Posted 02 October 2015 - 07:03 AM
He is not blasting them for wanting to change the goal horn. He was blasting them for how the fans conveyed that message to them with verbal attacks and cursing the team and him personally.
After what I have seen devils fans attack this management over the goal song I can certainly imagine the vile garbage they have had thrown at them. Too many fans with tiny brains that can't express themselves due to their limited vocabulary that largely consists of curse words.
I agree with the bolded...even if you strongly disagree with something your franchise does, there's a way to go about it...you can be strongly worded in your level of unhappiness, yet still be respectful. At least if you do that, you might get someone to listen and consider your viewpoint.
By the same token, it's just aggravating when stuffed suits (who are trying way too hard to be clever and groundbreaking and who clearly aren't in touch with most fans) try to pull crap like this without doing much in the way of real research, and come off like they somehow know more about what the fans want than the actual fans. What did that "think team" believe...that changing the goal horn to something subway-like was somehow going to suck in Brooklyn locals who might be on the fence about attending a game? Or get those who decided to go to one game for the hell of it to say "Hey, the goal horn reminds me of a subway train, I guess they think we Brooklyn people all love to ride subways and everything associated with the experience, so I'm all in from here on out!" And why even start off by taking a chance of alienating the Long Island fans who are probably already a little put off by the fact that their team no longer plays its home games on Long Island? Changing the goal horn wasn't going to bring in new fans, and all it does is make the old fan feel even more disconnected that he already did...there's probably Islander fans who were thinking "WTF is this...so I guess we're the Brooklyn Brooklynites now?" I think at this point, you should be catering to the long-term fans you'd like to think still want to stick with the team in spite of the move, instead of acting like you've already got them in your back pocket.
It's also very condescending when these schelps try to reduce fan bases to the equivalent of a catchphrase or slogan, based on where they're from. I was fine with the Devils wanting to move on from R&R Part II no matter what their reasons were, but to then not even give the fan base the slightest inkling of a change, and then to have a "Well you're just about all from New Jersey, so as long as we Jersey it up (because of course we must all love Bon Jovi by default), you'll all lap it up and be happy" attitude with their song choice just reeked of "we didn't think this through one bit", and that's when fans get ticked off. These kinds of miscalculations can be avoided very easily with some foresight and some genuine research. How hard would it have been for the Islanders to have put something out along the lines of "We're considering changing the goal horn, here is a sound byte, please leave a comment" on their website? Yes, there likely would have been a lot of crappy responses, which sucks, but at least the franchise would've known in a day or two that screwing with the goal horn wasn't a good idea, and even better, the fans would've felt like they had some say in the process, instead of being blindsided.
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