Originally Posted by Jack Schitt
I don't know... does supporting a perpetual loser make you a "real" fan - or just stupid? I'm from Buffalo. I have a LOT of experience with losing teams. I refuse to monetarily support a team that either is too stupid or cheap to turn a losing product around year after year.... and lets face it - they don't care about the fan one bit- they care about your money, period.
Of course we go to be "entertained". Why else would you go or watch? To prove that you are "real"?
If they somehow get their collective heads out of their asses.... I won't lie - i'll probably watch.... however I will NOT spend one thin American dime on any NHL/Team related merch, tickets, ANYTHING.
A 40-something game season is complete bull**** anyway. Nothing but an asterisk. A glorified pre-season.
Real is probably the wrong word. There are some differences between fans in NA and Europe, that's for sure. Fans over here are different, you could call them stupid instead of real. Maybe that describes their undestroyable love for their teams better. They just don't quit on it, it's not the entertainemt on the field or ice they are looking for, sometimes the entertainment is the singing, chanting, drumming, screaming or whatever that they love. They are so busy to do that, they sometimes don't even watch the game.
Keep in mind that we have relegation in most leagues and fans keep following their teams...would you follow the Sabres if they would play in the AHL for some years?