Cheers and jeers

For Leafs’ fans, there have been plenty of opportunities for the boo-birds to break out their cry at the ACC this season. The home-ice advantage has definitely not worked in favour of the Buds, at least for the month of October. But just as fans cheer their team’s good plays, is it not the same passion that drives the devoted to jeer?

This weekend I went to New York, home of the loud, proud and sometimes a little obnoxious. Saturday night, I saw the Leafs and Rangers at MSG and then Sunday I watched the Jets and Bills at Giants Stadium. Talk about passionate fans, home team and visitors.

Sitting up in the nose-bleeders at MSG there were times when I was more than happy to see the security guard walk by. Not that anything would have erupted (I hope!) between Leafs and Rangers fans, but there was such enthusiasm from both sides. The Blue & White faithful weren’t afraid to cheer despite being heavily outnumbered. While the Rangers weren’t going down without a fight — the fans, that was.

At Giants Stadium it was a sea of green and white with a spattering of Bills fans that filled the 80,000 seat venue. However, for anyone who saw the game it clearly wasn’t J-E-T-S chants that enveloped the stadium, rather, the calls for Chad Pennington’s head. Ironically enough, it was the fans wearing the QB’s jersey on their own backs yelling the loudest. But you can bet those same fans will be back at the next home game wearing the same sweater.

In my opinion, it’s the energetic, passionate fans that make the games what they are. What would you rather see, a crowd on their feet cheering/booing their team or an arena full of people that look like they’d rather be somewhere else?

Comments

it’s absolutely true that an energetic crowd that is rambuncous and vocal can change the entire feel of a sporting event. i’m not a vancouver fan, but the fans out there certainly know how to get the electricity flowing to start a game when they have that U2 music blaring and the crowd roaring, especially in the playoffs, it just increases the anticipation of puck drop. I just wish all the suits that dominate the ACC would get lost and allow real hockey fans to go to the games. Maybe then the ACC wouldn’t sound like a bloody library most nights.

The fan’s that stay after being down that much, just to Boo their own team aren’t passionate… they’re jerks. If my team’s sucking im not going to boo them off the ice, that’s not going to help, especially since McCabe and Raycroft usually know when they aren’t playing well. They don’t need the fan’s reminding them.

Also, a note on the last sentence of your post… The entire 1st level of the ACC is filled with people who don’t care, and are only there to impress their clients, how energetic and passionate are they?

Posted by:
dilpreet64 |
2:20 PM, Thursday November 1, 2007

I absolutely agree Evanka, it doesn’t matter if there are cheers or boos but there has to be some sort of emotion shown from the fans. Plus, it doesn’t make any sense for them not to since they pay the money to come you might as well enjoy it and helps create an electric atmosphere. Glad to hear you had fun and continue the great work. Also, you have to be one of the prettiest women I have ever seen. :)

Not sure what the point of this blog is…are you trying to give props to the Leafs fans? Funny, but whenever there is a leafs game on TV, the lower bowl is only about 1/2 full until the 10 minute mark and I always see empty seats. You don’t see that in Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa or Montreal.

Are we supposed to applauded the fact that Leafs fans still “pack” the ACC even though management has put a garbage product on the ice for 40 years? There is no incentive for management to win because they will always make their $$$, irrespective of who they skate. There is absolutely no commitment to winning, demonstrated by their lack of patience in developing players. It’s just patch job after patch job.

Leafs = Great money making corporation, but a garbage hockey organization (and team!).

Posted by:
canadiens24 |
4:16 PM, Thursday November 1, 2007

Very true Evanka. I’ll take a stadium full of passionate fans any day! By the way…how did canadiens24 manage to find this blog so offensive that he/she decided to ramp up the Leaf bashing? Paranoid perhaps? Inferiority complex?

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