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January 14, 2009

A Good Versus Sports Partner Activity

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:02 pm

I have had the good fortune over the past few years to visit many NHL venues for games as part of my job. I have attended hockey games in Detroit, Philly, Vancouver, Minnesota, Buffalo, Nashville, Colorado, Toronto and other places on a fairly regular basis. Last night I saw the Caps (they dropped a stinker on the home crowd) and Oilers in DC. I have noticed a few interesting things at all of them. In all places, they root for mostly foreigners with hard to pronounce names, are fairly rabid in terms of intensity (especially in Detroit and Philly) and turn out in large numbers. Last night in Washington, a Tuesday night, the place was nearly sold out and despite the home team stinking on ice there was enthusiasm everywhere.


On the way in on the Metro I spoke with a season ticket holder who is an immigrant from Uruguay. I asked him if he also liked soccer. ‘Naw, soccer sucks,’ he said.


I do not know whether there is a parallel to be drawn between hockey and Indy Racing or not, but after being spoon fed doom and gloom by hostile idiots nearly continuously for fifteen years (with no signs that it will subside) it is refreshing to have a great time at a sporting entity that is said to have fallen on hard times that is about to fail with a ‘lousy’ TV deal on Versus. There were a ton of people and nearly continuous bombardment with sponsor messaging.


Oh, and by the way, if you haven’t been to a hockey game lately or at all, you really should go.


1 Comment »

  1. You haven’t been to a hockey game until you go to Montreal to take in a Habs game.

    Comment by Matt Chamois — January 14, 2009 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

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