March has a "night at the Bruins game"
Last night I went to see the Boston Bruins play the Atlanta Thrashers. I had gotten "free" tickets as part of my "season" tickets with the Providence Bruins. It was a fun time even though the Bruins lost but there are things I just have to share.
Sweet lord. I love me a good hockey game and love it even more when I get to sit in the stands for it. Nothing ruins a game when you have a super obnoxious fan sitting in front of you that knows everything about the game, feels they should be on the ice and to cap it all off this fan is a female.
I am not being sexist here because if it was a dude I'd write the same thing....(just read on.)
SHUT YOUR FREAKING PIE HOLE.
Ho-lee-crap. All she did was yell about Bruins defenseman and captain
She sounded like she smoked 1200 packs of cigs a day too.
I like to cheer a great play or hit. Groan when a post is rung or the ref misses a call (cuz we can see the action better 1150 feet above the ice).
She would not stop. She'd stand up when the Bruins would break out. She'd point and yell at Bruins goalie Tim Thomas
when he made a routine stop. If he'd freeze the puck after a Thrashers flurry she'd say "Okay now Timmy is yelling at them to step up". She'd then follow it with "Come ON CHARA BE A LEADAAAAAAAAHHH".
Now after about 5 minutes were played in the first period 2 "older women" came to our row and sat next to my buddy and I. I'd say comfortably these two women were in their mid to late 50's..if not early 60s. Two ladies out on the town.
My buddy leans over and says "Oh lord what is this?"
I said "You watch...those two women will teach you a thing about the game"
After some further seat adjustments one of the ladies sat to my left and she and I had the best most intelligent hockey talk during the game. She understood the art of the triangle, she knew the calls before the refs. She was just leaning back in her seat...she'd quietly comment and I'd turn slightly and agree. "Why is nobody in front?" "Why do they just dump the puck in?" "Come on back the guy up on the rebound for the one-timer". She was awesome.
Now define a fan of the game. The lady that shows up with a Bruins Jersey signed by some players that spends her evening being passionate about her team but ruining it for everyone by screaming and showing their complete lack of knowledge of the game? Or, the fan that quietly enjoys the game, understands its not easy, yet bleeds black and gold?
I would sit next to "smart" fans any time.
Now there was just as bad "male fans" too. I get a charge out of these guys that complain that beer is 7.50 yet they have 2 in their hand almost done and are in line for two more. Classic.
One rule I'd love to start is that any arena that has a "jumbo tron" that encourages fans to act all crazy to get up on it have an age limit. That age. 10. Nothing is worse than seeing some 3/4 in the bag 20 something raising their 7.50 plastic cup of Bud Light and WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ING. If you are under 10 go wild..have fun tell your friends on the playground. If you are older than 20 think of what a tool you'll sound like in the office. "Dude we were drunk and I waved and woooo'd on the jumbo tron".
Also the other trend that needs to stop is the constant barrage of music at the stoppage of play. How many times can I hear "I I I I I" (Crazy Train) or the opening riff to "Welcome to the Jungle". Its played out and its stupid. If a player is making a million dollars a year and hearing "Machinehead" by Bush gets them all "jacked up" trade them..today. I want silence..and if you need to get us to chant Here we go Bruins then play it on the organ. Sounds of the game...the PA for penalty information and goal information. Otherwise STOP it all.
I'll keep complaining...and I'll keep going. I am a sucker on so many levels.