Coach’s Sister: The 300′s

Blog — By on November 1, 2011 9:16 AM

This is Coach’s world, I’m just living in it…I’m Coach’s Sister.

Room with a view

When I was in kindergarten Coach put a button on my knapsack that read “The Yankees Suck”, now if we didn’t live about 60 minutes northeast of the Bronx that wouldn’t be a big deal…but we did, in the heart of Yankee Country, and kids use to throw rocks at me as I walked to school…and I deserved it, because I was in enemy territory.  It’s part of the rules of rivalry and even at five years of age I accepted that.  In the world of baseball (and maybe in all of American sports…Celtics/Lakers close second) there is no greater rivalry then the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, divisional rivals who’s hatred runs outside the diamond and is born into the blood of any fan of either team.  I’m not a big baseball fan (I doubt many of you lads are either) and I can only offer MLB followers (now that their season is over) the NHL’s Application form for disgruntle NBA fans care of the hockey humorists at Down Goes Brown.  That being said, I still think any baseball or basketball match up pales in comparison to my favorite sports rivalry the Boston Bruins verse the Montreal Canadiens.  Yes I know the Leafs hate the Habs and the Flyers hate the Bruins…but for me hockey drama just doesn’t get better then B’s Habs.  Never have I seen more vicious fans and more disgust for fellow humans then between those who bleed for Montreal or Boston.  Add to that the fact that it was the last home game before Halloween (crazies extra crazy) and I knew I had to not only be at the Garden for the Habs game Thursday night, but I had to be with the real fans, the real people…I had to be in the 300s.

Now I know at the Bell Centre you hockey crazy Canadiens have 400s…I tip my hat off to you.   However in Boston the fancy shamsy folks who can drop more coin on a ticket for a Bruins game in which they mostly will just text and drink wine (yes wine) and wear suits sit in the loge and then there are a few lucky die hards who sit at the glass and go nuts, but as someone who usually sits in the lower bowl myself, you do kind of have to behave a bit more down there.   I thought what better game to feature the real fans, the real blue collar, hard working hockey nuts then this game…also from previous experience there is always a good amount of Montreal fans these nights so I thought I’d be able to get a good sampling of both in all their glory.

Can't we all just get along? These guys do.

I was late getting to North Station and rushed into the station’s washroom to dry off under a hand dryer from the monsoon that was wreaking havoc outside.  At the sink a girl comes up to me and asks “Do they pat down?” I must have given her a crazy look because she clarified saying “Where is the best place to hide these beers without being caught?” I tried to help her hide them in some private places but poor thing walked out looking like she was some shemale who didn’t use enough duct tape down below…”where are you sitting hun?” “300s…balcony” she replied with a smile. Ahh I knew it would be a good night.  I then ran into a group of guys, some Habs fans and some Bruins fans, they jumped at the opportunity to pantomime a fight…not very dissimilar to the pretend fight between Subban and Marchand at the end of the second period.  And I did stop and see my favorite bartenders outside Loge 20 to grab a couple beers and take in the lower level before heading up the escalator to the Dangerzone!  The first thing I noticed upon my approach were the men hanging over the overhang, then boom, packed, like a pub on a Saturday night.  The hallway up on the balcony (300s) is noticeably narrower than the one on the loge and then add to that the fact that everyone seems to leave their seats to just hang out and drink outside of the actual rink.  Alright, nice.  A guy approached me and asked to buy me a beer (even though I was currently double fisted)…double nice.  Definitely starting to enjoy the 300s and the people there.  Aside from some weak attempts at ass grabs, the gentlemen upstairs were for sure more friendly.  I was offered beers and shots (which I had to decline because they were from flasks and nips that had been hidden God knows where).  Screams of “Habs Sucks” and even “Hangover” cheers from the surprising number of Canadien fans echoed down the hall.  But then I saw it…in a beer line…I knew it was fake and over exaggerated but had to see who the genius behind it was…a mullet, or epic flow, as I prefer to call it, on the head of a young lad sporting a McQuaid sweater.  Now it is common knowledge that I have a thing for epic flow, nothing better  for me then seeing your party swaying out of the back of your bucket, and I had to have my picture with the fan who was paying homage to one of the best in the Show.

I cannot hide my appetite for a good head of lettuce...even if it is fake.

So far so good, it was now the second period and I had successfully avoided having vomit or beer projected at me (a problem I had years before when sitting in the 300s).  By this point in the game, the Bruins stopped playing and it was really just a donkey show.  The Subban and Marchand fights…yes multiple now go youtube them if you haven’t already…were entertaining in a funny way, with no one really connecting on anything, just a lot of Brad ducking (or was that just PK’s 3 inch height advantage?) but it gave the fans of both teams something to cheer for (certainly not the (lack of) skill on the ice).  There were two hilarious guys dressed as Lloyd and  Harry from Dumb and Dumber, a bunch of brave souls in yellow body suits, some pink buckets with signs professing love for players and of course the ever present, ever annoying guy who constantly shouts “SHOOT THE PUCK!!!”.

My buddy I was suppose to meet there ended up sending me a picture from inside the NESN broadcast booth with a text that read “Dale (Arnold) likes hockey and chicken nuggets”…so I assumed that meant he was having fun.  I mean come on, who DOESN’T like hockey and chicken nuggets? Anyway, basically I was on my own for the night.  My conclusion after a night in the 300s is that this is a place for true fans (and their annoying sisters who bring stupid signs with hearts), for costumes and public vomiting. Where the hard working, diehard fans can go and celebrate hockey no matter how bad their team is (in one week local media went from saying “Stanley Cup Champion Bruins” to “Last place Bruins” ouch!).  You’re going to get your butt grabbed, if you’re wearing the wrong colors you’re going to be called names that make you question humanity, but you’re also going to have a great time with great hockey fans, high fiving strangers, chugging beers and just partying while watching the greatest sport on earth.

This is never acceptable...NEVER.

Today lads I leave you with a quote from the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”  So fans in the 300s and 400s, with your painted faces, your wigs, custom made jerseys and inappropriate signage and chants, you make the hockey world better and I hope to hang with you again soon…but with less ass pinching.

 

I can assure you when I tweeted this I was referring to myself.

 

 

Keep your heads up and your sticks down boys and girls.

 

-CS

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Yeah thats my "Its time to start drinking water face"...I love the 300s!

112 Comments

  1. JSmyrlJr says:

    Favorite seat in my home barn is 200 level, row 15. Yup, the last row in the place. Watching playoff hockey from there is one of my favorite memories from that spot!

  2. michaelbrill says:

    great read, the farther up you go the better then fans get

  3. lanker96 says:

    i think no matter where you go at any barn the true fans are as high as you can get

  4. Rosey says:

    love up top, great read

  5. hasser4 says:

    upper level fans are there because they are fans and want to be there

  6. Eddie says:

    upper level fans are the heart and soul of the arena

  7. Keither says:

    going top shelf is never a bad play

  8. rosyser says:

    true fans watch no matter where

  9. haha gotta love the upper level fans

  10. rsails says:

    great read yet again

  11. rgayso says:

    It’s a shame that too often the real fans can’t get tickets to the game because people who don’t even know the game get them first.

  12. Gunner says:

    love a good ol’ rivalry!

  13. jackal says:

    i miss nhl games, maines taken that away

  14. Banksy16 says:

    one of the best games i’ve witnessed as a wings fan was sitting in the 300 level in nashville, the people up there are the only fans in nashville with an idea on what hockey is…it was a great game and a lot of good chirps sent back and forth…oh and the wings came back from down 3 and won in OT

  15. Joey Z says:

    Awesome read! Any idea if your going to visit other NHL barns this season?

    • CoachsSister says:

      yes I’ll be traveling to detroit, phoenix, tampa, ottawa and hopefully some AHL games in San Antonio. Just got back from PEI so I’ll probably stay here until after the holidays. Also fingers crossed get Chicago in there.

  16. I_Toss_Sauce says:

    great read keep it up

  17. Bonesy says:

    Awesome read!! Game was awesome nothin better then the fans in the uppers

  18. Bouch says:

    bruins suck this year!

  19. BeeMich13 says:

    300s get rowdy, but it’s always fun. And they’re the best to pre-game with

  20. Capn Kev says:

    Rivalries make sports

  21. B-Celley says:

    keep up the good work

  22. ElfWrangler says:

    Gotta love real fans, not the “money can buy me fan cred” pretentious aholes. Beers around!

  23. TDM says:

    Great read…..totally hot!

  24. CaptainKlutch says:

    What a dime!

  25. benny12911 says:

    wanna mary this chick every post is entertaining

  26. taylorgraham says:

    good read

  27. njdevils923 says:

    loving these reads

  28. Smeeks says:

    haha that seguin sign is funny

  29. Pete says:

    Hah, last NHL game I went to I was in the last row in the building and it was unreal. I don’t know about going to games in Boston though.

  30. 8pmb96 says:

    ill take any seat in the rink as long as im there… id rather be last row then stuck at home

  31. Bomber says:

    I’ve sat everywhere from front row on the glass, front row behind the bench, mid lower bowl, 2nd tier, and yes of coarse – waayyyy up in the nose bleeds (more often than not). and they were all great. never a bad seat in the house when you are actually at the game.

  32. fox says:

    I wrote a blog about this once, about what to wear depending on where you’re sitting in the ACC haha don’t wear a jersey in the lower bowl, because people know you’re poor ;) Instead of some zillionaire well-to-do person with corporate season seats. The last time we had fourth-row platinums (thanks, Shane O’Brien … he hooked up his boy with the tickets, who took ME for my birthday!) I got dressed up. Once you get up into the reds, it’s okay to wear a jersey. Ha.

  33. jenwells says:

    i’ll be honest, my season tix are up top, but i haven’t sat there in years. made friends with the ushers and sit down below, unless its playoffs. then you gotta go up top.

  34. hockey_chick_705 says:

    great read

  35. modohock21 says:

    my pops has been upstairs for 33 years here, I have took the seats over a few years ago and we sit together, 334 row 13. Anyone in Chicago for a game come say hi…but for godsake wait for a whistle. :)

  36. Beelz says:

    just beautys up in the nose bleeds

  37. chrisfrat says:

    well lucky for you, you can tell me where you want to sit at a Yotes game and I’ll get you seats there :)

  38. Shinobi says:

    most fun i ever had was at the bruins winter classic…sat with 50/50 bruins/flyers fans and the chirps never stopped coming

  39. sully says:

    you lost me
    go pens go !!!

    • CoachsSister says:

      one of my best friends is die hard Pens fan, grats on Sid being cleared for contact…I actually have Pens going to the Finals, if they keep up the hard work.

  40. cchockey4 says:

    just went to a wings game

  41. Sick Cellys 19 says:

    classic

  42. fhsgoalie30 says:

    great read and so true

  43. NACMav says:

    Center ice 200′s at the Joe is great. Not too pricey where you don’t get the true die hard fans, but too pricey for families to bring all their 4 and 5 year old kids for a night out.

  44. B Hef says:

    coach’s sister makes me a jolly gonger

  45. Black says:

    gotta appreciate all fans, even if there in the cheap seats. Better than those suit dummies in the first bowl.

  46. sully says:

    sounds like a party …im in

  47. FlowMaster says:

    Everybody loves a good head of lettuce

  48. Melanson says:

    Doesn’t get any better than the top

  49. smithbardown says:

    cheers too the biggest beauty ive ever met in my life

  50. HeadShotzHockey says:

    Gotta love those 300 level seats

  51. Tyler Church says:

    those seats are better than ice level i think

  52. dirtymcgirty26 says:

    bigger beautys up there

  53. cheddabob says:

    real fans sit in the cheapt seats

  54. danggash says:

    love her shirt.

  55. Yoo Hate Me says:

    i wanna believe this is the perfect woman but she probably leaves the seat down

  56. adamotm says:

    she’s awesome

  57. schmodey says:

    Any coorporate big wig can buy tickets at ice level but it’s the guys that bleed (insert color) that sit in the 300′s good read CS!

  58. cant get anybetter then sportchek zone at the saddledome, aint nothing but a riot <3

  59. gino_hard13 says:

    sweeet read

  60. Patty says:

    i need a coach’s sister

  61. ezmoney says:

    keep it up

  62. MitchSmeth97 says:

    Unreal

  63. beautygonger97 says:

    Awesome

  64. Sniper8 says:

    good article

  65. dominic88 says:

    need a number ! :P

  66. aspen hank says:

    she’s beyond beautiful

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