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Only Ottawa Cheering For Ottawa

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Senators Nation? Uh-oh Canada.

The Ottawa Senators may be the only franchise of seven from north of the 49th Parallel still alive and kicking — feebly, to be sure — in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Yet they remain very much a parochial, narrowly embraced entity, a team utterly yoked to one city and one city alone. Further, it’s a city that only civil servants and governance geeks could love.

Our national capital is less loathed than smug Toronto and less parodied than slacker Vancouver but also lesser envied than either. Nor does it possess the small-market virtues of Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg. And it made no friends in at least one of our two Canadian solitudes by handily dispatching Montreal in the first round.

This is not a town that will spiritually stitch together the country’s diverse parts through the unifying force of hockey.

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Primis's avatar

Furthermore, there are fans of 23 other markets that don’t care in the least.

Posted by Primis on 05/19/13 at 03:03 PM ET

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I find it interesting that every year we have these articles, but the truth be told, there is no Canada’s team per se. Toronto has the biggest following along with Montreal outside their respective cities. But they have many haters as well. Vancouver is universally loathed, Ottawa as you can see in the article is ignored. Calgary and Edmonton get some love, unless you are from either of the other cities and Vancouver hates both. Winnipeg is new and inoffensive, but then again they aren’t very good. So, just like in the US, there is no one team everyone roots for in Canada.  As it should be, and hopefully someday the dumb media north of the border gives up the “Canada’s team” myth.

Posted by timbits on 05/19/13 at 03:12 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Don’t worry Ottawa, I’m on your side.

Unless you play the Wings, then you’re fuched

Posted by Hootinani on 05/19/13 at 03:17 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

phew, I was wondering when the Canadian media was going to come out with their “look at us, it’s all abooot us” story in these playoffs

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/19/13 at 04:04 PM ET

Labatt Blue Bear's avatar

If the Wings don’t win, Ottawa is my second team this year. I cheer against all rivals (Chicago/Toronto/Colorado) and teams closest to us in number of Cups won.

Posted by Labatt Blue Bear on 05/19/13 at 06:26 PM ET

Primis's avatar

phew, I was wondering when the Canadian media was going to come out with their “look at us, it’s all abooot us” story in these playoffs

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/19/13 at 04:04 PM ET

It’s all aboot them except, you know… actually winning.

They’ll talk crap about the Sun Belt teams like TB, CAR, and ANA… even though those 3 have all won Cups more recently than any Canadian team.

Posted by Primis on 05/19/13 at 08:13 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Bitter little article.

It’s a shame, because I know so many Ottawa fans who were so looking forward to ‘stitching together the country’s diverse parts through the unifying force of hockey.’

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 05/20/13 at 08:49 AM ET

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Red Winger - why do you care? Why spend so much energy on what the Canadian media is or is not going to write? Are you forcefed a Toronto Star subscription or something?

Posted by dzuunmod on 05/20/13 at 05:35 PM ET

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