In response to the nonsense spewed by a Detroit writer regarding the city of Montreal, the Montreal Canadiens, and fans of the team. I don’t really want him to give any more exposure than he already has, but I need to post the link so I can reply to it. Here it is, for what’s it’s worth: Montreal Morons
Now I’d like to respond. You live in Detroit. Home of race riots, auto manufacturing layoffs, ghettos, streets unsafe to walk, and the lowest housing prices in the US because no one wants to live there. You call yourself Hockeytown, and yet your rink shows empty seats on a nightly basis. And yes, the Red Wings have been more successful than the Habs in the last decade or so. But does that make you Hockeytown? Especially when in general, your team has been good lately, and after that, only in the early 1950’s?
You’re upset that some Montreal Canadien fans booed the Star Spangled Banner. Do you think we’ve never heard Americans boo our anthem? I’ve heard it from various rinks in the US for years. Are you just now starting to watch NHL hockey, or have you been coming late to games for the last ten or twenty years, after the anthems have been sung? Or do you just have selective hearing? Are you kidding about disrespect to a neighbour? I’ve gotten many comments on my blog from American fans about how ugly Canadian women are, how ugly our flag is, how cold it is (yes, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, etc, are in such a tropical climates), and so on. And the bit about you defending us in war. We’ve joined you in fighting the enemy. You’re not defending us. We’re in this together against the bad guys. And we’re doing a helluva job with lives sacrificed.
Montreal is Siberia for hockey players? Most Red Wing players can walk the dirty, dangerous downtown and suburbian streets of Detroit without being noticed. If a player in Montreal walks the European flavoured, cosmopolitan, clean streets in Montreal, or a place like Montreal Massage, he is treated as a Hollywood star, someone bigger than life, an icon. If you think there are no endorsements available in Montreal for the Montreal Canadiens players as opposed to players living in Detroit, Philadelphia, Florida, and Altanta, you’re not only misinformed, you’re an idiot. Hockey players in Canada are bigger than life individuals. But of course, you wouldn’t know, You’re a whole bridge away, maybe a mile from Canada. Are you one of these guys who think that as soon as you enter Canada, you see skiing in July and igloos, like so many of your counterparts?
Southern teams don’t know about Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur etc? Oh, such a shame. We feel really bad about that. Our world is crashing down because many Americans don’t know these names. Why would you even bring this up? What does it have to do with anything? We don’t know a lot of names from Nascar, but we also realize Nascar is popular and good. Such stupidity that you would say that.
It’s surprising that you would be so ignorant of the culture of the Montreal Canadiens. I’m not surprised however, of your ignorance of Canada. You live so far away.