Dear Sharks Fans: Do Not Embarrass Yourselves by Booing Brian Campbell

May 14th, 2010 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
About a week ago I read one of the best hockey pieces ever posted here on bleacher report.

Matt Hutter, the Detroit Red Wings' featured columnist wrote a heart felt piece about his favorite team from an objective standpoint. (You can read his article here:

Matt's piece really drives home the point that a true journalist can indeed be an actual fan of the team they cover. He/She just needs to understand the boundaries of bias and write reports without channeling their emotional ties to the squad.

Now the main line in Matt's story that spoke to me was when he claimed to be a hockey fan first and a Red Wings fan second.

That got me I a Sharks fan first or a hockey fan first?

And one particular notion answered that question in a hurry.

When I started thinking about how Sharks "fans" currently boo Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell whenever he plays the puck, I realized that like Matt, I'm a hockey fan first.

Now that isn't to say fans who boo individual players can ...

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