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05-17-2013, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by LaGu View Post
You are generalizing a bit too much I think. Most fans have a love/hate relationship with Canada's national teams. We love to play them, but we hate the fact that we lose more than we win and that many times we're simply out-muscled (this was much more common in the old days). The "out-muscled" part of this equation sticks with people and by default I think many classify Canada as a team playing on the "limit of dirty" (in terms of physical play) and therefore, in a way, they expect that it will be the Swede on the ice instead of the Canadian. Does that make sense?

That said, I think the crowd would have reacted the exact same way if we were playing against Finland, Russia or USA.
heh, we won't agree much on this one my friend.

I go way back to Father Bauer as coach of Team Canada and the histrionics is even generationally ingrained. Respect to father Bauer who was apparently possessed of more tolerance than I am.

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