by SENShobo on 10/08/08 at 08:45 AM ET
From Cam Cole via the Ottawa Citizen,
Why don’t teams from Canadian cities win more often, when we care so very much?
Because we care so very much.
Why don’t more big-name free agents want to play in Canadian cities? Because we strangle them with our passion, cover their every twitch and mis-step, examine their private lives, call in to talk shows to discuss ad nauseum every minute happening in their season.
To this day, the best supporting argument to the theory that we love our teams to death, which has appeared in this space before, came from the man who, ironically, now coaches the Maple Leafs: Ron Wilson.
more, including Burke’s thoughts on the RFN plan…
I wrote earlier on the subject, and certain players’ approach to it. I think it’s obvious that the passion for the game is why so many great players come out of our country. If only we could tone down some of the harsher attitudes towards players having a rough time, and instead work harder to show our support for our teams and all their players, maybe more good things would start coming our way.
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