Stamps QB has become Flames fan during Stanley Cup playoffs

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.

 

 

 

Ian Busby

Ian Busby

Ian Busby has covered the Stampeders and the CFL since 2003, with eight years as a beat reporter. He is now a producer at Breakfast Television.
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Ian Busby has covered the Stampeders and the CFL since 2003, with eight years as a beat reporter. He is now a producer at Breakfast Television.

14 Comments on Stamps QB has become Flames fan during Stanley Cup playoffs

  1. mrnehnehincognito // April 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm //

    Being a great CFL player and franchise QB takes more than football skill; it takes total commitment/loyalty and character. Love how Bo has fully embraced the city and the city has fully embraced him. That is why the Calgary Stampeders will continue to dominate for many years to come.

    • I too like how Bo Levi has embraced his new home, and is a member of the community. He is a stand up guy and very good QB. I do take exception with your prognosticating however, highly unlikely. 😀

  2. Glad he is a fan. The Stamps are part of the Flames family.

  3. Swept out in 4…time to change teams there Mr. Levi…Go Leafs Go!

    • dangnabbit // April 20, 2017 at 3:39 am //

      > time to change teams

      spoken like a true Leafs fan

      • Ha, ha! Perhaps…but last time i looked the Leafs were 2-2 against the “Great OV” and over rated Holtby…time will tell my friend…the smell of upset is quite overwhelming…eh?

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 21, 2017 at 10:39 am //

      Leafs will be putting their skates away soon enough. Caps are toying with you right now. They’ll get serious soon and will bury the dagger.

  4. mrnehnehincognito // April 20, 2017 at 9:59 am //

    As a born and raised Calgarian I can honestly say I’m glad the flames are done. End of Flames season a sure sign Stamps season is near!

    • Ah, not so bad…try being stuck in Lotusland because of job considerations and watch, year after year, 2 past their prime hockey player brothers cycle the puck, over, and over, and over…and a 36 year old goalie who weighs about 150 lbs soaking wet but resembles the Michelin Man when geared up and will most likely sign again for a big fat contract…or the President figurehead who won squat as a player but somehow is regarded here as some hockey folk hero…or the GM who was a scout and, well, for all intent and purposes, still is because he certainly sucks as a GM…or…

  5. Ladd Law // April 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm //

    I am pretty sure Bo can relate to losing in the playoffs.

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