Friedman's thoughts on the Habs
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03-22-2012, 08:11 AM
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That wasn't my point.
Gainey lashed out at the fans and media when they were unreasonable. He wouldn't have been able to do that with Molson's in charge.
The point is that a private owner can thumb his nose at the xenophobes and by doing so will earn the respect of the players. It is the players after all who go out and win games....not the political whiners. The importance is to keep the circus out of the locker room and to keep the focus on winning.
Not sure where you are going with this. How do you know Gainey wouldn't be his own man even with Molson in charge? And the bashing was directly on a franco-Quebecer.....chances are politics would have nothing to do with Gainey being able to lash or not.
Again, what some posters can't get a grasp on is that no matter how you see it, there will always be "some" politics involve. Now, things evolve. There was a day when you could easily have 12-13 francos on a team. And a bilingual management. Now, I think that the most franco bias, could be able to live with 5-6 francos in the team. But you can't call for politics when the actual fact is that this team has a tradition. And with the lack of local people whether the players or the management, this came as a first in the history of a franchise known for his local attachment. So I really don't see how it's that bad to actually notice it. And hope we can turn this around WITHOUT forgetting that winning is more important than anything else. Yet, some people think that you can achieve both the local representation and the winning record.
I believe that the day you decide to be a Habs fan, you decide to live with everything that means. Call it politics, call it tradition, call it history, call it as you want, but it will always be there.
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