Here’s a nice article on the upcoming Admirals / Marlies Cup Final. I only take one exception to the article about the Norfolk Scope. During the season we may have had some sparse crowds. It was expected and not surprising to anyone that goes to the games. The crowds may have never filled up the rink, but the crowds were dedicated hockey fans showing support for the Admirals. Ever since we had the winning streak and moved deep into the playoffs the crowds have become larger and the noise got louder. I expect that this weekend we will see and hear our largest crowds of the season.
The writer for the Toronto Sun wrote in his article …. “Toronto has had the benefit of going into sparsely filled rinks and quickly taking out what little crowd atmosphere there has been. The Scope in Norfolk won’t likely sell out either.” Well Mr. Lance Hornby… I hope you are making the trip down to see the games. The Norfolk Scope is NOT going to be a sparsely filled rink. The Toronto Marlies are NOT going to see fans sitting in the stands on their hands. Who knows if we will sell out the arena on both nights. It sure as hell is going to be damn close to doing so. The atmosphere is going to be lively and energetic and not the falling like a deflated balloon like you predict.
I am a fan of hockey on all levels. I would be happy watching a pickup game at the rink or watching it on the tube. This weekend I will be in the stands supporting MY TEAM fighting for the Calder Cup. I can assure the Toronto Marlies a few things. The Norfolk Admirals are not going to sit on their rear ends and play dead to ANYONE. If they believe that then they can go back and ask the Monarchs, Whale, and the IceCaps. The Norfolk Admirals are going to be coming at you hard. Carter Ashton cannot save you by telling you our so-called systems and how to play against our team. Your coach says that Keith Aulie can’t help us because you play multiple systems. I am pretty sure our coach likes to switch things up as well. Last, but not least…. The Admirals have a great fan base down here. You are NOT going to come into this so-called sparsely filled rink and quickly take out the so-called little crowd atmosphere that we have here.
Good luck Marlies….you are going to need it!