Having A Look At The Fans
As you may already know, a recent survey was done listing the top ten sports teams with the most annoying fans. This poll was done by Spike TV, and I have no idea of what Spike TV is, or who decided these are the top ten. But here they are, and I’m including what they say about the two hockey teams involved.
Here’s the list;
10. Oakland Raiders
9. Montreal Canadiens
8. Duke Blue Devils basketball
7. English soccer fans
6. Dallas Cowboys
5. Vancouver Canucks
4. Philadelphia Eagles
3. Boston Red Sox
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
And the big number one? Chicago Cubs fans.
This is what they say about Canucks fans, who came in at number five:
“It’s remarkable how arrogant the fan base of a team with zero Stanley Cups, no Hall of Fame players, and two homoerotic Swedish twins that seem physically afraid of the playoffs can act. It’s literally mind-boggling! These days, when they’re not too busy demanding trades on local radio shows or reminiscing about that year they almost signed Wayne Gretzky, you can usually find Canucks fans preaching about how hosting Jarome Iginla and the Canadian Olympic team will finally establish their city as a genuine hockey town (sort of like how marrying Lamar Odom made Khloe Kardashian a real celebrity – legitimacy by association).
Next time you see a suspected pyramid schemer in the corner of a trendy wine bar sporting a $200 hair cut, $900 suit, and emanating a distinct air of scumbag from his Drakkar Noir-soaked pores – go ahead and ask him about Kevin Bieksa, because odds are he’s a Vancouver Canucks fan and doesn’t want to cry himself to sleep again before throwing out obscene predictions about the Norris Trophy.”
Now, this is what they say about Habs fans:
“Imagine the most annoying French person you’ve ever met…Now picture 18,250 or so of them together under one roof, and you might get a vague idea of what the Canadiens’ fan base is all about. Years ago, Montreal fans decided that instead of supporting their team or bathing on a regular basis, they would prefer to torment their best players and effectively eliminate themselves from Stanley Cup contention every year. They made Patrice Brisebois, a homegrown blueliner who won community service awards, leave town in tears and recently decided the best way to foster their young, superstar goaltender (Carey Price) was to boo him relentlessly to the point where he looked like he was going to have a mental breakdown during the post-series handshake. There was even a prop bet in Vegas about how Price was going to kill himself after the game. Way to shatter your one young prospect’s confidence for years to come. Salut!”
And this is what I have to say about Habs fans:
Forget about the greaseballs who riot after games, who tip over cop cars, who burn things, loot, and puke on their girlfriends’ heads. These aren’t Habs fans. They’re using the team as an excuse to go insane, and hopefully, to jail.
And forget about the ones who boo Carey Price and others. These aren’t Habs fans. They’re just immature people who like to hear themselves, who’ve probably had a little bit too much to drink, and who really, when you get down to it, know very little about hockey. They’re the ones who go to rock concerts and put their girfriends on their shoulders even though they’re in the first row, thus blocking those behind them. And they’re so busy booing their own team, they forget to boo the other. What kind of fan is that? They think it’s very cool to have others see them showing their displeasure. It’s all about ego, poor upbringing, and difficulty with constipation.
Sure we love our past, when Stanley Cups were the order of the day, and we want it all back. I don’t understand the problem. I hear fans of other teams going on about this all the time. They say, “forget it, the Habs aren’t the Habs of of old. Those days are over.” Of course, all the while they’re saying this, they’re hoping their own team will win again, or for the first time. For some reason, they can think about past glory or new glory, but Habs fans aren’t allowed to.
I remember being on a subway in New York, and I said to my friend something about wanting to see a Rangers game. Some guy overheard me say “Rangers” and figured I was slandering them. He came up to me, put his face close to mine and said, “What did you say about my Rangers? You want me to kick your ass?”
If you ever get a chance to read some Bruins blogs, you’ll see that they are everything Habs fans are accused of being – slanted, biased, arrogant, and opinionated. And that’s okay. But for whatever reason, it’s okay to be a Bruins fan but not a Habs fans.
Leafs fans are Leaf fans. But good for them for sticking with their team. Of course, we’re not allowed to, but Leaf fans are.
Fans of every other team are allowed to go unchallenged at being crazy about their team, with dreams of winning, with sheer joy at winning. But not Habs fans. We aren’t allowed to cheer for our team without being accused of living in the past, of hoping with passion, and with love for a team that’s often not good enough, of living in some kind of altered state.
Many Habs-haters simply picked this up from their fathers who happened to be hockey fans when the Canadiens ruled the roost. The dads despised the Habs because the Habs beat their teams regularly, and naturally their kids learned to despise them too. And now, with the Canadiens not doing so well, many people are jumping for joy. Other people can be big fans of their team like the guy in the New York subway, but we’re not allowed to be Habs fans. All because the Canadiens had more success than other teams over the years.
I agree with Canucks fans being in this top ten list. But not all Canucks fans, not by a country mile. People like Jordy and Jan,who offer comments on this site, who grew up on the west coast and have a personal stake in their team. But they also appreciate hockey in general, and at times, even cheer for the hated Habs. But many aren’t in the Jordy/Jan category and are simply and tremendously annoying.
Like I say in my little bio on my site, if Canucks fans have no problem slandering the Habs to my face and telling me how much they hate my team, then how can they expect me to start cheering for their team? It’s a two-way street, and somehow, they don’t understand this.