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A Flames Fan - OCT.10.07

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<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>It's a strange thing for a Canucks fan to be a Flames fan. I imagine it is akin to being a drug addict dealing with withdrawal.

You wake up feeling nauseous, defeated, and disgusted with the way your life has become. You look into the mirror and claw at your eyes so that you may cease to view the troll that looks back at you. You are ashamed to call your parents, talk to your friends, or even get out of bed because of what you have become. I have to say, I hate it when I am a Flames fan.

I hate it almost as much when I am Leafs fan, or a Sharks fan, or a Canadiens fan. Every time I cheer for a team I despise with all of my heart, I hate myself a little bit.

Take Philadelphia for instance; I have disliked Philly for as long as I can remember. They play a gooned out style of hockey that rewards toughness over skills, and for years, a GM who did business in the same manner led them.

Yet a few nights ago, I was a Philly fan. I cheered when they scored. I punched the air when they won, and I had a smile on my face when they took 2 points (granted, I had to shower right afterwards, I felt so dirty).

Why would I do such a thing? It is very simple: The Flyers were playing the Flames; a team I hate, and a team we will battle with this year for the division crown.

It is safe to say that there is no other team in the entire NHL I dislike more than Calgary. They are so smug with their oil, their country music, and their underpaid goalie.

I hate the Flames and wish them nothing but misfortune and misery in their NHL season. Misery, that is, until they play a team that needs to lose so we can make the playoffs. I hate it when that happens, but it does.

At some point during the season, I will actually be cheering for Iginla and Kipper to be successful, and I hate myself for it. I hate it when I have to cheer for a team that I hate. I cheer for them because my love for the Canucks trumps my hate for the Flames; I cheer for them because I would rather the Canucks succeed than the Flames fail… but it is close. Real close.

The NHL is a funny league in that regard. There is so much parity, the divisions so close, and the playoff race so tight that eventually every real fan of the game will cheer for a team they dislike.

Senators' fans will cheer for the Leafs, Wings' fans will cheer for the Avalanche, and Rangers' fans will cheer for the Islanders. I bet you, dollars to donuts, that each and every one of those fans hates it when they do that.

So, if you happen to be walking down the streets of Vancouver and you stumble across someone in a Flames hat beating themselves with a piece of bamboo, just let him be, because that is me, and I deserve it.


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Guest Kyle Naish


So true, Tom, so true.

We hate you for it, too. :P

Nice post, man.

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