Bringing the Hate From Boston, Assachusetts

Female Bruins Fan Flips Off Verizon Center

Every so often, you have to be reminded of what you hate and why. Last night, it was time for me to remember why I hate Boston. It really had nothing to do with the Bruins. In fact, there are two cool things about the whole state of Assachusetts. One is that I met my wife there and the other are the Bruins (but the latter may just be relative). See, for a short period after high school, I lived in Boston. Allston to be exact. At the time, it was a weird mix of over-privileged college students and immigrants. I’m not sure what it’s like today since I haven’t been back in over 20 years, although I have been back to the state (which also reminded me of a number of reasons why I hated it so much). Anyway…

What got me back into so much hate were the three Boston, Assachusetts loving asshats that sat in front of us. I’m all for good natured chirping yelling and chirping between fans. It’s fun and it adds something for everyone. These three, though, were nothing of the sort. Two boys and a girl. I won’t call them men and a woman, because that ain’t how they behaved. Before they were seated, the girl was flipping everyone off and every other word out of her mouth was what that gesture says with a finger. They were intent on going out of their way to ruin everyone’s time around them and took offense at being called on it. While it never seemed like things would escalate beyond name calling between them and the people around me, a talking to from Verizon Center staff telling them to behave or get tossed finally settled them down in the third period.

In four years of holding Capitals season tickets, I don’t remember anything else quite like this. There wasn’t anything that terrible about it.  Their presence and behavior just made everything else not fun. Besides the lecture, the only other things that shut them up at all were Capitals goals and when the girl overheard me telling one of my friends that my fear as the parent of girls was that they might turn out like her. She looked at me then, looked sad, and turned away and was quiet and nearly motionless for about 10 minutes.

So, I couldn’t really see a lot of the game through their heads, arms, phones, hats, and such. Little glimpses here and there. What I could see looked like it might have been a game.  So, I’ve read about it on Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic. Luckily, there’s also the handy dandy box score from Capitals Outsider, too. My photos are below and on flickr.

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5 Responses to Bringing the Hate From Boston, Assachusetts

  1. momobono

    Listen, don’t hate an entire city because of some pink-hat asswipes that wear our jerseys. B’s-Caps is an intense, old-school hockey match-up that’s exploded over the last few years and has been fun to watch for all of us. But assholes can wear either team’s jersey.

    • I hate the city of Boston because I lived there for a while a long time ago. It was pretty awful. I left. No harm, no foul. Every few years since, something happens that reminds me of how much I hated the city. This was one of those times. I agree that the games have been great to watch. I just would have liked to have been able to watch the game last night…instead of the backs of the heads, the phones, and the middle fingers of these three people. If they had been like all the other Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, Rangers, Blackhawks, and Sabres fans that have sat in those seats over the past few years everything would have been groovy.

      • momobono

        Alright, I guess I didn’t fully understand your qualms with the place. I’m not a “my city’s the best no matter what and if you don’t agree, your an ass” resident. No lie the Masshole stereotype exists in the flesh around the area you lived, and I can understand the malcontent. Friggin A, I avoid those ‘bags like the plague myself.

        Regardless, they interrupted your game – everyone pays good money for their seats during the playoffs – and you’ve a right to be ripped. I’ve been to Verizon center this year with my B’s sweater donned, and, outside of the usual japes a visiting fan receives, it was peaches and cream (especially because we won, Superbowl Sunday). Great series, great rivalry, great hockey all around.

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