The Elbow staff
WINNIPEG, MB – With the hometown Jets trailing the New Jersey Devils 3-0 half way through the third period on Saturday, staff in charge of the jumbotron at the MTS Centre attempted to get the crowd into the game by showing the fan-favourite noise-o-meter on the screen.
Usually a reliable tool in every arena's arsenal for lulling fans out of the boredom that comes with playing the Devils, arena staff were shocked to discover that it failed to garner more than a few scattered cheers from the drunk fans and children in attendance.
"In all my time working arenas, I've never seen the noise-o-meter fail," said Randy Nash, operations manager at the MTS Centre.
"Fans always respond to it, no matter the situation. The little drop down into the yellow section that it does before charging on up into the red section always gets people excited."
Despite the lacklustre response from the crowd, reports indicate that the meter still managed to fight against the silence to reach the promised land that is the red zone.