When he was in Cleveland, Ricky Davis had his own cheering section called Ricky's Renegades. Each of the fans in this section auditioned and received season tickets from Ricky. When Ricky came to the Celtics, he again held auditions and gave 15 fans season tickets and the Get Buckets Brigade was formed. These fans could be seen cheering wildly at every home game. When Ricky was traded, Wyc took over paying for their tickets for the rest of the season and they chose another worthy player to support and they became the Perkolators. I am not sure if Perk will keep the section going or not, since he sort of inherited them. At many of the games, there was also a Gomes cheering section as a group of students from Providence bought a block of tickets and would cheer specifically for Ryan.
I guess Wyc thought that Ricky had a good idea and this year, following Ricky's lead, the Celtics are having specific fan sections for Green, Wally, Perk, Delonte, Big Al, Gomes and Pierce. Of course, you have to pay for the tickets, but you get them at a discount and also get a picture with the player whose section you are sitting in along with a game jersey with their number. Not sure how that idea is going over. I imagine that many of the sections will be full and madly cheering their favorite players. I noticed that they didn't have a Scalabrine section. Must be an oversight.
Now, we see in the news this morning that Jeff VanGundy has purchased 50 season tickets to award to the rowdiest Rocket fans. They will have a Red Rowdie section to try to liven up the crowd. Who would have thought that Ricky's idea would have led to so many others. I sure do miss Ricky... I wonder what his cheering section in Minny will be called.
HOUSTON -- Seeking to liven up the atmosphere at the Toyota Center, Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy has purchased 50 season tickets, the majority of which will be given to fans judged to be the rowdiest at tryouts this weekend.
The Rockets went 34-48 last season and won only 15 home games. Van Gundy has said he wants the arena to become a more intimidating place for opponents.
On Saturday, the Rockets will hold open tryouts at the Toyota Center in search of "the loudest and rowdiest Rockets fans in Houston," the team said. Candidates will have 30 seconds to audition in front of a judging panel -- which will not include Van Gundy.
The top 30 fans selected by the judges will receive season tickets near the court. The other 20 tickets will be distributed at each home game -- 10 at random outside the arena before the game and 10 during the game allowing fans to move from their seats into the "Red Rowdies" section.[More]