[b]In football, unlike in any other sport, the crowd can actually help to determine the outcome of the game.

No, I’m not talking about the adrenaline rush an athlete gets when the fans have turned up the volume and are raising the roof in support of the home team; that type of energy injection can help athletes in every sport, and it’s why the phrase “home field/ice/court advantage” was created.

In sports like hockey, basketball, baseball and soccer, chants from the crowd can be helpful at times and disruptive at others, but rarely if ever do they actually contribute to the success or failure of the athlete on the ice, diamond or court. Outside of the occasional free throw in basketball, the game is pretty much free flowing.

However, in football, where communication in the process of play calling on offence is so important to the success or failure of the play, an enthusiastic crowd can actually influence the outcome of a game.

Case in point: in the aftermath of an opening night loss to the Blue Bombers, in which rookie right tackle Simeon Rottier had a tough outing on the offensive line, head coach Marcel Bellefeuille suggested that the noise level in Canad Inns Stadium was so high that the Cats’ first overall pick in 2009 couldn’t even hear the snap count, had to actually look in at the ball being snapped, and therefore had his technique and fundamentals suffer as a result.

Similarly, although the Montreal Alouettes ended up beating the BC Lions in Week 3 of the season at Empire Field, they did it without scoring a major in the game.

Head coach Marc Trestman, while not using it as an excuse, said that his team was “caught off guard” by how loud it was in the close confines of the temporary stadium and that it really limited their ability to communicate on the field. He went on to say that, had he known what was coming, he would have actually put together a very different and perhaps simpler game plan.

Of course, it is well documented how difficult it is for the visiting team to play a game in Mosaic Stadium, where the “Rider Nation” knows exactly when to make it hard on the opposing quarterback by turning up the volume so loud that it can be heard from every corner of the province and maybe even into Alberta and Manitoba on either side.

This year the power of crowd participation is magnified by the fact that, for the first time, quarterbacks have small speakers in their helmets and are trying to listen over a radio frequency to a head coach or offensive coordinator.

It’s safe to say that, come the Labour Day matchups, we will see QBs with both hands over the ear holes of their helmets and, even then, the visiting pivot is likely out of luck to get the play call.

The fan participation this year has been outstanding, with sellouts already in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, and of course Regina. As mentioned earlier, Winnipeg didn’t need a sellout for the crowd to be a difference maker, and just imagine if the Bombers keep winning and it does start selling out.

The fans may not make a tackle or throw a pass but they can certainly influence the game. It would be interesting one day to count up the number of off-sides and illegal procedure calls against the visiting teams in Mosaic Stadium as opposed to other venues.

When the crowd is that involved and engaged in the game, it is a tremendous atmosphere to be a part of, and it truly has the ability to bring a city together, as thousands “make some noise” and, as a result, make it tough on the visitor.

So keep it up, football fans.

It is awesome to see and hear…unless of course you’re a visiting quarterback.[/b]

Lets hand out vuvuzelas at the gate! That'll be enough to throw them off and drive anybody wrangy!

I think they took notice during the playoff game last season, when we forced 6 illegal prodedure penalites against the lions :wink:

I suspect Glen Suitor and TSN would be happier if you provided a link to the original column instead of just copying the whole thing without attribution:


The point is it should be like that every game and it's not. :thdn:

I was yelled at by an attendee in Hamilton for telling him the offence would prefer congratulatory cheering after the play over prodding cheer before the play such that pre-snap communication can take place unhindered.

He kept cheering 'Go Cats Go' for the offence as if it was the Leafs playing but whatever..

There are enough savvy supporters in Hamilton to keep it loud for the defence and quiet enough for the offence. There could be more though.

Toronto is completely lost without the video board and PA announcer telling them what to cheer.

Like safetyblitz said, I agree with the post, but plaguerism…please, give Suitor credit

Sorry, i thought i put it at the bottom of the page.


This is the week to show what Tiger-Cats fans are made of, as the article states,

" in football, where communication in the process of play calling on offence is so important to the success or failure of the play, an enthusiastic crowd can actually influence the outcome of a game."

Coach Jim Barker on the Fan 590 this morning stated that Sask. and Montreal are the hardest places to play in terms of NOISE.

Let show the CFL that Ivor Wynne Stadium is one of the hardest places to play and help OUR team to victory !!!!


Maybe the noise will help our kickers kick the pigskin a bit better too. :wink:


Tonights the night where the Tiger-Cats Fans can make a difference.


And the Offence likes it QUIET. Hopefully no one will be starting the wave or Pioneer promo people shooting tee-shirts into the crowd and causing a fervor when KG is calling plays.

The HAMILTON fans made a huge difference in the Rogers Centre. GREAT JOB HAMILTON FANS.!!!

Ya we got pretty loud by the 50 minte mark on. In contrast, Toronto fans suck. Not all of them, but most. I read in another post, "Toronto fans bring their knitting needles, and paperbacks"; that is only a slight exageration. It seems as if they are too cool to cheer. They even had a Pinball video talkin hate and dirt on Hamilton to get his fans rilled up. It worked on me (I hate TO even more now), but the crowd just laughed politely; no passion. We should really play that Pinball 'rivalry' video in Ivor Whynne before the labor day game; it'll get the crowd into it.

Yes!!! play that video.

This observation applies to other sports as well. I moved to Southern Ontario in 1994. A buddy gave me a pair of his company's Blue Jay seats - three rows behind the plate. This was right after they won their second consecutive World Series and before they put in those pompous luxury seats. The two bozos sitting beside me spent the game planning out their upcoming bicyle tour of France. I remember thinking to myself, 'man, all those criticisms about Toronto sports fans must be true."

OK HAMILTON TIGER-CATS FANS, This is our chance again, an enthusiastic crowd can actually influence the outcome of a game.


Its almost that time................BRING THE NOISE........................................on defence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As a season ticket holder, I'm annoyed by the section beside us. For those of you in Section 26, SHUT UP on offence, and get loud on Defence. Have you people never been to a football game before?