Today, I'm turning the blog over to the readers. Since July figures to be a (reasonably) slow month, anything else you'd like to open for debate, send along to email@example.com and I'll throw it up here.
To get things going, Canes fan Keith Warren emailed me with the following questions, and they're really for you to answer, not me. With his permission, I'm posting these here for discussion:
1. Why does our arena not have a nickname? You know when the team came to town and they announced Stormy the pig would be the mascot, my brother and some others started jokingly calling it The Lagoon. … It is a little derogatory because we thought the idea of a pig as a mascot was not the best choice. But to this day, we still call it The Lagoon amongst ourselves. It would be nice if the community could have a nickname for the arena as many other cities do. I know the team would never go for this because they sell the naming rights, but I am talking about a fun name all the fans use. RBC Center may change names, but the nickname would stay.
2. We need a song. All the (English) Premier League soccer teams sing songs. The Habs sing similar songs. That stupid garage band song they commissioned when their second year in G-boro was lame. We need a fun chant to sing in the stands to get the team going late in close games. Not sure how to handle this one.
With these two things, I think the fan base will grow. The games will be even more fun and our reputation throughout the league will continue to grow. We lost the crappy image we had when we won the cup, but I am already hearing talking in other papers and blogs. Missing the playoffs two years sucked. But we were once known as the loudest barn. Why can’t we get that back and also have a nickname for our barn and be known for our chants?
OK, readers — have at it.