They Will Not Force Us
I've admittedly been away from hockey and have missed more of the playoffs than I thought I would, but I've seen enough. From UFC to Federal Elections to Royal Weddings to catching the world's most wanted fugitives to dancing with the stars, my TV has been occupied to say the least. But every now and then, I change the channel to some good old hockey and I cheer hard, against the Canucks that is.
But I seem to be the only one....I can't be the only one can I?
Everywhere I look, from family to friends, people are telling me..."Patrick, the Canucks are a Canadian team, we have to cheer them." I usually respond with some cursing and occasionally a punch to the face. Even more sickening is those 'Leafs' fans that were cheering for the Habs in the first round because again, they're a Canadian team.
I've got some news for you all, the Stanley Cup Playoffs isn't an International tournament. There's no Canada and USA. Each team is a business not a representative of the country they're located in. Each team has a mixture of players that come from many different countries, so this "Canucks are a Canadian team" crap has to stop, immediately.
The truth is that the Habs and Canucks are the Leafs' rivals. The Habs/Leafs rivalry needs no explanation, and how easily we forget how quick Mike Gillis broke into his sweat over the Leafs' 'tampering.' How easy we forget that the Canucks top three players are two Swedes and an American. How easy we forget that three players on the Sharks won Canada a Gold Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but somehow the Canucks are going to be Canada's team the rest of the way? Give me a break.
I'll tell you this, if you're a Leafs fan and you cheered Montreal in the first round, you're not a Leaf fan in my eyes. And if you're a Leafs fan and you're currently cheering the Canucks I'm not talking to you anymore.
You guys tried to give me advice by telling me to cheer for the Canucks? That advice was almost worse than when Prax advised me to buy a PS3.
There is no way the Leafs would be adopted by the rest of Canada if they were the last Canadian based team standing, nor would I expect them to be. I don't expect my Habs fans counterparts to suddenly cheer for the Leafs when the Habs are out, I would actually be shocked if that actually happened.
To the rest of you, who are like me and are not buying into this Canadian team crap, thank you. No one was more excited during that Blackhawks comeback than us (and Blackhawks fans obviously) and no one was more disappointed in the failure to complete that comeback than us (and Blackhawks fans, and also Gary Bettman and the rest of the NHL front office as well, NBC too)
If I have offended anyone here tonight, well I'm glad. Let's go Preds!
We Are The Center of The Hockey Universe
We Do Not Give A Crap About The Rest of Canada
or The NHL