"Certainly there are fans in other sports who are devoted and obsessive, but the skating fans are really an interesting breed."Ice Sweat and Tears.
The filmmakers behind Ice Sweat and Tears for sure didn't know much about figure skating before this project, and for this project their tour guide was Debbi Wilkes, that's a cold certainty. So their perspective is Debbi's perspective.
We all know what the fuck "certainly, BUT ... interesting breed" means.
|Toronto Maple Leafs Fans|
|This very interesting figure skating fan.|
What distinguishes this figure skating fan from sports fans who camp out in parking lots dressed in costume or who offer to sell their sister for a ticket? Or from those who decorate their living room in the colors? Who build all of their vacation and travel time around the schedule of their favorite team? Who use a sports event mainly as an excuse to get drunk off their ass and pee in public? Who spend most of their disposable income on memorabilia? Fans who have beer guts making them look nine months pregnant and they're only 28?
For that matter, what differentiates a bunch of figure skating fans who get together with other figure skating fans and attend a figure skating event from, say, a bunch of high school alumni who, due to the efforts and generosity of an old friend who attended their high school for a couple of years, get together to travel to a hockey game in Detroit and also get to go behind the scenes to meet Mike Babcock and other personnel, and to photograph the locker room - all because their old friend is hooked up due to being a championship athlete who trains in Detroit? What makes those dudes and their facebook celebration and the excited comments of their envious friends different from the other fans who get together and arrange a "special" trip to go to a figure skating event?
I'll have pictures of the buddies traveling to Detroit as soon as I unearth them - many of you have seen them - and in my absolute favorite comment of the whole album, one guy goes "HOW DID YOU GET TO MEET BABCOCK AND GET INTO THE LOCKEROOM!!"
I don't know dude, look at the group, move your lips while thinking about it, and guess.
|Unashamed to use a connection|
to get backstage and meet celebrities
The figure skating fan is a lady. A silly, pathetic, no-life having, middle-aged lady who- tee hee - is also sex-starved and that's why she "researches the minutae" of the lives of these figure skaters. Figure skating ladies are the volunteers who do all the scut, they're the moms who do the driving of their kids to practice before school and work two jobs to finance the training, they staff the clubs and regional Skate Canada offices, they are most of the reporters, but they are a fucking embarassment to have as fans, am I right Debbi?
And because Debbi - who has nothing in common with these ladies whatsoever - is so embarrassed by them - she hooks these ladies to a flagpole and runs them up a flagpole on television so she can point to them and patronize the shit out of them.
In the spirit of her usual grasp of the big picture, Debbi, Director of Business Development, is telling prospective sponsors "This is our typical fan! This would be your customer base! They pack their lunch, share a hotel room, are extremely frugal, don't really have lives, and basically spend a lot of spare time on the web looking up minutae about the skaters on google. Come partner with us, won't you?"
And she's telling the new audience she wants to attract - come rub shoulders with our interesting figure skating fans!
The other sports know the colorful characters and fanatics are part of the larger scene. They're not saying - these are our fans!
But after this "documentary" finishes telling us that figure skaters make base jumpers and street lugers look weak, they let us know that these interesting fans typify fans of figure skating. The other sports fans are just the entertaining (or not) fringe.