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Ott: Getting Booed At Home Is “Completely Ridiculous”

From Howard Simon of WGR-550,

"It's disheartening when we get hemmed in our zone and they’re basically mocking us.  When you get up past the blue line and you finally get it in their zone after a minute and a half shift where they didn’t even have a scoring opportunity. I guess you can say it was more of the mocking of my teammates that probably pissed a lot of guys off including myself.  You're a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and hopefully you come to cheer us on and motivate us."


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DLee's avatar

Steve Ott is making $3.2M.  The fans pay his salary.  If they pay $80 or more for a ticket to the game, they deserve to boo.  I think he’s missing the point.  The booing should be exactly the “motivation” that he’s looking for from the fans. 

As a season ticket holder to a team who has now lost seven home games in a row and 12 of the last 13 games overall, I think that I deserve to boo my team also. It doesn’t mean that I don’t love them.  It just means that they need some honest feedback. 

Instead of saying “our young players deserve to be treated better by the fans”, he should man up and say “our fans deserve better”.

Posted by DLee on 04/09/13 at 01:45 PM ET


Young players aren’t much motivated by boos- young people in general aren’t.  If they already know that things aren’t going well- and they must know that- then what good is booing them?  Really??  Negative reinforcement has limited effect.  When continued for extended periods its best effect is making people want to go away & not experience it any more.  Positive reinforcement, on the other hand, is encouraging and makes one want to experience it more often.

And Ott has been playing all-out since he got here, hasn’t he?  So he really doesn’t deserve to be booed at all.  I can see his point.

Posted by Nuthatch on 04/09/13 at 05:49 PM ET


If you suck you get booed!

Posted by timbits on 04/09/13 at 10:27 PM ET

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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