First... Hi, I’m ODB and I’m a Canucksoholic!
Enough of that! I want to know if anyone here around the Corner can tell me what the hell happened to our team in these playoffs? When did we become so hated?
Going into the playoffs we were cup favorites. The media (in Canada anyway) picked us to win the cup across the board! We were Canada’s darling, her only real hope! The first round went ok. We took some heat in the media for letting Chicago back into the series but by and large we came out ok. Save for the Torres hit that some thought deserved a suspension. Sure Chicago hated us but who gives a squirt of piss about them or what they have to say in the local media?
The Nashville series was uneventful. Everyone in the media thought what we all pretty much thought. It was just a bit of a letdown after the high intensity of the Chicago series. Still I don’t think we were hated. Not in the media or by the public at large.
In the San Jose series things changed. The media and people in general started really hating on the Canucks. Calling us dirty and divers! Really? Did I watch the game through rose colored glasses or did the Sharks not dive just as much as we did? I would have thought there was dirty shit going on back and forth. I remember Rome getting clobbered on a dirty hit resulting in a concussion. I recall Dan getting run and getting no call. I seem to remember a young lady flashing her tits... oh wait, never mind.
By the Stanley Cup Finals we were fucking hated! I live in Saskatchewan and I saw a perspective those in BC likely wouldn’t have seen. They wanted us to lose bad! They considered us dirty. They said we dive and we’re cheap players. I mean the finger thing? Come on Pronger has done worse shit in the preseason! I thought we couldn't buy a fucking call in the Cup Finals. Chara nearly kills a dude four months ago and gets nothing while Rome gets 4 for a late hit!
I honestly don’t understand where Sportsnet's Mark Spector gets this from.
Mike Gillis crediting his predecessors... are you fucking serious? Is Spector the only man on earth that isn't aware of the ongoing feud between Aquaman and Burkie?From Kesler’s surly persona, to Alex Burrows’ finger biting, diving and endless head-snaps, to Maxim Lapierre’s embellishments and fake injuries, to Raffi Torres knack for hitting only the unsuspecting — wait, we’re getting to our point — to Luongo’s childish quotes about Thomas not "pumping his tires," to the legit tough Kevin Bieksa’s two playoff fights coming against pacifists Viktor Stalberg and Patrick Marleau, to teammates who allowed the Sedins to be abused throughout this series by little Brad Marchand and never stood up for them, to a GM in Mike Gillis who never once credited any of his predecessors with acquiring all of the best players on this team, the Canucks wore the villain’s hat well in this series.
Of course, there are many fine people inside this organization who don’t deserve to be painted with that brush, but the perception does not happen by fluke or fix. It is earned, and accurate.
Aside from the finger bite (what the hell were Bergerons fingers doing in Burrows mouth) every single thing Spector mentioned was happening on both sides! Can anyone here tell me why we were dubbed the villain's and why it was earned, and accurate?
I honesty don't know what the fuck we did. Why did everyone hate us?
BTW, the riot was icing on the cake... the rest of North America loved that shit! Way to go morons!