“But we in it shall be remembered; we few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition; and gentlemen in England now a-bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here…”
-King Henry V from Shakespeare’s Henry V
Here are a few of our photos from the game!
Recently, the Denver Pioneers played their rivals, the Colorado College Tigers, in the first round of the WCHA tournament. The normally wild and raucous DU student section was slightly hampered by looming finals and the coming spring break but we still had a good show of force even as the series went to a third game that Sunday. However, what became clear, was that some of the students there needed some education on how you are supposed to act when a part of supporters section. Normally, I have no problem with the DU section as they are normally loud and wild at these games but with smaller numbers the dissenters could be heard. So I decided to write a list of rules for a supporters section.
1. Be loud and proud. This is your team! They are doing battle on your home field/court/ice. It is your job to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the visiting team. Unless it’s a huge blow out (i.e. 7-1 over Alaska Anchorage) then you are to make as much noise as possible. It is your job to taunt the other team while cheering on your team. When the other teams fans start to chant in your house you get louder and drown them out. Sure you can groan when there is a missed opportunity or a shot just misses wide but you turn around and start the drone of endless noise again. On Friday, one Outlaw chant spilled into another. It was awesome. Also, when chanting you say your team’s name even if they didn’t invent to chant. Yes, I know people who do this and it’s disgusting.
2. Get up! Get on your feet. Most games are no more than 2 hours so stand up. You can sit down at halftime and after the game. This is especially true if you are in the front row. Get the building buzzing by just standing up and jumping around. Your team can see you and can feed off your energy so stand up and let them see you. Also, if you are standing up you have a better chance at getting the other fans up in a close game and whipping the stadium into a frenzy. At a recent DU basketball game I heard people sitting at the top of the student section complaining about the students standing up…that’s just wrong. If 19,374 people can stand up in a blinding snowstorm for the entirety of a game so can you.
3. Be positive. Again your team feeds off your energy. Along with making it uncomfortable for the other team your job is to encourage your team to victory no matter the score. Let the other fans there groan and moan. You are the supporters. You don’t give up on your team no matter the score. You stay glued to your spot until the game ends and then a little bit after. At the DU game, I heard people talking about how it would be better if DU would lose so they could have extra days of rest before the NCAA tournament. I wanted to turn to them and tear them apart. This is your freaking rival. You never suggest losing to your rival. You never suggest losing at all.
4. The refs are always wrong. I don’t care if it was the right call. Let the other fans deal with that. You are there to support your team and drive them on. A call against your team hurts them and you’re not to accept that. Boo and chant and yell at the officials. Even if you don’t want to boo because it was the right call, at least shake your head or roll your eyes. If it was the right call, don’t say out loud that it was the right call. You’re in the supporters section. That’s not your job.
5. Be educated. Know the game and know your team. As the supporters section you are supposed to be the team’s biggest fans so act you know them. Also, be educated so you know when to cut the boos a little short after a “bad” call. Know the rules well enough so that you can continue to harass the refs when your team is getting hosed by bad calls. Like when a loose puck is whistled dead in the crease in front of a wide open net. Know what chants to do when in the game. For example don’t chant “score score score” when the other team is driving on offense. Know not to start “game over” type chants when a close game has yet to be decided or there is too much time left. Finally, knowing the game will also allow you to put the other team’s uneducated fans in their place when they are being dumb. Finally, part of being an educated fan is being able to act above other fans that you hate. While I support being loud and irrational you have to be smart about it. Know when to not go overboard and not do dumb things like throwing stuff onto the field or picking fights in the stands.
So to conclude, if you’re going to sit in a supporters section then act like the fan that you’re supposed to be. Be smartly irrational, cheer loud until you can yell no more, and encourage your team to victory! I had a great time sitting with the American Outlaws on Friday night. I’m glad to see the passion for soccer growing in the U.S. I’m glad to have just been there in the snow and cold. I’m glad we were able to pack the house and hopefully we can have some more games played in Denver, maybe one evening in July or August next time. I hope you all had a great weekend and hope your week goes well! Thanks for reading.