Thursday, January 06, 2011

A Minorly Major Mistake

In a year full of a seemingly endless amount of lows for the Sens franchise, here's another one to add to the pile. The Sens AHL affiliate, Binghamton, will wear vintage "O" throwback jerseys for this Saturdays game against the Rochester Americans. The jerseys will be then auctioned off to some lucky fans as souvenirs.

Now you may be asking yourself, what's the big deal? It wouldn't be a huge deal, except that the Sens fan base has been wanting us to wear these for YEARS and the Sens brass failed to make it happen. I guess they're too busy scoreboard shopping or plotting our Stanley Cup parade route to worry about little things, like pleasing your ever dwindling fan base.

It seems to be a bit of a slap in the face to their fans who have been asking for this to happen for years if you ask me. The Sens have been selling basically the exact same jersey in their stores for years now and yet it hasn't made the ice even one time. Yet the farm team, who's top player makes a whopping 250k (Corey Locke) and who's most expensive seat is $17.75, somehow has the resources to make it happen? Embarassing, yet expected.

When will the Sens organization turn it around? Between the non stop personnel circus, the parking lot situation, the out of date scoreboard, the uninspired play, the awful in game music, the lack of wins, the 7240923 diffrent price points for tickets, the lack of creative marketing, and the overall stink that is hovering over the whole franchise, why would anyone want to pay to attend a game at this point?

It's the little things that count, and this was something the fans wanted. It could have easily been done over the years to appease them, yet it didn't happen. Perhaps they think we will just show up regardless? Well they will be in for a rude awakening come next year. If you think we have attendance problems now, just wait. The whole city and fan base is becoming fed up, and not just with the play on the ice, but with the way the entire organization is run, from the top position on down and everything in between. Trust me I know, I see the emails from the fans.

I can't be the only one who wonders what the hell is going on there? I've been to games all over North America and we need changes to our gameday experience trust me. I worry that if things don't change and soon, that the fans will stay away, and permanently, and I don't want to have to write about the Quebec City Senators in my lifetime.

Thoughts?

Remember I criticize because I care.

-The Mayor

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

this sums up my feelins to a tee, well done man. Sens make stupid mistake after stupid mistake and nothing ever changes

Chico said...

Sens are not getting a dime from me the rest of the year until they show me they're doing anything to deserve it.

The org is becoming a joke. Scratch that, it already is one

Anonymous said...

wtf ive been asking for barberpoles forever and bingo gets em? fail sens fail

Anonymous said...

Mayor for club president!!!

1. Fix the parking - BRUTAL. the building is round, has multiple lanes of traffic - have them all go in the same direction. you can move the Police to the intersections farther away from the arena to keep traffic moving - this is so simple, but nothing will get fixed with CL in the office obviously

2. Music - its just plain lazy, totally needs someone who wants to make the place buzz

3. also agree on price points for tickets, when i give away my season tickets to friends they cant believe the price, but compare to game day its mental - the incentive is dissipating quickly to renew for next year

Anonymous said...

amen mayor!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

as much as i find the things you listed annoying, no one would care if the team was better

Anonymous said...

NHL tickets are expensive, with $60 million payrolls and no NFL-like TV contract that's the way it is, but you want to tear your hair out going through the multi-colour price points when you look at the seating chart. The problem is that the people who make these decisions don't actually have to buy tickets so they don't know what it's like to order any.

I'm crossing my fingers we'll have a nice HD scoreboard for the all-star game. This is how bad our team is: I'm not crossing my fingers we'll make the playoffs because I think it'll be more likely we'll see Sidney Crosby wearing a throwback O jersey.

Anonymous said...

I agree with almost everything you've said here, well done. The one thing I will disagree on is the parking lot situation. If you ask me, I think it's just fine, and people complain about it waaaaaay too much. At least we CAN drive to games, and only have to pay 11 bucks to park. Most other markets (i.e. Toronto), you have to pay at least 30 bucks to park that close to the building and there really is no point to driving anyway. The wait to get out after the game really isn't that bad at all, and I hate when people continually bitch and moan about it, and leave with 5 minutes left in a tie hockey game. Be thankful we even have an NHL rink and are able to drive and park there.

Everything else, however, you are bang on. The jerseys, the brutal scoreboard, the piss-poor marketing.. it's terrible. The biggest mistake this franchise made was getting rid of Roy Mlakar, who WANTED to stay.

Seabass said...

F-ing Eh!

Anonymous said...

Super Ugly Jersey... Don't Give Shit For It.

Sounds like you are ranting simply for lack of anything better to do in a long span between games.

You rattle off all your arena gripes. All are valid. All are truly inconsequential. Does it really matter? No, it does NOT!

Sorry Mayor but you have a lot of growing up to do.

The team has no focus. That's the real issue. Is that Clouston's fault? Probably not but he should be able to point it out to them.

Need scoring. Need real saves. Leclaire needs to grow a heart; Spezza needs to return...

Kids are playing well though. Ultimately, a high pick won't hurt.