As the Canucks progress through the Stanley Cup Finals, we’re hearing more and more about players, fans, and even media who dislike our team. Some of it’s unfounded, some of it’s comical, and some of it’s nonsense. I must admit that I’m quite fascinated by the way the Canucks and their fans seem to be vilified across the league.
Dave Bolland and Ryan Whitney are two players who recently publicly stated their disdain for the Canucks. It’s one thing for fans to spout off about opposing teams and players – just look at how much we chirp about the Blackhawks here – but it’s another thing when players get into it. There are so many different factors and emotions at play, but I think it comes down to jealousy, envy, and pride.
It’s exactly like on the reality TV-show Survivor.
On the long-standing tv show, the “jury” (the players voted out prior to the final 3) gets to ask the 3 finalists anything they want in order to make their million-dollar decision. Some of the jury members come across as classy, often congratulating the finalists for in essence outplaying them. But more often than not, the jury members start whining, complaining and moaning about how they should still be in the running for the grand prize. They resort to name-calling, cheap insults and personal attacks while refusing to admit they were outplayed and outwitted. Sound familiar?
The best come-back is the proverbial “scoreboard” remark. We can be content and proud knowing that we are one of 2 teams playing for the Stanley Cup while 28 other teams sit and watch.
After all, hockey sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will never hurt us.
Just don’t compare the Canucks to Richard Hatch.