There's Only One Way To Describe This Fan: HERO
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I Won't Lie, I'm Impressed By This

6/1/08 in NHL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


There are many people out there who claim to be dedicated fans. They wear the face paint, they harass the opposition, and they drink as much beer as humanly possible. That's great, but compared to this guy, they're nothing.

A 19-year-old Red Wings fan named Zach Smith threw an octopus out onto the ice during Game 4 of the Pens/Red Wings game in Pittsburgh. Naturally, because you're no longer allowed to do that anymore, Smith was tossed and told if he came back in, he'd be arrested.

But that didn't stop this dedicated fan. Smith was in regular street clothes when he tossed the octopus. So when he got kicked out of Mellon Arena, he quickly changed clothes. But don't think he changed into just some new sweater. No, he went all in, changing in to a Red Wings jersey.

But how was he going to get back into the arena?

Impressively, he had bought an extra ticket from a scalper in anticipation that he would get kicked out for throwing the octopus on the ice. So he sauntered up to the admission gate in his new duds with the extra ticket. He walked right back in, with no one the wiser.

In case you're wondering how much dedication like that costs, the answer is 300 bones.

I may consider Detroit a hell hole (which it is), and hate the Red Wings, but I salute this fan. I'll even look past the fact that he claims to be an "adrenaline junkie," which is code for "I'm a d-bag."

That was some impressive work in Pittsburgh, son.


Wings fan throws octopus, kicked out of Pittsburgh arena, sneaks back in. [Detroit Free Press]
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6/2/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

kteacher wrote:
Thank you for such in depth analysis----------I feel saved by your wisdom and have now realized the error of my ways.

My post was all in fun---well not really---I admit to finding some pleasure in rooting against them and making fun of their fans at times---don't we all make fun at opposing teams and fans?-------------no need to make things so personal. You don't know me as a teacher, and given the time, money, and passion I put into my job as a teacher I take great offense to your comment. As far as not having anything else in my life-----------well millions of others must not either----considering only one team wins it all every year, and still we flock to stadiums and arenas. Oh wait! I am a Lakers fan so does that mean I have a life now? mmmmmmm? I am going to ponder that right now!

On another point, I wasn't saying the kid wasn't a die hard, nor do I want to get into a debate on what a die hard is. All I was saying that wearing opposing colors into an arena isn't something new, especially when your team has had the type of success the Red Wings have had.

Keep preaching sista!

6/2/08   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

anytime you buy from a scalper in anticipation of being tossed seems to be a person who really covers all his bases.  However, paying double just get your face and story on FANIQ is what being a die-hard fan is all about

6/1/08   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

i won't call this kid a die-hard and a hero, but it sure as hell is pretty damn funny

6/1/08   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

$Big BANK Bob$ wrote:
and you are a teacher...........OMG someone save those children

this guy was smart and is a real die hard fan.  Supporting losing teams doesnt mean you are die hard.  It means you have nothing else in your life.  Support winning teams!  If you support losers then the teams ownership will as well!
(Edited by kteacher)

Thank you for such in depth analysis----------I feel saved by your wisdom and have now realized the error of my ways.

My post was all in fun---well not really---I admit to finding some pleasure in rooting against them and making fun of their fans at times---don't we all make fun at opposing teams and fans?-------------no need to make things so personal. You don't know me as a teacher, and given the time, money, and passion I put into my job as a teacher I take great offense to your comment. As far as not having anything else in my life-----------well millions of others must not either----considering only one team wins it all every year, and still we flock to stadiums and arenas. Oh wait! I am a Lakers fan so does that mean I have a life now? mmmmmmm? I am going to ponder that right now!

On another point, I wasn't saying the kid wasn't a die hard, nor do I want to get into a debate on what a die hard is. All I was saying that wearing opposing colors into an arena isn't something new, especially when your team has had the type of success the Red Wings have had.

6/1/08   |   $Big BANK Bob$   |   25 respect

kteacher wrote:
I don't call him a die hard fan, instead I call him a rich idiot. Throwing a slimy octopus is gross, and although there is tradition behind it ==stupid. Cleaning the ice after the smelly remains are thrown delay the game, let alone the unpleasant odor you omit while carrying around such stink all night.

There are people all over who wear their teams colors in opposing arenas. People whose teams have not had the 15+ years of success like the Wings---------------THOSE people are die hards!

and you are a teacher...........OMG someone save those children

this guy was smart and is a real die hard fan.  Supporting losing teams doesnt mean you are die hard.  It means you have nothing else in your life.  Support winning teams!  If you support losers then the teams ownership will as well!

6/1/08   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

I don't call him a die hard fan, instead I call him a rich idiot. Throwing a slimy octopus is gross, and although there is tradition behind it ==stupid. Cleaning the ice after the smelly remains are thrown delay the game, let alone the unpleasant odor you omit while carrying around such stink all night.

There are people all over who wear their teams colors in opposing arenas. People whose teams have not had the 15+ years of success like the Wings---------------THOSE people are die hards!