It is worth noting there is a rowdy bunch of loyal bobcat fans that are at every game between 203/204, they always sit at the top and usually make it on the Jumbotron on average once a game.
I don't think the Bobcats organization embraces the Hornets movement as much as the Hornets movement thinks they do. They were the self-proclaimed loudest fans in the building, the Game Operations staff had numerous opportunities to include them on the Jumbotron, they just chose to highlight Cat fans instead. Everyone of the video camera operators have an ear piece that enables direct coordination with the production booth, so telling a camera operator to look at the top of Section XYZ is nearly instantaneous.
Every member of the Hornets movement that I've met cheers for the Bobcats, just as we did Saturday. That's still OUR team. We like the coaches, and players, and arena, and so forth. We just want to be able to get the Hornets name back, which is something that many of us are passionate about. Others don't care, and that's fine. But I don't think a fanbase as small as ours needs to call each other "douchebags" and "turds" for either stance. And I know the namecalling goes both ways. It's childish, and helps nothing. We're ALL Charlotte basketball fans. We could easily just carry signs and stuff outside the arena without ever going in, but we want to contribute to the attendance, to the noise, to the Bobcats organization. It annoyed some folks, but divisive subjects like this often do.
I have Bobcats pennants, shirts, hoodies, hats, jerseys in my closet along with my Hornets stuff. Most of us do. We're all fans here.
J-Mo & Adam- I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from going to the games... I wish we would sell out every game and have a great atmosphere and wildly passionate fans. ( if we did- the team wouldn't even consider changing the name)
I'm simply saying from my perspective- our home games are for the most part
1. Not attended well
2. Lack passion.
That doesn't mean there aren't great fans that love our team and cheer their asses off every game.... I'm simply saying they aren't enough of them.
Last edited by JGib23; 01-22-2013 at 04:16 PM.
Again....Lack of attendance and passion is a fuction of the product on the court. We just had the worst season in NBA history and aren't exactly lighting the world on fire. Heck, the buzz (no pun intended) on talk radio after a 7-5 start was amazing. All sorts of interest helped by a Panthers backlash. If you win, they will come.
Once we change the name there will be a pop in attendance and "spirit" for about a month or two. If they still suck, being in god awful purple and teal will not cause people to miraculously show up and be passionate. It will get old after awhile and people will only care about the product on the court. And if they do turn the corner and start playing better, it will have nothing to do with a new name and putrid colors.
The old pinstriped purple-and-teals are ten times better than what the Bobcats are wearing now, and I don't have an interest in this fight(I'm just here for Kemba, and now Adrien as well).
I have no real problem with people showing up to games and wearing shirts and chanting for a name change. I think its a bit distasteful, but not something I worry about, and maybe consider joining in with if not for a few things.
What I do kind of have a problem with is that its only one game a year. It just seems petty, and almost trollish. I've had plenty of conversations with a bunch of the HornetsOnly guys and most are pleasant and get it. Then again a lot of those guys are complete toolbags and spend most of the game making fun of the Bobcats. The kind of guys who won't show up when its the Hornets because they can't look hip.
Not to mention, we all know its all but certain that the Bobcats will become the Hornets. Jordan talks about it as if he's gonna do it when it becomes available and we know for a fact it will be available at the end of the year. So when you show up with a 100 people one game a year at this point it seems like your rubbing it in BobcatsOnly fans faces.
I just think and have always said this... a bigger better statement than showing up for one home game a year and causing a scene, would be to show up at EVERY SINGLE game and make a scene. Because people who support the name change have to remember that that is the only thing that is changing. EVERYTHING else will stay the same. So by showing up once a year, it makes it look like thats all you'll do even when the team changes it name.