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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I'm not going to bring up The Language Debate here.

I wanted to. I've started at least 5 posts about it. Today. But after thinking about while eating the most awesome recipe for cooked spinach with this killer sauce/dressing, I decided that I don't want to talk about it. Got it everyone? Good.

So it's going to be like one of those white elephant things. You know, one of those topics that everyone knows about, but nobody wants to talk about. Sorta like the topic of whether Mr. New GM Pierre Gauthier can sign Pleky, Pricey and Jaro for next year.

14 comments:

Shan said...

It's okay, we already know that you hate French. Not to mention, les habitants.

Eternal Pessimist said...

that better have been a very sarcastic comment.... =p

Shan said...

:)

Grrrreg said...

:) Yeah, I should have known better!

Eternal Pessimist said...

It makes me cranky. Sorta like the total lack of snow :( I want snow!!!!!

Dave said...

You can have our )*@#$)*#$* SNOW!!!! More falling as I type this.

Are you going to the game tonight? I'm sure Bobbi will be bombarding you with messages throughout.

Eternal Pessimist said...

Haha! I can't get over how much snow you're getting.. it's insane....You definitely have waaaay more us now.

I thought about trying to get tickets but then I decided not to. Part of it is my total lack of finances and I'd have to pay probably at least double the face value, also... I don't want to get in trouble with my fellow Habs fans because I know I'd be tempted to sort of cheer for the Caps at the same time :D

Dave said...

Yeah, there is that whole rooting for the visiting team thing, even if only partially. There used to be a lot more visitor fans in our building but not so much anymore. I went to a game against the Red Wings a few years back and you'd have thought we were in Detroit. Verizon Center was rockin' the red all right - but the Caps wore white and teal then. The worst was in the early days when the Flyers came to town. Their fans would bus down from Philly and be drunk before the game started. We were sitting in the middle of a bunch of Flyers fans once and when the Caps scored, they jumped a Caps fan who stopped in the aisle to cheer. A riot broke out around us and I found out that Bobbi knows how to put someone in a head lock.

Eternal Pessimist said...

WOW o__O

There's really nothing worse than having your building filled with drunk people cheering for the opposing team. It happens a lot with the QMJHL team here. It's not pleasant =/

I've never seen any real problems with other fans in the BC. Mind you, I've never really seen huge groups of fans from the opposing team (there's a good reason right there to sell your building out to your own fan base). Most of the drunk fans spend their time yelling at their own team and dont' seem to notice anyone else.

Dave said...

Well, Philadelphia fans are a whole other breed - here's two more examples: their baseball team had a guy who played his whole career there, made the Hall of Fame, is considered to be one of the best third basemen ever - and he tells a story of taking his 8 year old to the bus stop one day and having the kids on the bus boo him... and their old football stadium was the only one in the NFL that had a judge on duty in the stadium during games to handle fans removed from their seats by the police. The Caps make a concerted effort to sell as many tix to home fans as possible - for example, they block Western Pennsylvania phone exchanges from buying tickets for Penguins games.

Shan said...

The last bit seems like a rather extreme measure. :/

Eternal Pessimist said...

Philly fans can be pretty "special" =/

That does seem a little extreme for the Caps to block Western Pennsylvanian (Pennsylvanian? Is that a word?) from buying tix. What if I'm a die hard Caps fan living in Pittsburgh and I want to come to DC to watch my Caps demolish the Pens? =(

Dave said...

If you're a die hard Caps fan living in Pittsburgh, you make friends with someone in Washington. They did that because when the Pens came to town, it was like a Pittsburgh home game. The Caps have made a huge, concerted effort to make this a Caps town over the last few years. They learned a lesson from the NBA team here, who for years advertised the other teams stars to sell tickets - "Come see Shaq!" - and wonder why they never get a rabid home town base of fans. When Caps tickets started getting harder to get they wanted to make sure home fans didn't get shut out. I actually agree that it's a little unfair but if I got shut out and the seat I was going for ended up with a Crysob fan in it, I'd be a bit peeved.

Eternal Pessimist said...

I do see where they are coming from.

It's similar with the Sens. The Sens (fans) are ALWAYS whining that the Habs fans fill up their building when the Habs roll in. Their first complaint if the Habs beat the Sens in Ottawa is always "why do those damn fans have to sing a soccer song (ole)?".

I would be angry if the Sens stopped Habs fans from trying to buy tickets though. My first live hockey game was at a Sens/Habs game and it was one of the best times I've had to date at an NHL game (that Caps game definitely ranks up there too ;) ). The experience would have been just as amazing even if half the building wasn't filled with Habs fans.

With my QMJHL team, there's been quite a few games where the other team has family, friends and assorted other fans taking up a lot of space. I don't really like it all that much - especially when they're drunk - but I realize that a solution to this would be if my team worked harder to get their own fans into the building.

At this point, with the Caps having such a strong base fan, do you think that they would get out-cheered by the Pens fans if they allowed them to come? The Caps as a franchise have obviously come a long way from when Rocking the Red meant that the Wings were in town.

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