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?