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Wild Against The World

I've never understood boo-birds at sporting events, and I probably never will. Here's why.

Golfer Boo Weekly. Kind of ironic that me putting ''boo'' as a keyword would give me something about golf.
Golfer Boo Weekly. Kind of ironic that me putting ''boo'' as a keyword would give me something about golf.
Jeff Gross

There has been a lot of booing at the X lately, and frankly, I have never understood fans who boo their own team. It accomplishes absolutely nothing. Sure, you're letting them know you're unhappy with the way things are going, but you are not contributing to any changes in the outcome, except maybe making things worse. I've heard plenty of different arguments justifying the boos, and I've had issues with every single one of them:

''Every fanbase does it''

If all fanbases jumped off a bridge, would you do it too? Why would we want to be like other fanbases all of a sudden?

''I paid good money for my seat''

Well who twisted your arm and forced you to pay for that seat? No one? Huh. When paying for a seat at sporting events, you have to know going in that there's the potential of things not exactly going your way. It's kind of like putting money in a slot machine and nagging the casino worker when it doesn't pay off.

''We have every right to boo them''

I have every right to wear puke-green clothes. Doesn't mean it's a good idea and that I should do it.

''The Wild play for our entertainment''

I've never seen an entertainer get fired up after getting booed by his audience. Sure, you want to let them know you're not being entertained, but by booing constantly, you're not helping them entertain you.

''Player X isn't doing his job''

Again, you're absolutely not helping. Athletes are proud creatures, they know when they're not performing well, they don't need vocal crowds as reminders. Negativity decreases morale, low morale decreases effectiveness and adrenaline. It's not complicated. If players don't even have the support of their own fans, it's pretty hard for them to feel motivated.

''They're professionals''

They're still human.

''Boos fire them up''

They absolutely do not. Do you like being booed? Neither do they. There are two main reasons teams are better at home: No travel and being able to feed off of the home crowd's energy. Booing sure takes energy, but it's negative energy. The only team you're firing up when you boo your own guys is the opposing team, because they know that that part of the home-ice advantage has disappeared and the home team is deflated.

''The Wild didn't salute the fans after the game''

Be perfectly honest and put yourself in a Wild player's skates: After that horrible game and after being booed relentlessly by the fans, would you have wanted to? I hate to have to praise Jets fans, but after Ondrej Pavelec gave up 2 horrible goals to drop a one-goal lead over the Canadiens in the third period of their season finale at home, the fans cheered as loud as they could for the last minute and a half, even though the high stakes had disappeared thanks to the Senators and Rangers' wins, eliminating the Jets from the playoffs between the 2nd and 3rd period. Jets fans thanked their team for their effort over the season. The Wild gave their fans their most exciting season in the past 5 years, or maybe ever, and they're sent off with a sea of boos. I get it, it's hard to cheer a team losing 6-1 at home to a horrible team, but it's just as hard to thank the fans for being there when they've jeered at you all night.

''I'm booing the opposing players to throw them off their game''

The only players I could see this maybe working on is players like Zach Parise, returning to the only team they've ever played against. Even then, it kind of seems ungrateful to boo a guy who has done so much for your team, and decided to play elsewhere for family reasons and such. Sure, Minnesota fans boo Marian Gaborik for leaving the Wild just because he didn't want to be there anymore, but what's the point anymore? It's been so long and the team is probably better without him.

As for booing players like Todd Bertuzzi and Taylor Hall anytime they touch the puck, you think they're thinking ''Wah, the other team's fans don't like me FROWNY FACE''? Hell no, they're thinking ''Go ahead and boo, watch me score this goal''. They'll often just play better because they'll want to throw the boos right back in the fans' faces.

You can agree with me or not, but I've yet to see one compelling argument on the subject. You want things to be better? Well, don't be part of the problem. The worst time to add weight on someone's shoulders is when they're already struggling to climb the mountain.

So in conclusion, stop booing. It's pointless.