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As Hockey Hatred Builds

03/16/2007 at 5:55pm EDT
I'm a big fan of the rising animosity between teams and fans this time of year. My own acrimonious and obnoxious statements about Kirk Maltby and Chris Chelios, for example -- no explanation required -- always get my Wings friends in a flutter. And commentary about the Colorado Avalanche (which commands rather a lot of my all-over-all-encompassing hockey hatred time) is also good for personal amusement.But how about the Minnesota Wild? On one of our podcast episodes a couple weeks ago, John (of RadioZoom) made mention of his impression -- from listening to rival podcasts -- that Wild fans believe Canucks fans refuse to genuinely reciprocate their dislike of us. Not enough respect, generally. Well, I wasn't sure what to think other than, "I'm trying to hate them. Really!"Then today, courtesy of NHL Digest, I came across this fantastic quote at Wild Puck Banter:
"Speaking of the Canucks, I just wanted to let you all know that I'm working on a list of my Top 5 Most Hated Canucks of all time. Narrowing down to five is proving to be a difficult task, but it should be done by tomorrow night. Suggestions are welcome in the comment box."
That's awesome. But since I can't really offer up 5 Wild players I particularly hate in return (frankly, I'd rather kidnap and keep Pavol Demitra and Brian Rolston; and maybe Marian Gaborik during the 3 weeks a year that he's healthy) I'll try and make an effort in the future.The image accompanying this post (originally posted a few weeks ago) is the best I can come up with at the moment. But I'll put some thought into it and figure out some other rude angles. Hockey hatred needs to be encouraged... I'd hate to think I'm not doing my part.

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