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01-08-2012, 11:44 AM
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We are in a tri-state area with 10 million+ people. This is to be expected when a team is in the upper-echelon of their respective league - and it will only increase if the Rangers are able to make a deep playoff run.

Personally, it makes me happy that my favorite sports team is getting some sort of recognition. The people who are bashing these "bandwagoners" come off pretty silly. Why is there the need to prove you're some sort of superfan? Makes you seem more insecure than anything, to be honest.

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01-08-2012, 11:59 AM
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We are in a tri-state area with 10 million+ people. This is to be expected when a team is in the upper-echelon of their respective league - and it will only increase if the Rangers are able to make a deep playoff run.

Personally, it makes me happy that my favorite sports team is getting some sort of recognition. The people who are bashing these "bandwagoners" come off pretty silly. Why is there the need to prove you're some sort of superfan? Makes you seem more insecure than anything, to be honest.
The problem isnt the surge of new fans. Its the type of fan that they are. In other words, the fact that its a hockey game is secondary to going to the garden, getting hammered off their *****, yelling at people, then going home to brag to their friends about how tough they are. You can tell who they are, because they are the ones who head for the door with 5mins left because they have to catch their LIRR home to Nassau County and they dont want to wait around for the next one.

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01-08-2012, 12:01 PM
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Saw two people wearing Ranger jerseys while I was out last night. Never would have seen that last year at this time.

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01-08-2012, 12:08 PM
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The problem isnt the surge of new fans. Its the type of fan that they are. In other words, the fact that its a hockey game is secondary to going to the garden, getting hammered off their *****, yelling at people, then going home to brag to their friends about how tough they are. You can tell who they are, because they are the ones who head for the door with 5mins left because they have to catch their LIRR home to Nassau County and they dont want to wait around for the next one.
Actually, the problem is getting pissed off because of fans like these, which represent the majority of sports fans across the country.

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01-08-2012, 12:40 PM
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the rangers have always had a huge amount of fans and i don't think no one is coming out of the woodwork as much as you are realizing how many of us there are.

ranger fans are some of the most loyal fans on the planet and even when we stink people still show up for them.

i hate to even say something like you suggest because it comes accross like it implies we have a fan base like the debbies or fishsticks which are not even in the same stratosphere as the rangers when it comes to the numbers of fans this team has.

we are not one of the richest teams in the game because we have fair weather fans and the folks in illinois that you speak of do not suprise me either because that is all i would ever expect from any origianal 6 franchise fan base.
It's naive to think we don't have our fair share of fair-weather fans. We may be loyal as a group, but those "fans" are always going to be there in all sports, even in New York.

We're rich because of our owner, our location and our venue. Fan support is good for the team, but that's not what drives the franchise's value.

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I will never be against seeing more support.

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It's also just after the holidays. People are sporting their presents.

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01-08-2012, 02:17 PM
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We still get the short end of the stick in the newspapers. I no longer follow any other team sport besides hockey. I have to wade through 15 or 20 useless pages in the sports section to find the sometimes one hockey column. Right on either side of the horse racing results. And this season's results haven't changed anything.

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01-08-2012, 06:19 PM
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In the gym I go to, on Saturday, saw 2 guys wearing Ranger t-shirts. Counting me, there were 3. Has to be a record for that place.

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01-10-2012, 02:29 PM
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i saw 2 jersies on Indiana's campus. score

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01-11-2012, 09:49 AM
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It's naive to think we don't have our fair share of fair-weather fans. We may be loyal as a group, but those "fans" are always going to be there in all sports, even in New York.

We're rich because of our owner, our location and our venue. Fan support is good for the team, but that's not what drives the franchise's value.

i don't believe i am being naive to say that given the large amount of ranger fans in the tri state area that if i came across someone sporting the ranger blue that there is a more likely chance he is a real fan and not some bandwagoner.

every team in every sport has its bandwagon fans but in my 45 years of being a die hard ranger fan i have rarely come across too many posers.
maybe its where i live and congregate but for me its like 99 to 1, not even enough to talk about.
it is certainly not like devil fans being dormant all year and then if they get a round or two into the playoffs they come out of the wood work.

as far as being rich goes, it really don't matter "how" and "why" as much as "we are" a rich team but in the end we are a orginal 6 team with fan base that goes back farther then every team in the league other then 5 other teams and that in itself brings in large revenue.

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Keep in mind too that being an out of state fan doesn't make you a bandwagon fan.

My fiance and I live near Cleveland and are huge rangers fans. We have no pro teams in Cleveland and began hockey fans long before the bluejackets were around. She played goalie growing up and idolized Richter. She has been a Ranger fan ever since. My entire family is from New York- but because my dad was in the Air Force, I wasn't born there and have never lived there. But the Rangers were always my grand dad's team... so they were mine too.

So now, together, we keep on rooting for the blueshirts. NYR nation is wider than just the tri state area.

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01-11-2012, 10:26 AM
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again last night, a Tuesday game vs Phoenix and seats were noticeably harder to come-by.

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the new black seats at the garden defnitely make the place look more filled up.

but 2 more points...probably 10 new ranger fans last night alone.

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I spent the night at foxwoods last night and spotted 3 people wearing Ranger gear just in the MGM Grand casino (didn't go into the main foxwoods area).

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