I'm tired of Tony Gallagher. I'm tired of Ed Willis. I'm tired of Ian MacIntyre. Vancouver sports writers suck.
Maybe it's just me, but back when I lived in BC, the only real asshole in the news media there was Neil MacRae and that other guy on the radio that my mom hated because he always called every woman who called into his program "doll"... but I digress.
What I'm on about is the fact that they're already tearing Pavol Demitra to shreds and he hasn't even played a game in a Canucks uniform. Wait... let me back up a mintue. He hasn't even had a PRACTICE in a Canucks uniform. In fact, he probably hasn't even been fitted for a practice jersey. And already the media in Vancouver is trying to run him out of town.
For a team and city that now seemingly wants Sundin to sign, why would he? Why would he come to a city that's already trashing a decent player for no apparent reason? I'm sick and tired of trying to dig out information on the team only to find negative bullshit columns from reporters that seem to have some kind of chip on their shoulder and regardless of who Gillis brings in they're going to trash them. We as fans should demand better.
Is it fair to criticize? Absolutely. But, when reading Mr. MacIntyre's column today in the Vancouver sun I see:
WTF?Unrestricted free agent Mats Sundin, pondering a $10-million-a-year offer from the Canucks the way we might ponder a toonie dropped in a dumpster -- should we reach in there when our wallet is full, or just keep our hands clean? -- would make Vancouver a lot better.
If I'm Mats Sundin, and a friend or my agent called me up with a snippet of an article like this, I'd take a less money to play elsewhere.
I lived in Toronto for a number of years. Picking on the Leaves is like shooting fish in a barrell.. it's the easiest thing you can do. You're talking about a franchise that hasn't been to the finals since 1967 - the last year of a 6 team NHL. Since then, they really haven't done anything. They're still moaning about "the fix" the NHL had in for them when LA beat them to go to the finals. And every year is "next year" and before training camp, the parade route is already planned down Yonge St. But as harsh as the media is there, every year they're critical, but supportive. Even now when things are looking bleak for them, they're trying to look at the positives - something I haven't seen from a single Vancouver sports writer to date.
I'm tired of it.
This has to stop.