Re: Just drop it
posted at 12/15/2012 12:06 AM EST
In response to BadHabitude's comment:
I recall being at one game, a "good" visiting team like the Habs or Leafs before the draft pick or something like that and recall the person behind me telling the people he was with that Campbell was "somehow related to Colin. I think he's a nephew or something." That's the one that stick out in my mind, but pretty near every game I hear something from a seat around me that shows that a person is utterly ignorant of hockey. It's about 1 out of 3 times I hear someone who sounds like they know what they're talking about. This says to me that a fair percentage of the crowd are just casual fans and maybe even some double digit percentage knows nothing about hockey.
That's just my casual observation, but I can tell you that I've been to an NHL game in Tampa and the only ones who knew what was going on were the Habs fans who were there. (What can I say, it was the only game while I was there). So I think this casual observation has some validity.
So it seems to me that the NHL in the US is dependant upon casual fans much more than let's say baseball, and I've never heard anyone as ignorant of baseball at a Sox game, as opposed to someone ignorant of hockey at EVERY Bruins game.
We'll see what the gate is upon their return. If you think you can accurately predict the future, then you should be a millionare.
True, the rinks won't be empty, but we won't know exactly what happens until it happens. If their revenue is even just a little lower I think that's significant, but I wouldn't expect a wild variation either way.
I give credit to that person for know who Colin Campbell is. I also give credit to the people in Tampa who are out at a game. I have been in Florida many times to visit friends and family. 99% of the people that I come in contact with down there couldn't name two starting NHL goalies...or five NHL teams. I've been to many Lightning and Panthers games. Their fans are well aware of what's going on. Maybe they cannot predict the career path of a nine year old from a :30 youtube clip, but they are real fans.
You've never heard ignorant things at a Sox game? You are either deaf, or you're just as ignorant as those around you and don't recognize it. The people at Sox games these days are 50% pink hats. Here you go, BHab: http://bit.ly/12qMc1T