GURT'S BLOG: BANDITS FANS ARE THE BESTBlogs | 3/15/2011 2:07:27 PM | John Gurtler
And boom goes the dynamite. There is not another arena in pro sports that can generate the explosive sound that fans of the Buffalo Bandits can. Nearly sold out for the second game in a row, the crowd last Saturday night went nuts for the 12 goals scored – and then some.
A favorite dance song, chanting with PA announcer Chris Swenson’s rally cheers, or just rockin’ the aisles, there is no place better to just let loose than a Buffalo Bandits game.
Not to take away from the exceptional talent out on the turf, which generates most of the excitement with hits and goals, but the fans provide enough energy to spur the players on for a least two goals per game!
And there is a reason for it. This is a good Bandits team and there is plenty of fun to be had at a game. There is something about this year’s team.
Saturday night’s Bandits-Blazers game was fun to be a part of. Lead changes, hard hits, shots right, shots left. You could have been on a swivel chair and still might have missed of a few plays or activities – there was that much going on. I’ve got an eagle’s nest look at the territory below and I must say there wasn’t a dull moment anywhere, from one end of the arena to another, up, down and sideways.
The game should replay nicely this coming Sunday at 2 p.m. when Versus plays its edition of the Bandits’ 12-10 victory over the Boston Blazers. And the crowd will very much be a part of the broadcast I’m sure.
By the numbers, the fans of the Buffalo Bandits have continued to be number one, leading in attendance and averaging 16,413 per game – and there are still three regular season home games left!!!
No wonder the National Lacrosse League directed the TV trucks to Buffalo. Yes, the Bandits and Blazers are a good match for the U.S. markets to watch, but you, Bandit fans, are just as important.
Even the post-game celebration is impressive, especially when the Bandits win. You would think everybody got married by the constant honk of one’s car horn – quite impressive.
The post-post-game gathering at Cobblestone is a ‘mini-me’ version of the arena, with continued chants, music and plenty to talk about from the game. Having the players (both teams) there mingling is great for the fans. They are very approachable and enjoy it, too.
I met up with one of my long-time friends from the music business, who attended his first Bandits game – and he couldn’t believe how cool the whole night was. It started with pre-game revelry up the street, enjoying the game, and too, the post-game gathering at the popular pub. He can’t wait for the next game.
You, the fans, have developed the wonderful community of Banditland, some who have been there since Day One.
It’s great to be along for the ride. Boom, “Johnny Who?”
The trade deadline could come and go with not much movement. At last ask, GM and Head Coach Darris Kilgour said he was pretty happy with the roster he has. While the deadline passes Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern, teams can sign free agents until Thursday, March 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern.
Good week to revel in the standings as the East Division has the upcoming weekend off. The Bandits are on a three-game winning streak and have upped their record to 7-3, giving them sole possession of second place. The amazing John Tavares moves into the top 11 in NLL scoring with his 6-4-3-5-9-8-point string in the last six games. The next start for the Bandits will be on the road in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday, March 27 at 2 p.m. against the Swarm.