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Goodbye, Windy City

Here in Vancouver Canucks land, we have a stalker and it’s starting to get out of hand. 

It didn’t used to be so bad.  After all, she was smoking hot for a couple years, and the Canucks—truth be told—had a hard time keeping up with her game

But then a few months ago the Canucks finally had enough and roundly dumped her

But ever since, the girl—let’s call her Chi-Chi—just cannot seem to get over it.

Every time the Canucks open a newspaper or blog these days, there’s one story after another with Chi-Chi and her various PR wags talking trash.  Even Chi-Chi’s newest boyfriend, on his first trip to a media podium, started in with the “OMG I’m so gonna kick Vancouver’s butt!”

Seriously? Dude.  Y’all need to get over this. We tolerated your bitchy outbursts in the past, but this is getting a little sad; even a bit desperate

And it makes us sad.

Look, we respect you. We do. But the relationship? We got over it.  We’ve moved on. We struggled a bit with the breakup, we’ll admit, but we did finally get it done

And at this point, the truth is that we’re just not that into you.

You see, we met this other chick from Boston back in June. Let’s call her Brin. 

Of course, as everyone knows, Brin stomped our hearts into the ground.  But we’re not going to give up making a play for her, so we’re probably gonna be waaaaayy more obsessed with Brin for the next year. 

But we do wish you well, Chi-Chi.  We know you’ve had a hard time lately, and it’s always easiest to hate the ex.  But we also trust you’ll do well.  There’s a few Sharp guys committed to hanging out at your house for this year and beyond, plus we always had a secret fetish for your Toews (as do many others). 

Not to mention that hot new boyfriend you’ve added to your stable of admirers.  I mean, knowing that Dan Carcillo plans on singlehandedly protecting your goodies... well, that virtually guarantees you’ll be drinking out of a big silver chalice again next summer, right?

But if not, don’t despair, Chi-Chi.  Just remember the good times, and move on.  This bickering obsessiveness really doesn’t become you.  You were hot once; I’m sure you’ll be hot again. 

Meanwhile, Brin is the only girl for us.

Ciao.
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Update: The comments on this post and links to it around the ‘net reflect some negative reactions that I never intended in the slightest. This was meant to be a light-hearted little jab at a few members of the Chicago media and a couple players who have continued to trash-talk the Canucks, long after the season ended.  It was never meant to be a “my team is better than your team” sort of thing. Ironically, I genuinely like the Blackhawks.

But I do find it a bit disheartening that so many of their fans took what I intended to be a humourous look at these post-season jabs (against my favourite team) and got all defensive about me pointing them out.  I guess I should never assume that strangers (a) get my humour, or (b) follow the links in an article so they could fully understand what I’m referring to.

Anyway. Blackhawks fans: I wave the white the flag. Relax. No harm was intended.

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Win just 1 cup. That pretty much says it all. Oh, besides win a road game.

Posted by Bro V Wade from Chicago on 08/09/11 at 05:52 PM ET

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I don’t get it.  Just what are the Blackhawks jealous of?  Here’s an update for you.  If Vancouver disposes of Chicago in 4 or 5 games - like they should have - they win the Cup.  Plain and simple.  So not only did Chicago win the Cup last year (2010) they cost you the Cup this year.  If you are upset that guys are running their mouths, just look to Willie Mithchell, Shane O’Brien, and Kevin Bieksa for guys who are guilty of verbal diarrhea while they were Canuckleheads.

Posted by wolverine from hockeyheaven on 08/09/11 at 05:57 PM ET

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now imagine 12 out of 16 teams felt like Chicago feels against the nucks, then you understand what it’s like to be the Wings.  Enjoy rivalries.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/09/11 at 05:57 PM ET

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Hey, where is that new farm club of yours anyway?

Posted by WolfKeeper on 08/09/11 at 06:03 PM ET

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Brilliant.

The whiny arrogance of the first two posters here sort of prove the point.

“Win 1 Cup”. Yeah. Original.  Yep, Chi Chi had her moment, good for her.  Seeing as how its really only ONE Cup they won ( at the current way to win one guys…Original Six teams that boast of it when it was two rounds, and their grandparents were fans, because they were not even a thought for another 30n years, is really a little desperate.

Really, the reason Chi Chi got annoying and we had to dnump her, is she got really full of herself.  Always talks of the “right” way to win our affections.

Wolvie…shhhh….its not about you.  Your Chi Chi is, until she proves otherwise, just another 1st round exit team that needed help to even get into the playoffs.

In other words Wolvie, you really lost your looks, at we moved on.  Try the same, instead of whining about ...what…whining?  You, your team, your media…thats all you do is whine.

Its getting a bit much.  Stalk another, please. 

Sheesh!

Posted by vancitydan on 08/09/11 at 06:07 PM ET

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wolverine:  I don’t get it.  Just what are the Blackhawks jealous of?

Fair enough. I meant to use the word “obsessive” there, and I’ll change it now. And I don’t think they should be jealous or at all bothered by the Canucks. And yet it sometimes seems like the Hawks and their media have talked more about the Canucks this off-season than Vancouver‘s media has. smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 08/09/11 at 06:08 PM ET

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And yet it sometimes seems like the Hawks and their media have talked more about the Canucks this off-season than Vancouver‘s media has.

Stoking a rivalry is good for business.

Posted by awould on 08/09/11 at 07:20 PM ET

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Its getting a bit much.  Stalk another, please. 

It’s funny that Vancouver obsessed over Chicago for a couple years when they couldn’t beat the Hawks, but less than a summer after Vancouver finally beating them it’s time for the Hawks to get past it?

As someone else said, win a cup.  THEN talk.  It may only be one that’s they’ve won, but that’s still one more than the Nucks.

I hate it when people make me want to defend Chicago…

Posted by Garth on 08/09/11 at 08:17 PM ET

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Pretty pathetic post.

Posted by yimmy from mn on 08/09/11 at 08:24 PM ET

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Good grief,  I can’t believe how people take everything so damn seriously all the time these days. This is a pretty light-weight post, meant to poke a bit of fun. Why be so defensive?  As a Canucks fan, I endure trash talk from everyone, and as long as it’s not mean-spirited, I don’t have a problem with it.  It’s just hockey, for godsakes.

And incidentally, I’ve long been a fan of Chicago. A lot of great players and amazing history, which I’ve written about plenty in the past.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 08/09/11 at 09:30 PM ET

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Ha ha, OUCH!! Looking forward to the new season & another playoff match up.

Posted by vince maranto on 08/09/11 at 09:59 PM ET

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This has to be the dumbest, most embarrassing thing I ever read.

Posted by Wow on 08/09/11 at 11:24 PM ET

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Ha ha, OUCH!! Looking forward to the new season & another playoff match up.

Posted by vince maranto on 08/09/11 at 08:59 PM ET

Me, too, Vince. The games are always great and rivalries are fun.

Well, usually, anyway. smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 08/09/11 at 11:31 PM ET

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No offense to you personally Garth, but that ” Win a Cup” comment is utter bull$hit. 

Are you folks that use that saying that no one that cheers for a team that has not won a Cup knows anything about hockey?  Jeez. Alannah is right, it was a lighthearted post.  Yet Hawks haters, or their apologists ( you ) feel that because the subject is the Canucks, that they are experts.

The NHLPA survey that comes out at the ASG has twice found, in a poll of the players, that they voted Canuck fans the smartest in the NHL.

Yes, the truth is the Canucks have not finished the deal…yet.  They also have probably the best chance over the next 3-5 years of any team in the NHL.

The truth is, players all over the NHL are stalking the Canucks ( like Winchester, for instance )...wanting to come here.

Heck, Kes took 5 mil…Sharp just signed for 5.9. He is a great player, but he is no Kes’.  The truth is, the Hawk players have not really helped their team out Cap wise as much as the Canucks.  Maybe thats because those players know they will have a great chance to break that drought.  Or maybe because of their character.  Like Hawk fans talk of “no class” in their attempted insults. Did Toews and or Sharp, Hossa, Kane, or anyone else give about 12.5% of the AAV of their salary to a Children’s Hospital? ( and had to be talked into making it public, as a way to help raise more ).  Henrik and Daniel Sedin are the epitome of class. 

BTW…the Rangers won the last time the Canucks got there, having not won since it was easier ( 2 rounds ) in ‘94. But that team has absolutely sucked mainly since then. Does that mean they can be experts more than Nuck fans? Kings and Blues fans? Leaf fans, for that matter?

It sounds like a stupid insult because it is. “No CUPS!!!!”

It makes you sound like sad desperate Oiler fans talking like their opinion is automatically more important because they had a great team in the 80s, before most the fans doing the talking were alive…when the truth is, they and their opinions have the same relative merit, and that attitude is the only thing that sounds stupid.

Now, Wings fans can talk a bit, because they have had a great team for a long time. Even without that final Cup, the Canucks, can lay claim to being a great team for a while now too.

I get the haters. But really, more originality than “NO CUPS”! Please.

Posted by vancitydan on 08/10/11 at 12:41 AM ET

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In one post, Alanah shows what a real blogger has to offer – insightful comments, witty repartee and a willingness to engage those who comment on her posts. Well done, O’ cherubic one.

Even Chi-Chi’s newest boyfriend, on his first trip to a media podium, started in with the “OMG I’m so gonna kick Vancouver’s butt!”

As I commented in a lesser blogger’s post, here’s how Faceoff.com (forcaster.canada.com) describes Carcillo’s flaws:

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Carcillo: Like Sean Avery, he must reduce his side-show tactics and stick to playing hockey more often. Tends to take very bad penalties and is often under review for questionable hits or plays.

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So, the only thing teams in the West have to fear from Carcillo is that he’ll play his usual “goon” game and injure one of their players. It’s not our team’s “butts” that we have to worry about. In the end, it’s their heads and knees.

With the addition of Mayers, O’Donnell and Carcillio, the Hawks have turned themselves in the Central Division’s version of the Ducks. If they can’t beat you with talent, they’ll beat you by taking out as many of your players as they can.

At a time when the league seems poised to enact rules that protect its players, the Hawks have decided to go in the opposite direction. Let’s hope the league makes it clear to them (via penalties and suspensions) that they’ve made the wrong choice.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/10/11 at 01:03 AM ET

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Win just 1 cup. That pretty much says it all. Oh, besides win a road game.

Posted by Bro V Wade from Chicago on 08/09/11 at 04:52 PM ET

I seem to remember Chicago being under the microscope for circumventing the CBA around the time they won their Stanley Cup… so lets just say while Vancouver may have lost in the finals, at least they didn’t skate through a loophole to get there.  Does that make it even?

But if not, don’t despair, Chi-Chi.  Just remember the good times, and move on.  This bickering obsessiveness really doesn’t become you.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia

Maybe its just my perspective, but it does seem like Chicago’s hockey press tends to get personal in an awful hurry compared to other cities/teams (Mr. Maranto excluded of course).
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As for those of you ripping Alanah a new one… she’s joking around, lighten up a little eh?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 08/10/11 at 01:18 AM ET

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With the addition of Mayers, O’Donnell and Carcillio, the Hawks have turned themselves in the Central Division’s version of the Ducks. If they can’t beat you with talent, they’ll beat you by taking out as many of your players as they can.

My thoughts on Carcillo exactly.  I don’t miss Anaheim’s old tactic (or maybe not so old as much as they aren’t much good at it anymore) of committing so many penalties that the refs can’t keep up.  Its unfortunate to see Chicago go low brow.  Ever since their resurgence I’ve thought they were pretty much a class act (we’ll overlook the cabbie incident)... I guess those days have passed.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 08/10/11 at 01:23 AM ET

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Thanks for the few supportive comments above. I’m glad not everyone assumes I’ve declared war against Chicago, or something!

And to OlderThanChelios… I’m glad my cherubic nickname is still intact. smile

I’ve added an update to the bottom of the post.  It just seemed easier than to keep explaining myself and apologizing in the comments.

Thanks, everyone.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 08/10/11 at 01:39 AM ET

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( at the current way to win one guys…Original Six teams that boast of it when it was two rounds, and their grandparents were fans, because they were not even a thought for another 30n years, is really a little desperate.

Posted by vancitydan on 08/09/11 at 05:07 PM ET

Oh come on man.  I get tired of this line of argument.  I might have a strong imagination, but I’m betting that if Canucks had been around in the Original Six years and won a few Cups, your team’s fans would wear every Stanley-Cup-feather in their cap they could make claim to.  That logic has a sort of holier than thou ring to it, you have to admit. 

Besides the Wings of the 1950’s and the Canadiens of the 50’s and 60’s still rank as some of the best teams to ever hit the ice.  Going two rounds to get the Cup isn’t the same as going four rounds to be sure, but going through Gordie Howe or the Rocket Richard to get the Cup wasn’t a cake walk either.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 08/10/11 at 01:52 AM ET

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that ” Win a Cup” comment is utter bull$hit.

I agree that fans do not need to see their team win a cup to know hockey. But in this case, i find it funny that the blog seems to claim some sort of victory in the rivalry just because they won the last round. If they never meet again in the playoffs, history will favor the Hawks for winning a Cup one year and the next taking the Canucks to the limit, which most speculate (and i agree) caused some real problems for the Canucks in later rounds.

As for who has the best chance to win in the next few years, that just comes off as bluster from an overconfident fan. Detroit has been in that top group of teams to win it all most seasons going on 20 years and we have learned it isn’t that easy. But i won’t begrudge a fan some cockiness when their team is near the top, it is something that should be appreciated. It is a long season ahead, but personally i think last year was the Canucks best chance and they blew it.

Posted by awould on 08/10/11 at 02:00 AM ET

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No offense to you personally Garth, but that ” Win a Cup” comment is utter bull$hit.

Sorry, but no it isn’t.  When someone is claiming superiority because of winning a first-round match up against the team that beat them the previous year ON THE WAY TO WINNING THE CUP, it absolutely applies.

Are you folks that use that saying that no one that cheers for a team that has not won a Cup knows anything about hockey?

English?

I seem to remember Chicago being under the microscope for circumventing the CBA around the time they won their Stanley Cup… so lets just say while Vancouver may have lost in the finals, at least they didn’t skate through a loophole to get there.  Does that make it even?

You’re right, because nobody ever mentioned Luongo’s contract in the same breath as Hossa’s right?  RIGHT?  Or was his $10M pay check this year on a $5.3M cap hit somehow different from and more acceptable than Hossa’s $7.9M pay check on a $5.3M cap hit?

Anyone?

And at least Chicago parlayed that circumvention into a Stanley Cup championship whereas Vancouver parlayed it into a finals choke job.

Posted by Garth on 08/10/11 at 09:44 AM ET

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Did Toews and or Sharp, Hossa, Kane, or anyone else give about 12.5% of the AAV of their salary to a Children’s Hospital? ( and had to be talked into making it public, as a way to help raise more ).  Henrik and Daniel Sedin are the epitome of class.

Maybe they all did that and then didn’t make it public because they didn’t want their names dragged around in some sort of idiotic my-players-are-more-pious-than-your-players game.

The epitome of class doesn’t dive in the finals. It’s fun as a fan to pretend that your favorite team is made up of better human beings than every other person’s favorite teams, but it’s generally not the truth.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/10/11 at 10:35 AM ET

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Usually those that comment don’t have much to contribute besides snarkyness so don’t let it get to you. Never write a post thinking about what the peanut gallery will think or you’ll get boring fast.

Real fans of the game admire a good rivalry and the Hawks/Canuck have now taken a life of it’s own. It’s awesome hockey. Every game is playoff hockey these days. I need to buy a larger screen to catch it all.

Your blog postings are thoughtful and entertaining. That’s all that should be expected. Keep up the good work, I’ll continue reading.

Posted by Jerry Kayne from Chicago on 08/11/11 at 07:28 PM ET

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Thanks, Jerry. That was a really nice comment to leave, and very much appreciated.

Now, you need to go out and get that big screen TV! smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 08/11/11 at 09:38 PM ET

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.

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