@The BFF: I respectfully disagree with your assertion that it isn't about their ability to play hockey. "You suck" is always followed by, "it's all your fault." Clearly it is. You are missing my point about hockey culture. Based on your response, I don't expect you to understand. Also, what about chanting "you suck" during the handshake at the end of the series? You failed to address my main point and instead focused on some obiter dicta. It is classless in my opinion.
@deanwormer: You are not seriously saying the Vokoun likes to be told he sucks by the fans in Nashville. I will forget you said that. You don't have to explain to me who these players are. I have skated with Modano. You have also got the Modano / Tootoo "cheapshot" all wrong. I remember that play. Modano got drilled by Toots and when Robidas came in, Toots cheapshot, sucker-punched him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uBOcoFhs0c. You don't get my point either and failed to address the handshake thing also.
No more on this topic for me. It is pointless. I will save my comments and opinions for someone who understands. Just watch Jonathan Toews or old videos of Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic. That is the way to act.
Great article. An excellent job.
As an ex-hockey player and Canadian living in Nashville, I do have a few comments. First, while I am strong opponent of the "you suck" chant while the Gary Glitter song is playing, I have come to accept it. However, it showed a complete and utter lack of class and demonstrated a failure to understand hockey culture when the fans were chanting "you suck" during the handshake at the conclusion of the Anaheim series. Until the Nashville fans recognize when it is an appropriate time to refrain from yelling, "you suck," it cannot be said that Nashville is becoming a "hockey town." This is not NASCAR. This is not football or NBA. We win and lose graciously in hockey. I was so embarassed when the "you suck" was happening during the handshake line. Also, while I am on this topic, you also don't yell "you suck" to a living legend like Martin Brodeur. Save that crap for the Jimmy Howards and Corey Crawfords of the world.
Second, in response to the young lady from New Brunswick, Amanda DiPaolo's, comment that, "[w]hen Shea or Ryan gets the stick down to disrupt a shot, that's subtle, but the fans cheer that. That's a sure sign of a mature fan base," ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Cheering for "disrupting a shot" with your stick? You learn in hockey when you are 5 years old as a defenceman to NEVER get your stick in the way of a shot on goal. You either BLOCK the shot or get out of the way. You get sticks down to block passing lanes but you never, ever, ever, use your stick to block a shot on goal.
Tavern was very disappointing. The atmosphere was good but it does not make up for the $7 per glass of beer and $9 mix drinks. Corner Pub Midtown and Broadway Brewhouse are RIGHT NEXT DOOR and have the same glasses of beer for 50% less.
This is Nashville. It is not NYC. This is NOT a place to go watch the game for an afternoon or spent a few hours after work or start your night out. The price point is simply WAY out of line for this area. My prediction is Tavern will be a place you go at the end of the Friday or Saturday night for a drink or two and that is it.
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