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Fun or lack thereof with rivalries

November 12, 2010

“Do you guys hate us as much as we hate you?”

I get this question a lot, as I’m sure my fellow Habs fans do, from both Bruins fans and Leafs fans. (Sens fans never ask this question because there aren’t any Sens fans.)

The answer is an immediate “no.”

It’s true. The hate directed at the Habs and their fans from pretty much every other fanbase in the league is way more than we could reasonably return. It’s like Yankee-hating, but with lame riot jokes attached.

First of all, there are so many of us that it’s hard enough for everybody in our own fanbase to get along. We’re too busy drawing up Price-Halak battlelines and getting exasperated with each other to look outside our own fanbase most times. Second, it would be pretty exhausting to hate everyone who hates us back equally. Third, we have the 24 Cu-

Okay okay.

The one good thing about being so universally unloved is that we kind of have our pick of who to hate back. No matter what fanbase we direct our hatred at, chances are they hated us first, and hate us more.

And there is no team or fanbase I would love to make disappear more than the Boston Bruins.

“It’s all one-sided,” you say.

“The Leafs are closer,” you say (no they aren’t).

“Come on, everybody hates Toronto,” you say. 

“The Habs just always pwn the Boston Bruins, it’s no fun,” you say.

But seriously… how much fun has it been to hate Toronto lately? Really. The team has become a tremendous mess of pitiful hopelessness and it’s starting to make me really sad to watch what’s going on. The same kinds of things that used to make me happy now make me want to shoot the Leafs fans to put them out of their misery. All of them except my two favourite hockey bloggers (yes, they are Leafs fans, shut up) plus Ryan who gets a free pass until metricjulie says the word.

The only time anything remotely rivalry-esque happens with the Habs and Leafs is for the 60-70 minutes the teams play each other and whenever the Leafs win (these two things usually coincide, but not always). That’s it.

The Bruins, on the other hand, are infuriatingly good and just keep getting better. Yes, the Habs beat them a lot. But it sure weren’t the Leafs that swept the Canadiens out of the first round of the playoffs their centennial season. It sure weren’t the Leafs that added Nathan Horton and drafted Tyler Seguin this summer and where the fuck did Jordan Caron come from?

Plus their fans are like Leafs Fans: The Dropped-On-Their-Heads-As-Babies Edition.

This is who the Leafs are now. You can’t even point and laugh any more.

The Bruins: just as vile without the need for pity. 

Way sexier.

At least, until the Leafs can make it fun again 😀

There are exactly five Bruins fans in the entire universe that I can stand and Doug is one of them. The video above is one he had to make and post because he lost a bet we made on last night’s game. Doug is a man of his word and a good sport. Don’t mess with me or I’ll make you drink Smirnoff Ice, too.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2010 3:54 pm

    I almost feel bad for Doug.

  2. Shawn permalink
    November 12, 2010 5:04 pm

    I am a Sens fan (among other teams). Please revise your article for accuracy.

  3. November 12, 2010 7:30 pm

    Oh, I thought it was Tim Thomas.

  4. Harry M permalink
    November 15, 2010 12:37 am

    Don’t hate us because we are beautiful!


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