Monday, October 30, 2006

Why are Ottawa fans so boring?

After having time to reflect on the Dixie Chicks concert and how great it was, I would like to make a short post on the state of Ottawadians who go to concerts, hockey games, and any type of public entertainment.

The majority of Ottawadians are boring... boring fans.

While at the Dixie Chicks concert, my friends and I had the chance to view a poor display of fan appeciation at the ScotiaBank Place. We were seated in section 115, 4 rows up from the floor and naturally when the band takes the stage everyone stands up and the good times begin. In true Ottawa fashion, the fans did stand for 30 seconds while the band took the stage, and then the majority of spectators proceeded to take a seat to enjoy the show.

This did not go over well with my friends and I, as we were prepared to stand for the entire concert... but when the entire section (minus 2 die-hard fans) decided to re-seat themselves, we were pretty much forced back into our seats.


There did happen to be 2 die-hard fans in the row behind us, who didn't care about what everyone else was doing, they came to stand and enjoy the concert and they did. But this choice was much to the dissatisfaction of 2 sixty-something ladies behind them. My friends and I were able to stand during a few more songs because these the girls behind us were standing (so we naturally felt more comfortable), but during one slow song when we were seated, one of the sixty-something ladies, pinched the arm of the standing girl and told her flat out 'you sit your butt down right now missy, we can't see a damn thing' (or something nasty to that effect).


We saw this interaction take place, and like a true fan, the young girl gave her a nasty look, turned back around and kept on standing, swaying to the music, and enjoying the concert!

I was pretty proud of the girl myself... she stuck to her beliefs and in true fan fashion, she showed she was proud to be in the prescense of the Chicks!

However, I am sure there are many of you out there who might not fully agree with the young girl's approach... should she have seated herself to please to elderly fan, or was she correct in sticking to her plan to stand?

Later in the show, when the classics came on, the true fans we standing, and loving every minute of it.

However, a second incident occured, between at seventy-something man, who was seated in the first row of our section. Some fans charged the stage (in a good way) when the Chicks played their controversial song Not Ready to Make Nice. This elderly man stood up and started slapping these individuals telling them to get lost because he couldn't see.

Are you kidding me?

I was livid! I have respect for elderly spectators, but in all honesty... you are the minority at the concert, if want to be seated for the entire show... move it up to the second level! I think he should have felt lucky that he was able to be seated for the majority of the concert, because if we were in Montreal, he would have been forced on his feet for the entire show.

That brings me to my main point... why are fans in Ottawa so borning? It seems to be the same story for hockey games! It doesn't matter if the Senators are winning or losing, 10 minutes left in the 3rd period, the majority of the crowd clears out -- I mean seriously... for the price of tickets to see these games, you would think it would be worth staying for every minute of the entertainment.

What do we have to do make Ottawa fans more entertaining??
How do we bring the craziness of Montreal and sometimes Toronto fans to the capital...?
Perhaps I am the only one that thinks this... maybe your happy with the state of Ottawadians and their spectating ways... either way I would love to know what you think on the subject.