Not A Fan

So the Canucks are out of the playoffs.  As for myself, I think it’s a nice chance for them to go golfing, but I have friends who are fans, and they’re bitterly disappointed.

I never know what to say. A sports fan whose team has lost is a creature I do not understand. Nor do I know what’s appropriate. It’s like they’re in a kind of mourning.  Their heroes have let them down. It’s a very personal thing.   I want to say, “I’m sorry about the Canucks,” in appropriately somber tones, because they are clearly grieving.

And yet! A bunch of millionaires slid around on some ice and failed to get a rubber disc into a net more times than the other team.

I apologize to the fans out there, but I just can’t care very much.

8 Comments to “Not A Fan”

  1. By John, May 11, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

    I always tell people I don’t watch the games ‘cause when I watch them, the Canucks lose.

    Seems to oddly shut up even the most hardcore fan.

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  2. By rachel, May 12, 2009 @ 6:08 am

    Ah, you’re making me feel less un-Canadian, for all the shits I can’t seem to give about hockey.
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  3. By Erin, May 12, 2009 @ 10:15 am

    I admit – I’m a fair weather hockey fan. I won’t usually tune in until they’re in the playoffs, and even then, I’ll just have the game on while I’m doing other things. I do get somewhat sucked into the emotion of it, though – it’s a similar feeling to a good film with a really strong story. But not every game seems to be able to generate that level of interest for me. Last nights did. I’d really love to see a Canadian team win back the cup for the game we created, but it doesn’t look like this year will be the year.

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  4. By Beth, May 12, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

    For a brief time, (two years) I got interested in baseball. I got to know the team, called the players by their nicknames (Pat Borders was known as Patsy and Paul Molitar was Molly) But after the Jay’s two World Series wins they traded a bunch of players and they just weren’t my boys anymore and I lost interest. I think you have to understand the game well and you have to care about the individual players.
    I also hate to admit this because I am afraid they might come and take away my Canadian citizenship – but I hate hockey, beer and maple flavouring.
    Sanita Kenyatta

  5. By cheesefairy, May 13, 2009 @ 6:53 am

    The best hockey season of my life was the one when the people in the office pressured me to join their stupid hockey pool so I did because it involved going out for beer and then I picked my players based on whether I liked their names or not and then I came in second place.

    Some people were pissed.

    Stared belonged.

  6. By Arwen, May 13, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    Cheesefairy, my Faux Pas won his hockey pool in much the same way, and pissed people off.

    I’m not really into any sporting competition, so I can’t say hockey should take it personally.

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  7. By Liz, May 13, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    Hmm. I am liking the “I don’t watch the games” strategy. And I do think it has a lot to do with caring about the players as individuals. And I have friends and family to care about. I don’t need a hockey team.
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  8. By elswhere, May 13, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

    I’m with Arwen; when I lived in the States, I didn’t care about baseball; now, I don’t care about hockey. Not to mention all the other sports I don’t care about.

    Actually, I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but until reading this post just now I was not entirely 100% sure what kind of a sport the Canucks played. I just knew that whatever it was, they were in the playoffs of it last week.

    Cinnamon Shankill. Shankill?! What is that, like a kind of knife or something?

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