Two articles for your consideration:
One, from TheSpec.com regarding future decisions for the Habs and Bulldogs Hard Decisions
And this article, from BostonHerald.com, which mentions the Montreal Canadiens and their “whiny, insufferable fans.” Game Big For Fans
This from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette:
“When a fan refers to the Canadiens and he uses the word “we,” as in “we’re going to make the playoffs this year,” well – he loses me right there. “We” applies to the guys on the roster. If your claim to fame is that you watch a whole lot of hockey on TV, you’re not part of that “we.” If you’re still in doubt, check your pay slip. If you’re making less than a half-million a year and the cheque does not come from the Montreal Canadiens, you’re not a “we.” Thank you.”
Well, fuddle duddle you, Jack Todd.
We as fans have invested years of heart and passion and concern and joy and ticket dollars and souvenirs in this team. “We” are the Montreal Canadiens too. And it’s certainly not going to take some hack like you who went to J school and was lucky enough to get a gig at the Gazette to tell me and every other Habs fan that we can’t say “we.”
And by the way, we’re going to make the playoffs this year.
A couple of days ago I wrote about an old friend, JW, who was a good, solid Habs fan for years but began cheering for the Senators instead when Ottawa finally got a team in the early 1990’s. Sorry JW, Can’t Do It
I’ve never understood it, never will. And I know several just like him.
JW has replied and now has his say:
Never have I seen a response like this to a topic on Dennis’ blog so you all listen now as JW speaks.
Yes I was a Habs fans for all those many years. But as a fan of the greatest game on earth I longed for a team that I could live and die with in my own home town.
I put money down early as a show of support for this franchise and when it was awarded purchased season tickets.
Our home opener was against the Habs and quite frankly I wasn’t sure how I would react. But when Neil Brady scored that 1st goal and I stood and cheered my brains out the answer was obvious. I was a Sens fan above all others.
In 15 years in this city I have by my own estimates supported this team in a dollar amount that exceeds 30,000. Why for heavens sakes would I make this kind of financial commitment and cheer for a team 2 hours down the highway because I was once a fan? Would you? I doubt it.
The emotional high that comes with supporting a team to the end, win or lose is priceless. I did not jump ship. I went with a team that won all of 10 games that first season, built themselves through the draft and competed for the Stanley Cup. That window of opportunity has past but I look forward to the future years as we build again.
I’m a home town fan of a team that plays in this city. Why would I be anything else.
Cheers all!! JW
Sidney Crosby said recently that he grew up a Habs fan but he’s not one anymore. How can this be? Is it possible? Just because you play for another team, is that a good reason?