Recently I had a conversation (or conversations?) on Twitter with a few other Sabres fans about whether or not the Flyers or Bruins were more likable as teams, which evolved into which's fanbase is more likable. I tend to hate Boston, both the Bruins, and their sports fans as a whole, so much more than I hate the Flyers and Philadelphia.
I understand that Philadelphia sports fans have a douchebag reputation that began in 1968 (or perhaps earlier) and continues to this day (sometimes deserved, sometimes not), but I don't think their overall douchebaggery far outstrips the douchebaggery of Boston sports fans. (Maybe it does in hockey, but not as a whole.)
Honestly, I think the main reason I have a soft spot for Philadelphia and not for Boston is I think Philadelphia is more like Buffalo as a city. Their fans are way more passionate than Boston sports fans, at times a little too passionate, which can certainly be said of Buffalo. Boston has a boatload of banners for the Celtics and Patriots and Red Sox, and Buffalo and Philly do not. Boston has had wonderful luck in sports and boasts championships for all of their teams, while Buffalo and Philly are oft tortured. Buffalo and Philly have seen their teams shunned or underrated by the national media, a feeling Boston will never know.
And in the hockey sense, Boston is standing in the way of Sabres' success more often than Philadelphia is due to the divisional rivalry. I feel that in Chara, Boychuk, Lucic, Marchand, Campbell, and Savard that Boston has more hatable players than Philly does in Pronger, Richards, and perhaps Carcillo. (I do not include Briere because I feel that since they condoned his behavior when he wore the right colors, Sabres fans are exempt from being able to hate him.)
Overall I feel there are more reasons to hate Boston and the Bruins than there are to hate Philadelphia and the Flyers and that's where my heart sits. Until it changes...
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