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PostPosted: 09/24/09 8:18 pm    ::: An Open Letter to Arizona Residents Reply Reply with quote

http://server.cafemerc.com/_An-Open-Letter-to-Arizona-Residents-A-Mercury-Rally-Call/blog/816932/46100.html
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PostPosted: 09/24/09 8:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

BRAVO!



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PostPosted: 09/24/09 9:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sent a letter to the AZ Republic with a few comments and a link to your blog.



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PostPosted: 09/24/09 9:38 pm    ::: Mercury Reply Reply with quote

The Mercury deserve better fan support than has been the case this summer but I could say that for a lot of WNBA teams.


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PostPosted: 09/24/09 9:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If I were a Phoenix resident who doesn't attend Merc games, I would totally want to go after reading this. Smile Nice work!


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PostPosted: 09/24/09 11:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here's an open letter to those Phoenix Mercury fans who came to the game last night:

http://hoopism.blogspot.com/2009/09/phoenix-mercury-fans-most-classless.html



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PostPosted: 09/24/09 11:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm baffled by what anyone thinks is wrong with fans of an opposing team coming to an away arena and cheering loudly for their team. What's the problem? Are they supposed to come and sit on their hands? Are they supposed to carefully NOT be happy when they win? What the Hell should they do? They paid for their seats and can cheer however they want to. Good grief, now I've heard the ultimate in whining: They cheered for their team in OUR venue!!" Laughing Laughing Laughing

If you want to shut the fans of a visiting team up: WIN.

West Coast weenies. You ought to take in a Vikings versus Packers game sometime.



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PostPosted: 09/24/09 11:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sass wrote:
Here's an open letter to those Phoenix Mercury fans who came to the game last night:

http://hoopism.blogspot.com/2009/09/phoenix-mercury-fans-most-classless.html


Why because this is women's sports??? It happens all the time in men's sports...unless they are somewhere where the home team fans would kick their asses (i.e. NY, Boston, Chicago, etc.). Maybe your home team fans should sell out the arena or make it loud enough to drown "about what? 50 people" out!!!!


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PostPosted: 09/25/09 12:44 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sass wrote:
Here's an open letter to those Phoenix Mercury fans who came to the game last night:

http://hoopism.blogspot.com/2009/09/phoenix-mercury-fans-most-classless.html


I wondered if there was merit to this statement but looking at the photos, I'm convinced that very few LA fans were bothered by the Mercury fans. I couldn't find a single person in the crowd that looked the least bit bothered. The Sparks players don't even look like they know they are there.

I doubt that there is any team who is immuned to the fan who is also a poor sport. I am sure the Mercury have their share...as do the Sparks. But from what is said in the blog, I don't think that applies in this case.

Of course, the reaction the Mercury fans had may have been because of the very few times Phoenix wins in LA. It may be the result of many years of dominance by LA in sports. I don't know.

And it may have been a bit classless to chant "Beat LA" if the series had ended with that one win. There is still a game, maybe two, to be played and LA hasn't been beaten yet. The chant still applies.


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PostPosted: 09/25/09 9:25 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sass wrote:
Here's an open letter to those Phoenix Mercury fans who came to the game last night:

http://hoopism.blogspot.com/2009/09/phoenix-mercury-fans-most-classless.html


That is funny because it starts off
I'd like to present the 2009 MCF (Most Classless Fans) Award to the busload of Phoenix Mercury fans who came in for the game last night.

LOL, we couldn't even get the bus trip organized...so anyone there made it on their own, glad to see we showed up to represent Laughing

The last game of the season, when LA beat us, the Sparks fans who came to the game (maybe 40 of them?) were gathered in the concourse celebrating like they just won the title, and not one Phoenix fan pointed out that their starters had barely won playing against out bench the entire 4th quarter...because that would have been rude Wink



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PostPosted: 09/25/09 9:57 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I find it utterly classless that a Sparks fan would complain about Merc fans cheering and chanting. Caune is right - the last home game, there were at least 40-50 LA fans in my section cheering loudly for their team. Do I get offended? No. I cheer louder for the Mercury. That's the way it works, people!

More LA fans show up at USAC than any other, and have for years! Good for them! I'm glad they're there, spending money in my city and supporting the W.

Caring about a team means that eventually, you will be face-to-face w/a fan of an opponent. Deal with it. If ya can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.



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PostPosted: 09/25/09 10:00 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It just seems odd that fans would be berated for 1) supporting their team, and 2) being happy after a victory.
I think I must have missed some vital piece of the puzzle that made those fans so classless.

Some of the most fun sports events I have attended have involved interaction with opposition fans.



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PostPosted: 09/25/09 10:05 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I find it quite entertaining that this person says this, but his own favorite team felt the need to dance on the other team's logo last year when they won the 1st round series. If that's not disrespectful, I don't know what is.

In the movie A League of Their Own, Tom Hanks makes a sarcastic comment along the lines of "Dozens of people have come to see us play." When I see LA games on tv, that thought always goes through my head. If you don't like other team's fans being louder than yours, then get more fans. And tell them to be louder. Seems pretty simple to me.


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PostPosted: 09/25/09 10:08 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Pity this has gone off on a tangent, because Ben York's Open Letter is a pretty good one.
Even makes me want to hit the Qantas website and get my butt over there.



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PostPosted: 09/25/09 10:09 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Nah, thought better of making what used to be this post. Sorry. I'll play nice. Feel free to delete this, mods.



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PostPosted: 09/25/09 11:12 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Pity this has gone off on a tangent, because Ben York's Open Letter is a pretty good one.
Even makes me want to hit the Qantas website and get my butt over there.


I did forward Bens open letter to a number of people!

As for you my friend, get on a plane...NOW Wink



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PostPosted: 09/25/09 11:18 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

caune wrote:
As for you my friend, get on a plane...NOW Wink

I can honestly say that if it weren't for the big commissioning job I have to do this coming week, I would most likely have tried to get over there.
I am so loving Mercury basketball this season!



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PostPosted: 09/25/09 11:39 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

caune wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
Pity this has gone off on a tangent, because Ben York's Open Letter is a pretty good one.
Even makes me want to hit the Qantas website and get my butt over there.


I did forward Bens open letter to a number of people!

As for you my friend, get on a plane...NOW Wink


we re-tweeted it all over too! great job!



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PostPosted: 09/25/09 11:53 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
caune wrote:
As for you my friend, get on a plane...NOW Wink

I can honestly say that if it weren't for the big commissioning job I have to do this coming week, I would most likely have tried to get over there.
I am so loving Mercury basketball this season!


well there is always next year!!!



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PostPosted: 09/25/09 1:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If we were talking about the Suns winning a playoff game in L.A. and handfuls of Phoenix fans drowning the sound of the beaten Laker fans afterward, the rest of the country would be laughing at the Laker fans for letting it happen. Especially once they heard about a whining Laker fan complaining about poor sportsmanship.


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PostPosted: 09/25/09 4:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sass wrote:
Here's an open letter to those Phoenix Mercury fans who came to the game last night:

http://hoopism.blogspot.com/2009/09/phoenix-mercury-fans-most-classless.html


Wonder why the author won't authorize comments?

Come to a Phoenix game and see how annoying the LA fans are. It's called competition, obviously something that not everyone has experienced.


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