Hockey games are awesome, partly because no one gives enough of a **** to start internet threads about what they didn't like about the game when they get home. :wink:
When the crowd was rockin' in the 80's with Johnny and not sitting on their hands, band antics were funny and fresh because Hilton was roaring. People that liked them had a good time. People that didn't like them couldn't hear them anyway. There were 14,125 (remember the fire code?) people on their feet yelling like crazy.
The band ain't Seinfeld. It's not a skit you have to pay attention to. It's not a spirit killing Apple Shuffle or Pump Up The Pasta B.S. Scoreboard skit. If you don't like it, make your own cheer. Our House did back in the day. (Okay - that dates me.)
This is the "Me" generation. You must entertain "me" and we will never try to make something up that is better. We just complain and complain and complain.
All we do is ***** about the stuff that is in front of us. We won't help. We won't use creativity. But by God, if someone else does, we'll complain about it!
It's all in the crowd's hands. If you want technotron Apple shuffles, applaud them. If you hate them, boo them. If the band does something wacky you object to, boo them. When they do something you approve of - actively support them. Real people will figure it out faster than marketing people.
Am I the only one who finds it hard to believe (not to mention a little sad) that the longest current thread on this forum outside of game threads is one about the pep band? Just sayin......
10 pages later a lot of valid opinions from different viewpoints have been shared. I'm glad we're really hashing this one out
I mean that really got out of hand!
The band was treating the exhibition game like it was the national championship. That is all that needs to be said about the band.
I wanted to avoid posting in this thread, but I can't help but clarify something. The band isn't trying to entertain you with the chants, they're trying to distract the opposing players. Does it work? Probably not, but they're having fun doing it, so they don't care.
That said, hate the band all you want, you're entitled to your opinion.
If only the opposing team hated the band chants as much as our own fans do.
Also, very surprising only a few old timers chimed in with "back in the day" stories.
Not to stick up for the bandies, but for everyone complaining, noted musical fan Mr. Rodgers would like to weigh in: