Pet Peeves, everyone has them, and they will drive you absolutely bonkers. As you would expect, Hockey is far from immune to their fair share of these blood pressure spiking annoyances. Some despise when people yell “SHOOT” during a powerplay that appears to be passing a little too often for fans tastes. Others would classify things like shootouts and loser points as peeves as well.
I’ll share with you some of my biggest pet peeves.
This concept of a 60 minute game is grossly over used in my opinion. Win or lose, we always seem to be sour on our teams for not playing a full 60 minute game. What most fans consider a 60 minute game is borderline impossible because, as the saying goes ‘the other team is on scholarship too’. I just feel that it’s impossible to totally dominate every facet of a game for the whole duration as the game will always have it’s ebbs and flows regardless of how close or lopsided a score can be. Can our teams always be more consistent or play more complete games? Absolutely. But when we complain that our teams may have won the game but ‘only’ played 45-50 minutes, I think we are just looking for things to fuss about.
This one really gets me knickers in a twist, the Wave at a hockey game. There is absolutely no point whatsoever for a wave to be in a hockey game. One key reason for me is you’re not paying total attention to the game and are putting yourself in a possibility of getting plunked by a rogue hockey puck. Besides, the wave is something more suited for a football game even if the very act of it is somewhat on the childish end of the scale. The wave can be a method for fans to rally their defense that goes beyond the regular hooting and hollering. I will always remember an NFL Films show where two players on the (I want to say it was the Broncos) sidelines pleading with the fans doing the wave yeling “NOO You’re not supposed to do the wave when the offense is on the field!!”
I remember the moment I despised the wave at hockey games. I was at a Pens-Senators game during one of the pre-lockout/Crosby lean years and the Pens lost this game 6-3 and the shots were something like 47-17. The fans, the ones that were left, decide in the third period of a lackluster game to do the wave, and needless to say I was far from impressed. I think I deadpanned in my seat “They have 47 shots on goal, we have the wave.” I got several rows to laugh with that one. Ugh keep the wave for the Ocean please.
I had asked on Twitter for some submissions of their biggest hockey pet peeves and below are the respones:
@Cubishboy: “ fights after clean legal hits really annoy the hell out of me. no reason for it.” — Yeah this is annoying, unfortunately doesn’t surprise me the least when hockey players will complain about the obvious penalties they take.
@Pat_Egan: “fans who think the refs are constantly after there team” — When it’s spoken in a heat of the moment fan loyalty type way, it’s not so bad but there are those who actually believe this to be truth-fact.
@Flyersgrl28: “provoking a fight with the other team not even a minute after your team scores a goal”– Reminds me of a Pens-Leafs game in a recent season, Pens score, Orr starts fight, Pens score, Rosehill starts fight, Pens score Orr fights again…ugh.
@ActiveStick_44: “when announcers (Doc mostly) use really big words just for the sake of using them and actually end up making no sense at all” –Pierre McGuire really irks me doing this. “Mike Babcock is INCREDULOUS after that call” Really? Incredulous? Because Babcock looks the same to me with that Babcock Stare of his.
@OhMySwed3: “#1 talking about nonsense during a game. #2 saying Chris Pronger would be good on your team. #3 if watching on TV, don’t talk” –Haha no speaketh positivism of Chris Pronger, in fact, no speaketh at all! I’m sure there are plenty that fall into this category!
Feel free to share your pet peeves in the comments section!