6. Don’t disrespect Colorado Avalanche fans.
Apr 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche fans pose for a photo before the start of game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Once again, I’m going to drive home my point — the Pepsi Center is our home. Please don’t disrespect us, and please don’t start fights with us. Remember — you’re the visitor, and every etiquette in the world requires visitors to be on their best behavior.
Now, I get as the hosts we’re supposed to be a little bit courteous on our own. Let me explain something, though. Avs Nation is a small but proud fan base. And it’s mostly comprised of native Coloradans, or those who have been here a long time.
When we walk into Pepsi Center and see a sea of opponent fans, it reminds us of all the out-of-state plates we see on our streets.It reminds us of how clogged those streets have become, especially when we’re trying to get out and enjoy our mountains.
Seeing all those opponent fans reminds us of how fast our rents are skyrocketing — certainly much faster than our wages — as outsiders come in with their inflated real estate prices. Speaking of wages, it reminds us of how far fewer jobs there seem to be as up to 2,000 people a month invade our home.
Coloradans in general are a pretty mellow people. But when you confront us with your otherness, it reminds us of all we’re losing to that otherness. You don’t realize how much red we see in your green Minnesota Wild t-shirt.
Except now you do.
So, come to our state. Enjoy yourself. Bring your team alliances with you. But please remember that you are not at home.
In short, mind your manners, because the passions run much deeper than Av Nation’s love for the Colorado Avalanche.
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