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    My First NHL Game

    Will be on Friday. Caps vs. Ducks. What to expect?

    Oh, and my attendance is catching a bit of local media attention.

    I'm going with about 50 fellow members of the Barra Brava (some links in that blog entry about them--they're the craziest soccer fan group in the country). We're bored, it's the offseason, and we need an excuse to get drunk.

    So yeah, all you hockey people...ettiquette? Things I should know other than that chanting "**** YOU REF!" over and over will get me thrown out?




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    What to expect? How about that the Caps are a bunch of ****ing bums. God I hate the Caps.

    Anyways, it's a ton of fun. I used to go to Whalers games when I was a kid, so I haven't much current experience besides one Canadiens vs Sabres game up at the Bell Centre in Montreal. It was a ton of fun, although I didn't get as rowdy as I might have liked.

    Just watch who's around you. If you're in a family section, you might get in trouble for drinking and swearing up a storm. But if you're in one of the rowdier sections, that ****'s expected.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Croup View Post
    What to expect? How about that the Caps are a bunch of ****ing bums. God I hate the Caps.

    Anyways, it's a ton of fun. I used to go to Whalers games when I was a kid, so I haven't much current experience besides one Canadiens vs Sabres game up at the Bell Centre in Montreal. It was a ton of fun, although I didn't get as rowdy as I might have liked.

    Just watch who's around you. If you're in a family section, you might get in trouble for drinking and swearing up a storm. But if you're in one of the rowdier sections, that ****'s expected.
    We've blocked off 4 rows up in the nosebleed section and made sure all the local Caps fan boards know we're coming, so we don't anticipate problems, but we'll see. :smiley:




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    well as a season ticket holder for the Detroit Red Wings I can say there isn't much for etiquette. You are going to a sports venue to watch a professional team play a very fast paced game with lots of movement, hitting and hopefully scoring, and beer is being served (usually to the tune of $8.00 for 22 oz)

    The only advice I have is stay in your seats for the first 5 minutes or so of each intermission, every arena usually has some sort of event that involves the fans either a few picked out from the crowd to do something or where they shoot shirts or something into the crowd. Anyhow these are usually worth sitting a few extra minutes to see then go releave yourself of the beer. If you don't know anything about the game of hockey you will probably be lost for the first period because they don't tell you why the whistle was blown like they do on TV, so hopefully someone near by will know what is going on.

    You don't usually hear people using profane language at Joe Louis but when we went to Chicago for a game it was used nonstop so I think that is something that depends on the area you're in. I personally try not to use any of the big swear words but that is me.

    Enjoy the game hopefully you will become a fan after seeing the pace of a game in person.




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    I've always been a casual fan, but never hardcore into it. Followed the Avs for a while (they moved to Denver the year after I did), but after college I stopped watching hockey, as the only reason I really followed in college was due to living with an avid Devils fan one year and a Penguins fan the next.




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    Lucky...

    I am still waiting to see my first NHL game, Though I did have season tickets to the Houston Aeros once.




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    You're a couple of years too late old boy. Methinks you would have liked the goon era a bit better

    As for why the whistle blows, you can figure it out by watching the ref, the penalty signal, where the face off is, etc. Easy to figure out even for a casual fan, you just gotta watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchman View Post
    You're a couple of years too late old boy. Methinks you would have liked the goon era a bit better

    As for why the whistle blows, you can figure it out by watching the ref, the penalty signal, where the face off is, etc. Easy to figure out even for a casual fan, you just gotta watch.

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    I'm generally so drunk at sporting events that I have a hard time following the calls on sports I know intimately and watch from the front row of the stadium, like soccer. I'm not overly concerned with knowing the technical details of every call. :laugh:

    As for the "goon era"? Eh, I dunno. We're not into violence or anything remotely close to it. The closest we come is breaking chairs at RFK stadium because they're plastic and tend to give way under the force of our drunk, fat asses standing on them and jumping as we do. Since we won't be jumping or likely even standing at the Caps game, that's not a big issue. The only other way violence is ever an issue is if someone else starts it--in that case we'll finish it. But that almost never happens, and is usually prevented (ie, when we went on a road trip to Chicago with about ten of us earlier this year, stadium security escorted us to our vehicles due to the small but imposing mob of drunk, angry Polish hooligans gathering to wait for us).




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    I have been to a few NHL Exhabition games but never a "real" NHL game before since I do not live anywhere near a NHL team closest would have to be montreal.


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    Hah! The guy heading up (read: fronting the cash) for the group tickets emailed the club owner (he's apparently very good about returning fan email). He's since been invited to visit the owner's suite at the game, and:

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    I guess Ted [the owner] forwarded my email to a few people in the organization.

    Just got an email from the Chief Sales Officer with the Capitals wanting to talk to me about a supporter's group. We're going to catch up on the phone later and discuss things. I will keep you all updated.

    Also, I got a phone call from the director of the jumbotron graphics/cameras. He says he wants to put us on the jumbotron with our name in graphics on the bottom. So if you want to represent DC United and the Barra, wear your Barra gear!!! He said they normally don't like to promote other area sports teams, but they want to support DC United.



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