I have never known a Toronto Maple Leaf fan that displayed a temper flare or knew what "beating someone" meant.
Well then, so there you go!
Facing the mob unarmed.
Note that it wasn't just physical actions. These unsung heroes displayed superior body language and physical presence. I try very hard to teach this. It's the reason why some people get bitten by dogs, and others never do. Some people are constantly getting their assses kicked, and others seem always to be left alone. It isn't random.
One should never walk around inviting trouble. And I most definitely do not recommend anyone take on what these heroes did. If you don't have it in you, then don't go there. But there most definitely is a way to swim through the pond in a manner that makes you appear too difficult to eat for lunch.