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Has the time come to take the rink back when the Laffs are in town? Sens Army... RISE!
Ok, kidding aside...
Maybe a grassroots movement... we get a bunch of SUDS / Groundhogs / UnderShredders (whatever we are called) together... we pick a Leafs game in the future and get tickets for it. Leading up to the game we use social mediums to spread the word... Team1200, facebook, twitter, podcast, etc. etc. We come up with a chant/response to "Go Leafs Go" Simply saying "Go Sens Go" doesn't work right... you end up hearing "Go Sleafs Go". So our response is something like " Toronto Sucks!" (Tor-onto-sucks! Tor-onto-sucks!) We arrive early at the game... at the gates holding our signs and letting people know as they arrive to expect the chant.
Take back the rink! Whattya say?
It would be nice to see a nearly-Leafless Bank, but it's no easy task. Last season, I asked Undergrounders to do the same, and even as much as you'd think there would be support for it, not much came up, not enough to get anything going. As much as it's frustrating to hear Leafers talking about parade routes after any victory, or Habs fans breaking out "oles" just a few minutes into a game at the Bank because of a nifty scoring chance, they are often matched by the apathy of Ottawa's own fans. Over 1,300 more Sens fans could have gotten into the bank (attendance was below 19,200 for the game, but could have had up to 20,500), but chose not to. Sure, you can be disappointed in your team and its performance, but minus the blind foolish faith, there's nothing wrong with coming out to support your team. If some other Leaf decided to make a mark for himself and tried to pull a Bell on Alfie, and this time ended Alfie's career, would you want him to remember a Bank that had hundreds of empty seats and hundreds of Leafers cheering the end of his career? Treat every game as if it were the last.
So... maybe it starts with a catchy little cheer of our own to use when the Laffs are in town... like "Toronto Sucks" ? We can't change the apathy... but perhaps we can coordinate the efforts of the Sens fans that DO get to those games and maybe start a little tradition.
It could spread outside the bank... and be league wide
Same for Montreal... let's use their song to their disgrace. Imagine hearing this...
"Ooollleeee HABS SUCK Olleeee HABS SUCK Ollleeeee HABS SUCK Olleee ole ole oleeee HABS SUCK Olleeee HABS SUCK Ollleeeee HABS SUCK Olleee ole ole oleeee <repeat>"
Ruin the song for them! :)
Holy crepe! Stooli's video on youtube
If you wanted to snag an opposing cheer, you'd have to do it in a very clever way; just adding "Habs Suck," while plenty of release for Sens fans, wouldn't really do anything to the Habs fans. Cheers are a subtle art. Off the top of my head, I'd want to see some that go for specific players. When Volchenkov's on the ice, should be simple enough for a gradually increasing in speed and volume repetitive chant of "Choo" until cheers erupt as the A-Train pulls into some poor station as he did game in, game out at the start of the season.