Sens Talk on RFD: Retool, Rebuild, RESURRECT!!!!
March 20, 2007:
OFFICIAL RFD SENSNATION:
"Are the Senators truly Canada's team going into the Stanley Cup finals? Most people would probably answer yes to this question... if you exclude Toronto from Canada of course.
I know that here in Ottawa, pretty much everyone cheered for Edmonton in last year's cup final and Calgary the year before that. I guess we Canadians, being so passionate about our sport, believe the cup belongs in Canada. If the Canadian team we support can't bring the cup home, we then hope that another Canadian team does.
Of course, their are exceptions! In Toronto, things are a little different. I don't expect Leaf fans to cheer for the Senators... why would they? Sure, an argument can be made that many American-based clubs have more Canadians on their team than the Senators do... but so what? Are we cheering for the players or are we cheering for a team to bring the holy grail north of the border? I don't recall that argument ever being applied when other Canadian teams have had a chance to bring it home.
I think one reason why Leaf fans would never cheer for the Senators is because they feel they would never hear the end of it if Sens fans were ever given the ultimate bragging rights. But can you imagine if the roles were reversed? Let's face it, to this day we still don't hear the end of it when it comes to Sens-Leafs debates. "The Sens can't beat the Leafs in the playoffs... when it counts.", "4-0 baby", and my favourite, "When's the last time the Sens won the cup?". Hopefully, we'll have an updated answer for that question in a couple of weeks.
I remember being asked by a listener of our show a little while back if we at the Underground would ever cheer for the Leafs if they were Canada's only hope for the cup. Of course my answer was "HELL NO!". Simply because I knew that Leafers would never cheer for the Sens... and they have proven me right. Having said that, I know there would probably be a handful of Sens fans who would cheer for them, kind of like there are a handful of Leafers cheering for the Sens right now. But if Leafers are still throwing the 4-0 in our faces, can you imagine what we'd have to endure if they did win the cup? I don't even want to think about it. It's funny 'cause I've already heard some Leaf fans say that if the Sens win the cup this year, it won't mean anything 'cause they didn't have to go through Toronto. Yeah... okay.
Eugene Melnyk made a statement a few weeks ago that seems to have ruffled the feathers of many Leaf fans. Basically, he urged Leaf fans to support the Senators in their cup run soon after Ottawa became the only Canadian team remaining in the playoffs. This was apparently big news in Toronto. Some of you may know that we Undergrounders were interviewed on AM640 (Home of the Leafs) a little while back... a show where the theme is "Anyone But Ottawa". And the whole premiss of the show, which was the reason why we were interviewed, revolved around the statement Melnyk made. But of course, according to Leafers, Sens fans are the ones obsessed with the Leafs. Right.
Let me tell you this Leafers, no one in Ottawa cares whether or not we have your support. Right now, it's our time to shine! We couldn't care less if you hop on the Sens band wagon or not. I know that the Senators being labelled as Canada's team is upsetting for some of you but make no mistake about it... in no way shape or form is Ottawa pleading to the rest of Canada for their support. We know that most of Canada, minus Toronto, is on board and that's great. You can choose to believe Toronto reporter Damien Cox, who stated on the TSN show "The Reporters" on Sunday that there are no Sens fans outside of Ottawa. Based on the amount of loyal listeners we have spread-out around the world, I can proudly say that Mr. Cox is clueless. Then again, it's amazing how your view of the world changes when wearing blue & white goggles!!!
With the Senators in the cup finals, the last thing I wanted to do was talk about the Leafs or their fans. But I just wanted to get it off my chest.
WE'RE IN THE FINALS BABY!!! And if there's a team in the NHL that deserves to be at the big dance, it's the Senators. The players and fans deserve it... regardless of what some people may think!! "