans did the same thing after the second
game
of the season, Flyers fans dumped beer on the Caps owner Ted Leonsis's son, and we all know what happens when the Mets fans are
let out of their cages
. But can the national media please stop perpetuating the stereotype that Philadelphia fans are classless, when clearly this stuff is happening everywhere?

Video of Carter getting a bottle to the head, and responding appropriately, after the jump.

Takes a real man to throw something at a guy with his back turned to him. It's a shame, because the Caps fans had taken the opportunity in this series to announce their presence to the league, filling the seats with red bodies, a trend we honestly hope continues from the start of the season next year, not just the end. The Caps are an exciting team led by the best player in the world, and an energized DC fanbase will be great for the league.

Here's a clip of the ice surface after the game, with some choice language audible.

Watch: Eagles fans in front of Art Museum have mixed reaction to Derek Barnett pick

Watch: Eagles fans in front of Art Museum have mixed reaction to Derek Barnett pick

The Birds went with the guy who beat Reggie White's sack record at the University of Tennessee. That's a lot to live up to.

Philadelphia Eagles fans showed up in droves to the first round off the NFL draft on Thursday night in front of the Art Museum and you simply knew they would have a vocal reaction to the organizations first pick -- no matter what it was.

It truly was an impressive effort all night from Birds fans. You couldn't go a couple of minutes anywhere on the Parkway without hearing an E-A-G-L-E-S chant.

So it's no surprise they expressed some emotion when the Birds' first selection came around at No. 14.

Things didn't exactly go as predicted in front of them. There was a run on offensive players, so that left plenty of talent left on the defensive end for the Birds to pick from. There were plenty of options that Eagles fans would have been excited about.

But the Birds went with Derek Barnett from the University of Tennessee and Eagles fans weren't necessarily feeling it. You can read our pre-draft profile on Barnett right here.

But did Birds' fans love it? The fans that were shown on the ESPN broadcast showed a rather lackluster response -- almost disappointment. Cook, Allen, and Foster were certainly names that popped up as guys the Birds opted against.

Danny Pommell's described the reaction on the Parkway: "whether this is what they wanted or not remains to be seen."

It was certainly not universally praised. 

You can watch the fan reaction from Xfinity Live at the sports complex in South Philly above and they didn't really seem pleased.

Eagles fans really showed up today. Heck of a job. Danny Pommells will tell ya.

Look at that crowd.

Eagles draft DE Derek Barnett with 14th overall pick

Eagles draft DE Derek Barnett with 14th overall pick

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The Eagles nabbed one of the best pass-rushers in the draft on Thursday night.

Using the 14th overall pick, the Eagles took defensive end Derek Barnett out of Tennessee.

Barnett, 20, picked up 32 sacks during his time at Tennessee and showed he can consistently get to the quarterback, something the Eagles need desperately.

In 2016, the Eagles' entire defense was supposed to be predicated on getting to the quarterback without blitzing, but the front four had trouble. Now, two starters from a year ago — Connor Barwin and Bennie Logan — have moved on. Barnett, even if he doesn't start right away, will be thrown into the mix early.

"I think I'm a relentless ball player," the 6-foot-3, 259-pound Barnett said on Wednesday. "I don't give up on plays. I think I'm pretty consistent, too. I know how to get to the quarterback. Also, I can help the run there."

Barnett visited with the Eagles during the pre-draft process and said the team compared him to Terrell Suggs.

The thing that stands out about Barnett are his hands. They're elite and they're what allows him to be such a dynamic pass-rusher. Barnett said hand work is something his coaches at Tennessee harped on.

While at Tennessee, Barnett actually broke Reggie White's school sack record. Now, he's following his legacy to Philadelphia.

"My mindset going into a game was to be dominant," Barnett said. "If I'm dominant, everything will fall into place. I had that mindset when I came in as a freshman and before I knew it, I was breaking Reggie White's record. For my name to be in the same sentence as him, it's a blessing."

The last time the Eagles drafted a defensive end in the first round was in 2014, when they traded down and took Marcus Smith out of Louisville in a panic move. That obviously hasn't worked out very well.

The last time the Eagles drafted a defensive lineman this high was in 2012, when they took Fletcher Cox with the 12th pick. That obviously has worked out pretty darn well.

The Eagles were originally without a first-round draft choice this year, having sent it to the Browns last draft to move up to No. 2 and select Carson Wentz. But the Eagles were able to recoup a first-rounder when they traded Sam Bradford to the Vikings after Teddy Bridgewater's injury last summer.

At the combine in March, the Eagles won a coin toss against the Colts for the 14th pick. The Colts will pick 15th.

This was the highest draft pick the Eagles have had since they had No. 4 (Lane Johnson) in 2013. The last time they had the 14th pick, they took Brodrick Bunkley in 2006.

The Eagles still have seven picks remaining in this year's draft as Day 2 kicks off on Friday night. The team owns a pick in every remaining round, including two in the fourth.