When I was at the Sabres-Flyers game two weeks ago, my dad left kind of disappointed. It wasn’t about the result on the ice.
“They don’t do anything anymore during stoppages,” he said.
He was right. The Sabres have really toned down their in-game entertainment this year. Don’t get me wrong. I never liked the Why Guy or Nicholas Picholas as the in-game host.
And I’m not suggesting that they put a bear on skates to motivate the crowd:
But there’s no Big Mac Wheel (dumb, yes, but who didn’t love to see Grimace wobble down the stairs), the organ music has left something to be desired and, hell, Sabretooth doesn’t even bang his stupid drum anymore. Outside of the Kiss Cam, HSBC Arena is pretty dull.
Give me trivia (not “What’s Nathan Paetsch’s favorite comedy?), give me history (something obscure about Roger Crozier or Larry Playfair — guys the young kids are going to want to find out about).
Be faster with replays, too. Most of the time you never get a closer look at a penalty or a great save. It’s almost as bad as watching on TV.
Many of us don’t need that stuff to enjoy the game. But enhance the game day experience. Make the arena atmosphere unique.
Intermissions are hands down the worst. They didn’t even have kids skate during the first intermission of the Calgary game we attended a week later. How many times can you watch a commercial telling you that TSO is coming? Apparently not enough as the entire 15 minutes was filled with “Coming Soon” ads.
Maybe I should be up, standing in line buying beer and fries, but if I’m in my seat, give me highlights. Stream Kevin Sylvester and Roby talking about the game I’m watching. Let’s start with that. It might be too much to ask for video from games on the out-of-town scoreboard. God forbid we actually utilize those huge HD TVs hanging from the rafters.
At least they got the opening video right this time. “Hell’s Bells” and Patrick Kaleta Carruba Collisions beats out sappy U2 songs and kids skating on a pond with Drew Stafford any day of the week.
And how is it that “Sweet Caroline” didn’t play at either of the last two Friday night games? Seriously.