Raptors Fans: Cheer, Don't Boo
Old 01-12-2009, 12:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A great read courtesy of Tom Blackwell from the National Post. Talks about the influence and affects home games can have on professional athletes. In this case he talks about hockey, but it still has the same effects on any sport and their athletes.

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Such home-turf advantage is a well-documented sports phenomenon, but new Canadian research suggests it has as much to do with human biology as psychology, and that coaches may some day be able to induce that physiological response artificially.

Hockey players had much higher levels of testosterone after a winning game on home ice than after a similarly victorious match-up away from home, according to a study published in the American Journal of Human Biology.

It is not clear what triggered the hormone boost. But "a rise in status (i. e. competitive victory) in front of friends and family members may be an especially potent stimulus for the endocrine system," the paper said.

Justin Carre, the PhD pscyhology student at Brock University in St. Catharines, who spearheaded the work, said more recent research, yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, makes an even more intriguing finding. In that study, players only watched a videotape of a game they won on home ice, but experienced a similar spike in testosterone.

More research is needed to confirm and test those findings, but they hint at new possibilities, he said in an interview.

"If you showed a video to a player before a game, you might be able to actually change testosterone levels and that might have a positive effect on performance."
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An earlier, 2006, study found a slight difference in testosterone levels in players at the start of home and away games, though neither reading was above normal.

For the more recent research, he measured testosterone levels in the saliva of 10 members of a team of Midget A players in northern Ontario, both before and after games that the squad won.

The pre-game figures were similar between the two match-ups -- one at home, one away --but the post-game levels were more than twice as high after the home-ice victory --and well above normal.

Mr. Bossy, who won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders and had a record nine straight 50-goal seasons, said the home-vs.-away scenario is not completely black and white.

While playing in Philadelphia was intimidating, games in Montreal, his hometown, were much less so, he said.

As for showing videos of winning performances to psyche up athletes, the benefits of that seem obvious, just like "watching Love Story makes you sad and watching Rocky motivates you," Mr. Bossy said.

"If I was playing a game and would have watched myself scoring a hat trick before that, I think it's only natural it would bring positive thoughts before you stepped out on the ice."
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure where all this booing came from in the first place. I know expectations were high but leave the booing for VC. I guess if you want to ensure that we can't sign good players then booo our boys away.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So the lakers and knicks cant sign good players either since they boo their team when they deserve it
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There is booing the team when they deserve it, and then there is singling out players doing specific things, like taking a shot. I mean how can that help? I think that all started with Mike James, and it should have ended with Mike James. The whole tendency to want to run guys out of town with a trail of boos in their wake is so Toronto.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the boos worked in new york.
they fired thomas and hired walsh.
hired a top-tier head coach and now are in a position to get a couple big time free agents in 2010 and theyre doing all this without losing their will to compete this year and the next. they also booed the right people.... management.

im not saying fire colangelo but maybe it'll put more pressure on him to get a deal done to improve our team.

im 100% against booing our players no matter how poor they play as long as they bring the effort.
"dont hate the player. hate the game."

until after the game is over then discuss evrything that wrong with our team.

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Old 01-12-2009, 02:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So the lakers and knicks cant sign good players either since they boo their team when they deserve it
Nope...they won't. They are the Lakers and the Knicks. We're the Raptors.

I wish it wasn't true, but the fact is, players dream of playing in LA or NY. Most (certainly not all but plenty) dread the thought of coming to Canada. I know that I'm biased but I tend to think that Toronto would be a great place to play. As fans we need to help build that rep...not tarnish it.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey I'll give you the example of Booing working. The Memphis Game. Fans Booed the Raps and they deserved it. They come out a better effort and the fans cheer. It is simple and it works. Besides with the increasing prices for tickets can you blame fans for booing. I can't.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If they're half-assing it out there? Boo away folks.
Such a Euro-centric team should be used to much worse.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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For the record, let's make sure to acknowledge the difference between booing and groaning. for example - a costly turnover or ill advised shot will often result in an arena-wide groan - could be mistaken for a boo.

In any event, i'm not much of a booer. Even the whole VC thing. I don't mind hearing it as a fan watching from home, i just don't care to do it at a game - even though i can be pretty vocal otherwise.

and booing players who are slumping or whatever (i.e. Araujo, TJ, Bargnani) is just stupid IMO.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've been to enough games...

Fans like to boo when the team isn't playing up to it's capability. And,

Fans love to cheer madly when the team is playing up to it's capability.

We boo and we cheer!!
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've already been to a number of games this year and the booing is ridiculous. I personally never boo our team at home but I can understand why a poor effort makes people want to boo.

The problem is that while many of us will be vocal and cheer for our team when they give a good effort and need some energy to pick them up, a far greater proportion of the people at the ACC sit on their hands for most of the game and then join in to make the boos disproportionately loud compared to the cheering.

People who do everything they can to help their team out earn the right to express their displeasure (i guess) but to sit on your hands for most of the game and then boo when things go downhill is unacceptable!
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I've already been to a number of games this year and the booing is ridiculous. I personally never boo our team at home but I can understand why a poor effort makes people want to boo.

The problem is that while many of us will be vocal and cheer for our team when they give a good effort and need some energy to pick them up, a far greater proportion of the people at the ACC sit on their hands for most of the game and then join in to make the boos disproportionately loud compared to the cheering.

People who do everything they can to help their team out earn the right to express their displeasure (i guess) but to sit on your hands for most of the game and then boo when things go downhill is unacceptable!
That deserves a cheer. Well said Blaise and welcome to RF.
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I never boo.

I sure do curse though
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I never boo.

I sure do curse though
lol. same here.
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I never boo.

I sure do curse though
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:21 PM   #17 (permalink)
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i remember a home game years ago when the raps had handly beaten the east #1 philly (in the iverson/mutombo days). the raps had 98 points and chris childs (i think) was dribbling out the last few seconds. a huge number of fans (including my wife) started to boo because they didn't jack up one last basket to get us free pizza. i lost it and ended up getting in an argument with the wifey and chastising a bunch of 'fans' in adjacent seats. it was a huge win aagainst the conference leaders in the second half of the season, show your support for crying out loud.

sometimes i think fans in the city are just looking for a reason to be negative.
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they pay for the right baby! nicely too!
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Hard to argue with that one however.
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