Who gives a rats ass about bandwagon fans, seriously. This has got to be the lamest internet forum BS of all time.
Do you guys live on islands or something and wish there was a population of 5?
Let's face it, hockey needs all the fans it can get. Anyone who loves the sport as much as we all claim to should just be happy that we have all these new fans and not piss and moan about why they became fans.
I also wholeheartedly with GaBluesFan (did I REALLY just say that??????
) that getting upset when your team starts picking up wagon jumpers is kind of dumb. Everybody loves a winner. If people are jumping on your team's bandwagon, that means they're winning. Who doesn't want their team to win?
The Wings bandwagon is pretty well filled up at this point, but from 1997-02, we were picking them up right right and left. It never really bothered me though, bc more fans are a good thing both for my team and the league as a whole.
One of the worst thing about the hockey culture is how we tend to treat new fans and people that are trying to learn the game. A lot of hockey fans treat people like they're stupid if they don't know everything about the game right off the bat. I've come across more than a few people who were so turned off by this that they stopped following the sport. How exactly does that benefit our sport and our league? It's a pretty retarded attitude to take anyway, because none of us were born with this knowledge; we all started out as "newbie fans," just like them.