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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.

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?

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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!

GOAL!!!!!!!!!

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.

SOB’s Jersey – Should I Wear It?

SOB

SOB can haz goal?

For those of you who follow me on twitter, you probably know how I rage on Shane O’Brien. If it’s not a tweet about his jersey being retied and hung in the penalty box, it’s something about trading him for a bag of pucks and a box of day old timbits. You’ll also recollect a number of statements I’ve made regarding the scoring prowess of one Shane O’Brien recently. Something along the lines of wearing his jersey for every Canuck game for the rest of the season should he score. Well, I think I might be eating those words shortly.

Having not been able to catch the first two periods of last night’s game, I didn’t get the chance to see the beginning of what has to be the end of days. Late in the first period, O’Brien was on the ice in a 4 on 4 situation and found himself in alone against Ty Conklin. Going with the popular “whiff the puck and hope to get a changeup past the goaltender” style of shot, O’Brien hit the lottery and scored. Yes. You heard that right. He scored.

Now I figured this was simply a joke when I read about it and made a comment that if I didn’t see it happen myself, then hell if it didn’t. Kind of like how a tree falls in the forest and no one is around type of thing. But then @donkamero linked me a replay to ensure I didn’t miss out:

I’m pretty sure frogs will fall from the sky later today if they haven’t already.

Fortunately, one of my last conversations on twitter about the whole “SOB scores a goal, I wear his jersey” deal was with @carolineguichon. I had tweeted that should SOB score a goal, I would wear either his jersey or shirt if someone were to buy it for me. I figured that it was a good deal either way due to the inability of ol’ cement hands to get one, and should he happen to fluke out, I wouldn’t be held entirely on the hook. Caroline took me up on this offer thinking it would be fun, but also likely thinking it my reasoning was logical – SOB scoring a goal was as likely as Wellwood turning down a Mozza Burger from A&W.

So, here’s the deal. If someone, anyone, has a desire to hook me up with either his jersey, or a shirt with his name on it (and provided it fits – XXL or big ass huge works), I will wear it for a game or two. Heck, I’ll even let a picture be taken with me wearing it in public – something you can imagine is nearly as bad as being caught naked on Robson.

Any takers?

Jonesing for some Hockey

The last time I was seriously jonesing for some hockey was 11May. It was do or die time for the Canucks and even though I was up in Sechelt for a book signing, I did my part by ensuring the LBP was present for the Canucks FanZone Live Blog to fire up fans of the team in Green and Blue.

Canucks FanZone Live Blog Mods

Christopher Golden aka “Live Blog Player” – the guy on the left

Heck, even Shane O’Brien showed up on the scoresheet with his first goal of the season. However, it seems that simply showing up wasn’t enough as the Canucks lost a close one 7-5 (close in a manner of speaking).

Now unlike some other hockey fans out there in world, I love the game but love my team more. I took the loss so hard that I found myself skipping past hockey if something else caught my eye, like reruns of The A-Team (which I will have you know is being remade into a movie and being filmed in Vancouver). Seriously, it was that bad. Even though others found it fantastic that the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, or thought it was cool that Sidney “QQ” Crosby was the youngest captain to ever hoist the holy grail over his head, I simply grumbled about when the next season was to start and began the analyze how the lineup would pan out.

But alas the summer heat has baked away the pain and as we transition into September, I only have one thing on my mind:

THE PRESEASON STARTS IN 10 DAYS!

So here I sit. Psyched. Fired up. I’m Jonesing for some Hockey. And I know you are too. With the Sedins locked down for a few and Luongo for just a few more, with the additions of Ehrhoff, Schneider, Raycroft, and others, and with some passion, we’re in for a FAN-tacular season.

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