Trust me, I'm not yelling and screaming during the entire game either, however there is a time and a place for everything. The atmosphere in Consol being as dry and uncaring as it was for the first couple of playoff games against Philly was just plain embarrassing. Nobody is saying you have to drink five beers and start cheering obnoxiously, but you're making it seem like you refuse to clap a single time when a "Let's go Pens" chant starts or something.
Maybe you don't have to blow the roof off of the building, but at the very least let somebody know you're in it.
I think people overstate the number of people going to games and making no noise at all. As I said though, I have never been in the lower bowl at all.
Originally Posted by Super Sniper Cele
No offense, but you must not have been paying much attention. In either arena. I've been to enough games in Philly (against the Pens, obviously) to tell you that their fans are always loud and into the game. Sure they're a bunch of idiots rooting for a bunch of pansies, but at least they let those pansies know that they're rooting for them. Also, a lot of players and even coaches will tell you how intimidating it can be to play in a building like that and that can go a long way believe it or not.
Ask Claude Giroux how "intimidating" the crowds at Consol were in the playoffs last season. That little ***** would laugh in your face, and that needs to change.
No offense taken. You're just wrong, that's all. Maybe the games you were at were different; but the games I've been to at Consol were every bit as loud as the games I've been to in Philly. I have never been to a Pens game in Consol where the fans all around me weren't loud and into the game. It's never been crazy; but its been noisy. Actually, it was pretty freaking crazy when the game went to OT and when there were some big hits. I have been to a game in Philly where the Flyers fans were being noticeably out-yelled by the Penguins fans in the building.
Maybe the games I have been to are bad representations of the typical crowds. But don't tell me I'm wrong about my own experience.
I hate the bandwagon crap, you have a new generation of fans in every sport, it just so happened that when the Pens were finally starting to do better, with a new franchise player, a new outlook and lease on life for the entire franchise and then news of a brand new arena, playoffs, etc...the fans started to come back and then some.
People that call the Pens fan base bandwagon fans are usually just uneducated people with knowing how sports works. Every fan base has bandwagon fans, it's going to happen. I don't care about it, if they hop off, they hop off...all I care is that I have been a fan through thick and thin and there are hundreds (or more even) like me.
In the end it's just sports. Not like we take a blood oath to be faithful to the team and dedicate as many hours when they are in last place as in first. People watch it as long as they enjoy it, pretty much. If people want to walk away and come back during the playoffs... so be it. As long as they don't run their mouth at the bar or whatever, it's extra revenue for the team.
Once the Fan-enforced probationary period is over (if this season comes back), those band-wagon fans are more than welcome to go buy some tickets and sit next to Ogre. The rest of you die-hards must not buy tickets or merchandise until March at the earliest or you will be infracted for rewarding the NHL for their lockout.