I wish I had more time to blog and lay out cogent supporting reasons for what may seem like nonsensical blarney in any given post. Alas I don’t. You will just have to believe me when I say that valid, logical points exist behind all my opinions.
All teams, franchises and fanbases have their own particular personalities, characteristics and uniqueness. Actually, wait… that statement is complete bull shit. I have come to believe in the all powerful media narrative instead, which is built and reinforced so easily in this day and age of Twitter and the internet. The very same makes shattering these illusions so easy. Let me explain.
Lets paint some pictures with some very wide brushes, shall we? Canadiens fans, Maple Leafs fans and Bruins fans are variously described as ethnically-focused, nostalgic old farts and irritating blowhards, respectively. How did the person holding these views come to do so (for the purposes of argument, lets say its me, Zuuko)? Why would Zuuko describe a collection of a large amount of people, that are labelled Canadiens or Bruins, with words that can only be applied at best to individuals? What would lead Zuuko to this… I don’t know what the word is… prejudice?
1. Canadiens: Randy Cunneyworth French Scandal
2. Maple Leafs: Don Cherry
3. Bruins: Jack Edwards
The all power media narrative is born and goes on to define the team, the franchise and the fanbase. Especially, in the case of the latter two, the media narrative has a name and a face.
The only successful antidote has been reading hockey blogs. After reading Theory of Ice, watching Leafs Beefs and checking Days of Y’Orr (somewhat masochistically for this Canucks fan), one is reminded that not all Canadiens fans exclusively focus on ethnicity, nor are Leafs fans fuddy duddies, nor are Bruins fans irritating blowhards (now… Marchand is another story).
Canucks fans have thin skin, have no sense of humour, are conspiracy nutjobs, are self-hating, are stupid, <insert any generic Canuck fan description here>, etc. I am convinced that this undeserved reputation has been earned over the years because of one Tony Gallagher. He apparently hasn’t seen a single bad call that hasn’t been orchestrated by the NHL head office. His two outbursts that immediatly come to mind from the last year alone have been: (i) questioned the suckage of the team at a time when they were in second place in the West (see above linked article), and (ii) publicly called out the Canucks lack of toughness based on the evidence of one infamous January game, a game which actually proved the opposite if anything (hilariously, this last came in a segment where Gallagher was supposed to be defending the Canucks).
I’m not saying that Tony is a bad writer per se. All I’m saying is that he gives decent, hard-working Canucks fans a bad name. This is especially true in his outbursts when he goes all Gallagher, all rage in a tinfoil hat. Go all Gallagher. Go all Gallagher. Go’all Gallagher. Goallgallagher. Say it fast enough and sounds like one word, one phrase, one name. A Gollum to a Canuck fan’s Smeagol, taking over our psyche at crucial moments until we don’t even know who the hell we are anymore.
And so, the point of this post, if there is one to be gleaned, is a plea to not paint the Canucks with the same brush that should be used to tar-and-feather Tony Gallagher. And to Canucks fans (my brethren), resist this demon, this gollum, this goallgallagher.