It wasn't even close to that. All it takes is a few thousand people to do anything in unison for it to be really noticeable.
To say my peace, I've been going to games longer than 99 percent of the people that did the You Suck chant. I can guarantee all of you, it only became a "tradition" when you decided to make it one. The proof of this is available for all to see on any youtube clip of any home game going back to 2006. The you suck types stubbornly refuse to acknowledge this.
It didn't offend me, I wasn't concerned about the delicate sensibilities of the children, and I didn't complain to management. It was just stupid, immature, and for the most part, out of place.
It's too bad, because RR2 itself was an actual tradition, and a good one at that. The you suck people did not stop me from going to games, but it certainly made the high points of the game less enjoyable.
Hopefully, going forward, the people that are still butt hurt over the song can live with it, the same as the rest of us who put up with the you suck chant did for several years.
Ok but we aren't talking about that. We are talking about the goal song. None of the goals scored in that series had "you suck" when R&R part 2 was played.
This as well. This "tradition" isn't even that old.
The video brings up another good point: player introductions.
I am in the camp where I do not like the "you suck" chant, but for reasons other than it being a dirty word. However it seems management is kinda indicating to people the reason they got rid of it was because they feel like it offends some people and they got feedback from it.
Well if that was the case, then they are being hypocrites. The reason I say that is during every game when Kevin Clark does the visiting team's starting lineups, he PAUSES after every name to give the crowd time to yell "sucks!" This is basically the Devils endorsing the use of the word during the lineups, but then having a problem with the word during the goal song.
I was at the Barclays Center game this year and when the announcer read off the Devils starting lineup, he read through them so fast that most people in the arena could not get the chance to say "sucks!" after each name.
It's actually kind of funny. Because other teams' fans will actually do it when our scratches are announced. So Kevin Clark gives the visiting fanbase a fair crack as well. It's all just in good fun though regarding player introductions "sucks" chants.
By management's own thinking, that doesn't make it right. The "you suck" chant is in multiple NHL venues as well, and they are getting rid of that. The team is being hypersensitive on this one part, but it turns out that they are hypocrits as they turn a blind eye to the "suck" chant during player introductions. Can definitely see them having Kevin Clark speed through introductions like the MicroMachines Man or getting rid of the opposition introductions all together once the PC police turn their attention to this other "tradition."
I actually enjoy yelling "sucks" during visiting team intros. But if they did this, I wouldn't be upset over it.
It's in *one* venue now, Nashville, and it's got like a whole song that goes along with it - the Islanders got rid of R&R Part 2 and while their fans are still upset about it (it seems) they have moved on.
Nashville plays "I like it I love it" sung by Tim McGraw. That is their true goal song. Rock and Roll part 2 comes after. You can't hear it on tv like you can our "you suck" chant. That does make a difference imo.