No. 19 is now the No. 1 fan for the Calgary Flames.
And it seems his enthusiasm is infectious, although the Flames haven’t given Bo Levi Mitchell and his Calgary counterparts much to cheer for during this post-season.
The Calgary Stampeders quarterback would be the first to admit he doesn’t know that much about hockey, but no one cares about that. Since becoming the Stampeders’ starter in 2014, Mitchell and his wife Madison have quickly become ingrained in the fabric of the community.
The love for the Flames and the atmosphere in the Saddledome seemed to have started when the Stamps were celebrated before a game after bringing home the Grey Cup two and a half years ago.
The Flames went on an unexpected playoff run to the second round in 2015, and that stoked the fire around the team, bringing out plenty of memories of that magical time in 2004 when it went all the way to the Stanley Cup final. Mitchell got a taste of the excitement two years ago.
But this year, Mitchell has taken his love of the team and the game to another level. It started before the playoffs started when the QB and three teammates played a game of ball hockey in the Stampeders locker-room. Standing with three Canadians (although linebacker Alex Singleton is a recently adopted Canuck), Mitchell displays the most enthusiasm, as much for his competitive nature than anything else.
Over the past two weeks, Mitchell has adopted a catchphrase, Top Titty, which he has tried making it trend on Twitter.
We assume that means top corner? We can only hope that’s what he’s talking about.
When the Mitchells joined the Sea of Red for Game 3 on Monday night, Bo was in contention for most passionate fan in a Flames jersey.
Mitchell has constantly interacted with fans on Twitter, and no amount of commentary to his account seems to get him down. When they tell he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he simply doesn’t care.
He’s even making some wild promises.
Of course, everybody knows what happened in Game 3. The Flames built a 4-1 lead, to much delight of Mitchell, but then it evaporated in the second half of the game and then the team lost in overtime.
Just as he was after a controversial Game 2 loss in Anaheim, Mitchell is remaining positive despite the massive uphill climb the Flames are facing down 3-0 in the series. In fact, it took just a matter of moments for him to turn the corner and look ahead.
The fact that only four teams in Stanley Cup history have come back from 3-0 deficits doesn’t matter to Mitchell. He’s too new of a fan to know about that.
It’s amazing to watch a pro athlete become a rabid fan, but what you are seeing from Mitchell might just be the example of what being a team supporter is all about. He’s along for the ride, enjoying every moment, and rooting on his guys regardless of whatever adversity they have faced.
Game 4 is Wednesday night in Calgary, and it will be disappointing if the Flames go out so early. Mitchell’s fandom is one of the most entertaining things about this playoff run, so it would be great to see it keep going.