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Zero to Hero – A Fan’s Pain

It’s Day Ten of my Blogging 101 Zero to Hero journey. And it’s about time I share with you my pain.

I’m a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.

Chris wearing Canucks colours with Jack Poole plaza behind.

Chris Golden. Johnny Canuck. Separated at birth? Probably not.

Success has been fleeting with this team. Sure we’ve seen three beauty playoff runs from the home team – ninety-four forever, yo’! Sure there are a few division titles. Heck, there are even two Presidents Trophy banners hanging in rafters at the Rog’.

Just no Stanley Cup.

And this year?

Hello darkness my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again.

Featured Playoff Beard: Rock the Casbah

This was originally posted over at Canucks Hockey Blog and I thought to spread the message by bringing it here too!

2011 Canucks Playoff Beard 2 - Day 41 - ProfileAs many of you know, not only am I a pretty die-hard Canucks fan, I’m one of many who have grown a playoff beard to support the team.

And as both J.J. and I have mentioned previously, I’m also participating in the NHLPA Beard-a-thon, to raise money in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation in order to put as many defibrillators as possible in arenas across Canada.

I appreciate your support with a pledge, and also, I wanted to draw your attention that I’ll be the featured “playoff beard” of the day today, Friday (May 27th), and was hoping you could spread the word that you “know the guy” on the front page of the Beard-a-thon website. My hope is that with the increased exposure, a relatively decent beard (and one that hasn’t grown this much – ever), and your support that we can work together to raise as much money possible to get those AEDs in rinks across the country.

Thank you for your time and support!

Go Canucks Go!

Game On!

When the puck drops at 7:00p tonight between the Canucks and Kings, you’ll be able to find me sitting up in section 311 taking in Game One of what I hope to be a lengthy postseason spell from my favourite team!

Two Tickets to Game One - Canucks vs. Kings

Where will you be?

I know, I know.. I really shouldn’t brag. But aren’t you just a tad bit jealous? GM Place is going to be rocking, the towels will be swinging, and I’m putting money down that Mark Donnelly will raising his mic to the crowd to help sing O Canada. What a way to start the game for the first of 16 wins, eh?

Now for those that don’t know, this will be my second Game One experience when it comes to the Canucks in the post-season. I had the good fortune to be at GM Place for the first game between the Stars and Canucks back in ’07 – lets just say that getting a good 4 OT periods AND a Canucks is something more than EPIC!

And I thought the garage was rocking that night…

The Best Location to Enjoy the Canucks

Okay, before we get started, I should say that I must disqualify GM Place as the best location to enjoy the Canucks. Why you ask? Well, it’s not like we can just decide to show up and get ourselves a ticket. But now that that has been taken care of, let’s continue with our regularly scheduled blog post.

Over the course of your average Canucks season, I find myself taking in the games from a comfortable seat in the confines of my home. You see, Marnie typically works a different schedule than I do and most of my friends don’t care if they catch the game or not. So I stick close to the fridge and ensure that the beer is plentiful (even moreso if the eye-stabbing trapping bastard Lemaire happens to be coaching the opposition). Although the trappings of home are under my complete and utter control, I don’t have any ability to magically create the buzz & banter that friends, acquaintances, and randoms provide and therefore it’s not always rainbows and sunshine.

So if home isn’t where the fan is, what do I feel my best option is?


Tweetup at the Lamplighter – with a side of The Green Men

The Canucks Official Tweet-up:
Having been to three of the four official Canucks FanZone Tweet-ups this season (the pre-season one conflicted with work unfortunately), I have to say that I’ve enjoyed each one. Whether it’s a chance to hang out with the famous Richard (@mozy19), chatting both Canucks and BC Lions with Brian (@CanucksCorner), getting both abused, but then a ride a home afterwards from Claudine (@claudgrrl), or anyone and anything else that I’ve left out, it sure beats anything that sitting at home watching the game can provide. But what’s a recommendation without an unbiased view of the pros and cons?

  • Pro: There’s always a fanatical group of people who love what you love.
  • Pro: Nearly everyone there hates the Keenan years as much as you do.
  • Pro: The Green Men might show up.
  • Pro: Sweet prizes are always available – even if Richard cheats you out of the womens shirt.
  • Pro: Better supply of food and booze.
  • Pro: More chic to talk to other people than yourself about the halcyon days of Linden, McLean, Ronning & Bure.
  • Con: Sometimes the venue *coughcoughhackPlayersChophousehackwheezecough* isn’t really suited for a rowdy bunch of fans.
  • Con: There’s always a loser who thinks the Leafs are a better team somewhere in the bar/restaurant/lounge.
  • Pro: Someone is probably beating the crap out of that Leafs fan right about now.
  • Con: People now understand that your twitter avatar has been photoshopped.
  • Pro: There’s enough beer to fix that avatar photoshop problem by the end of the night.

So there you have it, my premiere place to enjoy the Canucks. But what I’m interested in is where you think the best place is. Is it the Canucks bar in a far off city? Is it with a bunch of friends? Is it on your own? Tell me – just remember to support your opinion ’cause.. well.. just because.

Death to Wooo!


No Wooo! Allowed – courtesy of VancityAllie

For those of you who follow me on twitter, or listen to me rant in the Canucks FanZone LiveBlog, you’ll likely know a few pet peeves of mine:

  1. I hate Chris Pronger.
  2. I hate Shane O’Brien.
  3. For effect, I hate Chris Pronger twice.
  4. I poke quite a bit of fun at Sami Salo.
  5. And I ain’t down with this “Wooo!” phenomenon after every Canucks goal.

What’s got my Canucks jersey in a knot is the fifth point.

It seems that DJ Dave, who’s usually spot on as the Canucks official game-day DJ, decided to play a David Lee Roth sound clip after a goal. Seeing the “allegedly” instant appeal from the “lower bowl” fans, he has played it after every Canucks goal since. I will admit that I thought it was a nice idea at first, but then spent a few seconds thinking and found myself completely against it.

First, Carolina already has the “Wooo!” chant going for them and I can’t support anything that comes from a non-traditional US hockey market. Second, it has spawned a chorus from the “Wooo!”-birds who think that simply shouting it out at any moment in the game is actually a good thing. Seriously – it goes like this:

  • Canucks score – Wooo!
  • Canucks touch the puck – Wooo!
  • The referee blows his whistle – Wooo!
  • Someone wins the 50/50 – Wooo!
  • The guy at the hotdog stand roasts a mean frank – Wooo!
  • There’s still paper towel in the washroom – Wooo!

See why I hate it?

Now it appears that support of the anti-“Wooo!” movement is pretty thin. Brian has expressed his dislike, and a few people in the twitterverse are also in favour of culling the “Wooo!”-birds, but for every one of us, there’s a Trevor or Derek who drink the Kool-aid and support the “Wooo!”

So I urge you – fight the establishment and bring down the “Wooo!” Talk to your MLA or MP. Sign a petition. Picket outside GM Place. Remember, it’s for a better and just cause!

Slash rant.


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