Yearly Archives: 2020

Why Tie Domi is the ultimate Flyers Villain

Picking an ultimate villain for Flyers fans?

How about a guy who basically fought a fan during a game in Philadelphia? Not a bad choice.

When thinking of players despised by the orange and black faithful, Tie Domi instantly comes to mind — as does that not-so-hospitable visiting penalty box at the Wells Fargo Center.

Domi, a tough, in-your-face, penalty-minute-collecting winger who enjoyed a 16-year NHL career, scored only four goals for four points in 46 career regular-season meetings with the Flyers.

Playing the bulk of his career for the Maple Leafs, Domi made his imprint in Philadelphia with 238 career penalty minutes against the Flyers, his third most against any NHL team. He truly left his mark, though, on March 29, 2001, in a game at the then-First Union Center. After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the third period, Domi went to the sin bin and became the recipient of some heckling (and maybe more). Domi retaliated by spraying a few fans with a water bottle, prompting fan Christopher Falcone to lunge at the protective glass between the stands and the box.

As the glass collapsed, a moment was born and the mystic of Philly sports fans grew. Falcone stumbled into the box and a fracas ensued with Domi and linesman Kevin Collins in the middle of it.

Toronto’s 2-1 victory became a subplot to the Domi-Falcone showdown.

To make the story crazier, Falcone‎ opened up a lawsuit against Domi, Collins and Comcast Spectacor. However, the beef was eventually ended. In an episode of the Spittin Chiclets podcast, Domi explained how he orchestrated the two to meet before a game in Philadelphia. They got to know each other, hashed things out and Domi said he brought Falcone to Toronto for a playoff game against the Flyers.

Don’t think that the gesture fixed the whole Domi-Philly relationship.

In a fun twist, Domi’s son Max was actually a Flyers fan as a kid for a personal and meaningful reason.

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Listen to Episode 21 of ‘Up In The Blue Seats’: The Fighting Career of Ultimate Rangers Enforcer feat. Tie Domi

Hockey is on hiatus, but the “Up In The Blue Seats” podcast with Ron Duguay is still going strong. We have a very entertaining episode this week with former Ranger Tie Domi, the NHL’s all-time leader in fights with 333.

Ron opens the show talking about what he’s up to during the quarantine, staying healthy, doing Cameos, and his ties to Domi, which include the China Club and Diana Ross.

Domi then joins Ron, Brett Cyrgalis and I for an in-depth interview.

Domi talks about where his toughness came from, his son Max’s style of play with the Canadiens, his dad’s role in his life, memories with the Rangers, fighting Bob Probert, and his minors fight with a chicken mascot. He also gets into his memories with Adam Graves marrying his cousin Violet and how that came about. Domi responds to whether he regrets asking for a trade the year before the Rangers won the Stanley Cup. The former Ranger discusses the changes in fighting in the game today, his friendship with Mark Wahlberg, doing TB12 workouts and his China Club memories with Wahlberg, Mario Lemieux and Ron dancing there with Ross. This is a must listen interview.