I am by no means a hockey expert.
I regularly say “icing” when I mean “offside”, I almost never see penalties as they happen, but rather am alerted to them by The Boy’s commentary and when I’m actually attending a game at the arena, I feel that I make up a very small minority of people who occasionally need to flip through the program to find the name of a player. (“Who’s 39?… Oh, Carkner… I already looked him up didn’t I? Twice. Huh.”)
Having established, then, that I am an inexperienced (but enthusiastic) novice at this whole “hockey culture” thing, I still feel justified in commenting on a game behaviour that I just plain don’t get.
People: don’t wear the jersey of a team that’s not playing to a game you’re attending in person. Seriously.
It might be understandable if the name of a player you admire is on the back, and that player now plays for one of the teams in attendance. Might. The folks from last night that I’m thinking of, however, don’t even have that excuse going for them.
I was at the Edmonton-Ottawa game last night (which, no matter who you were cheering for, was very entertaining — an awesome game) and beheld many a Habs fan — none of them wearing Kovalev jerseys — wandering about the place, jersey-clad. Why? What could they be thinking?! There are three possible messages this type of behaviour conveys:
- You’re lost. You meant to go to the Flames-Habs game, but mysteriously ended up two hours west of Montreal.
- You’re a douche. You are a devoted Montreal fan (which is fine), and somehow ended up with tickets to a game not featuring your favourite team. Rather than just go and enjoy the game in street clothes, you persist in wearing your jersey.
(As an aside, there is nothing wrong with not wearing team swag to a hockey game. Really! Try it sometime! Alternately, borrow an appropriate one from a friend.)
- You lack clean laundry. See message #2.
One could chalk it up to my relative newness to the whole business of being a hockey fan, but I think my conclusions here are fairly reasonable.
Moral of the story: Inappropriate jerseys — don’t do it!