Why can't CDN fans rally around CDN teams in the Playoffs?
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01-02-2013, 05:35 PM
Join Date: Jul 2003
I've never understood this mentality. I live near Ottawa. If I support Ottawa as a homer favorite, that makes sense. I'm supporting the team whose home games I might actually attend, I'm supporting the small businesses in my community that live off that team, I'm supporting the players that are residents of the local community and many of them contribute to the community with charity efforts and the like.
What the hell would any of that have to do with the price of tea in China... when the Oilers are playing the Hurricanes in the Cup final? I don't have anything against the Oilers, mind - it's not a case of 'rivalry' whatsoever. It's just that I don't see homer-fan-ism as being nationalistic at all. It's regionalist. And Western Canada teams ... aren't regional to me. If I cheer for twenty men on a sheet of ice, my reason for cheering for them, if not the aforementioned regionalist support - has a lot more to do with those men and how they play then it has to do with where they play half their games and whether or not it that faraway site I have never been to and probably never will is on the same side as I am of a thousands-of-kilometres-long border.
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