I’ve been meaning to write this for awhile now, but a discussion with a colleague yesterday really just pushed me over the edge. He came to my office and noticed the Habs schedule taped to my desk. He goes on to say “oh..your a Habs fan, I thought I could respect you…”
Apparently he isn’t a Habs fan, and he is visibly angry towards those that are. He asked me why I liked the Habs over any other team, and the only answer I had was because I was born and raised a Habs fan – don’t know any other way.
This was apparently the wrong answer, because according to him this means I don’t actually like the sport of hockey, I just like the Habs.
I would like to think I have a thick skin. But my feelings were a little hurt. Everywhere I turn lately there’s some kind of hate-on for the Habs or Habs fans.
It started at the beginning of the season with Mike Richards. He got all upset because Subban is a better player than he is. An so began the hatred of Subban and all those that associated with him.
Then the Chara/Pacioretty incident. While we were crying for a safer game, the rest of the league and hockey fans were mocking our concern. They didn’t seem to understand that we were not doing this only for Pacioretty, but for the game itself.
And now this….GQ calls Habs fans amongst the WORST in the world, and as PuckDaddy so eloquently put, that actually means we are the most hated.
Why all the hate? Where be the love? What exactly are our infractions?
Being amongst the most profitable teams in a league that struggles for attendance? The Panthers, Islanders, Coyotes, etc.. etc.. etc.. should be sending us thank you cards.
Or is it the 24 Stanley Cups, and our 100+ years of history? I understand it’s a bit obnoxious to always be celebrating our extremely decorated past, but would it make more sense to just ignore the plethora of Hall of Famers and legends that have worn the bleu, blanc et rouge?
Oh, I know what it is…it’s because we love our team and expect the best from them, night in and night out. It’s because we don’t accept a mediocre product in the largest NHL venue, and when a player doesn’t compete, we don’t sit back.
Yes, it’s true. Their have been a couple riots here and there, but I maintain that those rioting were not Habs fans, but miscreants who used our street celebration as an excuse to loot and set things on fire. For every riot I’ve witnessed, there is a palatable turning point where celebrations turn into a scene out of Cloverfield. It is usually at this point where I try and make my way safely home, and that I notice far less jerseys and many more masked rioters wearing all-black.
I love being a Habs fan. It is one of the only organized communities I belong to and I wouldn’t have it any other way!