Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

People at work on Monday were talking about this Wednesday and comparing plans and dates. I asked, 'What's on Wednesday?'. When I received some looks that told me what I had just said was stupid, I realized that the 14th of February had some special significance....but the only thing I could think of important happening today was the Blackhawks and the Penguins duking it out at 7:30. What else could make a snowy day so great but hockey?

I popped down the lovely city of Boston last night for the Bruins and Oilers game. While I enjoyed the game, even though the Oilers did not make a good showing of it, I was surprised by the lack of excitement from the fans around us. I only heard a few cat calls, some chants, and a paltry 'Let's go Bruins!' chorus twice. The loudest sounds I heard were when the refs called a penalty...is this normal for Boston fans? I had always thought they were a bit rowdier than that...they certainly seem to be any other time I've seen them.

So here is my question: Who do you think are the most loud and boisterious fans in the NHL? Who do you think are the tamest? My personal picks would be the home Edmonton crowd, any Leafs fans, or Pittsburgh fans for the loudest (I show any Edmonton home game or the Leafs v Pens game on 1/20/07 as my evidence). As for the most quiet...well, I haven't heard much from Blackhawks fans lately.

Thoughts?

6 comments:

palindrome713 said...

You are my hero for forgetting about V-day and thinking about the Penguins-Blackhawks game.
I thought I was the only one. lol.

Ellie said...

haha elly - i had the same exact thought - "plans? what plans - the pens are playing and the game is being streamed online!"

i was at a bruins oilers game ealier this year and it was rather quiet too...

Steph said...

Hey, I was here thinking of it as the day the Wings got to redeem themselves, and the Bruins charity thing, and Drea's response was "what, the day before the Edmonton game?"

As for crowds...Detroit is still pretty loud, but given the way we used to be when I would go to games as a kid...man, something is wrong in Hockeytown when you can hear "GO LEAFS GO" above everything else i nthe stadium on occasion (However I take pride it in not being nearly as bad here as in Ottawa. Ha.) Someone was saying earlier in the year though that the Blackhawks' arena was so empty you could hear pucks ringing off the goalposts echoing like crazy through the whole stadium, though, so there's a vote in that direction.

Leah said...

Yup, a Hawks game is just pathetic anymore. The Wolves consistently outdraw them. It's so sad and such a commentary on how awful the ownership is...

Elly said...

palindrome713 and Ellie: Yeah, I sort of felt silly after, since it's a national on-the-calender holiday and all....but there was hockey! The guys were looking at me like I was crazy.

Steph: I heard that earlier this season about the Hawks...and normally that's pretty loud when it happens, but still.

Leah: It's sad, really, they aren't that bad of a team (Havlat, anyone?). I know attendance was down during the...what, 15 years straight of the Pens being completely terrible.

Christy Hammond said...

I'm actually hoping to go to my first Wings road game on the 27th in Chicago, but I have heard that it's pretty dead in there.

In my opinion, the Joe is pretty darn quiet compared to what it used to be. During the playoffs last year, it was ridiculous the difference between the Oilers home crowd and the Wings home crowd. And you gotta give props to the Oilers fans for their O Canada rendition. It gave me goosebumps every game.