Lowered Expectations?


 

While we all wait to see even a twitch out of GMGM (which he’s not indicating anything) and for a jam packed Sunday.. I’m gonna quickly touch on something.

Read this article from our friends over at Capitals News Network.

Now I get it.. everyone wants to be a “true sports fan” and say things like, “I’m in it for the game, win or lose”, and “the players don’t’ owe us anything”.. but that’s horse shit. Individually, no they don’t. But collectively both the organization and to the fans, absolutely. I believe strongly in always being a fan of your team no matter how the season goes, but I’m not gonna cover up my disappointment with acting as if I’m some sort of sports snob and say it doesn’t bother me.

There is a big difference between entitlement and expectations and loyal fans have their expectations and they have their entitlements. I saw a comment that read something like “we as fans aren’t entitled to anything and if you’re not happy and if they aren’t winning, stop going to games”. What the dick is that?? I bet that guy is a Steelers, Yankees, Lakers, Duke fan…. from his couch.  If your fans are consistently selling out games and creating great buzz around the city, then yes, you owe them a cup. If you as an organization and team set the standard as winning no matter what… then YES, you owe your fans a cup. I know that may sound like a dickhead comment, but think about this…. Even though hockey players are known as being the least flashy in the professional world (see, “how many NHL players are on Twitter vs NBA players), they still depend on fans just as much as any other sport. The fans are just as important as the players, coaches and management. What’s the first thing you always hear any one of those in the organization say when they are given some type of award or honor… “This is for the best fans in the world” which is sweet of them right? Now I’m sure that every player in the NHL would still play even if it was for peanuts, but that wouldn’t work would it? Money makes everything function the way it should. When you buy that $200.00 sweater or pound those $10.00 beers, just think of the distant fan in Oregon that is thanking you for keeping the whole system running and keeping his game on Versus or the NHL network.

I’m ranting a tad, but the bottom line is this.. Yes, Caps fans, you are entitled to a Cup. Just as the New Jersey Devils fans, Boston Bruins fans, and even yes, The Shitsburgh Penguins fans are entitled to a cup. The day that you stop believing in winning, is the day you stop caring about the game all together.

Sorry for the jumbled post… Rizzle.

4 responses to “Lowered Expectations?

  1. DAMN RIGHT WE ARE!

  2. First, thanks for the link.

    I was genuinely interested in reaction to my question yesterday, because it’s pretty evident from reading comments in certain circles that a segment of the fan base feels entitled. my personal opinion is that the only thing paying customers are entitled to from the organization is an honest effort. but i wanted to get a wider variety of opinion.

    i think part of the entitlement comes from the team’s expectaions and part of it is media driven, with Ovechkin’s face plastered over everything NHL.

    But i also think part of it stems from the fan base itself. this is still a Redskins town, and i think some of the mentality and assumptions that fanbase carries is now being carried over to the Caps, as the sole winning franchise in the area.

    anyway, thanks for adding to the discussion.

  3. Thanks for feedback Dave… I also agree that PLAYERS need to give thier honest effort, and with this team, I highly doubt that’s an issue. We know Ovie, Backs, Brads etc are gonna give us 100 percent all the time, but it’s up to the organization as a whole to produce for the fans…for instance, we would hope to see some moves this week.. and if we don’t, can’t we say that we’ve been let down?
    Keep doing what your doing… we’ll keep reading.
    -Ian

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