There’s a reason why the world is so chock full of Habs haters. And it’s not even all about the team.
It’s also about us, of course.
In way too many hockey fans’ minds we’ve been smug and spoiled and all-round nauseating. We must have this inner, holier-than-thou built-in peace because our team has done so well over the years and theirs hasn’t and it’s pissed off grandfathers and fathers and brothers and sisters and mistresses all over the place.
I think it’s some kind of self-esteem/paranoia thing.
The seeds were sown over many decades when things went right for us, and generations have evolved, like cro-magnon man into Brad Marchand, into the disliking of the team we like, even in the worst of times. Like now. I don’t understand it. Maybe they don’t really either. We loves babies and puppies and walk little old ladies across the street. We’re salt of the earth.
And then there’s Canucks fans.
Oh, the smugness when a Canucks fan talks to a Habs fan. The deckhands where I work and the guys at the building centre where I buy my nuts and bolts and the guys I sometimes drink beer with. Egads. They all have that smile, with that look in their eyes, a look that says our team sucks and theirs is fantastic and it looks good on us because we won a lot because we had the rights to Quebec players for so many years.
They’re loving that their team has been a powerhouse for a few years now while we scramble every year to make 8th place or worse. Don’t worry, they say giving off a slight grin, you should get a good draft pick. And then they walk away with this quite sickening look on their faces if I do say so myself.
These people might not be going to heaven. They might be going to that other place – where Bruins fans go.
And I’ve got news for you Canuckleheads. Your team hasn’t won a thing in 41 years of trying. Since you’ve been in the league, the Habs have celebrated eight times. And yes, the Buffalo Sabres, who joined the league the same time as you, haven’t won anything either, if that’s your argument. But I’ll bet that same crooked grin isn’t found nearly as often in Buffalo as it is in Vancouver, on ferry boats up the coast, and at the building centre where I buy my nuts and bolts..
And in case you’re trying to forget, Canucks fans, I’ll remind you. Teams who were born after your team, and who have actually gotten the job done, include the New York Islanders (4 times), Edmonton (5 times), New Jersey (3 times), Colorado (twice) and Anaheim, Carolina, and Tampa Bay. And yes, yes, I know. You didn’t have the luxury of a Wayne Gretzky or Brian Trottier in your lineup, but you had Moe Lemay and Tiger Williams so what’s your point?
We’ll accept your smugness, because that’s what we do. Geez, I think we’re practically saints.