With the inevitable presentation of the Stanley Cup, possibly as early as Wednesday, Gary Bettman is preparing for the onslaught of boos that will rain down on him like rats and octopi on the BankAtlantic Center and Joe Louis Arena ice, respectively. Let’s take a look back at the abuse he has endured in past years:
2011 – In Vancouver:
Deafening, until the moment Chara skates over to
smash him like bug hoist the chalice
2010 – In Philadelphia:
He’s lucky they didn’t throw batteries at him.
2009 – In Detroit:
The boos only quiet slightly when Crosby touches the cup, but you have to love the Detroit fan’s comment: “I can’t [expletive] watch it.”
2008 – In Pittsburgh:
Bittersweet to hear Bettman award the cup to Lidstrom, knowing now that he’s hung up his skates.
Don’t think that this is just a new thing… let’s go way back to 1995:
1995 – In New Jersey:
The home team Devil fans, despite winning their first cup, find the hatred and vitriol to boo Bettman in the midst of their celebration
1995 – Also in New Jersey:
Bettman, rumored to be supportive of a possible Devils move to Nashville, does a mid-game interview surrounded by fans chanting a variety of well-orchestrated derisive chants.
Don’t worry, Mr. Bettman. Just as the pain and anguish of being booed by the fans of the very league you run begins to wane, keep in mind that the Entry Draft is right around the corner…