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Habs Watch - Philly's Let Down Game

May 20, 2010 @ 21:51

If Maxim Lapierre got traded to the Leafs, I'd become a Hab fan.

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Neighbour John And His Hab Hating Boys

May 19, 2010 @ 22:43

I had a very interesting talk with Neighbour John last night. If you follow this blog you know that I often write about the exploits of Neighbour and his fine family.

Every year during March break, John takes his sons on what I have labeled incredible journeys. You can read about them by searching, Incredible Journey at the top right hand corner.

John and the boys visit NHL arenas and at every stop along the way they pick up souvenirs.

In 2007 they went to Montreal, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Three games in four nights.

But here's the delicious part of the story. At every rink they visit John buys the boys a souvenir hat, and believe me, they have quite the collection.

But what they don't have is a Canadiens hat. When John took the boys to the Bell Centre and offered to buy them caps, they declined.

This is a wonderful story because it goes back to something I wrote about last week.

I was brought up to despise the Habs and I've instilled the same emotion in my son Daniel, and it seems John has done the same for his boys.

As tempting as it was the boys to pick up another hat for the collection, they could not bring themselves to put a Habs cap atop their brainwashed heads. They told their dad to save his money.

We can only hope they hold on to this impressive attribute throughout their lives.

It's quite emotional!

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Canadian Thinker Quote Of The Day - Ed From Dundas

May 19, 2010 @ 13:17

Two more goals for the Flyers and they're off to the cup!

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Habs Watch - Two Down, Two To Go

May 18, 2010 @ 23:06

Message to the Montreal Canadians - to win in the National Hockey League, one must score at least one goal per game.

Scoring involves taking the little black disk and depositing it into the net, the net being the red frame at the end of the rink with mesh attached.

One must also realize that you will not be matched in all games against a team with a similar style to yours. Some teams, like the Flyers, actually prefer to play in the middle of the ice, crowd the net and go into the corners.

Matchups can be a very interesting thing in professional sport, for example, the Toronto Maple Leafs would probably matchup better against the Flyers than you do. The Leafs have a little more push than you do.

But that's silly for me to even bring up because unlike you, the Leafs didn't manage to slither into the playoffs on the final day of the season thanks to the NHL's new math.

It's also good practice to appreciate that when the horseshoe falls out of your goaltenders ass it can get ugly. It can be rather disappointing to see the most innocent shots get by him when only a week ago he was stopping things he didn't even see.

Once a god, now a goat.

That just about does it, but I must end with a question. Why isn't Mike Cammalleri playing in this series?

Regards
Frederick R. Patterson
President / CEO
Hab Haters of the Universe

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Habs Watch - One Down, Three To Go

May 16, 2010 @ 21:39

It seems the sweet and dainty Habs don't like sandpaper.

6-0. My goodness! Mr. Halak comes back to reality.

But not to worry, Canada's team beat San Jose 2-1 this afternoon.

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A Letter To Maxim Lapierre

May 15, 2010 @ 08:55

Dear Maxim

I am so happy you're a Montreal Canadien because it makes things a whole lot easier for me.

You see Maxim, I've never been a big fan of the Philadelphia Flyers so I wasn't entirely thrilled when they knocked off the Boston Bruins in game seven last night.

The Flyers aren't the broad street bullies any more and they haven't won a Stanley Cup in 35 years but they still aggravate me. I grew to dislike them back in the 1970's during a few classic playoff series with the Leafs, and since then, I've actually enjoyed their non-success.

In the series against Boston I wanted the Bruins to win for two reasons. My friend Craig Ramsay is a Bruins assistant coach and the Flyers have that sawed off little creep Dan Carcillo.

Carcillo is a nasty cheap shot artist who has been caught diving on more than one occasion. He makes it tough to pull for the Flyers.

But that's where you come in Maxim. If you didn't play for the Habs, there might be an "extremely far "outside chance that I could actually do it, actually pull for the Habs over the Flyers.

But you've made the decision easy for me.

You're quite the weasel yourself. Your childish taunting of the Caps and Flyers, your unwillingness to drop the gloves and your horrendous diving displays and cheap shots have made it a wash for me.

Although Dan Carcillo is probably a little worse than you are, it's still not enough for me to support the Habs. You Maxim, have made it possible for me to choose a team that has the likes of Dan Carcillo on it.

It won't be easy. I won't like it. I'll probably have to shower after every game, but thanks to you and your "almost" equal status with Dan Carcillo it comes down to a choice of teams for me.

And it's all brotherly love.

Regards
Frederick R. Patterson
President / CEO
Hab Haters of the Universe

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The Hab Store At Canadian Thinker

May 15, 2010 @ 08:54

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Why I Can't Come Over

May 13, 2010 @ 12:31

Over the past couple of days I've been very disturbed by some of my close friends who've jumped to the other side. They want the Habs to win.

They attempt to qualify it by claiming they still don't like traditional Habs fans, and that they still love their Leafs, but they're so impressed with the Habs mind numbing run in these playoffs, that they just can't help but jump on the bandwagon.

Sorry. I can't do it.

The anti-Hab in me is so ingrained, so established, so strong, short of a family member being drafted by the Habs (shudder) I could never "come over."

When I was a little fella growing up in Scarborough nothing Hab was allowed in our home. No sweaters, no toques, no scarves. Not even a mug or a coaster.

When we played road hockey you were never the Canadiens. Instead you pretended the other team was the Habs so you'd have more incentive.

Just after I got a dog in the mid-60's a relative bought my beloved Barney a dog sweater of all the ridiculous goddamn things, and if that wasn't bad enough, it was a Hab sweater.

We used it to pick up Barney's poop.

When I became a hockey coach in the mid-70's one of the teams in the league was called the Agincourt Canadians. Even though they spelled it with an "a" I still looked forward to playing them more than any other team. Just because of their name.

The same old bullshit keeps coming back to me through this blog. "Come on Freddie, you have to be impressed with what the Habs are doing."

Yes, impressed with the perfect storm of good fortune this team is experiencing, but I don't have to like it. I hate it. I don't want it to happen and I wish it would end. I'm sorry but it comes from my roots, it comes from five decades of despising not only the Montreal Canadiens as a team, but despising their fans even more.

A good example. Both Freeway Frank and Paul Romanuk, two dear broadcasting buddies on mine have questioned my credibility as a hockey prognosticator because I predicted the Habs would finish behind the Leafs this year and not make the playoffs.

How did I know Brian Burke would blow the Leafs up when they were still within reasonable striking distance? And let's not forget the Habs slithered into the playoffs on the last day of the season after losing to the Leafs the night before.

Anyway, Romy wrote sarcastically last night, "have you got any stock tips?"

Yea, like he predicted the Habs were going to do what they're doing right now.

Frank wrote "Fred has NO hockey credibility"

I remember that after game three of the Washington series, Frank totally gave up on the Habs, predicting their imminent demise.

The point is folks, I ain't budging. I don't like the Habs and if it was up to me they wouldn't win another game. I'm sticking with my convictions, unlike some other softies I know who've wimped out.

I talked to another good friend this morning, Jeff Lumby, the ultimate Hab fan. He called to rub it in, and at the same time admitted point blank that if the roles were reversed there's no way he'd pull for the Leafs.

He didn't in '93, '94, '99 or 2002 when the Leafs went to the conference finals. (By the way, this will be the Habs first conference final since '93)

I'm sure Freeway and Romanuk didn't jump on the Leaf ship back then either.

I look at it this way. Would a Yankee fan all of a sudden become "impressed" with Bo-sox and start cheering for them? Would a Browns fan do it for the Steelers or a Celtics fan for the Lakers?

Do you think a Ti-cat fan is ever impressed with the Argos enough to "come over?"

I think you know what the answer is.

At the end of the day, I realize this is only sports, and on the scale of what really matters this doesn't matter at all.

But on the scale of true blue Maple Leaf, and the way I was raised and the convictions I have and the abuse I've taken from Hab fans over the decades, it means a hell of a lot.

Enough that I will not follow in the footsteps of some of my disappointing friends who now want this team to do well. You can be impressed, you can admire from a distance, but to cheer for the Habs is something that is simply not in my genes.

You ought to be ashamed.

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The All Too Common Riots

May 13, 2010 @ 12:30

I chuckle at the e-mails I've received from Hab fans today emphatic that last night's riot was just a handful of people and not representative of "all" Hab fans.

Fair enough, but I remember back to the most recent Leaf playoff runs when Leaf fans were ridiculed by Hab fans for honking horns and waving flags on Yonge St. for simply winning a playoff series and not the Stanley Cup.

Even though the vast majority of Leaf fans didn't do it, It was OK for Hab fans to generalize back then but now it seems they want to change the rules.

Just more of what makes Hab fans aggravating.

To tell you truth, I'm surprised there haven't been riots in Toronto, given the hundreds of thousands of Montrealers who've come to Hogtown over the past decade for a better life.

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Comments We Like - Cathal Kelly

May 12, 2010 @ 13:28

Seven reasons Torontonians can't root for the Habs tonight.

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