Sports weenie @ full attn
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Laughlin AFB
Can't bash the team for anything so you bash the fans. Standard. I'll admit the atmosphere in the AT&T Center isn't the greatest, but let me give you some explanations:
1. Fans are spoiled. The old Hemisphere Arena and even the Alamo Dome were much louder because the Spurs weren't winning championships. When the Spurs made the playoffs, everyone embraced it. Now, everyone expects it. It's championship or bust for SA fans. Look at Utah or GS fans. Both teams hadn't been to the playoffs in years and those fans let it be known that they were proud of their team and were going to give them the best home court advantage possible.
2. Ticket costs. Let's face it, SA isn't the most wealthy city in America. I remember when you could get an upperdeck ticket in the Alamo Dome for $5. Times have changed. It seems fans in SA would rather stay home than dish out for tickets. Not really an excuse, but it's just how it is now down there.
3. The games that don't sell out, don't sell out because they release a small amount of tickets on the day of the game. Most people don't know this. Unless you're aware of this, you're not going to get tickets. I looked at Ticketmaster on the day of Game 1 and I could pick up singles for $187 a piece down low. Not exactly what I was looking for.
4. The games are blowouts. I know this will be difficult for Dallas fans to understand, but honestly, I doubt I'd want to be loud at a game where my team is up by 30. If the players are having a hard time keeping their intensity, how can you expect the fans to? These first 2 games were over at halftime. You really think fans are going to be deafening when up by 30, expecting to win your 4th championship? Doubtful.
SA has probably the most passionate fan base (loyal, knowledgable, etc) but I'll admit the crowd is one of the weaker ones in the playoffs. But somehow, we'll survive.
BTW, there's got to be more to the story of your buddy losing $2000 tickets for a $1 buy it now. I find that very hard to believe unless they were put on Ebay during halftime or something. If he has anymore tickets, I will gladly pay $1 or maybe even $2 for them.