I understand why “energy” guys become fan favourites.

Those pests bomb around, throw big checks, scrap when necessary and just generally put a burr up the backside of a hockey game that needs a little more pace.

But loving the on-ice antics of Sean Avery? That’s just unforgiveable. (At the very least, we need some of his fans to explain the love they have for the guy.)

At last night’s home opener for the Rangers at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden, a pro-Sean Avery banner was unfurled, and a very large one at that.

Photo pilfered from @DaveLozo's twitter feed. Follow him, he's good people.

The sign read “16 Avery – send Torts to the Whale” - a protest to the demotion of the wildly interesting but not-really-that-awesome player.

Worse, was the crowd actually chanting his name when they found themselves losing in the third period. Did they ever chant his name when he played there?

Here’s the video:

It’s a shame Sean Avery isn’t in the NHL anymore, if only because he was usually up to something interesting, and he’s taken up some good causes outside the game, so you’d like to see him have as big a platform as possible.

But this is still the Sean Avery that made fans at home want to jump through their TV and deck him a few nights a week with his pest routine. Surely “up to something interesting” isn’t the standard for deciding who to make signs and chant for these days.