Not the real Canada?

By Razib Khan | May 14, 2011 7:27 pm

Amusing. Some Fans in Canada See Vancouver as Foreign:

If you are American, you might think that the Vancouver Canucks are now Canada’s team because they are the last Canada-based club standing among the final four in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Well, think again.

“Dear rest of Canada — please get your own hockey team” was the headline to an opinion article last week in The Vancouver Sun, encapsulating the leave-us-alone attitude many Canucks fans are taking in the face of a roiling swelling of both affection and, more often, revulsion for their team across the country.

The columnist, Pete McMartin, cited the mounting evidence of recent days that Canadians had turned on the Canucks for having several top players who are American or Swedish, and playing in Vancouver, traditionally derided as a mild-weather Lotus Land by those from east of British Columbia.

He cited the hundreds of “virulently anti-Canuck” messages on a Calgary Web site posted during the Canucks-Predators series; an interview in an Edmonton paper with a Finnish hockey writer based in Vancouver who said: “How Canadian a city is Vancouver to start with? It never snows. It never freezes”; and various pronouncements from writers and bloggers across Canada disavowing any support for the Canucks in the quest for the first Stanley Cup in their 40 years of existence.

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  • Darkseid

    They’re just jealous that they have a good team. I think the Sharks will beat them anyway so perhaps they’ll get to revel in that a bit. I want them to win, though, as the Sharks beat my Red Wings:((( There’s really nothing more satisfying than enjoying the annual Sharks/Canucks choke, though, so we’re guaranteed at least one this year.
    Now that they’ve been eliminated I can finally watch the rest of my movie:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHy7DGLTt8g
    It really gets good around hour six!

  • Darkseid

    while we’re talking hockey….goodbye Boogeyman. You were the biggest, baddest beast the NHL has ever seen:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxnzFMO7wMw

  • AndreaClaire

    We’re the only Canadian team that hasn’t had a dynasty at some point and tend to be thought of as more of a joke then a contender. Add to that the fact that most Canadians expected Montreal to be Canada’s best chance of hoisting the cup this year and I feel there’s some resentment that the joke team that never used to make the playoffs or always got knocked out fairly early actually has a viable chance of going all the way.

    Also, Alberta’s still angry that they got snow just two weeks ago while we were out planting our gardens and Toronto’s scared they’ll no longer be able to use the “at least we’ve won a cup” retort when a Canucks fan points out that they’re the worst in the league. Of course they’re going to be anti-Canuck!

  • Oz

    “Alberta’s still angry that they got snow just two weeks ago while we were out planting our gardens” It snowed here in Nl YESTERDAY. >:/

  • bob sykes

    Vancouver Canucks??!! As a person of French-Canadian ancestry, I find this very offensive. I demand the Vancouverites stop befouling the proud Canuck name, to which they have no claim. They must adopt a name appropriate to their benighted unCanadian wasteland. How about the “Orcs.”

  • Sara Vall DeMarco

    Hm…I’m a Calgarian and a Flames fan…until they are out of the running. Then I cheer for the closest (geographically) Canadian team. Most fellow Calgarians do the same…if you go to the pubs they are cheering for the Canucks (of course with the odd sour-faced nay-sayer or person who prefers an American team for whatever reason). Even in the nursing home I work in they are watching and cheering for the Canucks. I think these people writing these articles don’t represent most Canadians, art least not from my experience in Calgary.

  • phanmo

    Vancouver is a funny city. Being from Toronto, I’ve experienced some blatant bias towards my home city whilst visiting the West Coast. My brother, who lives in Vancouver, comes across it on a regular basis. I find it amusing because after growing up in Toronto (I moved to Europe in 2001) I had never seen someone smoking crack or shooting heroin, while in Vancouver I saw both in the space of 4 days, and all in a 2 or 3 block radius from the “tourist” centre of town.

  • amphiox

    There’s really nothing more satisfying than enjoying the annual Sharks/Canucks choke, though, so we’re guaranteed at least one this year.

    So, if the series goes to 7 games, all competitive, to the wire, and the seventh is decided in triple overtime on a brilliant diving goal that threads the needle into the top right hand corner, you’re going to say that the loser choked?

    I’m a Calgarian and a Flames fan…until they are out of the running. Then I cheer for the closest (geographically) Canadian team.

    So that means that, at least in theory, you acknowledge the possibility that you might cheer for Edmonton? You are a very noble and brave Flames fan. My hat off to you, sir.

    We’re the only Canadian team that hasn’t had a dynasty at some point and tend to be thought of as more of a joke then a contender.

    I do not think that Calgary, Winnipeg, or Quebec could really claim to have had a dynasty. And there’s really not much legitimately linking the current Ottawa franchise with the one that had the dynasties way back when.

  • amphiox

    There’s really nothing more satisfying than enjoying the annual Sharks/Canucks choke, though, so we’re guaranteed at least one this year.

    Of course, arguably, both chokes have already happened this year. It’s just that this time, Kessler and Niemi managed to Heimlich their teams in the nick of time….

  • RJ

    Is it ironic that the attached South Park video can’t be viewed in Canada? Maybe they can see it in Vancouver.

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