Monthly Archives: April 2009
The boys did it gracefully, with conviction and dignity.
What was needed here was a convincing sweep. Needed for what? In order to demonstrate the praise of which they are entirely worthy. They’ve earned this praise throughout the year, and have been nothing short of humble about it all. No trash-talk, no self-praise, only looking forward to the next shift, and the next game. never looking back.
But tonight, they do get to look back. Tonight, they may celebrate the entire season and post-season, in which they’ve demonstrated the power of a strong character and of hard work.
Many of the players have had to suffer through serious injuries as a consequence of this hard work, and especially deserve the praise that is coming.
The trouble with the media is that our beloved players have such massive media availability obligations and their appearances are so frequent that the interviews are, in a word, boring. Their responses are typically a series of cliches and it’s obvious from the players’ behavior that the task is perceived as a chore.
And why shouldn’t it be a chore? They’re not actors.
Solution: Give the guys a break and maybe you’ll get some interesting, more spontaneous interviews that viewers look forward to watching.
What’s this big deal about Ryder Ridin’ Montreal?
Yeah so he played for them and he was a healthy scratch in the playoffs; yeah he suddenly started scoring and earning a high plus rating.
Why can’t the media get over it?
Because at least for now, Ryder represents everything that the Montreal Canadiens have been doing wrong. Ryder wasn’t a favorite and wasn’t given a chance, and the organization in Montreal does seem to have ‘special favorites’. Ryder’s from Newfoundland and clearly wouldn’t be fittin in famously with the rest of the roster: He’s not a foreigner, he’s not American and he’s not from Quebec, Ontario or BC. This is more than a geographical difference. He stood out. He was different. And the organization couldn’t think outside the box. So there’s a real sense in which he wasn’t treated very well, both interpersonally and in terms of professionalism. So this is a Cinderella story for the media who have been covering hockey for a while.
So why don’t the Bruins like to push the story?
2 reasons. Respect for the man, and to make sure he is not psychologically plagued by the attention. The focus is on protecting their players from such gossip, which serves only to sell papers (or data, as it were). Their focus is on bigger things that cannot be achieved while one is thinking small.
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This goes out to all those Canadiens fans bombarding my video site with messages regarding how brilliant an idea it would be for Lucic to fight 4th liner Georges Laraque (also termed “the blob” in some circles). I challenge you to formulate one good reason for Lucic to do so. What might Lucic have to gain from it? Respect? Already earned. Bad-boy rap? Not necessary, apparently.
Do a basic, rational utility calculation: What does Lucic want that might be achieved by fighting the blob?
Before you condemn Lucic and stereotype him as the ‘tough guy’, I suggest you watch a few regular season Bruins games. What you will learn is that Looch earns his bad-boy reputation not by instigation or provocation, but via massive, crippling and yet clean hits.
He doesn’t start fights, but only finishes them.
The only memorable borderline dirty hit was on Jones, who was not hurt. Jones was, of course, responsible for putting Bergie away. So perhaps Looch didn’t work very hard to refrain from administering that hit, but it’s certainly not characteristic of him.
Has morality and class gone down the tubes in Montreal? Ask me. I am from there.
Yes, it has, thanks for asking.
The most conspicuous thing missing in this city is class. The economic situation is hitting the whole world now, but Montreal has been destitute for so long (ever since bank of Montreal moved to Toronto–not a joke) that virtually half the city is on welfare and the other half pays about 40% of its salary to the government as income tax.
Sure, Montreal has some great bars and plenty of alcoholics to contribute to the night life environment, but there is a strong sense of underachievement in this city, and it serves as a plague in all areas. The Habs were one of the few things people could turn to in order to convince themselves that some things about this city are not mediocre. A people needs that as much as it needs role models. (Not a great job done by the Habs on that count, given that their history includes purse-snatching and associating with drug dealers–hearings to be held for at least 4 of the players after the playoffs are over).
So don’t count on Habs fans giving up on their team any time soon. It’s all they’ve got left, for many of them. This leads many to form irrational beliefs about the ability of the team, which are based upon a history of something better.
I feel sorry for them sometimes, but mainly, it’s hard to do, since I came out of this same city and opted to get a life. Of course, I had to leave the city in order to do it.
It’s nice to be able to speak freely on some forums, given that 3 Bruins fans were booted off hfboards.com (by moderator “Blind Gardien”) yesterday for saying things like (and I quote) “the Habs would probably lose to Boston even if Markov were not injured because they lost in the reg season even while he was healthy”.
A fellow Bruins fan was booted for saying this, and I was booted for pointing out that this action violated America’s right to free expression, which Quebec has a pretty long history of suppressing. Interested parties may request examples.