We all remember the “Fear the Deer” campaign
It wasn’t just cool because it rhymed – although that was pretty neat for chanting purposes. While it may have helped the players on the court, “Fear the Deer” extended well beyond the 94-foot confines of an NBA court. It captured the fans and made them buy into an attitude, something you rarely see in professional sports. “Fear the Deer” had this scrappy, underdog theme and instilled the thought, “you’re going to remember the night you battled against the Bucks” into the brains of opposing players and it made for some truly special final months of that season.
Probably more importantly, it made the Bradley Center electric again.
The Fortress on Fourth hadn’t been anywhere close to hosting that level of electricity since the “Big Three” and the 2001 Bucks came one win away from the NBA Finals. “Fear the Deer” brought those goosebump moments usually associated with Miller Park or Lambeau Field to the Bradley Center. It was a fascinating sight to see.
But now, the BC (or BMOHBC, if you want to be that way) is just … meh. The crowds show up for games involving the Heat or Lakers, but other than that … meh. Even at those games, there are more Heat, Celtics or Laker jerseys in the bleachers than Bucks ones. I understand that people don’t want to pay their hard-earned money to see a bottom-tier playoff team, but why do we have to assume that that is where this team is headed year in and year out?
Granted, I’m not saying that the Bucks are going to threaten the Heat for a finals berth, but they can be better, more entertaining product than the ho-hum, thanks for showing up 8th seed. Back in the Fear the Deer season, the Bucks almost defeated the Atlanta Hawks with a starting five of Brandon Jennings—John Salmons—Carlos Delfino—Luc Mbah a Moute—Kurt Thomas and a bench of Ilyasova—Ridnour—Gadzuric—Stackhouse. Can you honestly sit here and say that this current roster isn’t capable of more than the FTD squad?
“But the east is better now.” Yeah, I’m aware of that. The point is, the Bucks could be capable of something special, and we might as well try to be a part of it again as fans. Why not stray from the commonplace mediocre expectations and instead by into something that could be real special?
The first step in achieving such success is rallying the fans and giving them a reason to head down to the BMOHBC. (Which also needs a shorter nickname) Milwaukee has proven to be a city that embraces a winner no matter who they are when they are winning; otherwise Milwaukeeans tend not to waste their time. The experience of heading down to the Bradley Center and seeing Squad Six toss up confetti and tick people off by playing vuvuzelas gave the Bucks a small-time college feel; which is good.
Then Bucks star Andrew Bogut purchased a section at the Bradley Center full of crazies who would be there under any circumstances to provide that energy that was often lacking in the arena since the big three era. They would often come up with chants that would infectiously spread throughout the crowd. Little did anyone know, quirky little things like Squad 6 energized the Bucks, perhaps more so than Energee. The little things like this brought more people to Bucks games than anyone would like to admit.
Now Andrew Bogut is gone and the status of Squad “6” remains to be determined. The Bucks need to re-up on energy at home games. The team has budding talent that this city needs to get behind in players like Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb and John Henson. To the Bucks player that reads this site religiously, because we know you do, please purchase a fan section at the BC.
In short, the Bucks need another slogan. Sound off in the comments section. (The Co-Authors) Eric and Tony have been putting their brains together and came up with absolutely nothing. Sound off. What should be the next great slogan, the golden slogan that will energize the Bucks fan base? Bucksketball.
Let us know what you have.