Bruce Boudreau to 105.9, on MSG crowd (Update: Backing down?)
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04-20-2011, 10:21 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: New Jersey
Originally Posted by
Media Savvy Lee
I agree, but sports fans of older teams have this "Holier than Thou" attitude about other teams.
I never said that the Caps dont have a bandwagon. I was disputing somebody's claim that the Caps didnt have a passionate fan base, even one prior to Ovechkin.
And we New Yorkers shouldnt get too upset about coach's saying our arenas/stadiums are quiet.
Giants stadium is a library sometimes. The new Yankee Stadium is a joke. Citifield is half empty. The Garden was dead for 10 years when the Isiah Knicks played. And in the Rangers' 7 playoff less seasons, the only time the building got loud after the first month of the season was when they were booing Poti and Driver and Nedved.
Attendence isnt a good gauge of a fan base's passion
, knowledge and dedication. I used to go to Red Sox games in the early 1990s and the stadium would be half full against the Blue Jays and Oakland if the games were during the week. Yet Sox fans are considered one of the most loyal and passionate in all of baseball,.
I have been to Yankees games in 1994 and 1996 where they would draw 35,000 and the team was in 1st place.
Bottom line: I dont doubt the Caps fan base has grown over the last few seasons,
but taking shots at the fan base because their head coach made a stupid comment is ignorant
, and I already proved that the Caps did once have a very passionate fan base who were turned off after horrible management decisons.
Seriously, the Blackhawks used to sell out the Old Barn every night and when they moved to the United Center, people stopped going. On top of that, the team sucked and it got to the point where their games werent televised.
So, is their fan base bandwagoners too because they started winning?
In baseball that might be the case, since the stadiums are generally double the capacity, and there are nearly double the amount of games. However, when attendance figures rise sharply as soon as the local team becomes a playoff team, yeah it's a good way to judge. Especially when they do not have to play the premium we Rangers fans have to pay.
I think the point here is Bruce seems to insinuate Capitals fans are more passionate. Either way, he opened his fat trap about us, and he was a majority group of bandwagoners.
No, it makes them fair weather. When people stop following their teams when they begin to do poorly I can't call them real fans.
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