26 March 2012 @ 11:39 am
The Reluctant Introvert Goes to a Hockey Game!  
Fandom takes you to strange places. You find yourself, for instance, in Lawrence, Kansas. Or you find yourself bidding a lot of money on a small piece of molded plastic on eBay. Or you find yourself waiting in line at four in the afternoon for a movie that isn't showing until midnight.

On March 25th, fandom took me to a hockey game. dramaturgca courageously volunteered to accompany me, and since she is an actual fan of the Ducks and I am not a fan of the Ducks or anyone they had left to play at that point, we picked a game based on convenience to us. Which left us watching the Ducks vs. the Bruins.

Keep in mind that I am a huge introvert who has problems with crowds and loud noises and bright lights and people too close to me, and thus am perhaps the person who should least go to a hockey game. I mean ever. If you had to choose between taking an elephant to a hockey game and taking me, most wise people would choose the elephant.

But I went. And I had a really good time. And since I solicited advice from you all for this, I'm going to offer you my observations. As a very pathetic sort of thank you, basically. (Yes, I know you'd rather have a card. Next year, I swear.)

Here's what I learned.
  1. Hockey is better and easier to follow live. It just is. By an almost incalculable amount. I was worried about being able to see the puck, being able to follow the game without the TV replays, being able to figure out what the hell was going on without being able to back the game up. That turned out not to be an issue at all. There actually are replays of key moments, because of the Jumbotron, which is a torture device we will discuss in a moment, but it's obvious what's going on on the ice, because you can see what everyone is doing. Not just whoever has the puck. It's also hugely obvious, watching a game, what problems a team is having; you don't need to be told that a team has a turnover problem, because you can see that they're constantly giving the puck to the other team. Basically, you can see stuff instead of hearing people tell you what you'd be seeing if you were there! It's awesome.

  2. Hockey games are loud. Oh god, I cannot adequately convey to you how fucking loud it is, and I was attending a Ducks game late in a season in which they are no longer in playoff contention. Also, it was absolutely sheeting rain outside, and this is Southern California, so a lot of the season ticket holders stayed home out of fear they would melt. (It was supposed to be sold out, standing room only, but there were lots of empty chunks.) And yet. So, so loud. Screaming fans! Super-loud music! Piercing whistles! Random sound effects! And then each period, as the game got closer to the end and the crowd got drunker, it got louder. Somewhere in the middle of the second period, my ears started to surrender, and my conversations with dramaturgca all began to sound like this:

    D: [A thing.]
    Me: Sorry, what?
    D: [A LOUDER THING.]
    Me: Um, still couldn't hear you.
    D, louder still: OH GOD WHY DON'T WE EVER HAVE ANYONE IN POSITION FOR A REBOUND?
    Me, wondering if it is safe to pat a disappointed hockey fan in a sympathetic manner and deciding probably not: There, there.

    My point is, it's tough to angst when no one can hear you, and in a hockey game, there is a lot of angst, but no one can ever hear you.

  3. The Jumbotron is a work of pure evil. I had never seen one before, because of my scrupulous lifelong avoidance of any situation in which a Jumbotron could conceivably be appropriate, and it is a GIANT MULTI-SIDED TV IN THE SKY. (If you've only ever seen hockey in streaming or whatever, you've probably wondered why players on the bench and in the box spend so much time staring up. They're staring at the Jumbotron, hypnotized.) Which provides useful information, yes, but also does horrible things like provide giant closeups on random members of the audience, some of whom are eating. (Or texting. Or waving frantically to get the attention of the Jumbotron God, for reasons that are still totally unclear to me.) It's awful.

  4. Hockey games are - pretty cheesy. Like, they sort of hide this from you in TV coverage? But in actual reality, once the TV coverage goes to commercial, they play terrible covers of songs from two decades ago, and they have these weird halftime competitions where, like, they pull random kids from the audience and have them hit pucks into circles, and the Ducks have a little dirigible that flies around inside the stadium and drops coupons for things no one wants coupons for on random audience members. (Half of them react like a coupon is the last item they need on their scavenger hunt, and half of them keep texting.) They have unfortunately dressed audience members (including a complete loon who sat near us and who we tried to ignore because we were afraid if we made eye contact we'd catch something). They have these competitions where fans sing or dance, which lead to contact embarrassment so severe I had to stare at my feet for them. So, basically, we're talking about fifteen or twenty thousand people who get together one evening to be total dorks. It's frankly adorable.

  5. Live hockey games have energy. Even if you didn't care at all about either team at the start of it, by the middle of the second period, you totally would, because it turns out that kind of caring is contagious. I found myself genuinely incensed that the refs, who it goes without saying sucked donkey balls, took a goal away from the Ducks for goalie interference when there was obviously no goalie interference. (Seriously, go watch that - I mean it! - and then know that at the time, I cared about that specific event more deeply than I cared about 90% of the votes I cast in the last election. The noise you're hearing in the background there? I was one of the people making it.) And I am not a joiner, mind you. I assume if you were the kind of person who actually chanted because everyone else was chanting, you would spend most of every hockey game totally high on the energy of people around you. (I assume this is why they design the parking lots to have looooooong waits to get out, so that you can come down from that high before you get out on the freeway and start, you know, driving to the net.) As it was, I smiled a LOT.

  6. Fangirls watch hockey differently than other fans. I mean, no, not in terms of what we actually see, but - okay. I was between dramaturgca and a random dude, both of whom were vocal Ducks fans. They both reacted the same way to the situation on the ice, but they sounded different. The random dude talked to the team like they were drivers on the freeway who were cutting him off and had maybe also fucked his mother. dramaturgca talked to the team like they were puppies who just did not understand that they were not supposed to pee on the carpet, but could probably learn to potty outside with lots of help. (Yes, I would like to get a comparison sample from when the team is winning.) It sounded like this:

    [The Ducks have the puck and are heading towards the Bruins' goal!]
    Random Dude, in a tone of intense aggravation: Come on, you fuckers, just - just GO, just GET IT - OH FUCK YOU.
    D, in a peppy, high-pitched tone: Come on, sweeties, come on, you can do it, babies, you just - AUGH.

    Because of this, I spent some of the evening working hard not to laugh. I think hockey on TV would be greatly improved if you had Sugar Announcer ("They're really trying hard! Harder than they did last time! Awwww, isn't that CUTE?") and Bastard Announcer ("If these assholes don't stop blocking their own shooting lanes, I'm going to go down there myself and start punching them in the junk.") instead of the burbling idiots they generally have talk over everything interesting happening in the game. (Opinions, I have them. Best Beloved is laughing at me right now.)

  7. If you go to a hockey game - and I think you should! - try to go with someone who has been there before. Because dramaturgca has been going to games at Honda Center for years, she was able to pick out good seats (great seats, even!) and then navigate us to them with a minimum of difficulty. She also drove there and dealt with the parking mess. Basically, she went to a game and sort of carried me along with her. It was great.
It was, overall, a wonderful night, and I am already planning to go back next year. I am apparently determined to become the country's least-likely hockey fan. (Sadly, I can't compete on the international level, because I have friends in countries that basically don't even have skating rinks who are finding themselves inexplicably drawn to hockey. That's hardcore.)

Or, to sum up: Hockey. YAY.

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Pet: HK Kaner Smileapetslife on March 26th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness. Hockey is SO MUCH BETTER LIVE. Almost inexpressably so, because there are so many little things that go into it. Half the time the action is so fast that it feels like the camera is scrambling to keep up, or is left hopelessly behind. You miss half the good stuff. There's no full-ice visual, like you mentioned! I became a Hawks fan after going to a bunch of games when I spent half a year in Chicago, and until the recent hockey fandom faceplant, I had kind of fallen out of it, because I could only really watch games on TV.

(not actually true anymore, since we do have a local minor league team, the Crunch, which is, ironically, an affiliate of the Ducks. Despite the fact that we're 3000 miles from Anaheim. But still, it's hard when you never get to see YOUR team live!).

YAY HOCKEY! So glad you had fun, that sounds AMAZING. :D
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Geno/Sid Good Luckthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
On the ride there, D was talking about how she yearns for season tickets, and I was like - I love hockey, yes, but that seems like too much. (And it would be, because, I mean, that's a lot of games, and I have a small child who would LOATHE the experience.) But on the way home, I totally got why you'd want to do this 41 times a year.

It was totally amazing. YAY HOCKEY indeed!
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on March 26th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I love lively hockey games. It's terrible when you're sitting there losing, but there's always that dim hope that you'll come from behind and lose your mind with it. I love games with the hardcore rivalries; they're weirdly cathartic. I would totally take you to a Blackhawks game sometime, if you are ever in Chi-town when one's going on. You can listen to me tell Kaner he's awesome and magical and pep talk him from afar.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Price/Subbanthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Maaaaan, I would love going to a Chicago game. *yearning* And live hockey is SO GREAT. I don't know why I didn't listen to you when you told me this like two years ago.
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Clever Manka: freakoutclevermanka on March 26th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm in Lawrence, Kansas, and I don't follow sports very much. Your second sentence made me think "Wait--we have a hockey team?" for about half a second.

So glad you had a good time, even if you didn't actually find yourself in Lawrence, Kansas.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Super Sidthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hee. I'm sure Lawrence would be an awesome place to visit! (Although the odds of me finding myself in Kansas are probably slim.) Hockey might be more fun, though.
Sorisori1773 on March 26th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
The cheesiness of hockey games is the BEST ever. We go to a steady stream of ECHL games locally and one of my favorite things..the strobe lights and music for the referees warm up skate. *millions of hearts* The refs!! HA! (and...umm...the space cowboy music -- FIREFLY music, no lie -- they play when the team walks out of the locker room.) I don't even know -- it's HOCKEY!
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Geno/Sid Good Luckthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Awwww. Strobe lights for referee warm ups! That is adorable. (I have no idea what the warm ups look like at our games, because thanks to the INCREDIBLE RAIN we were in traffic while they were warming up.)

And, oh, FIREFLY music, that is just fantastic. I totally love your team already.
Imaginary Researcher: Indiana Jones - miggyhannahrorlove on March 26th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big sports fan, and I'd still rather haul myself out to a stadium rather than stay cooped up inside watching it on TV - largely for the first item on your list. I saw a critique of televised football a while back which argued that the camera's sole focus on the ball was detrimental to viewers' understanding of the game because it ignored everything else happening on the field. It's kind of nice to know that carries over into other sports, and gives me some back-up for arguments.

Although it still doesn't rule out the radio, and now that I think about it, it'd be a lot of fun to do dishes to baseball and hockey games.

Also, I'm still convinced the Pittsburgh Penguins need to bring out actual penguins during the breaks when they're playing home games, before they smooth down the ice. Come on - they've got a whole bunch of them right at the aviary. It'd be like a built-in Puppy Bowl. Ratings would jump almost as much as the addition of the Sugar and Bastard Announcers.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Super Sidthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
I have never listened to hockey on the radio! A THOUGHT. Although it would be super-weird not to be able to SEE stuff.

And, god, YES. Real live actual penguins would be the perfect break entertainment.
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eglantine_breglantine_br on March 26th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
When i go to live sports games I bring a book. I don't read it the whole time, but it is there if I need it. If the book is interesting, I can tune out the environment around me.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Geno/Sid Good Luckthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
I brought my Kindle! I didn't end up using it, though. (And I have no idea if I could have tuned out that much noise and light and energy or not, but I am really glad I didn't want to!)
lexstar29lexstar29 on March 26th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
I miss live games so much! My love of the sport stems entirely from the fact that I lived for a time near where the Canucks played and they had sucked for so long that tickets each week were very, very cheap. It started as something to do that I had not done before but after one game I was hooked. Of course over the next few years they did better, (contextually speaking) and ticket prices went through the roof so even if I did still live there I'd have to sell body parts to go but still!

I look forward to more of your hockey posts.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Price/Subbanthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
I had no idea tickets got CHEAP if your team sucked! A THING TO KNOW. Um, not that I want the Ducks or the Kings to start sucking that badly.

And I hope you live near hockey again soon. (And also have lots of money so you can go without selling body parts.)
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caress your associative mind: Canada heartmindyfromohio on March 26th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
I call going to Bruins games "hockey therapy" because where else can I drink lots of beers and scream my head off and bang my head to Rockin' Hits of the 80s? I mean, in public. I mean, in public without people looking at me funny.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Super Sidthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Everyone should have hockey therapy! Plus, therapy is probably the only thing that could make the tickets look like a bargain.
boys trying to touch my junkdeepsix on March 26th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Sigh, this post makes me miss going to hockey games so much. But Leafs tickets are so fucking expensive (starting at, like, $100 a pop for nosebleed seats) and the Leafs suck, so. I'm glad you had fun, though!

I will say I am utterly baffled by anyone being able to watch a hockey game without abusing the players. Anyone who has had the (good and/or mis)fortune to watch a hockey game with me can attest to the fact that I am far more bastard announcer than anything. My rage is a sign of affection, okay!

Edited at 2012-03-26 08:35 pm (UTC)
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Geno/Sid Good Luckthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
...How can the Leafs charge so much when they're so terrible? Seems unfair!

My rage is a sign of affection, okay!

YOU TELL THEM TO GO FUCK THEIR OWN MOTHERS BECAUSE YOU LOVE. No, really, I am pretty much the same.
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misspamela: Tazer - nicolasechsmisspamela on March 26th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh yaaaaay! We went to an AHL game this weekend and it was just ridiculously fun! Less wild than a Bruins game, but way, way more cheese. Mr. MissP had never been to a game before and he couldn't believe how much better it was live. The line changes! The crashing into the boards!

We had the little blimp thing going around and all the silliness in between periods too. Utter cheese. I love it.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Price/Subbanthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
I'd love to go to an AHL game, but that does not happen in these parts. It'd be totally awesome to compare the cheese factor, though.
lynnmonsterlynnmonster on March 26th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hooray! I'm so glad you got to go!
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Super Sidthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Me tooooooooo. It was such fun!
the pirate queen of norwayashkitty on March 26th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
Basically all sports are better live than on TV. There's so much energy and vibrancy to it that watching it on a screen just doesn't manage to match. If live is not an option (because tickets are too expensive or the game is in New Zealand or something) then watching it in a pub is also fun, but this might just be in Wales, because I hated sports bars at home. Not that I go to sports bars here, but my regular local turns into one when there is rugby on. People SING.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Geno/Sid Good Luckthefourthvine on March 26th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
...Okay, I have to ask: WHAT do they sing? Are there, I don't know, rugby songs?
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One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: notlisteningamilyn on March 26th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
I get actually dizzy in this kind of noise, and find I can communicate better with a NOTEPAD. :-)

I also wear earplugs AND if I ever were to go to a huge THING like this again (the chances are low...), I would add shooting earmuffs OVER the earplugs to make it that much quieter.

I'm SO glad you had fun! And the "random dude" vs. fangirl cheering...hilarious!
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Price/Subbanthefourthvine on March 27th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Oooh. Notepad. We should have done that! Or texted, I guess. That would have worked. Hey, maybe that's why everyone else had their phones out!
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angelsaves: jeff skinnerangelsaves on March 26th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
I assume if you were the kind of person who actually chanted because everyone else was chanting, you would spend most of every hockey game totally high on the energy of people around you.

FACT. i actually don't usually chant when everyone else is chanting -- i just sit there like :D totally mellowed out on the collective effervescence.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Super Sidthefourthvine on March 27th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
I TOTALLY GET WHY NOW. I mean, if you ever had to get a lot of energy together to do magic, clearly your best bet would be a major league hockey game. IT IS JUST THAT ENERGETIC.
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Cheerfully ignoring the fourth wall since 1999: nashville--honor thy musicbathsweaver on March 26th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Oh god, live hockey games are the best.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Geno/Sid Good Luckthefourthvine on March 27th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
FOR REAL.
lacking in glittertawg on March 26th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
The energy of live games sucks everyone in. I am bored to tears by sport, but I worked at a football stadium (Aussie Rules) for one season, and I really got into it. I can't pay attention to footy on tv, but I know I can get sucked in live.

Also, I would love to hear any game narrated by a Sweetie announcer and a Bastard announcer. I feel like this should be a project, re-dubbing games in this manner.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Price/Subbanthefourthvine on March 27th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
I feel like this should be a project, re-dubbing games in this manner.

I am increasingly tempted to get to do a Sugar and Bastard Watch a Game clip with me. IT WOULD BE FUN.
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Girlfriend Resplendent Valentineimkalena on March 27th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
I love you so much! Your hockey notes are hilarious.

I was srsly into for a couple years before the strike in, I don't even remember now. Maybe 2006? I bought a big new tv just so I could see the puck.

THERE WAS NO HOCKEY FANDOM THEN, THOUGH, AND NO YOU WRITING ABOUT HOCKEY FANDOM AND HOCKEY GAMES, AND I CRY FOR THAT.
*sniffle*
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Super Sidthefourthvine on March 27th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
NEVER TOO LATE TO GET BACK INTO IT. *tempts*
Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)elucreh on March 27th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Watching bandom bands in a crowd of ordinary folks is like that too. "FUCK YOU, ROSS, LEARN TO PLAY THE DAMN GUITAR!" "Oh, Ryan, Ryan, honey, listen to your guitar teacher"
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Geno/Sid Good Luckthefourthvine on March 27th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Awwwww. That's adorable. *hugs bandom*
Erika Sanely: Sharks ruleerika_sanely on March 27th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
THIS. Live Ice Hockey is the most beautiful and glorious event ever. And it's even better if you don't really know what's going on. At some stage, you find yourself cussing out a guy on the ice, and you have no idea why, but you know that you are so very correct and the player is just so very wrong.

(And now I get to use my ice hockey icon for the second time ever. Yay!!)
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Price/Subbanthefourthvine on March 27th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
It really is. I had no idea it would be so COMPELLING on the ice, and I find it really compelling on YT or streaming!

(That is a GREAT icon.)
For all your sophisticated Cock-Tailing needs: skiingmidnitemaraud_r on March 27th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
One of my aunts worked for the Islanders back in the 70s and early 80s, and we always went to a lot of games. We had our own season tickets for like 6 years in the 80s. (Stanley Cup games are the best! Ah, glory days!) I was a total hockey freak growing up and all through high school and college as well. Live games are the best! For two years, our seats were in the first row, and the old man usher guy used to have to peel me off the plexi-glass. (Then one year, they installed "Row AA" in front of us, and I wept bitter tears, but I know the old man was quite relieved.) Also, I used to go to Islander/Ranger games in Madison Square Garden and wear my Islanders jersey, which was considered a Very Bad Thing because the rivalry in the '80s was really intense. (My friends tended to pretend like they didn't know me. Often!) Obviously I survived intact, but boy were those games fun. Especially when we kicked the Rangers' asses. I'm feeling nostalgic for all the old chants now. "1940!" was a favorite. (Until they broke the 'curse' in 1994, 1940 was the last time they'd won a Cup. :-P)

If you want a quiet hockey game? Go to Montreal! Seriously! When I was in college (in upstate NY), we drove up to Montreal to go see a game (at the old Forum) and the Canadiens fans were so quiet and polite. Except for, you know, the game going on on the ice, you'd have thought you were in church or something. We, of course, were the loud, rude Americans. But really - who goes to a hockey game and just sits quietly in their seats and watches the game?

Glad you had fun!

Em: I ♥ Habsframlingem on March 27th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
In which my bias shows a little.
We're only quiet when we're completely deflated (so most of this season, really. *sad face*). If there's hope, or emotion of any kind, then I would rather watch a hockey game in Montreal than in any other place in the world (with the possible exception of an Olympic gold-medal match, Canada vs. USA, because those are always brilliant, especially the women's games!) Even players from other teams like the Phone Booth best, apparently. Watching hockey in Montreal is like... well, like going to Mass in Rome. It's The Place.

That sounds like a wild comparison, but there have been Religious Studies classes about "Being a Habs Fan" at Montreal universities. A local hip-hop artist's music video (about the Habs, even) from our playoff run in 2010 has footage of That One Fan Who Dressed Up Like A Cardinal And Blessed People.

Man, that song got so much radio play. Montreal is a city of Fans.

Oddly, hockey's what I do with my mother. We've been to two NHL games and two AHL games at the Bell Centre this year. There's nothing like it. My first live, in-person NHL game was the Saku Koivu's first game back after he had stomach cancer, and the pre-game ovation was transcendent in and of itself; and then, we won, and clinched a playoff spot, and I ran out of ways to describe joy. It's kind of a Buddhist thing; I was taken entirely out of myself, and I was one with 21 273 other people, and nothing mattered but that one moment. So cool.

(My first NHL fandom moment was in 1993, when I turned nine and was finally allowed to stay up a bit later. Not late enough, though. During the playoffs, I always had to go to bed after the second period, so I'd set my alarm for early every day so I could run down and get the newspaper and read Red Fisher's front-page column to see what had happened in the third period. My folks let me stay up late the night the Habs won the Cup, though.)

Gosh, I'm sorry. I've been babbling, in a journal of someone who isn't even on my flist, but... but... hockey, man. The Habs.
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blushingflower: Rodney citrusblushingflower on March 27th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
I think numbers 1 and 5 are true of all sporting events. Soccer in person is much better than it could ever hope to be on TV, and watching baseball at the park is much more entertaining than on television (also, no annoyingly cheesy and irritating announcers gabbing to fill time unnecessarily). And I'm sure that if I ended up at a pro football game I'd get sucked in.

I think number 6 might not just be a fangirl v. non fan, I think it might also be gendered. That's how I talk to my (baseball) team, and I've been doing that since before I knew what fandom was. There's a lot of "come on baby" and "good boy." Of course, since my team's the Yankees, there's also a lot of "C'mon Alex, earn your salary".
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Geno/Sid Good Luckthefourthvine on March 28th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
See, I have in my life been to exactly ONE live sporting event. My parents made me go to a baseball game when I was around 12. It was horribly hot. The food was bad. I had no idea what was going on, and spent most of my time reading. (I hoped it would encourage my parents never ever to take me back, and it did.)

So I had no idea a live sporting event could be FUN. It was great. (And indoors, which is a bonus.)

And maybe 6 is gendered! Although in that case I am playing against gender, here, because at home when I watch games I'm more like, "OH MY FUCKING GOD WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS IS A FUCKING DISASTER."
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plus one skeletondelurker on March 27th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
Hockeyyyyyyyy! I'd been wondering how your game went. Glad you enjoyed it.

but it's obvious what's going on on the ice, because you can see what everyone is doing
Argh, this is the most annoying thing about watching the hockey for me. :( But soon the (semi-professional) Australian Ice Hockey League starts up (very small but enthusiastic crowd), which should be great! I have been drumming up enthusiasm in all my friends.

and the Ducks have a little dirigible that flies around inside the stadium and drops coupons for things no one wants coupons for on random audience members
omg, a dirigible! I want a dirigible at the AIHL games. Although we do have a guy who has decided that what every hockey game needs is More Cowbell, which is great. (Also we are small and so have no jumbotron, so possibly we are ahead there.) I suppose I could buy one of those balloon sharks and fly it over the crowd?
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Geno/Sid Good Luckthefourthvine on March 28th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
But soon the (semi-professional) Australian Ice Hockey League starts up (very small but enthusiastic crowd), which should be great! I have been drumming up enthusiasm in all my friends.

YAY! I would love to read about your experience going to a game; I bet it's bound to be very different in Australia. (Hell, it's different here compared to, like, Toronto. I bet going to a game in Toronto is AMAZING.)

I want a dirigible at the AIHL games.

Just so you know, the dirigible was not flown by the best-quality RC pilot that night, and kept upending itself over the audience. I'm not sure whether that's a drawback or a plus - it kind of depended on whether you were under the dirigible or not - but I'm just saying: a dirigible isn't all cheesy, cheesy joy.

I suppose I could buy one of those balloon sharks and fly it over the crowd?

YES YES YES DO.
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the only blowup doll bobblehead on the internetimpertinence on March 28th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
HOCKEY IS SO GREAT TO SEE LIVE.

it's so true about it being easier to understand. Logistically it's impossible to show the entire sheet of ice during a game on TV, but once you have the context for how the entire game moves, just not where the puck is, you understand the game so much better.
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Price/Subbanthefourthvine on March 28th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
OMG IT IS THE BEST THING EVER TO SEE LIVE. EVERYONE SHOULD GO SEE IT. EVERYONE.

... Apparently "Hockey for all" is a new plank in my Universal Dictator platform.
twfftwtfwftw on March 28th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
Yay, you went! I'm so glad you liked it. It's definitely different in person!
tried to eat the safe banana: Hockey Super Sidthefourthvine on March 28th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
It is GREAT in person. Someday I hope to see a playoff game in person. How awesome would THAT be?
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Orangeninja_orange on March 29th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
oh god I am SO jealous. Bruins tickets are well out of my budget D: So glad you had fun though! :D
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