Why ‘Sickos’ have invaded Ottawa Senators games

Maple Leafs defenceman Zach Bogosian was in the penalty box Sunday in Ottawa after receiving a misconduct. Right behind him was a group of idiots dressed as senators, laughing heartily and enjoying his frustration.

We may not always be the best team, but our fans are committed like few others, said Brad Weir, Senior Director of the Sens Community Foundation.

Even though these fans are cardboard figurines bought by real supporters of the senator because they reference popular internet memes and because they help fight cancer.

The crazies behind Bogosian were illustrations of a shady man with a two-day beard occupying seats at the Canadian Tire Centre, with COVID restrictions keeping fans away from flesh and blood.

I like it. I love the passion of the fans, Ottawa coach D.J. Smith told the Sickos after his team’s 4-3 victory over the Leafs: YES… HA HA HA HA … YES!

(Actually, that’s a quote from the NHL coach).

Yeah, um… Ha-ha-ha… YES!!! pic.twitter.com/dpRgwjPE3H

– Ottawa Senators (@Senators) March 14, 2021

Understanding the Senators of the Sicko movement begins with Ward Sutton, a freelance cartoonist who worked with Lukow. In 2006, Sutton created a character named Stan Kelly, who was the editorial cartoonist for the publication. Just as The Onion was a satire of print journalism, Kelly was a parody.

The whole concept is that Kelly is crazy and that all his ideas have no basis in fact, Sutton said. A motif that runs through all his work is that of people looking out of windows. This drawing was about what would happen if drugs were legalized. And Kelly’s worst-case scenario is that there are no more police shows on TV and the family watching is all sad. But the psychopath in the window looks out and says: Yeah, um… HA HA HA HA … YES! That’s what he wanted all along, for people to be sad about their TV shows being cancelled.

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Sutton isn’t sure how Psychosis became a meme and calls its growth a complicated and strange thing. He saw references everywhere, from political commentaries to financial reports. He didn’t see any reference to the term in the context of professional sports until fans of the Ottawa Senators started using it last season, mostly to ridicule their own team.

Ottawa last made the playoffs in 2017, and the last four seasons have seen a rebuilding of the core. They got into the draw last season when a Twitter user and Ottawa fan named @brochenski posted an edited version of Sicko looking through the Senators’ equipment window.

The whole idea was that we had to be a sick, depraved fan base because we hoped the Sens would lose to increase our chances in the lottery, and also a burst of schadenfreude for the bad things that happen to other teams, said James Mellish, a Senators fan who participated in the movement with a parody of Say I Yi Yi by the Ying Yang twins.

Sens Sikko’s anthem has arrived! Let’s put a quarter in the vomit bin and get on with today’s game#SensSickos #Sens #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/IilmJRSsi1

– James Mellish (@SilverSeekerMTG) 23. February 2021

Over time, the Psycho movement evolved into something else for Senators fans. Yes, their hockey team has been bad, as evidenced by their 10-20-2 record this season. But the real losers? These Canadian opponents enabled Ottawa to secure a rare victory against them.

It was originally used as a reaction image when something happened, increasing the likelihood that the Sense wrote. But that’s changed now. He embodies, as it were, the fact that Sens fans are realistic about the state of the team, both on and off the ice, but still cheer for them regardless of their condition. We welcome any small victory we can find, whether it’s a rookie having an important week or the Sens knocking out an opponent, said Chris, aka @brochenski (he preferred to keep his last name anonymous).

The Senators couldn’t help but notice the rise of the crazies in their fan base. During the match, Mellish’s song Paris was played in the arena. Last week, as the team began selling cardboard cutouts to the fans who will populate the stands, someone asked on Social Media if Sickos would be among the models.

So Weir called Sutton to see if the team could use them, with the added incentive: The proceeds from the sale of Sikko clippings go to charity.

The Senators are donating proceeds from the sale of Sickos to the Senators Community Foundation for mental health Initiatives and Canadian Blood Services in honour of Brian Fraser, a 26-year-old Senators fan who passed away on the 26th. February died of leukemia. Fraser was a radio producer at CFRA in Ottawa and a familiar voice to Senators fans.

In a time when so many of us feel – and often are – miles apart, Brian’s passion has brought a sense of community. That unity within the fan base has translated into great things for the organization and its donations, Mellish said.

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Sutton grew up playing ice hockey in Minnesota. When he wasn’t playing, he was a fan of the state high school hockey tournament.

My head is spinning. I’m overwhelmed by it all. It’s completely bizarre, Sutton says, that the NHL team asked to use Sicko in the stands. If it makes people happy and it’s a fun way to follow the team, that’s great. And as for charity, I am humbled by the fact that it can be used for something.

Fans booked a bunch of psychos for the Senators game against the Leafs last weekend. Originally, Weir wanted to spread them around the building, but because the bleachers were covered with a tarp, he thought it best to staple them together. So he placed Sikko behind the opponent’s penalty area. Because then it’s like all these guys are looking down on the guy in the box, he said, and that’s going to be on TV too.

The team needs to add more psychopaths to the crowd in the coming games, and Weir hopes to have them both on the glass and behind the penalty box.

It’s a tricky thing when fans appropriate something. If a team gets involved, it can get out of hand if it’s seen as an attempt to commercialize something. So we wanted to give people the opportunity to do that if they wanted to, he said.

Sutton enjoyed the next iteration of his unexpected meme. The more he learns about the Ottawa Senators, the more he relates his writing to the NHL team.

From what I understand about the senators, they’re kind of a losing team, the cartoonist said. If they are underdog and the other team loses to them, you would think Sikko would be excited.

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