Re: Boston Bruins Billboard Backlash
posted at 5/20/2011 2:28 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Boston Bruins Billboard Backlash
[QUOTE]The billboard was funny and Bruins management should be embarassed of folding at a little brouhaha from a place that has no business even fielding (icing?) a hockey team. The idea of a hockey rivalry with Tampa is preposterous, but even worse is the Bruins effectively backing away from the fight. It's wonderful to see this team with a legitimate shot at the Stanley Cup after, lo, these many years . . . but these are not your father's Big Bad Bruins. As for the Pats: I've never been to Gillette Stadium (and am not likely to go), but from afar it certainly looks as if the fan base has become gentrified. I guess that's the nature of the beast when they charge more to park your car than a ticket to the game should cost. But before we get all misty-eyed about how great the fans used to be, let's not forget that a lot of those people who populated Ye Olde Schaefer Stadium -- while passionate -- were, perhaps not the type of people you would choose to hang around on a daily basis. I know this much: If I'm paying $4,000 (give or take) to attend a football game, I certainly would not be interested in sitting anywhere near the kind of fan I used to be.
Posted by p-mike[/QUOTE]
Lmao, Because prairie....it's like you read my mind here (terrifying, I know). Never been on the A-List to get into Gillette myself, and I'm not sure I could pony up the cover charge these days I'd need to get in, so it becomes a hard sell trying to make the correct social contracts to get my name on the list from the get-go... But I'm LOL-ing here at your response, b/c halfway into my post, I thought about the times I've spent as a youth brought to the old stadium... I remember 1 time, there was-this guy musta been pushin' 400+ lbs, NO question- and he was sitting diagnally down from me, me in 1 row on the stairs, him across the stairs down into the next...And he screamed, and drank, and screamed and drank...then passed out in his seat ("freazing cold metal strip of industrial bar tubing"), then woke, and drank a bit more before repeating the process again... Really, no prob with drinking, but when the empty plastic cups are crushed, withered, on top of one another, and they still can't fit, and so they empty crushed then simply empty second layer has spilled out WELL into the open stairwell...yegh. And it was just far uglier after he began fighting with someone he came with. I believe I've suppressed the larger part of the experience.
So, as I'm writing the "getting some nastiness back" part up above, I'm slowly beginning to try to get my creed and dogma...Like shallowly squeezing my rampant belief in tough, hard fandom and tough, hard gameday & team experience, More and more narrowly through the ever shrinking tunnel, Of EXACTLY how I remember the Idealistic, then Very Real, Then rather Sobering, then rather sobering AND depressing (I believe there was a final step, involving the word, "pathetic") GREAT Patriot Days of yore...
The fine line, becomes sorta hazy, swervy, dwindling, then trails off all together. I want rowdiness, violence, tough-guy, hard-#ssed, and take no mercy concepts, but I'm trying to somewhat forsake (altogether, really), any of the Barbarism that goes along with it. It's not very easy.