By far the most annoying thing about attending games at MSG is the constant “sit down,” or more commonly, “sit the f*** down” chants.
It is hard to pinpoint the exact origin of this disease, but at least for my section of the Garden it started about two and a half to three years ago by two people we will call Bertha and Billy Bob. Based on my observations, these people were simply too lazy to stand up and would rather use more energy to yell at anyone who moved then to just stand up themselves. They developed a little posse who got on board with their epidemic and soon enough there was a nice size group shouting at people to sit down the SECOND their bum left the seat. The best part of the whole ordeal is that they created a bigger disturbance screaming than the person who moved or stood up. It has even escalated to Ranger fan on Ranger fan fights because someone stood up.
Last night was my breaking point regarding this sickness.
I have only been able to attend a few games this year, but I think it is safe to say the Garden has been noticeably quieter. There has been zero carryover of the passion from last year’s run—part of that is the Rangers’ uninspired play, but that is a whole other topic.
In a 3rd period and overtime of an emotional game (one of the only emotional games all year) a group of fans were trying to keep the crowd going only to met with resounding chants to sit down and shut up.
Here is my message to those people:
IF YOU WANT TO SIT ON YOUR BUM AND NOT CHEER ON YOUR TEAM, PLEASE STAY AT HOME AND WATCH THE GAME FROM YOUR COUCH.
Ranger games at MSG are not operas at the Met. You are allowed, and even encouraged, to get rowdy.
If someone in front of you stands up during an exciting play just stand up yourself to see what is happening. If they are trying to get the crowd going then join in. If the person is trying to get back to their seat at least give them a few seconds to settle themselves before flipping your sh–.
It infuriates me to try and enjoy a hockey game only to have to deal with two and a half hours of cranky fans yelling at people to sit down.
We are all on the same side, cheering for the same team, and trying to enjoy the same game. So next time you’re planning on chewing out someone’s ear off for standing up or cheering for the home team, please bite your tongue. And if you don’t want to deal with that stuff then save your money and enjoy the game from home.
A fed up fan.