MLS Philly Fans a Cut above Regular Philly Fans

You may or may not have heard that Kansas City Wizards coach Peter Vermes was slapped with a DUI arrest on August 30, but the Sons of Ben, the Philadelphia Union’s supporters club, certainly did.

And we’re happy to report that the way they used this information represents a significant break from the tradition of mainstream sports fans in Philadelphia—the people who pelted Santa Claus with snowballs, cheered a potential neck injury to Michael Irvin, necessitated an in-house jail at the old Veterans Stadium, and perpetrated vomit-assaults on young girls.

Compared to all that, the Sons of Ben went positively Oscar Wilde on Vermes and the Wizards when they came to PPL Park this past Saturday.

When Kansas City took the field, fans launched into their own Vermes-tailored version of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” Very funny; very funny.

Then they kept going. And going. And it became brilliant, as they worked their way through every verse of the song. They paused now and again as game events dictated, but they eventually reeled off the whole thing.

We’re pretty sure this is a landmark moment for both MLS supporters’ wit and sports fandom in the city of Philadelphia.

Here’s some video:

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