One thing I've noticed as the years go by is even though the crowds are bigger, Mt Smart has gone quieter! Hardly any chants go up. Less enthusiasm these days...
Bro, that's just because everyone is busy texting, tweeting and updating their Facebook. Technology is ruining society, and live sport is not exempt.
Personally I could never be part of any boycott, as much as I'd love to see a 500-strong crowd show up as a fuck you to the pathetic crap we have been copping for 1.5 seasons now. But yeah I don't support Vodafone or the Warriors owners or whatever dickhead coach we have at any given time - I simply support my team.
My memorabilia, ticket bucks and rating stats contribute to the coffers of the sometimes-evil, often-stupid overlords, but I don't really give a shit who they are or what they do. I couldn't even care less if we ran out a team full of hippies and mongoloids, it'd still be my team and I would cheer them through victory or loss.
Every season I think it could be The One, and every game I secretly expect the Magical Turnaround. Nearly 20 years of disappointment through lost grand finals, inexplicable capitulations and out-of-the-blue floggings have never dulled my robotic enthusiasm which has forced me to watch every single game live since the beginning, regardless of what is going on in the world around me.
My mother often jokes that she will ensure her funeral isn't scheduled to clash with a Warriors game, as she knows where I would be. I attribute my encroaching greys and my frown line and even my borderline alcoholism directly to being a fan of the Warriors, but it won't stop me.
Being a die hard fan is an addiction which I genuinely believe nothing bar the total and utter folding and death of the club could break.
Having said that, I encourage everyone else to make a boycott, just sayin I can't actually take part haha.