On Monday night, the Detroit Red Wings had a rough first period which culminated in three goals for the New York Islanders and none for the Red Wings.
Needless to say the Red Wings did not play well defensively or offensively in that period, but what happened after the period ended astounded me; boos rang out from the stands.
When the Red Wings are not playing well people get frustrated and sometimes you can hear 20 – 30 fans boo from the upper levels, but no one cares because the majority of the fans understand that booing your hometown team does not help them play better and can be detrimental to the team.
If everyone is booing the team while the players are heading off of the ice after the first period, when there is still 40 minutes of hockey left to play, they could think that the fans have given up on them.
If the team thinks the fans are not behind them and supporting anymore, then who are they playing for? There is something to be said about a team playing for themselves, but know the fans are on your side makes the players work that much harder.
Instead of taking the frustration out on the Red Wings, we could support them and let them know that through thick and thin we have their back. Every team has rough patches and with the Red Wings have gone through more than their fair share this season, but it is not a good reason to boo.
We are not Edmonton Oilers fans, who boo their team and throw their jersey on the ice; we are better than that.
If you feel compelled to boo at someone, boo the refs for a bad call or boo someone on the other team you do not like, but please do not boo at the Detroit Red Wings.
Take a page out of Mike Babcock’s book and keep you head up because hanging your head does you no good.
Let’s stop the boos and support our hometown team when they need it most.