Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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.)


Ho-lee-crap. All she did was yell about Bruins defenseman and captain
Zdeno Chara.
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.


At Tuesday, February 27, 2007 1:15:00 PM , Blogger Bryan said...

Bring back the organ music!

I'm okay with some of the music.. during warmups..when they first come on the ice, perhaps even during the TV Timeouts.. but I agree ENOUGH at every stoppage. What makes it worse is that HS Hockey is doing it.. and you can't hear yourself think on the ice. And really.. who listens to Ozzy, Queen and GunsNRoses on their iPod?

At Tuesday, February 27, 2007 3:26:00 PM , Anonymous BBS said...

I think I have all 3 of those bands on my iPod.

LBF WTF Hitting on the old ladies?

At Tuesday, February 27, 2007 3:42:00 PM , Blogger March to the Sea said...

B - at High School games..uggh is probably all the worst of the worst music too.

bbs - not hitting on..trust me. Mrs March has NOTHING to worry about.

At Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:06:00 PM , Blogger Jenny G said...

They used to have an organ at the Hershey Bears arena but they remodeled it and they started playing the obligatory "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Crazy Train." And now everything that happens in the damn game is sponsored by someone. "It's time for a Giant Gasoline pooooooower plaaaaay!!!!"

At Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:42:00 AM , Blogger Jocular Schlemiel said...

I'm occassionally that fan. When I took Jax to a game, I'd let her in on some of the calls so she could follow the game, etc etc.

I remember I was watching ULowell play PC, and I was out of my seat screaming (being that college kid), when all of a sudden, an old man with his (probably) grandson ask me to tone it down. Yeah, they were wearing Providence jerseys, and PC won that game.

I remember watching Toronto play their home opener, and everyone was pumped to have Gill and Raycroft. You should have seen their faces when I started ripping on the ex B's by saying "No Skill" Gill, and "Raycroft sucks...deal with it".

The real question is, "What is your normal hockey fan?"

The majority are drunk. The majority are male. And they are all out because they needed to get away from their old lady. That is why they are "acting out".

At Wednesday, February 28, 2007 11:56:00 AM , Blogger Bryan said...

I forgot to say yesterday..

Chara does need to step up and be a LEADAAAAAAAAHHH

quit taking the dumb penalties, and get your guys to play f'n hockey.. stop it with the dump and chase STOP IT!

At Thursday, March 01, 2007 9:59:00 AM , Blogger Kari Lee Townsend said...

Too funny. I don't go to hockey games, but I can totally picture that type of fan. Heck, I see enough of them at pop warner football games.


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