Not a fan of Hartnell. Clearly, he can douche it up with the best of 'em...not to mention he wears the pumpkin suit. But I can't say I disagree with a single thing he says here...
Thanks to Tirpak for the fwd
Why would anyone be afraid to play at the CEC?? It's the tamest of crowds in the NHL. Sure...our fans go CRAZY when we score a goal or when the "GET LOUD, MAKE NOISE" video is played. But other than that, the majority of people attending the new luxury lapped building are LAME as PISS.
Been talking about this all year, and I was hoping things might rev up for the playoffs. Dead wrong. The crowd on hand for Game 1 was a FUCKING JOKE. EMBARRASSING.
GET OFF YOUR FUCKING HANDS, PUT DOWN THE CELL PHONES, TELL YOUR KIDS TO QUIT MAKING THE CUTE LITTLE SIGNS...AND CHEER YOUR FUCKING ASSES OFF!!!!!
LITTLE BILLY CAN WAIT UNTIL THE PERIOD IS OVER BEFORE YOU FETCH HIS FUCKING COTTON CANDY!! IT'S SIMPLE, REALLY.
I am so incredibly tired of hearing Paul Steigerwald tell me how loud it is: "The Consol is ROCKING!!!" Yep...most NHL arenas are rocking after a goal is scored. How about "ROCKING" when the Pens need a momentum shift, or when we need a big PK?!? (i.e. Wednesday night).
Is it OK to stand?! I think so. Who cares if Old Man Willy behind you gets his panties in a bunch. Tell him to piss off. Then maybe less of those "sit down!" turds will attend the game. It's time to build a NEW CULTURE at CEC. Make it uncomfortable for the lame brains. That's why there were less of them at the Igloo. It was too damn uncomfortable for them.
How about this? Instead of bringing the crayons and placards so your kids can make the cute little signs that get them on tv....TEACH THEM WHAT FUCKING ICING IS! These are the same kids who get spit on in Philadelphia (note: NOT advocating spitting on anyone).
This is not an opinion on the state of Pens fans. It's an opinion on the state of the TYPE of "FANS" WHO ATTEND GAMES...at least a majority of them. The "fans" at these games are NOT the diehard hockey fans. They're the thing-to-doers. They're the old fossils who tell people "SIT DOWN!!" any time someone gets excited.
Not sure who to blame here, if you can blame anyone. It's just the state of today. I sell a lot of my tickets just like the rest of the season ticket holders. If I could afford it, I'd go to all 41 games. I can't. Obviously, the success of the Penguins has been its own worst enemy in this regard, driving up the market for tix.
But it doesn't mean we can't do anything about it. You don't have to be vulgar, violent, or curse. But you can make it less comfy and cozy for the non-fans...
Poke fun at the people leaving their seat early. Ask them to call you with a traffic report.
Stand and cheer when you see a great play. The others who appreciate good hockey will stand with you. The stooges sitting on their hands may give you a dirty look, but who cares. Maybe they'll give up their seats for future games.
Educate yourself. Don't be satisfied with just knowing the home team. God knows that's all we get watching at home watching ROOT Sports. The home team is jammed down your throat to the point where we can't even see the entire game on TV. Pick up your program and KNOW YOUR ENEMY.
Continuing education. For those who have mastered the other team's roster, move on to knowing your refs. Your program will also list the NHL's referees by #'s. Learn them. Get on them when they make a shitty call. Be the John Tortarella of your section. Caveat: pick your spots. Don't whine over every call...that defeats the purpose and make you look like a jerk.
Be your section's leader. I know it's tough. You're sitting there with a bunch of lame farts, and you're scared to stand out. But trust me...others want to get involved. They just need someone to show them the way. Again...no cursing. Be intelligent with your banter. Don't go overboard with the whining. If needed, grab a brew or 5 to get the juices flowing (Just don't be the drunk dude...watch that fine line).
STAY UNTIL THE END OF THE GAME. You people don't know what traffic is. Try living in New York, LA, or Chicago. Your life isn't all that posh that you need to be anywhere 10 minutes sooner.
The Whiteout Blows, I agree. But as long as that's the deal...join the team, and go along for the ride.
Until the crowds at the CEC improve, the whole notion that we're "The Greatest Fans in the World" is complete bunk.
ps: Go Paul Martin!!!