October 29 2014 04:36PM
There are a lot of things we do well at MTS Centre during Jets games. Goalie chants, catchy chirps for players; “SILVER MEDAL” for Ryan Miller after the Olympics. “CROSBY’S/OVI’S BETTER” for whichever one is in town. “REF YOU SUCK”, the list goes on and on for all the cool original stuff we do at the games. But can someone please explain to me whey we insist on booing the visiting teams best player on a nightly basis?!
Don’t get me wrong, some players deserve to be booed every time they touch the puck. Like Zdeno Chara… WHEN HE’S IN MONTREAL!!! He’ll be booed there for the rest of his career for that hit he made on Pacioretty. John Tavares at MTS Centre: doesn’t deserve to be booed. I must say I did enjoy when Teemu would come back to MTS Centre, and we would boo EVERYBODY on the Ducks who touched the puck until Teemu got it on his stick and everyone would cheer. To me that’s clever, that’s the stuff that makes us the best fans in the NHL. Booing players who don’t deserve it from other teams, to me just seems thoughtless and classless, we sound like a bunch of donkeys just making noise for the sake of making noise (and because I just really wanted to use a donkey picture in this piece).
There is an art to misdirection and interference when it comes to professional athletes. One of the most well known head to head battles between athlete and heckler is between Reggie Miller and Spike Lee during the 1994 NBA Playoffs between the Pacers and Knicks. The two have since reconciled and the “choke” is one of the most recognizable things Reggie was remembered for.
In the hockey world, I would have to give it to Sully and The Force, otherwise known as ‘The Green Men’ at Vancouver Canucks games. Sitting beside the bench and distracting the opposing team when they’re in the box entertaining for the fans, the teams and the player in question. Cause as we know, they best time to kick someone is when they’re down… (that’s right isn’t it?). Honorable mention to Harvey the Hound in Calgary for getting under (then) head coach of the Edmonton Oilers Craig McTavish back in early 2003.
I’m not saying we have to come up with something similar or as extreme, but can we at least come up with something better than booing the best player?! There’s a great twitter account to follow called MTS Centre Chants that’s definitely worth following if you’re headed to a game, or even if you’re not.
In my observation over the last few seasons, we tend to fire up the opposing player when we boo them, rather than getting them off their game. Similar to when there was that girl you liked in school; you’d get more of a reaction out of her if you ignored her rather than showering her with attention, gifts, phone calls at all hours of the night, love letters and poems sprayed with the sample tube of cologne you got from Shoppers Drug Mart to make yourself smell more like a man. No? No one else had this issue? Nevermind then…
If a player is an asshole, or has acted like an asshole while he’s played against the Jets… then he totally deserves to be booed when he touches the puck at MTS Centre, let’s boo the crap out of him, but I think we’re more creative than just booing a good player cause he’s a good player. Heckling a good player, now that’s where we excel. Don’t forget to vote below.
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