Re: Brady Not Happy With Gillete Crowd
posted at 9/17/2010 2:45 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Brady Not Happy With Gillete Crowd
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Brady Not Happy With Gillete Crowd : Thank you for finding the words for what is wrong with so many Pats fans. The thing is, what happens outside of your little rectangle DOES impact the game. To not understand or appreciate that shows a certain ignorance about football in general. It's not about cheering for the fans, it's about making noise, at the appropriate times, to help out the D. Players for decades comment on how they feed off of the electricity in the crowd. Other teams comments how difficult it is to play in a loud stadium. When the opposing team is facing a key third down, and the guard can't hear the center from 3 feet away, you really don't think that makes a difference? When the D then gets a stop, and the whole stadium erupts, you really don't think the players get pumped up from that? Red Sox players will tell you how each of the 81 home games feels like a playoff game. How much better it is (to MOST players, sans Fatty Wells) to play in a place where the fans are loud and passionate. I've heard players mention that they may be a little sluggish at points during the season, but the CROWD gets them pumped up. Perhaps you'd like to have the games played in a vacuum, but it would be impossible to ignore what would be lost having no fans or noise. Something has been lost at Gillette. It's too late to change the architecture. They aren't going to dramatically cut prices. But what they can do is actually encourage the fans to make noise. Even if they don't encourage it, they can at least stop security from puting a halt to it! What they need to do is have a nice, quiet room in the bowels of the stadium that is noise-proof. They can serve tea. Any fan being observed telling another fan to sit down, or be quiet, will silently be escorted to this room where nobody will make any noise, and they can watch the game in peace. Seriously people, is this golf or football?
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
You make an excellent point about why people shouldn't expect the crowd to be quiet during football. Ofcourse neither me not anyone else has suggested that it should be quiet, or even that people shouldn't cheer (at the right times) for their team but I suppose arguing against the made up point in your head is easier than arguing against a real point.
If we're done telling everyone they are a pink hat, and patting ourselves on the back because "I'm always making noise, it's the guy next to me" and we have our posse together so we can go out and apparently lynch all the rich people in boston since they are our scapegoat for our crowd noise problem then I will clarify my point.
I know when and why people should make noise, and I hope they do because I infact do when I go to games. And I understand that this can lead to a marginal homefield advantage. Sorry it's not huge, as important as we might like to think we are teams practice around this and generally don't have too much trouble. The Seahawks are the loudest team in the NFL and they are not exactly busting out the wins at home, and the Superdome was loud even when the Saints were the Aints. But yeah, if it could give your team an advantage than do it.
The thing is, we all know the problem is of course that the Pats have been winning for ten years and it has attracted a more casual and probably less informed type of fan to the stadium. Now they could probably lower ticket prices but they're not going to. However this string of fortune that the Patriots have had will not last forever and eventually the prices won't be so high and the people that come to the games to watch their team probably get their a** kicked will probably be a little more intense. But I would not say something so absurd (as at least one person has said) that we need to start losing games so we can get the real fans here because as I stated above I am more interested in the Pats winning.
So I guess if the price of being able to watch my team have a dynastic run is a few years of this casual fanbase than that is something I can live with. Or at least it's something that I really don't feel like b*tching about and hearing everyone b*tch about during a week that the Pats just came off a great win against a good opponent and have another one coming up. I'm too excited about this team to complain about this stuff this week, maybe next.