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Vulgar Opinions: Sports Are Supposed To Be Fun (NSFW)

04/08/13

There’s been a lot of talk about booing lately, and while I am loathe to write articles that everyone else is writing (and steal any thunder from our own), I do have one simple question to the fans that are booing:

What do you hope to get out of this?

In a world where the justification for pretty much everything is ‘I do what I want,’ the booers seek to extract worth out of every dollar in their game experience (and yet leave early).  People have the freedom to use their vocal chords for whatever purpose.  I respect that.  And I get it, you’re watching bad hockey and you want to watch good hockey.

So again, why are you booing?


The players have said, over and over again, that it doesn’t work.  In fact, it does the opposite, and I have to believe that will hold true anywhere.  If you’re going through a rough patch at your job, the solution isn’t your boss standing over you going, “you’re bad at this, you’re bad at this, you’re bad at this.”  Remember that scene in Office Space where Peter hears about his TPS reports goof a hundred times?  The booing fans are  loud Bill Lumberghs.

So…why?  Why, why, why, why?  You want to have fun and a large part of that is dependent on seeing good hockey.  The hockey isn’t good right now, so you boo.  But booing doesn’t make the hockey better.  So why are you doing it?  Do you get pleasure from being miserable assholes and partaking in an activity with no redeeming qualities?

The conclusion I’m forced to come to is yes.

Go ahead, debate me.

“I pay good money…blah blah blah” – Yes, and if you’re frustrated with the hockey, you have two solutions, stop watching, or do something to try and make it better.  You chose to do something that makes it worse.

“But the effort…” – Who cares?!  Even if the effort is bad, the booing doesn’t make it better.

“Management needs to know…” – Management is laughing at the fact that your dumb ass bought a ticket and an $140 jersey.

“Terry Pegula…” – As far as I know, Terry Pegula can read, so he is capable of understanding an NHL box score.

“I can say what I want.”  - Great, we’ve reached the inevitable conclusion.  You’re being an asshole for the sake of being an asshole.  Your intelligence has been reduced to the mindless ire of mob hatred.  Here’s a Buffalo news subscription and a Sekera jersey you can burn.

And if people want to complain about me calling them irredeemable dumbasses because they boo, just consider this my booing.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Nuthatch permalink
    04/08/13 5:13 PM

    People boo because the Press encourages them. The Press very rarely says anything upbeat or encouraging. It’s much more fun to point out someone’s faults & mistakes, to give them a verbal beat-down, especially when they can’t fight back. The Press is in control of what we hear and what we hear is all bad.

    I have been forced to assume that most folks are easily led, otherwise why would our local Press continue to spout such poison? And make no mistake, it is poison. They are gleefully tearing down our home town team. Their aggressive lack of encouragement of the Sabres could easily be a reason players don’t want to stay here. Our cut-rate sports reporters like to rant & rave and tear down anyone connected to the Sabres organization because a Stanley Cup has not been delivered, gift wrapped no doubt, to our collective door step.

    I could go on for hours about the disdain I have for Buffalo sports reporters but I expect you’ve caught my drift. It is much easier to knock people down than build them up. Building people up takes time and the use of one’s brain…

  2. 04/08/13 5:29 PM

    Indeed. The effect the media can have on fan opinions is an article in itself, illustrated in part by Barrister’s piece on DGWU today.

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