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In three hours, the only Game 7 of the NHL Playoffs will be played. It's the Flames vs. the Mighty Ducks.

Now, most people on my friends' list know that I'm in no way a Flames fan; comes with the territory of being a Canucks fan. On that note, I also have no love for the Oilers. But this game is hugely important for two reasons, for Canadians:

1) If Calgary wins, as the top seed remaining (1, 2 and 4 have all been eliminated), they would play Edmonton. We haven't had a Battle of Alberta in the playoffs since 1991, I believe.

2) Calgary is one of the six (out of 30) remaining Canadian teams in the NHL; with Montreal being eliminated last night, they're also one of the three Canadian teams (out of nine) left. Naturally, I want the Cup back in Canada; it hasn't been there since 1993, and since Montreal doesn't count, that means the last time it was in Canada was the Oilers in 1990. Since then, the NHL has had two (to my count) Canadian teams leave for greener American pastures (Winnipeg and Quebec), while they've expanded in hockey hotbeds... like Nashville, Columbus, two different Florida teams, Atlanta... and fucking Anaheim. What's worse, the Anaheim team was named after a fucking Emilio Estevez movie. It still stands as the greatest insult to Canadian fans in the reign of Gary Bettman, the New York lawyer that, I swear, is out to destroy this game (Actually, I place it with the lockout as the worst insult). Let's not forget that teams have moved from areas with strong hockey backgrounds (Quebec City and Hartford) to places like Phoenix and Carolina... who consistently draw shitty until the playoffs hit, and they become relevant ("Hey, let's go down to that kooky Canadian game where they play on ice! It's the latest fad! Might as well, there's no NASCAR race tonight...). In short, this New York lawyer is taking Canada's game away, and putting it whereever he can strengthen his wallet. Hockey is losing it's soul.

Therefore, despite my loyalties to the Canucks, I am rooting for the Flames tonight, and will do so as passionately as I can from the rink (I have a game tonight. At 9:30. Go figure. BTW, I couldn't watch it anyway, the fucking thing is on OLN, which renders my $150 Centre Ice package useless, as I don't GET OLN). Anaheim is, in many ways, indicative of the worst things about the NHL; non-traditional market that doesn't sell if the team's not in the playoffs (the exception to this rule is San Jose, where their fanbase is incredible), and their fans are boorish morons that don't know a hockey puck from a urinal puck... but know that it's cool to boo injured players on the other team. They don't deserve hockey.

And they don't deserve to beat a Canadian team. They CAN'T beat a Canadian team. Especially with a Battle of Alberta looming; Edmonton would get the Sharks instead... and that's just going to end very badly for the Oilers.

So, I do the same thing I did in 2004 in the Finals...

Go Calgary. For Canada. And I'm calling on all Canadians, regardless of team or geographic loyalties, to do the same. For Canada.

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morinzilion
May. 3rd, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Fucking EDMONTON is going to be cheering on the flames tonight.

Go Flames.
gunlord
May. 3rd, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, Canada~
Our home and native land~

:canadian:
dmajohnson
May. 3rd, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Why do we have a hockey team, 'Bus? ;_;
superbus
May. 3rd, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Who's "We"?
dmajohnson
May. 4th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Houston. ;_;
superbus
May. 4th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
Houston, from what little I know, isn't a BAD market as far as AHL teams go... it's just that there's so many other things to do, and from what I've heard, Houston's a bitch to get around as it is.
dmajohnson
May. 4th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
I've yet to meet a single soul in this city other than myself who even realizes we have a hockey team. As for transportation, besides the emo and gnashing of teeth over the fact we don't have a great mass transportation system, it's actually one of the better cities to get around. Better than Dallas at any rate.
yubsie
May. 4th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Doesn't everyone switch loyalties when it's a Canadian team against an American team in the playoffs? :p
misterwaffles
May. 4th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
Boo Hoo.


Get a life.


superbus
May. 4th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
Let me guess: they hand you your ass so much at IL that you decided to move onto my LJ, eh?
misterwaffles
May. 4th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Actualy no. I'm just sick of regionalism of all sorts. It's hockey. It's a business. It's not about tradition anymore. Get over it. Tradition died when Montreal stopped getting a cultural exemption that allowed them to draft french players first in the early days of the draft. So get over this "it's all Canadian's duty" crap.
burning_phoneix
May. 10th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
I'm perplexed bus, how is it that teams in American Sports can switch cities at will?
superbus
May. 10th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
Before I go on, realise that I'm likely speaking over my head in terms of legalities.

But basically, each sports team in America - and Canada - is viewed as the individual business of each owner, that is only under each league under an agreement, not as a binding contract; they can do whatever they want with their business, weather it's sports they provide, or car parts. Therefore, they can move that business for greener pastures, if they so choose, and as proven in the past, there's really not much the leagues can do about it. The exception is Major League Soccer, which, for a long time, owned all of the teams in it's league.

So what this means is that the Hartford Whalers - owned by Peter Karmanos - can move to Carolina and become the Hurricanes if Karmanos sees a better deal down south for him... which is what happened.
burning_phoneix
May. 12th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
Or like the LA Lakers moved from wherever they were to a city with no lakes? ;_;
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