I'd be willing to bet that when an athlete thanks fans, it's usually to shut them up. I'm willing to concede that I could be wrong, but I don't think I am, and I would make that bet. If you want to keep a running tab on who is giving their 110%, Coach, go ahead. The chances of your list matching up with another person's list is...well...that math sucks because there are quite a few combinations, but it is a finite number. So, please stop with your high and mighty demands to be the only reason a team succeeds.
So you basically think players don't appreciate fans and don't actually care about them. There may be a couple like that but I'd bet any amount of money most of them are sincere in thanking fans.
I've been holding off on posting in this thread but it keeps popping up so here goes. I've been lucky enough to watch my team win 4 Stanley cups and make the playoffs 23 (soon to be 24) straight seasons. I don't feel like I deserve better than that. In fact I am grateful for getting more than fans of other teams get. So what if we've had a rough few years lately, rebuilding while still making the playoffs is a great accomplishment and I am happy to be a part of it. Anyone who thinks otherwise IS spoiled.
This team is awful. Datsyuk is done, z is done, Howard can't save a beach ball, Tatar belongs on the 4th line cause he hasn't scored in 2 games, Babcock is going to Toronto, and glenfiddich is a plug. We're gonna lose 12-0 with parise and suter scoring all of them and assisting on all of them.
The Joe seats are uncomfortable and sitting next to overweight people makes watching the entire game almost unbearable. The aisles are far too small and the bathroom sucks. But I absolutely love the nostalgia that comes with going to the Joe, I've been going since I was a young boy and I will for sure miss it, even the parts I don't like. But especially the fact that you can sit in the worst sweat in the house and still have a great view of everything on the ice