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Pens Fans: PLEASE Stop the “WOO”

I have to get this out there before tonight’s home game…

This could possibly be the most important post I make all season.  If you’ve been to a game since the second half of last season, you will probably understand why.

The “WOO” has become the most annoying thing to overtake Pens games.  Even more annoying than the wave.  It started sometime during mid to late season last year and has gotten progressively worse.  I don’t know why, but it has now found its way into every single game.

The worst part of the woo-ing…Consol has started to sound like the Verizon Center in DC.  That’s right Pens fans, you now sound like the idiot Caps fans.  Congratulations.  A couple of years ago when the Caps couldn’t fill their arena, we asked an older Caps fans, one of those poor souls who stuck by them through thick and thin and thinner, about the origin of the “woo.”  It was initially reserved for Gonchar when he returned to play as a Penguin, as in “woo” there goes the puck as he had frustrated Caps fans for years with blue line turnovers. 

As newer fans trickled in with the arrival of that Russian guy, they turned it into something directed at all former players.  This irritated the old-timers.  Once the Caps began to sell a few tickets, but before everyone’s favorite owner blocked us all from games, we witnessed a game that sounded like a bunch of cartoon birds had been set loose inside the Phone Booth.

So, for some unknown reason, the woo birds made their to Mellon.  And, sadly Consol now resembles the Verizon Center and the “woo-ers” sound like a bunch of the idiot bandwagon Caps fans.  It has gotten so bad that the woo-ing has made its way on to both the radio and TV side of broadcasts so that all of the fans at home can also be treated to the idiotic sounds of the CEC.  Last season it was at the end of blowout games.  Now, it sneaks earlier and earlier into games, sometimes regardless of what is going on during the game.

So, I’m begging you to please stop the woo-ing.  I’m not alone either.  The topic has been discussed on blogs and message boards and all over those Twitter and Facebook things.  The good guys over at the Pensblog have already made a plea to their readers earlier this month. 

An Impassioned Plea To Stop The Woo

“So we’re asking everyone to please stop the Woo.
If you’re seated near someone who woos, stand up and embarrass them in front of the section.
You’ll get a standing ovation probably.
This plea has nothing to do with what we perceive as our reputation. 
We were against this before people started blaming us for it.
Stop The Woo.
Go Pens.”

This is a cause that should unite all bloggers and fans alike who have any self-respect.  Just sayin’…

Thank goodness HBO’s 24/7 has taken the approach of staying close to the ice to capture the sounds of the game and what the players say.  I would be embarrassed if the captured the crowd woo-ing.  What would be worse is if HBO captured both the Pens and Caps crowds woo-ing and the rest of the U.S. and Canada confused the two fanbases.  Yeah, wouldn’t that be great.

Hopefully HBO doesn’t get too much of the crowd at the Winter Classic.  But, you know that NBC will.  Between the Pens and Caps fans, the WC is going to be one big freakin’ “WOO” Fest at this rate.

Here’s a novel idea…an oldie, but a goodie…a chant…


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  1. erika25's Gravatar erika25
    February 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    How about you stop caring what people think of you and just do what makes you happy you idiot. Seriously, who the hell cares that you are being compared to those fans. You have to be so up tight to let the woooing bother you. Get over it, enjoy the game, and blog about something a little more interesting next time.

  2. Clayton's Gravatar Clayton
    January 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink


  3. January 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Enough is ENOUGH, don’t want to be a wana be Cap!

  4. pghsteelerscountry's Gravatar pghsteelerscountry
    January 2, 2011 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I am a firm believer that I was the originator of the Pittsburgh “WOO.” The Pittsburgh “WOO” has no similarites or connection to what Washington Capital fans do at the Verizon Center in Washington and I am shocked that you would compare the two.

    The Pittsburgh “WOO” started on Saturday, February 4, 2006 in a Pittsburgh Bar called Shenanigans Bar & Grill located on Babcock Blvd.

    It was the day before Superbowl XL and my friends and I went to the Pens game. They lost to the New York Islanders 5-4 in a shootout. We walked across the street after the game and rented a room at the Pittsburgh Marriot to enjoy some pre Superbowl activites in the Burgh. That evening we traveled to Shenanigans to partake in some adult beverages.

    Shenanigans was packed and had a great atmosphere because our Pittsburgh Steelers were playing in the Super Bowl the next day. After a few drinks I gave a feel good “WOO” and it was followed by someone else in the bar giving a “WOO.” A little later I heard a “WOO” and returned the “WOO.” The next thing you know everyone in the whole bar was “WOO-ING.” The “WOO” continued until closing time. I was actually standing on table tops “WOO-ING” and actually had a “WOO” wave around the bar.

    Since that evening the “WOO” has continued to gain steam at Pittsburgh sporting events. And I am proud everytime someone gives a “WOO.”

    The Pittsburgh “WOO” is a feel good thing. It means that your happy and are enjoying yourself. I would recommend you try joining us and see how it makes you feel.

    • Jag.off's Gravatar Jag.off
      January 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

      2 cool luv da woo! Woo.

  5. rick's Gravatar rick
    December 31, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Permalink


  6. SouthsideShultzie's Gravatar SouthsideShultzie
    December 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I started and have no plans on stopping the wooo! It started at Mellon Arena in Section C3 and has successfully crossed the street to “The PowerHouse”. Isn’t there some hockey related stuff to be covering?

  7. PJ's Gravatar PJ
    December 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    With all due respect I must say that I enjoy the wooing!

    I don’t beleive that it is even loosely related to the old Murphy whoop…whoop which was deisgned to berate an opposing player.
    I am also offended that it would be compared to anything the Caps fans do. This is not the same thing.Caps fans go as far as chanting “Crosby Sucks while their team is playing the Devils!!.I would hope that Pens fans would never stoop to that level of moronic behavior.
    The random whoos that circle around the arena are simply a celebratory chant to promote positive energy in the room.
    I am all for it.

    LETS GO PENS>>>>>>>> WHOOOOOO!!!!

  8. JBechipo's Gravatar JBechipo
    December 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I sent yinz a video this morning of mario. can you post it in the comments?

    • December 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      This video was sent to us via email today and Jeremy asked if we’d post it. Jeremy also said if it’s good enough for Mario, it’s good enough for him:

      A different Jeremy than the one below.

      • December 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

        BTW – great video!

  9. Jeremy's Gravatar Jeremy
    December 29, 2010 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    end the WOO, just end it. please.

  10. December 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    J like the Woo. Woo!

  11. ain'tyourpuppet's Gravatar ain'tyourpuppet
    December 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    you have a link to the pensblog who started this whole thing and are now trying to stop it they even have fat madden doing it on the radio now

    the whooping the caps did of murphy is way different

    i have no trouble tuning out the woos after years of practice tuning out steigerwald

  12. JS's Gravatar JS
    December 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    The origin of “wooo” in Capland is a little different than described. The sound they made for Gonchar was actually a “whooop”, as in “whoops, another turnover”. This sound actually goes back further than Gonchar. It went back to Larry Murphy in the 80s.

    • TANGER58's Gravatar TANGER58
      December 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      I agree, this isn’t quite the Whoop Whoop that was done for Gonch and Murphy, but if it bothers you that much, they should stop. I know sometimes my kid who hates noises, takes three deep breaths, when noises annoy him. Covering your ears does just as well or screaming STFU at the games helps too! LOL GO PENS!


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