Show Some Respect, That’s All We Ask…

A Buffalo Sabres fan telling Justin Faulk he's #1 ... just with the wrong finger. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes played the Buffalo Sabres last night in quite an exhilarating hockey game, with the Sabres pulling out the 1-0 win. This post, however, isn’t about the game. It’s about the fans. It is quite obvious that fan bases have natural rivalries against other fan bases – LA Kings fans don’t like Anaheim Duck fans … Boston Bruin fans and Montreal Canadian fans … Philadelphia Flyer and Pittsburgh Penguin fans … Chicago Blackhawk and Detroit Red Wing fans … I can go on. The Hurricanes’ fans have their top 4 or 5 fans from other teams that they don’t particularly care for — as I’m sure there are fans from other fan bases that don’t like Hurricanes’ fans. That’s fine. Fans are fans for a reason — they’re fanatical about their team and they are passionate, sometimes to a fault. While listening to the post-game show on 99.9FM The Fan last night, I noticed the Buffalo Sabres fans in attendance at the game last night (yes, there were a ton of them), screaming and sounding as if they had just won a playoff game. I understand any win against a rival is an especially sweet win for a fan, but reacting as if they just won a playoff game? For a game played in the middle of November? Really?

In full disclosure, yes, there are times when I look at the schedule and say “Oh great, we’re playing X-team…” because I know that certain fan bases can go over the top when visiting the RBC Center. It’s unfortunate that a few bad apples spoil the bunch, but as hockey fans, we should all show respect towards each other, especially when visiting another team’s arena. Granted, being at “home” doesn’t give fans free reign to say or do whatever they want, and I don’t condone some of the things that are done or said to visiting fans that occur at home arenas throughout the league. The reason why the RBC Center gets so many visiting fans is because the tickets are much cheaper than at home arenas. All I ask is when visiting hockey fans visit the RBC Center for a Hurricanes game, please show some respect towards our fans and we’ll do the same. We’re still a relatively young fan base with new people learning and understanding the game of hockey every day. We are, however, here to stay. So stop making fun of the way people down in the south talk, stop saying that we don’t know anything about hockey, stop saying that we’re not a passionate fan base and stop calling us the Hartford Whalers. We’ve been here for 14 years and have heard it all before.

That’s all we, as fans of the game of hockey, ask.

Thank you.

 

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  • Southerndraw81

    @CardiacCaneFS great article

  • Esbee92

    Great article Dan. I will take it one step further…”As hockey fans, we should all show respect towards each other, especially when visiting another team’s arena.”How about as people? I was brought up with manners. Seems pretty simple to me. Again good stuff.

  • Southerndraw81

    @CardiacCaneFS great article

  • Esbee92

    Great article Dan. I will take it one step further…”As hockey fans, we should all show respect towards each other, especially when visiting another team’s arena.”How about as people? I was brought up with manners. Seems pretty simple to me. Again good stuff.

  • Gosabres

    Though I can understand where you are coming from I don’t think you understand hockey. Yes, we all know you won a cup but that doesn’t make you a hockey town. I have been to games in Carolina many times and everytime someone is yelling at us for being too loud. Are you kidding? It’s a hockey game not a g rated movie. Also, we don’t consider Carolina a rivalry because we don’t respect you, we only go down because it’s cheap and you don’t sell out ever so it’s a guaranteed ticket. There is a reason we all call you the Hartford Whalers and make joke about inbreeding and NASCAR, becaus you are not a hockey town. We would welcome you to come to Buffalo and act the way we do at your arena but, we wouldn’t write a blog about respect we would show you how a real hockey town sticks up for itself. Articles like this just add fuel to the fire and you are only making it worse! See you next time in Carolina where I will have this blog post blown up to rally tue troops. Go Sabres!

  • Gosabres

    Though I can understand where you are coming from I don’t think you understand hockey. Yes, we all know you won a cup but that doesn’t make you a hockey town. I have been to games in Carolina many times and everytime someone is yelling at us for being too loud. Are you kidding? It’s a hockey game not a g rated movie. Also, we don’t consider Carolina a rivalry because we don’t respect you, we only go down because it’s cheap and you don’t sell out ever so it’s a guaranteed ticket. There is a reason we all call you the Hartford Whalers and make joke about inbreeding and NASCAR, becaus you are not a hockey town. We would welcome you to come to Buffalo and act the way we do at your arena but, we wouldn’t write a blog about respect we would show you how a real hockey town sticks up for itself. Articles like this just add fuel to the fire and you are only making it worse! See you next time in Carolina where I will have this blog post blown up to rally tue troops. Go Sabres!

  • NCCaniac42

    And reading Gosabres comments are exactly what we are talking about. You don’t respect us so don’t expect me to spread any of that ‘southern hospitality’ your way. If you are pleasant and fun to be around – great but if you act like you are a ‘know it all’ hockey fan – move along. I am from a HOCKEY CRAZY PLACE – ever heard of MICHIGAN and know more about hockey than the ‘go to 2 games a year’ sabre fan that lives in NC.

    I don’t respect Buffalo as a sports town – No Super Bowl Rings, No Stanley Cup rings in 40 years.. and half the population has left for warmer climates. Stop being ignorant and maybe we will be nicer to you.

    I expect to be flamed for these comments – but when the Leaf fans that visit our building are much better behaved and are friendlier than you.. you have lost the argument.

  • NCCaniac42

    And reading Gosabres comments are exactly what we are talking about. You don’t respect us so don’t expect me to spread any of that ‘southern hospitality’ your way. If you are pleasant and fun to be around – great but if you act like you are a ‘know it all’ hockey fan – move along. I am from a HOCKEY CRAZY PLACE – ever heard of MICHIGAN and know more about hockey than the ‘go to 2 games a year’ sabre fan that lives in NC.

    I don’t respect Buffalo as a sports town – No Super Bowl Rings, No Stanley Cup rings in 40 years.. and half the population has left for warmer climates. Stop being ignorant and maybe we will be nicer to you.

    I expect to be flamed for these comments – but when the Leaf fans that visit our building are much better behaved and are friendlier than you.. you have lost the argument.

  • LetsGoBuffalo

    “The reason why the RBC Center gets so many visiting fans is because the tickets are much cheaper than at home arenas.”

    But if your tickets are so cheap, why can’t your own fans buy them up??? I thought this article was going to address the many hoards of visiting fans that come to Hurricanes games but I am sadly and unsurprisingly, disappointed. Once again, the ‘Caniacs’ have to single out the big, bad Sabres fans for cheering too loudly.

    What ‘Caniacs’ fail to understand: POWER IN NUMBERS. Buffalo’s fan base is singled out because they consistently have a turnout of 3,000+ fans for every Buffalo/Carolina contest. Shame on the huge number of transplants who loyally support their team. Sure, fan misconduct happens, but it happens EVERYWHERE, including Buffalo! But when it happens, nobody writes a blog or column about how the big, bad opposing fans are taking over the First Niagara Center. My advice to you ‘Caniacs:’ Pay more to attention to the actual game that you all are such “diehards” for and not on who’s cheering for who and how loud they are. Then, THEN, maybe Carolina will start to solidify themselves as an actual hockey town. But then there is the issue of not being able to sell out your own arena…

  • Esbee92

    @LetsGoBuffalo

    You’ve really missed the entire point of the post. It has nothing to do with being loud, cheering, supporting your team or power in numbers. It’s not even really about hockey if you want to get right down to it. It has to do with going somewhere and not acting like an asshole.

    And that is all of the energy I am going to expend on this topic.

  • LetsGoBuffalo

    “The reason why the RBC Center gets so many visiting fans is because the tickets are much cheaper than at home arenas.”

    But if your tickets are so cheap, why can’t your own fans buy them up??? I thought this article was going to address the many hoards of visiting fans that come to Hurricanes games but I am sadly and unsurprisingly, disappointed. Once again, the ‘Caniacs’ have to single out the big, bad Sabres fans for cheering too loudly.

    What ‘Caniacs’ fail to understand: POWER IN NUMBERS. Buffalo’s fan base is singled out because they consistently have a turnout of 3,000+ fans for every Buffalo/Carolina contest. Shame on the huge number of transplants who loyally support their team. Sure, fan misconduct happens, but it happens EVERYWHERE, including Buffalo! But when it happens, nobody writes a blog or column about how the big, bad opposing fans are taking over the First Niagara Center. My advice to you ‘Caniacs:’ Pay more to attention to the actual game that you all are such “diehards” for and not on who’s cheering for who and how loud they are. Then, THEN, maybe Carolina will start to solidify themselves as an actual hockey town. But then there is the issue of not being able to sell out your own arena…

    • Esbee92

      @LetsGoBuffalo

      You’ve really missed the entire point of the post. It has nothing to do with being loud, cheering, supporting your team or power in numbers. It’s not even really about hockey if you want to get right down to it. It has to do with going somewhere and not acting like an asshole.

      And that is all of the energy I am going to expend on this topic.

  • http://www.sinfullyaddictivecontent.com/ KPKelly

    I can appreciate, although disagree, with everyone’s comments. Clearly we are all passionate fans. However, as editor of Cardiac Cane I feel the need to step in. A fan is not determined by their barn or resume. A fan is someone who respect and loves the sport and team. It is not a tangible thing to take someone. Carolina is a hockey town because the fans believe it and support it. Talking in circles isn’t doing any good, so I consider the matter closed…on this post at least. Thank you.

  • http://www.sinfullyaddictivecontent.com/ KPKelly

    I can appreciate, although disagree, with everyone’s comments. Clearly we are all passionate fans. However, as editor of Cardiac Cane I feel the need to step in. A fan is not determined by their barn or resume. A fan is someone who respect and loves the sport and team. It is not a tangible thing to take someone. Carolina is a hockey town because the fans believe it and support it. Talking in circles isn’t doing any good, so I consider the matter closed…on this post at least. Thank you.

    • LetsGoBuffalo

      @KPKelly You simply cannot expect to put up a post about how bad Buffalo fans are and not expect a response. As editor, I appreciate your work to promote Carolina and your fans through this blog, I fully encourage it. However, your attempt to close the door on this topic is somewhat baffling after a grand total of 5 relatively tame comments. Further opportunities for all fans to discuss this matter could maybe clear the air to as to why the Buffalo fans are supposedly always the worst of the worst. If you see a vulgar, violent fan, find someone in a red vest or jacket, it’s their job to escort them from the game. I don’t want them around any more than the Carolina fans do. It is pathetic. But if someone wants to loudly support their team, let me be.

      • caniac176

        @LetsGoBuffalo@KPKelly With all due respect, there was nothing mentioned in the post to say that Buffalo fans are “the worst of the worst.” This post could have been written after the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Toronto or Buffalo game (the last 4 home games for the Canes). There are bad apples in every fan base and no fan base should be painted with a broad brush. I’ve met and spoken with several passionate and respectful fans of a lot of fan bases who visit the RBC Center. Everyone has a freedom of speech to cheer for their team as loudly as they can, but there is a line that should not be crossed. All I’m saying is that I have experienced that line being crossed with several fan bases. I apologize if you felt that I was singling out a particular fan base, but that was not the intent. The general goal of the article is to discuss fan behavior and that there should be a certain level of respect across all hockey fans, no matter what team is playing. I appreciate your passion for your team and for hockey and can appreciate MOST fans’ cheering on their team as loudly as they want, as long as they don’t cross that line.

        • LetsGoBuffalo

          @caniac176

          This will be my last comment about the matter. I highly, highly doubt you would have ever posted this after any of those games before Buffalo/Carolina. You choose to post this promptly after the game. You chose to put a lovely picture and caption of a Buffalo fan. Enough is enough. Buffalo fans are an easy target for the ‘Caniacs’ because there are simply too many of us at your games to comprehend. I think your time could be better spent of focusing on the play of the Hurricanes and what’s going on around the league. Stop policing the fans (of any team), that is the ushers’ job. As Gosabres said, this will only add fuel to the fire, which does nothing but rile up both the Carolina and Buffalo fan bases.

      • caniac176

        @LetsGoBuffalo If you have a twitter account, feel free to follow me (@caniac176) and we can discuss this further if you want instead of clogging up the thread. I’m always willing to have a discussion about hockey with any fan of any team :)

  • LetsGoBuffalo

    @KPKelly You simply cannot expect to put up a post about how bad Buffalo fans are and not expect a response. As editor, I appreciate your work to promote Carolina and your fans through this blog, I fully encourage it. However, your attempt to close the door on this topic is somewhat baffling after a grand total of 5 relatively tame comments. Further opportunities for all fans to discuss this matter could maybe clear the air to as to why the Buffalo fans are supposedly always the worst of the worst. If you see a vulgar, violent fan, find someone in a red vest or jacket, it’s their job to escort them from the game. I don’t want them around any more than the Carolina fans do. It is pathetic. But if someone wants to loudly support their team, let me be.

  • caniac176

    @LetsGoBuffalo@KPKelly With all due respect, there was nothing mentioned in the post to say that Buffalo fans are “the worst of the worst.” This post could have been written after the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Toronto or Buffalo game (the last 4 home games for the Canes). There are bad apples in every fan base and no fan base should be painted with a broad brush. I’ve met and spoken with several passionate and respectful fans of a lot of fan bases who visit the RBC Center. Everyone has a freedom of speech to cheer for their team as loudly as they can, but there is a line that should not be crossed. All I’m saying is that I have experienced that line being crossed with several fan bases. I apologize if you felt that I was singling out a particular fan base, but that was not the intent. The general goal of the article is to discuss fan behavior and that there should be a certain level of respect across all hockey fans, no matter what team is playing. I appreciate your passion for your team and for hockey and can appreciate MOST fans’ cheering on their team as loudly as they want, as long as they don’t cross that line.

  • caniac176

    @LetsGoBuffalo If you have a twitter account, feel free to follow me (@caniac176) and we can discuss this further if you want instead of clogging up the thread. I’m always willing to have a discussion about hockey with any fan of any team :)

  • LetsGoBuffalo

    @caniac176

    This will be my last comment about the matter. I highly, highly doubt you would have ever posted this after any of those games before Buffalo/Carolina. You choose to post this promptly after the game. You chose to put a lovely picture and caption of a Buffalo fan. Enough is enough. Buffalo fans are an easy target for the ‘Caniacs’ because there are simply too many of us at your games to comprehend. I think your time could be better spent of focusing on the play of the Hurricanes and what’s going on around the league. Stop policing the fans (of any team), that is the ushers’ job. As Gosabres said, this will only add fuel to the fire, which does nothing but rile up both the Carolina and Buffalo fan bases.

  • fun_PAUL

    Stupid Carolina hockey “fans” go watch NASCAR and make out with your sisters and give us our sport back- no one cares about your team outside of nc (sad and true). You have no rivalries – lame

  • fun_PAUL

    Stupid Carolina hockey “fans” go watch NASCAR and make out with your sisters and give us our sport back- no one cares about your team outside of nc (sad and true). You have no rivalries – lame

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