it doesn't seem obvious why people hate us to me. i know there's "the LOL american franchise in a city that doesn't get snow." but the canucks are a canadian team and it seems like everyone in the league hates them more than any other team currently, and the reason seems to be that people just hate their fanbase even despite that they're a very competitive team.
The Sharks have been "expected" to get out of the west for years now. Many fans probably think we are old news now. I know if I didn't have a horse in the race, I'd go for the fresh face 9 outta 10 times. (Like Florida over the Devils)
Devil inside, devil inside, every single one of us, the devil inside.
This isn't about hate. People get on bandwagons of teams they think will win. Simple as that.
Have the Sharks showed anything to a non-Shark fan over the season and in this series to make them think they're going to win?
Regardless, who gives a crap if people aren't jumping on in the droves like they have been the last few years. It doesn't mean squat one way or another.
i guess i find it a little confusing in that---although it's more often than not---much to my chagrin, i root for the underdogs when i have no loyalty otherwise... i understand the concept of bandwagoning is synonymous with fairweather fans, but people who jump ship from a team not in the playoffs to a top-seed just bugs me a little.
Because St Louis' season is the feelgood story of the year in the NHL. Even though we're statistically underdogs in the series, many still consider St Louis the underdogs since they haven't been in the playoffs for a while.
For almost the same reason nobody else is jumping on the Washington Capitals bandwagon.
Team that has consistently been thought of as a perennial Cup contender having its worst and most disappointing season in years (since before the lockout for the Sharks) struggles to make the playoffs at all and then, once there, plays uninspiring hockey.
Not exactly a rallying cry for bandwagoners.
Yes, people like underdogs. But the Sharks & Caps aren't some upstart bunch of scrappy underdogs getting their first crack at a playoff opportunity.....they are perennial powerhouses who have spent each of the last 3 seasons as the #1 or #2 seed in their respective conferences and who are only in the position they are in now because they started to **** the bed in January rather than waiting until April, per tradition.
I'm cheering for you and my pool needs to you to win.
Why other's may not cheer for you is a few reasons 1)St. Louis has provided reporters a feel good story with their turn around this year, 2) you guys have been good for sooo long that you have eleiminated alot of other fan's teams, casuing bitterness, 3) people are hoping that if you lose in the first major changes will be made and some of your asstes maybe available, and 4) you are not seen as an underdog and people root for the underdog.
very good points made by all... i guess even though this has been the weakest year the sharks have had in a while, people still probably consider them them to be less of the underdog than a fresh hockey club that hasn't been favored in a long time like the blues are now.
Maybe they hate the Sharks for the same reasons I do. SJ has a habit of outshooting their opponents and finding a way to still lose the game. They are soft in the corners, and in front of the net. Of all the so-called "elite" NHL teams, they have the worst zone entry.
I don't look at it as joining a bandwagon but being back into hockey as much as I am this year, I wanted a west team and I used my memories as a hockey fan to draw me to the Sharks... Like Owen Nolan in the all star game or the year they upset the wings.. my fascination with Sharks lol.
I don't regret my decision to fully back them for this year and the future. I can watch almost every game and I don't really find anything hateable about them. I'm actually glad they haven't won a cup cause I didn't want to use that as a reason.