Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I'm a Hockey Fan, So I'm Smarter Than You

...or so I have been accused.

The Facebook argument went as such:

A friend (who shall remain nameless, unless you are a Facebook friend of both of us) believes that the poor reaction to Titans single-game ticket sales had nothing to do with Chris Johnson. I reply that I believe that's a part of it, as well as a whole host of other BS that has gone on with the Titans (see my previous blog post). He replies that it's purely the economy, and nothing else. I disagree, and point out that the Predators have increased ticket sales in the same "bad economy" the Titans are dealing with. I am then told that the fan bases are totally different and that I am "rich" (which I definitely am not... it took me 5 months of extra jobs to save up the money to buy 1 season of Preds tickets).

And then the bomb was dropped...
 YOU are obviously one of those Preds fans who believes that being a hockey fan makes you more intelligent and sophisticate than the rest of us.
BOOM! There it is. I am a pretentious hockey fan.

And I didn't even point out to him that he misspelled "sophisticated." So, I may be smarter, but I still have tact.


  1. Predators games are great fun to attend in person, and I'm glad Zack that you invested in season tickets for the 2011-12 season. I don't know that there is a difference of sophistication between hockey and football fans, or that there doesn't even have to be a distinction, though I also believe that the speed of NHL hockey doesn't fully translate even in HD compared with seeing it in person.

  2. I've experienced just a little bit of that with some hockey fans, but it's nothing like Soccer Guy. Soccer Guy insists on calling it "football," especially when surrounded by people discussing the NFL. Any time someone complains about the BCS (or baseball playoffs, or any other professional sports structure), he has to preach The Gospel of Relegation. He sighs audibly whenever a televised sporting event has the audacity to observe a timeout or commercial break. I hate you, Soccer Guy.

  3. I have run into Soccer Guy myself. Maybe the IQ of fans of a certain sport is directly inverse to the amount of scoring. lol

  4. Soccer guy is a disease. We have guys who like soccer here, but no Soccer Guys here.

    And there are 2 main types of hockey fans here. 1- people who grew up with hockey somewhere else and now call Nashville their home team. 2- people who are fed up with other sports, namely football.

  5. Woohoo! I love being a pretentious hockey fan too!! But seriously like in JR Lind's Nashville Scene article (http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/are-the-titans-on-the-brink-of-losing-the-fans/Content?oid=2600120), there seems to be something of a malaise settling in on this town's attitude towards the Titans in their current state of operations. Sure they are at near capacity; but I have yet to hear anyone really that excited about the season. When they came to town, I still remember hearing about the NFL game day experience and liked it in 1999 and 2000. In 2003 it seemed a bit old; but hey they were winning! In 2011, it's old and tired and in need of a re-boot or else it will continue to be better on HDTV. One of the reasons that I love going to Pred's games is that they do seem to try and update what they do w/ a bit of using the celebrity on the town or cranking out a tune on the stage at intermission to help provide a unique experience and even if the outcome of the game 'sucked', more often than not I had a good time there. My guess is that someone w/ the Titans will target someone like Cogen or Henry from the Preds staff to help pump some life back into gameday ops for the fans.