by Lisa Brown on 02/22/12 at 11:40 AM ET
Tuesday night in the Calgary Saddledome, fans were treated to a gift with game of a Calgary Flames re-usable bag sponsored by Telus. While gifts with game are rarely must haves, it’s still a nice touch because fans do shell out a lot of hard earned cash to attend games. Unfortunately for Flames fans, they also paid to see a loss to the Oilers.Out of frustration, these gift bags rained onto the ice as the sounds of the final buzzer filled the air.
All of the players were still on the ice, celebrating, or consoling each other when the bags started hitting the ice. They all fluttered softly to the ice, but when you have a passionate hockey crowd and a few adult beverages sometimes poor decisions can be made. The concern was of course that someone could have put something heavier in the bags, and thrown that onto the ice. Falling from a great distance, that could have caused injury not only to a player, but also to fans in the crowd.
There is also the possibility that people have have seen the bags flying and thought, “why not throw something else?” I’ve seen shoes, boots and beers fly at public events where people are less passionate about the event.
No one was injured, but these bags continued to fly through the air despite repeated announcements by the arena emcee to think of the players.
This was not the first game I’ve attended where things have been thrown onto the ice, I was in Edmonton for the phantom hand pass call that threw out an Oilers’ game tying goal against the Stars, I’ve been to teddy bear tosses and games with hat-tricks, but this there are distinctions between what is and is not appropriate. The experience in Edmonton over Mick McGeough’s call and the experience in the Saddledome are not appropriate. I would have written something far more scathing after the Mick McGeough game, but this game reminded me of that experience.
Of course fans were frustrated, and the easy answer is to stop buying tickets to show your displeasure. We all know that that is not what would be the most likely result though. Something as simple as booing would have been more appropriate, or with all of the social media options on everyone’s phone frustrations could have been vented to Facebook, Twitter or even google plus. It may not have felt as good, but those are better options.
There is always the option of making a video and posting it on youtube as well:
I’m certainly not suggesting that this would have led to a riot, or fist fights, but questionable decisions have been made and things could have been worse; the police presence is always higher when the Oilers are in town for a reason.
Enjoy the game folks, but let’s try to be a little thoughtful of those around us. I also need to point out that there were far more Oilers jerseys than ever at this game. Usually, many Oilers fans prefer to go to games without jerseys or Oilers hats in an attempt to hide their allegiance and avoid friendly ribbing from the crowd. Tuesday night, Flames fans were the best hosts they’ve ever been in my many years in Calgary. Of course they were cheering for their team, but I think that everyone is happy that the battle may once again be returning to the battle of Alberta.
And once again, happy birthday Smytty!
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