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STANLEY CUP: OUR FACES PRESSED TO THE GLASS

Many fans take hometown team mentality too far

June 10, 2011

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RE “BRUINS: Keep it civil in the stands’’ (Editorial, June 8): As a Pittsburgh Penguins fan who has attended Bruins-Pens games at the TD Garden, I was not surprised to hear about the boorish behavior of B’s fans. I have experienced it firsthand.

While attending games at the Garden, and having the nerve to wear my Penguins sweater and hat, I have been sworn at and spit on more than a few times. My fellow Pens fans have received the same treatment. The women fans seem to get the worst of it, with all sorts of nasty, sexist comments and names coming their way.

We’ve resorted to buying tickets to the private boxes on the upper tier so that we don’t have to put up with the verbal abuse. All we want to do is support our team, and that doesn’t sit well with Bruins fans.

It’s the same story at Gillette Stadium; God forbid we go to cheer on the Steelers when they’re in town. And it’s not good-natured ribbing. We’re talking out-and-out abuse. Its disgraceful.

As far as I can tell, most Boston fans seem well mannered. But there are a lot of New Englanders out there who take the whole hometown team mentality too far, and they are an embarrassment to the city and the sports teams they allegedly support.

Richard Smith
Acton