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GQ ranks Montreal Canadiens fans among worst in sports


By Greg Wyshynski

Fri Mar 18 02:34pm EDT




On the same day some are asking if the Montreal Canadiens are the NHL's most hated team, the venerable Gentleman's Quarterly magazine has named Habs fans, aka Frostbitten Hooligans, as the 11th "worst" fan base in America.


(Despite, you know, being Canadian Canadiens. If this was a continental competition, Mexico totally got shafted …)

GQ writer Adam Winer opines:


'' Forget the riots that erupted last May after the Canadiens made it to the Eastern Conference final; they were nothing compared with the hordes of looters who set fire to five police cars during the 2008 playoffs simply because Montreal advanced past the first round.


Meanwhile, inside the Bell Centre, the only things people boo more frequently than the U.S. national anthem are their own players. In 2003, team veteran Patrice "Breeze-by" Brisebois was heckled almost every time he touched the puck; the jeering was so intense it likely induced a stress-related irregular heartbeat. How did then GM Bob Gainey feel about his bloodthirsty fan base? "I think they're a bunch of gutless bastards, to be honest," he said. ''


The Canadiens fans are the only hockey fans to make the list; before you ask, Philadelphia was represented by the Eagles and Phillies fans at the top of the ranking.


Everything Winer mentions is ultimately accurate. Habs fans riot for no good reason. Habs fans jeer their own players; ask Carey Price about his preseason. Habs fans are a demanding lot; what Winer doesn't mention, but what the other 29 fan bases in the NHL know so well, is how quickly 24 Stanley Cup championships are flaunted like an aging starlet's cleavage when the need arises. Which is to say, every conversation ever had about Canadiens hockey.


That said … do you hate Montreal Canadiens fans? Because while the headline says "worst," GQ is really talking about the fan bases we loathe.


Lately, maybe, given the hysterical reactions to the Max Pacioretty injury and the NHL's lack of punishment for Zdeno Chara.


But mostly, their actions are viewed less as hooliganism and more as, for lack of a better term, buffoonery. Burning cop cars after a victory is stupid. Booing your starting goalie in a preseason game is stupid. Showing up in blackface is stupid. "Hate" isn't the emotion these actions evoke; it's more like disapproving befuddlement at their cultish behavior.


There's also pity, in the sense that they're enabled. Example: When you have the team owner, the city council, a major corporate sponsor and the media tossing gasoline on the Pacioretty fire, the fans will respond in kind. When the organization has a centennial celebration that lasts nearly another hundred years, their egos are stroked. Hell, now the team won't even allow use of the word "Habs" for newspapers dedicating resources to coverage of the team.


Anyone that's been there knows how hockey is treated in Montreal, and the fans are a product of that fishbowl.


We talked about "hated" fan bases on Puck Daddy Radio on Friday. They're usually brash bandwagoners or general miscreants whose happiness, hopes and dreams you love to see squashed every spring.


All due respect to GQ and those who feel the Canadiens are the most loathed fans and franchise in hockey, but where the hell were you when Cinderella danced past the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins last season?


Oh, that's right: Cheering them on.





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The worst are probably some British football fans. I guess Adam Winer doesn't watch that sport. At least the Flyers fans are #1 on this list! Flyers fans are barbarians.

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Ben non.


De toute manière, j'écoute le hockey pour le plaisir de la compétition. Je préfère quand il gagne, mais s'il perdre, c'est pas la fin du monde. Je ne suis pas fanatique, même si j'écoute CKAC et des fois l'Anti-chambre. Je préfère écouté CKAC que d'autre postes, j'ai toujours l'impression que ça va moins mal dans le monde. J'aimais bien le 98.5 FM mais à force d'entendre que ça va mal la, qu'on se fait fourrer par la, tu fini par être désabusé et dépressif. Quand le ch va mal, je me dit, bah c'est juste du hockey, c pas la fin du monde, tandis que quand tu te fait dire que les élus sont corrompu pi que la mafia contrôle tout, bah, c'est plus difficile... :)


Tout ce que je demande au club, c'est de donner un bon effort, je sais ben que dans une ligue à 30 club, rare sont les élus. Mais je ne deviendrais pas fan des leafs pour autant. :) (dans le style perdant on fait pas mieux...)


Mais concernant les fan fini, bah c'est un trip, mais au bout de la ligne ça n'apporte pas grand chose. Je vais au centre Bell 2-3 fois par année mais pas plus, souvent en haut, juste pour l'ambiance et le plaisir de la foule. Mais je préfère de loin me payé des billets des alouettes ou je trouve que le rapport fun/prix est beaucoup plus élevé. (été, dehors, bel vue, bon club, bon sport). Mais je suis pas du genre à dépenser des dollars en article promotionnel. J'ai aucun chandail par exemple.


Sinon, concernant les casseurs, c'est du monde qui attende que ça. Il savent qu'il y a eu dans le passé des émeutes pour x raison et attende l'occasion pour se faire plaisir. Mais est-ce réellement des fans?? j'en doute. Quand l'équipe gagne une série, la dernière chose que j'ai le gout c'est de tout brisé.


Quand on se fait sortir en 5 par les flyers, la je dit pas cependant.... :D

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Si l équipe ne gagne pas la coupe Stanley bientôt, va-t-elle imploser (fans vont aller ailleurs) ou les fans vont se Leafiser? ;-)


La grosse différence entre Montréal et Toronto, c'est que ca ne fait pas 44 ans qu'on a pas eu de coupe stanley, notre équipe est somme toutes compétitive depuis quelques années, on fait les séries et les années ou le canadiens a manqué les séries, c'était pas en finissant dans les bas fonds de la ligue.

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