Sunday, April 20, 2008

Just a Reminder: Sharks @ Flames, 8pm on Versus

I definitely recommend checking out the hockey game tonight. If you’ve never seen what a home game for the Calgary Flames in the playoffs is like, you’re really in for a treat. A lot of teams, particularly in college, like to do gimmicks where everyone in the crowd wears the same color. Penn State is notorious for their “white out” every year. Calgary takes things to a different level.

In the “C of Red,” as they call it, nearly every single human being who bought a ticket this evening will not only be wearing the same color, but everyone will be wearing the same exact shirt — a Calgary Flames jersey. As far as I know there’s nothing else in sports like this. Sure, you’ll get a handful of spectators scattered around the arena who find it necessary to deviate from the gameplan, but you’ll see that these “fans” are few and far between. This game will be feature an especially passionate atmosphere considering the Flames are facing elimination tonight in game six of this series.

The whole thing stems from the fact that Canadians are fucking crazy about their hockey. It’s bad in Toronto and Montreal, but when you get out to Calgary and Edmonton where there is literally nothing else to do, they begin to treat hockey like a religion… and I don’t mean that as an exaggeration. These maniacs actually worship the ground the Flames walk on — and I love it. You should, too. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who enjoys seeing west coast teams like the San Jose Sharks fail. The puck drops about an hour from now on Versus. Go Flames Go.

Oh, and Happy Holidays.

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