The Happy Recap: Among Fans, Not Media, is Where Enthusiasm Matters

We received a comment on the enthusiasm gap post we made today, from a guy named Gary:

 

The Devils have been very successful over the past 15 years (to a much greater degree than the Nets have been) but the New York media doesn’t give them as much coverage as the Rangers – so I think that helps build the rivalry. The Devils have to fight for more coverage, while the Rangers have extensive media coverage by default. The same thing happens to the Nets, but for the Devils it seems a bit more pathetic (because of the lack of acknowledgment of their 3 cups in the past 15 years)

If the Nets had as much success as the Devils, the Knicks/Nets rivalry would be much more intense. I’m not a big basketball fan, and the Rangers/Devils rivalry is much more storied – but I think a lot of the passion is due to the less popular team having playoff success. And the Rangers organization was struggling, but they always held the upper hand on the ice over the Devils.

I’m a Ranger fan, and have a bunch of friends that are Devil fans, and we all agree that even though the Devils won 3 cups – no one seems to care in the media.

 

While Gary’s point has some truth to it, I don’t think “The Enthusiasm Gap” was ever about the media’s coverage of the two sports.  Obviously, there is an enthusiasm gap between hockey and hoops – among our nation’s sports editors.  But this a purely fan-base based argument.  When it comes to fans, the Devils have more loyal ones.  Obviously, that comes from winning for so many years, which also breeds apathy.  But the new arena has made the Devils fans a lot more passionate about their team, while the Nets fans remain dormant in the old barn.

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The Happy Recap: In Which We See “The Enthusiasm Gap” in Person

We attended the New Jersey Nets-Minnesota Timberwolves game in person tonight.  We were in part curious to see the “enthusiasm gap” that Wyshynski suggested in his piece on the whole NHL-NBA attendance battle.  We really wanted to give the association a shot.

To be honest, we were let down.

There were more empty seats than filled ones.  Attendance was announced at 15,364.  But in a 20,000-seat arena that I’ve seen filled, there were no more than 10-11,000 tops.  But that was not it.  In a very youth-friendly crowd, there was not ONE fan-started chant.  Everything was encouraged by the scoreboard or an in-game host.  Even when the Nets began to blowout Minnesota, the crowd never got much louder than when they were encouraged to “Make Some Noise”.

I’ll give no more but the facts on that.  You can judge a Friday night Minnesota-New Jersey game for yourself.

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The Happy Recap: That’s It, The NHL Needs to Bring in Petey, The Sexual Harassment Panda to Resolve Avery Situation

It’s been a long day for us.  A lot of posting, a lot of work, and about five hours without internet connection.  We figured we all just needed a good laugh, and for me, that headline just does it.

But seriously, when you look at all the people involved in the NHL-Avery hearing, why not?

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The Happy Recap: At the End of the Day, Avery’s Annoying Because He Stands Out

 

The Happy Recap, a phrase we stole from legendary Mets announcer Bob Murphy, is now a new daily (!) feature at Puck the Media, where we recap our day, and talk about a subject that we enjoy talking about, or just post a video that makes us laugh.  This one’s for us, but we hope you’ll enjoy it too.

You know, I never hear actual football fans complain about Terrell Owens.  I go to quite a few Giants and Jets games, and while obviously Owens is disliked because he’s a Cowboy.  But rarely do I hear talk that he’s “detrimental to the league” or “bad for the sport”.  Maybe I’m not hearing quite well enough, but football fans don’t really seem fazed by anything he does.

Which brings us to the question:  Why do we, the hockey fans, get so cheesed off when Sean Avery does anything?

The answer is simple:  Football fans expect less of their players.  When we have half the Cincinnati Bengals sitting in jail, it’s hard to get annoyed when T.O. does something stupid three times a week.  Hockey fans have been conditioned to expect better from the citizens who play the game.  This idea that hockey players are exactly that:  Normal citizens who like to play a game.

So, in the future, should we expect less of our athletes?  No, but we certainly shouldn’t expect more, considering that what Avery said, and the situation Derek Roy got himself into with Deadspin today (I’m not posting the link, as it’s a family blog).  Maybe they just aren’t normal guys who like to play a sport.  Maybe some of ’em are T.O.-style divas.

If Owens had said “sloppy seconds”, it wouldn’t have made headlines anywhere, unless he was talking Jessica Simpson.

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The Happy Recap: Thanks For Your Patience

The Happy Recap, a phrase we stole from legendary Mets announcer Bob Murphy, is now a new daily (!) feature at Puck the Media, where we recap our day, and talk about a subject that we enjoy talking about, or just post a video that makes us laugh.  This one’s for us, but we hope you’ll enjoy it too.

We hope this video will bring you some join in the absence of our liveblog.  It sure has made mine a little better.  We promise we’ll be ready to go with our liveblogs in time for next week’s Isles-Flyers game, which we intend to be ready for.

Anyway, today was light, compared to Monday, here’s a guide to “Puck the Media” on Tuesday:

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