Here is the daily offerring of hate. This one finds its basis from TSN - SportsNet the article is found at NHL.com.
My response to Damien Coxx (deliberately spelled wrong) is simple. Watch the frackin replay moron; you'll see the double spear to the throat. If you don't believe it hurts a demonstration can be arranged.
[i]Willes: Canadians already have playoff hate on for Canucks
By Ed Willes, Postmedia NewsApril 12, 2012Be the first to post a comment
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More hockey coverage at Faceoff.comVANCOUVER — Early in the first period of Wednesday’s Stanley Cup playoff game, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was jostled in a scrum, fell back into his net and seemed to say something to the officials.
It was an unremarkable scene, the kind you see 100 times over the course of a playoff contest and, to the untrained eye, deserved no further commentary. But, in the Twitterverse, one professional observer took it all in and, speaking on behalf of the entire country, immediately passed judgment on Luongo and the Canucks.
“And now Luongo joins the early playoff fakery,” tweeted Sportsnet’s Damien Cox. “Same ol’ Canucks. Divers and fakers. Why rest of country hates ’em.”
This, we remind you, was about eight minutes into the first period of Game 1 and, already, the rest of the country hated the Canucks. Last year, it took a run to the Cup final before Canada pronounced its hatred for this franchise but, clearly, the dominion isn’t going to waste any time this year.
The country has spoken. We are pariahs.
This is our burden.
“What’s frustrating to us is when the national media and people outside the city parachute in and form these opinions,” backup goalie Cory Schneider said in a quiet corner of the Canucks’ room on Thursday while weightier matters were being explored elsewhere.
“They take things for facts that aren’t really facts. If you talk to us and spend any time with us, you understand we’re good guys. Dan Hamhuis, the twins, Manny (Malholtra), Sami Salo. They play the game the right way and do great things in the community.”Maybe. But that Salo has always seemed kind of shifty to me.
[/Today, we should be focusing on any number of issues which arose out of the Kings’ 4-2 Game-1 win. The Canucks, for example, can’t let Mike Richards be the best player on the ice by a country mile. They have to find their power play. They have to get back to the structurally sound, puck-possession team game that led them to the NHL’s best record this season.
But, as much as we’d like to enlighten you about these subjects and ignore the commentary which is building around the Canucks, it’s hard when the irrational clamour threatens to drown out what passes for reasonable discourse.
Colleague Cox, who has a national profile, made his views known. Shortly after the final horn on Wednesday, some ace from the Kings’ PR department tweeted out: “To everyone in Canada outside of BC, you’re welcome.” A couple of days ago the headline in the Toronto Star read: “Vancouver Canucks could be NHL’s most despised team.” On Tuesday it was, “Everyone loves to hate the Canucks,” on the Sun media website.
It’s all over twitter. It’s the talk of talk radio. We did a Google search of “hate Vancouver Canucks,” on Thursday and got 589,000 results.
I mean you almost expected to pick up the Globe and Mail and read a 64-point header: “Barney the Dinosaur says: ‘I hate the Canucks, too.’ ”
Never mind that Angus Reid published a survey on Thursday in which the Canucks were tied for third (with Ottawa, don’t get us started on Ottawa), behind Toronto and Montreal as the NHL’s most hated Canadian-based franchise.
The idea that the Canucks are the NHL’s most hated team has been repeated so many times it’s now accepted as fact.
We will give you the organization, which sees a sniper behind every grassy knoll, doesn’t help itself. And the Canucks have players — Ryan Kesler, Max Lapierre, Alex Burrows — who’ve earned reputations as divers and chirpers (Note to Kesler: Stop with the theatrics. You’re too good a player and the refs don’t buy it, anyways).
But, geez Louis, every team has at least one diver/chirper/pain-in-the-rear type in its lineup. The difference is not every team wins and, whatever else they are, the Canucks are two-time Presidents’ Trophy winners.
“You look around the league and people don’t like us and Pittsburgh and we’re two of the better teams,” said Schneider. “You saw Darcy Hordichuk and Ben Eager in Edmonton. Nobody cares about Edmonton so nobody hates them. It’s that simple.”
Except it isn’t. We have neither the time nor the space to explore the many arms and legs to this story but if the Canucks make another run to the final, you can bet we’ll be back here again.
In the meantime, if they want to change the way they’re perceived, the Canucks took a step in that direction on Wednesday night. The problem there is losing doesn’t go over as well in this market.