Passionate (but not true) Fans


This was emailed to me by a Loger who wanted to state his opinion regarding the Boston Bruins fan base. I like it, and find it a bit ironic after seeing an almost identical post referring to Blackhawk fans on The Fifth Feather. Thanks Cammi Granato for your contribution:

Last night at the Bruins game, I was excited to see the Garden rumbling again. When Chara went down and came back in the second, the place erupted. Hockey has been relevant in Boston this season, and it feels good. Even though hockey is back, I was put off by the fans on more than one occasion. I’ll walk through them to see if you share my disappointment.


First: power play. It’s blatantly obvious that the vast majority of fans attending Bruins games don’t understand how a power play works. The whole point of the power play is to take advantage of outnumbering your opponent. This entails moving the puck quickly to get your opponent out of position so you can capitalize on rebounds, loose pucks, screens and back door passes. When Bruins set up their power play and begin moving the puck around forcing the opponent to get out of position, it sometimes takes more than two or three passes. When this happens, the players are met with boos and fans yelling “shoot!”


Second: defensive and neutral zone regroup. Again, it is obvious that Bruins fans, on the whole, don’t get the point of the regroup. I live my life by the “if it doesn’t fit, force it” mentality, but the opposite is true in hockey. When the play isn’t there, regroup and find a good passing lane to maintain control of the puck. When the defensemen regroup for a third or maybe fourth time, again they’re met with boos.


Fans booing during these two situations make me embarrassed to sit in the same building as these people and support the same team. Bruins fans, I would expect, would be knowledgeable about the game and understand the tactical sides of it. Hockey isn’t just about shooting and hitting, although I feel that a lot of fans think this way. As a fan and a student of the game, I get fired up at every crisp, tape-to-tape pass, every control breakout, every neutral zone trap. Why? Because those are the fundamental parts of the game that contribute to the highlight reel goals and hits that we all love to watch.


When the Bruins are setting up the power play they’re taking the time to move the puck and get positioned, don’t boo – cheer. When the Bruins are regrouping in their defensive or neutral zone to find better passing lanes, don’t boo – cheer. The players aren’t doing those things to fuck around with the puck. They’re using their hockey skill sets, which are far superior to any of ours, to capitalize on opportunities.


This all contributes to two major points: 1) Bruins fans, on average, aren’t as intelligent about hockey as you may have thought and 2) True fans would reserve the “boos” for the people who deserve it – opponents and referees.


Heading to the game last night, I was worried about one thing: if the Bruins lose, are the fans going to boo? I would hope that they wouldn’t. I would hope that Bruins fans would show their team the respect they deserve. Northeast Division Champions and #1 in the Eastern Conference. They have had an amazing year, and the moment when their season is over, be it in the coming days or in June, I hope the fans will get their heads out of their asses and act like true fans of the Bruins and the game.

9 Responses to “Passionate (but not true) Fans”

  1. 1 commissionerdangle
    May 11, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    How about all the jackass fans throwing shit on the ice…??

    Throwing the towels at the Carolina players in the penalty box is harmless and was pretty funny but throwing water bottles and other shit on the ice is weak, leave that to Vancouver fans

  2. May 11, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Cammi taking the Loge by storm. I agree with you totally. No matter where you go there are going to be good knowledgeable fans, and there will also be knuckleheads. Doesnt matter what city you are in or what type of sport. I was at the sox game on friday and this ivy leaguer behind me asked what inning it was. I shit you not. And we were sitting down low, directly facing the green monster. I have also been shushed several times at foxboro on crucial third down situations for the defense. I have just accepted the fact that there will always be shitty fans, and when the team is successful there will be more of them.

  3. 3 Coach
    May 11, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    I haven’t been to a hockey game where fans don’t yet “shoot” the entire man advantage. It is the most frustrating thing, and you just have to hope your team isn’t dumb enough to listen. Unfortunately, i think 8 times out of 10, the NY Rainjuzz are dumb enough to listen. They get so nervous on the powerplay when their fans get on them about the powerplay.

    Sugar, i’m still laughing at your use of ‘ivy leaguers.’ Might have to start doing a regular post about an ‘ivy leaguer fan of the week’.

  4. 4 Coach
    May 11, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Cammi, nice thoughts by the way. Solid post coming from a fellow loger.

  5. May 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    I agree with the powerplay rant and understand the regrouping in their own end one as well, however, in this series they have mishandled so many backward passes that I can see justifiable angst in fans to not just moving the puck away from our own net (especially with a lead). By the way excellent rant, as I said to my wife (in loge9 last night) even Bs fans can be douches. Throwing shit on the ice is bush league.

  6. 6 loge69
    May 12, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Amen Cammi. Of the handful of B’s games that I have been to the last few years, pretty much every one was filled with such chowdahead fans you could see the chunks of potato and clam coming out of their ears, they were terrible and exactly as you described them in this post. Sugarsean mosely, you’re right, it doesn’t matter what city you’re in or what type of sporting event you’re at, you’re going to encounter fan stupidity but I think beantown has got to be up there in terms of bonehead fans. Last year I was at fenway for game 4 of the alcs when the sox lost 13-4 to tampa. The sox were getting their balls handed to them when they played Sweet Caroline during the seventh inning stretch(or whenever the fuck they play it) and judging by how everyone in the park was singing along at the top of their lungs, you wouldve never known they were losing. I was embarrassed to be a baseball fan at that moment and felt sorry for the sox players, sorry that they were supported by bandwagon fans who were there just to say they’ve been to fenway and not there to root on “their” team.

  7. 7 LPsnipa6
    May 12, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Could not have said it better myself Loge69. I always think its funny how Chowdaheads and French Canadian fans hate each other. They are all the same having played and hung with many from both places. Loud mouth, cocky and think they know it all fans and or players.

  8. 8 Coach
    May 12, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    WARNING: Loge69 coming in HOTTT!!!!

  9. 9 Loge69
    May 12, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    HEY NOW Coach!

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