Do you remember 2006 and the Oilers improbable rise to the Stanley Cup Final? Do you remember how loud Rexall Place got? More importantly do you remember how fun it was? I think we should cheer like it is 2006.
I can read your mind. Are you kidding me? The Oilers have won 5 games and are 28th place in the National Hockey League and you want me to roar my approval? No. The Oilers deserve every bit of negativity that has been thrown their way. They have been booed and jeered, and greeted with silence as we fans have waited for something to cheer about. All understandable, but is it not the goal to have fun at games? Perhaps our loudness will even inspire them to greater heights of hockey glory?
I am not trying to insinuate that we fans are in any way responsible for the Oilers record but a loud, intimidating crowd can give a team momentum. Don’t believe me? Why not ask the Saskatchewan Roughriders how much benefit they get from playing at a loud Mosaic Stadium.
In reality it is more about our sanity as fans than rewarding the Oilers with cheers. Have you watched a game on TV or a highlight package? Whenever they do a crowd shot, I wonder if the fans are attending a hockey game or a funeral. We all go to the game to cheer, to enjoy ourselves, to forget about our troubles for a few hours. So lets give the boys a welcome they will not forget for a while. A welcome players like Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov have never seen in Rexall Place before.
If it happens to inspire the boys or give them some early momentum all the better. So lets rock Rexall!
Lets cheer like it is 2006 again. I certainly beats the alternative.