Why It Hurts So Much To Be A Whalers Fan
Frustration? It’s years beyond that emotion. Maybe it’s a little like the fellow who, when asked why he keeps banging his head against a wall, says it’s because it feels so good when he stops.
Your team hit us in the head again Wednesday, on Valentine’s Day, and against, of all teams, the Boston Bruins.
When you sit in the pressbox, or the Coliseum Club, you don’t get the real flavor of being surrounded by Bruins fans. There were thousands at Wednesday’s game. Cheap Jerseys china You can’t escape them. They’re in the cheap seats, the season ticket holders’ section, the bathrooms, the beer lines and back in the bathrooms. Wearing those ugly black and gold hockey jerseys, the hats, the T shirts, but worst of all those smirks.
They look at you with a combination of smugness and pity. It’s the schoolyard bully syndrome. Whaler fans are such easy pickings, it’s almost too easyfor them. But that’s their job, and they are so very good at it.
Whaler fans are a hearty, if not heady, lot. Wednesday was going to be different. Hartford was smoking, had won five straight on the road, the Bruins were struggling. The scoreboard kept flashing, It’s payback time.”
David had his slingshot loaded. Goliath was due for a tumble.
And as the pregame announcement said, we were ready to rumble.
Or maybe it said stumble.
The Whalers weren’t flat, they were Great Plains like.
It’s not just that they lost, although that hurt enough. It’s how they played, without spirit, without zest, WITHOUT SHOOTING THE DAMN PUCK! More than halfway through the third period, they had exactly one shot on goal. The Bruins fans kept reminding us of that statistic.
The final score was 3 0. It easily could have been 10 0, were it not for some acrobatic goaltending by Jason Muzzatti.
No goals, no chances to hear the foghorn blast, no chances to pump a fist to the music after a score, no chances to return the razzing.
The only highlights were the movie clips shown during timeouts Bill Murray’s army dance in Stripes” and John Belushi’s pep talk in Animal House.” At least they didn’t show the We Will Rock You” segment from Cheers,” the Boston bar in the TV show.
Throughout the third period, the talk among the Bruins fans was no longer about who would win but about when the crowd would start filing out.
And before the red light was off from the third Bruins goal, the suits, who show up late and leave early on company paid tickets, were heading for the exits like sailors getting shore leave.