Pct. of Capacity in 2008-09: 99.8% (18,172, 12th in the NHL) Online Presence: 5.5
Last Year's ranking: 7th
Justification: The Rangers will always have a distinctive advantage of being NYC's #1 team regardless of where it finishes in the standings. If you ever watch the NHL Network's "NHL Live" program New York Rangers fans are always quick to call in to offer their thoughts to the lucky guys (sometimes gals) working the show. New Yorkers are tough on their teams but they're immensely loyal and that is certainly the case for the Rangers as well. However there are signs that some of that strength is eroding slightly. The Rangers lately have basically been just good enough to get to the playoffs only to be bounced in the 1st round and the fans clearly have much higher expectations and do not have a whole lot of faith in General Manager Glen Sather. For the first time in a while the Rangers failed to average a sellout for the season and that should set off some alarm bells even though the difference is quite small. It could a prelude to a more notable drop if the team does not show some definite progress and with Sather hedging his playoff hopes on the wonky groin of the often injured Marian Gaborik it does not provide a wide margin of error.
Chicago as number 2 is high, Original 6 and all, considering a few years ago their minor league team drew more and even made it as a segment on ESPN. Pittsburgh is a joke at 7. Washington is an even bigger joke, I went to a Sharks/Caps game 2 years ago and it seemed like more Sharks fans. San Jose at 14 is a disgrace they sold out all but one game last season I believe and are nuts about their hockey. Boston at 16 come on an Original 6 team, yes the Red Sox will always be toasts of the town but Boston is a hockey city. The Devils at 22 I had to lol on that one.
Can anyone give me a definition of a "good fan" or "good fans"?
Like the definition of a bad fan isn't so hard to understand, like a suit who doesn't care about the game or like a small fanbase.
But what is a good fan? Someone who boos the star of the other team? Someone who is loud when the team is avg?
It beats me. I personally can get pissed at MSG for hurting the team at times. Booing Malik early in G3 in the PO's for example defnitly didn't help the team. We basically had a chance to make the finals that year (not that booing Malik hurt us in that aspects, but we were in the running and that didn't help). But the NYR have allot of real fans. And a real fan is neither good nor bad -- he is a fan.
How much time and meaningless stats do we need to come up with to make ratings on fans???? Can we also rate the best and worst pretzel guys?
I'd rank the Rangers pretzel guy 25th because hes too freakin loud and always makes an transaction into an event. lol this is rediculous.
The list is suspect to say the least, with odd criterias that don't seem to follow any pattern. Not even the explanations are consistent. For example, in the comments, the creator drags down St Louis because they had bad attendance in 2005/06, while ignoring the argument against Pittsburgh that almost had to relocate because of bad attendance, with a "well, this is about the present." Double standard much? And we don't even have to mention his highly subjective "online presence".
I actually find it offensive to see the bandwagon fans of Pittsburgh and Washington above ours.
How pathetic can a list (and those fans) be? Give me a ****ing break.
"Of course giving Sather cap space is like giving teenagers whiskey and car keys." - SBOB "Watching Sather build a team is like watching a blind man with no fingers trying to put together an elaborate puzzle." - Shadowtron
"Used to be only Twinkies and cockroaches could survive a nuke. I'd add Habs to that. I'm convinced the CH stands for Club du Hypocrisy." - Gee Wally