Posted 15 November 2010 - 10:25 AM
I like cheering and hope that it continues. I only get offended when the following cheering happens:
1) When it affects my ability to see the game. When people stand it really limits who can see behind them because we aren't the same height. I'm 6'02" and usually have no problem, but the moment I stand, someone behind me will most certainly be challeneged to see what happens. It is usually only for a few minutes, but usually those minutes are what people come to see. I and others certainly didn't come to see the back of someone's head. I'll never forget going to my first hockey game and my grandfather putting a hand on the shoulder of the guy in front of us and saying, "son, we can all see a lot better if you sat down."
2) MOST IMPORTANTLY. During the national anthem I get extremely upset to hear people yell out "Go Devils", "Ref you suck", or anything related to the game. People died for this country and us so asking to be quiet for that brief time seems like an easy no-brainer out of respect. I never understood why someone has to use this time to get their 20 seconds of fame by shouting out something that will be long forgotten at the end of the first period and be disrepectful to the veterans, those currently serving, and those who gave their lives for this country.
IF we cannot all be quiet than everyone should just cheer as loud as you can. The Blackhawks fans cheer and cheer very very LOUD during the national anthem. The first time I heard it on TV, the hair on my neck stood up and it was great to see. To actually be there and hear it is another thing all together. WOW. Opposing players all state how intimidating it is and I am suprised no other team has tried to make it their own.
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