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Habs Watch - Two Down, Two To Go

April 20, 2010 @ 00:28

Not a lot to say about this one. It seems the respective clubs are finding their level which means the Habs played like the mediocre, too small, too meek, lucky to make the playoffs, marginally better than the Leafs team they are.

Returning to the Bell Centre in front of a sea of aggravating Hab fans was supposed to work in their favour, but instead Le Canadien continued where they left off in Washington on Saturday night.

Hopefully this series will continue to play out the way it should and the Habs will be gone by Friday.

5-1 Caps. Nice one!

High-powered Caps use Habs for target practice

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Habs Watch - One Down, Three To Go

April 17, 2010 @ 23:30

I went to a 60th birthday party for my old CFNY buddy Jim Reid on Saturday night and everything was going great until I ran into a Hab fan.

We enjoyed some great food, some exotic beer, some good laughs and great stories which made for an enjoyable night, until it happened.

A short stout fellow emerged from the basement to blast to the masses that the Habs were leading the Washington Capitals 3-1.

"I love it" he said. "It's beautiful" he exclaimed. "The Habs are all over them, totally dominating them, Ovechkin's doing nothing, we're gonna win the series."

Then he made the mistake of looking at me and noticing the sour look on my face.

"What, you're not a Hab fan" he said.

"Nope"

"Don't tell me" he probed. "You're a Leaf fan."

"Yup"

And then it started. In typical Hab fan fashion he started to roll out the predictable stuff about 1967, no Cups in 40 years, and no playoffs in five years.

At that point I reminded him that the all mighty Habs hadn't won the Cup in close to 17 years, they've been mediocre since Clinton was first elected President and that in reality they were only marginally better than the current Leafs.

He repeated something along the lines of "see you next year" and blurted the Habs were going to surprise everyone. "Just you watch."

Lucky for me, this happenstance coincided with my departure so you can understand how thrilled I was when I arrived at my next destination only to find that Washington had clawed their way back into the game and were trailing 4-3 in the third.

Needless to say it was a roller coaster ride through the final period and my heart was in my throat as the seconds ticked down and the ghastly Habs held a 5-4 lead in the closing moments.

Then something wonderful happened. Caps rookie defenceman John Carlson tied the game with only 1:21 remaing in regulation time and the game was forced to overtime.

And then something even more wonderful happened. Nicklas Backstrom scored his third goal of the game just 31 seconds into the extra period and the series was tied.

But it means more than that. The Caps now have the clear momentum and they seem to have solved the very solvable Jaroslav Halak.

One down and three to go.

"How many Hab fans does it take to change a lightbulb? 10! One to change the bulb, and nine to talk about how great the old one was!!!"

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How Low Can A Hab Fan Stoop?

April 17, 2010 @ 12:58

This low... Recent comments to CanadianThinker.com

Fred, you know I love you man, but it seems, based on the level of your invective, that you are consumed not merely by a dislike of the Montreal Canadiens and their fans; but rather, a deeper, more sinister motive. Correct me if I am wrong, Fred, but are you not guided in your venom by a certain degree of anti-French racism? Come clean Fred. - Glenn Pelletier


Fred hates the French.
Vive Le Canada Libre
- Freeway Frank

Very typical of guys of a certain vintage; born in a certain time and place. I don't hold it against him. I get it, having grown up in Scarborough in the sixties and seventies. I grew up with a bunch of first-generation Canadians whose parents were from Scotland and England. They despised the Habs, cuz the old man hated the French and the shit got passed down from generation to generation. Not as bad as dad telling sonny that Jackie Robinson sucked, but the same principle. Very easy to understand, but sad, nonetheless. I'll bet Allan Frew's old man couldn't stand the French. LOL!!!! - Glenn Pelletier
My response

@Freeway and Glenn

Wow, that's a freakin' stretch.

I don't hate the Le Canadien because of the French factor, I hate them because they've always been a arch-rival of my beloved Maple Leafs, but more than anything else, I can't stand the Habs because of Hab fans... and I think you guys have just underlined why.

It's so ridiculous in fact, I will leave your postings up so everybody else can see how low a Hab fan can stoop.

If you've followed this blog for any length of time you'll notice I can't stand the Ottawa Senators and their fans either, so what kind of racism can you twist around that?

Talk about sad.

Freeway and Glenn - sucez mon craquement

Go Caps Go!

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Rios Is Right

April 16, 2010 @ 18:41

There really shouldn't be any great mystery to why there were only ten thousand fans at the last two Blue Jay games, because there are two glaring reasons.

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

There's a story in the Star sports section today quoting former Blue Jay Alex Rios as saying baseball in Toronto is dead, and although some might argue that its sour grapes, his comments are valid.

It's my opinion that Toronto has never really been a baseball town; it was more of a Blue Jay town during the glory years. Once the team plateaued only the "real" baseball fans were left and since then, those numbers have dwindled not grown.

And this brings us back to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. As long as baseball rejects a salary cap, the playoff structure remains the same, and the Yankees and Bo-sox continue to spend way beyond the others, there is virtually no hope for a Blue Jay fan from opening day on.

It's now been 17 years since the Jays won the World Series with a 50 million dollar payroll and to a casual ball fan, the novelty of going to the Skydome and getting screwed on concessions and parking has worn off.

We come from a sports market that is used to more hopeful playoff formats. Sixteen teams make the NHL and NBA playoffs, and although the Toronto teams suck and miss out on that generosity, there's still a lot more hope. Your interest is kept up for most of the season with at least a shot at the post season.

With baseball, it's different. The Yankees and Red Sox spend and spend while the Blue Jays talk about the future which in reality translates into third place... again.

And let's not forget the Jays top player was plucked away by the Philadelphia Phillies, another super rich team.

There's virtually no excitement out of the gate and as each year goes by the effects of this are felt more and more. The Blue Jays started this season with a record of 5 and 1 before playing their home-opener which drew close to 50 thousand.

But the home opener is a novelty game and the fans have seen quick starts before. They weren't impressed and the result was two games with just over 20 thousand fans in total.

I don't know what the answer is beyond winning. There are exceptions to the rule and teams like the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will rise up and have an unconscious year from time to time, but those are few and far between and I doubt Blue Jay fans are going to show up at the Skydome in droves hoping for that anomaly. It's just not going to happen.

There's no way baseball is going to expand its playoff format, there's no way Rogers is going to triple the Blue Jay payroll and there's no way they're going to replace the now unpopular Skydome.

And on the subject of the stadium, I think this aspect is way over played. Yes, if we built a new stadium fans would show in big numbers to check it out, just like they did the Skydome back in the 90's, but after awhile the same thing would happen if the club didn't win. Only the real baseball fans would be left and there just aren't enough of them.

The future is bleak and it's completely within reason to see the Blue Jays go the way of the Montreal Expos.

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Habs Watch

April 15, 2010 @ 22:12

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Habs Watch - Countdown To Disaster - Go Caps Go

April 15, 2010 @ 08:28

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Missed Opportunity

April 12, 2010 @ 08:50

Forget that he screwed around on his wife with hookers and whores, Tiger Woods probably lost more fans on the golf course this weekend.

To put it bluntly, Tiger was a big baby this weekend and the proof was no better displayed than on the 14th hole of the Masters yesterday when a makeable putt for birdie turned into a bogey because he was pissed off.

After missing the birdie, Tiger took a momentary hissy-fit and whacked the next putt carelessly. It missed the hole and not only made himself look silly, it was amplified on the next hole when Tiger eagled.

All golfers, in fact all athletes are entitled to losing their temper a bit from time to time, but for Tiger this was the wrong time to time. He started the week by claiming that he would now approach the game differently. Show it more respect and keep his feelings under control. He would be more mature.

Good strategy from a guy who had more or less ripped his family apart with his dick in full view of the world. Some might argue his behaviour in the hotel rooms of America was rather selfish and immature, so claiming the "new" Tiger would also develop a new demeanor on the golf course was logical.

It didn't happen. The Tiger that used to act somewhat childish on the course by showing over the top emotion, surfaced several times during the weekend and it was capped off by his post tournament interview.

Even Humble Howard, who absolutely adores Tiger admitted such in an e-mail to this reporter.

"I agree. I was disapointed with how he handled himself...not so much on the course but aftter when he was being interviewed. He was sucky and missed a chance at graciousness and I think that ultimately that is how he'll be judged."

All in all it was a fine weekend of golf, and Tiger helped make it that way by competing hard after a five month layoff.

But his image took another hit.

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When Losing Means Winning - Only In The NHL

April 11, 2010 @ 08:21

The headline says it all - Habs clinch playoff berth despite OT loss to Toronto - and it highlights one of the many things wrong with Gary Bettman's new NHL.

Forget that the rules committee has been reduced to chasing their tails trying to think up new rules to justify the last new rule, and forget that it probably won't end until the game has the same physical intensity as ringette, to me those things pale in comparison to the overwhelming nonsense of the three point game.

Why the hell do you get a single point for losing? What the hell's wrong with getting nothing for accomplishing nothing?

Baseball doesn't reward you for losing in extra innings, football gives you nothing for forcing overtime, and neither does basketball.

Why does hockey insist on becoming such a "suck" sport.

As the siren sounded to end regulation time last night, Hab fans stood on their feet and loudly applauded their team for making the playoffs even though the game wasn't over.

If this was the pre-overtime NHL, fine. That would have made sense. But in today's NHL, the game wasn't over, so why should any rule make it possible for fans to cheer an outcome before there is an outcome.

I like overtime in the NHL, and I'll also admit to liking the shootout, but I can't stand the single point for losing. It ranks right up there with getting a single point for a missed field goal in the CFL.

Just think of how much more dramatic the game would have been last night if there was no such thing as a three point game. If the Habs loss, their third in the last four against the Leafs by the way, had meant no points at all it would have changed the game heading towards end of regulation time, and made the Habs much more desperate in overtime.

Dion Phaneuf's winning goal at 2:06 of overtime would have been an entirely new dimension on the playoff picture and the final day of the regular season.

Then again, in my perfect NHL world, there never would have been a point awarded for an overtime loss since the inception of overtime so the "entire" picture would be different.

It's a joke.

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Habs Watch

April 11, 2010 @ 08:20

The Montreal Canadiens made the playoffs last night with the lowest point total since the inception of the three point game and they slither into playoffs with one of two mountains to climb. They will meet either the Washington Capitals or New Jersey Devils in the first round.

Why bother. The Habs had enough trouble with the Toronto Maple Leafs all season long to even dream of competing with the big boys, especially in the playoffs.

The Habs are small and meek. They have a decent level of skill, but their size and inconsistency will make them easy pickings for the Caps or Devils. The Habs will be ground into the ice.

For those of you who've conveniently forgotten, the Habs are currently on an eight game playoff losing streak. That should easily stretch to 12.

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Pat Burns

March 27, 2010 @ 13:29

What was unfolding as a pleasant Saturday morning quickly went south when I flipped on TSN's Sportscentre.

There were back back to back reports that totally bummed me out. The first one dealt with that abhorrent thug Gilbert Arenas (next posting) and the second one dealt with someone who actually contributes to society, former Leaf coach Pat Burns.

I hadn't heard much about Burns lately but then the Sportscentre report kicked me right in the gut. They're naming a community hockey rink after Burns in Stanstead, Quebec and he was there yesterday for the naming ceremony.

The rink hasn't been built yet, in fact I don't think a shovel has hit the ground, but they held the ceremony yesterday because if they waited any longer Burns wouldn't be there.

It's no secret now; he's in the final days of his life after battling three different cancers over the past six years. First it was colon cancer, which he beat, then liver cancer which he beat and now lung cancer which can't be beaten. Burns declined treatment.

I'm sure I speak for most Leaf fans when I say Pat Burns will always have a special place in my hockey heart. The wonderful run he took the Maple Leafs on in the early 90's is something that none of us will ever forget.

He brought hope to a city that had none through most of the 80's, and along with Cliff Fletcher made the words Stanley Cup something more than a fantasy.

Burns was big, brash and bombastic but he was a great leader and a fabulous coach he managed to squeeze absolutely every once of effort out of the best Leaf team since the 60's.

To see Pat Burns on television this morning, gaunt and weak while speaking with a voice I could hardly recognize was terribly upsetting for me, so I can't image what his family is going through.

He's only 58 years old.

"As for my career, I always said to my kids 'you don't cry because it's over, you're happy because it happened.' That's the main thing. I'm very happy that it happened."
Pat Burns, March 25, 2010

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