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This Week in Blogs for Jan. 25!

Posted by Scott / January 25, 2007

letter-b.jpgThis week in blogs - Midnight Poutine's weekly roundup of local blogstuffs - we noticed an awful lot of sports posts around the city.

Frank at A Chicagoan in Montreal is, understandably, delighted with the Chicago Bears' ascent to the Super Bowl (they beat the New Orleans Saints in a very snowy game this weekend, and move on to play the Indianapolis Colts). Like all of us who have been disappointed by their team of choice, he's tempering his hopes with the grain of salt that experience provides. Such bitter, bitter salt, and such big grains!

Many in Montreal simply don't know what it is like to support a team that perenially under-performs or consistently disappoints.

The Habs have won a Stanley Cup at least once every decade, and the Alouettes have been to the finals 5 times in 7 years, winning once. And before you complain about one win in five appearances, think about the Tiger-Cats, who can barely win one game a season.

So I found it strange when so many Hab die-hards in town began posting frantically about the Canadiens' slump heading into the All-Star break. Justin Knotzke over at Metroblogging Montreal points out that, despite their slump, the most recent win against the Sabres puts them in 2nd in the division and 4th in the conference. Likewise on Habsblog, the writers (and especially readers who comment) really feel like the wheels have fallen off the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge, and that the season is in peril. This same thread is picked up in HabsInsideOut blog, who cite the win against the Thrashes as ending the skid.

Now, I'm the last person who should be sympathetic to the Habs or their fans, BUT, it seems to me that since we are barely past the half-way point in the season, and given that the team is a respectable 27-17-5, has trimmed some dead weight, the coach is satisfied with the season thus far, and that we can also include the addition of the 2008-2009 All-Star Game to this feel-good-story, I think everyone should shut up about the underperforming Canadiens. Come ON, guys!

Before assessing how deep and sharp the level of the Habs slump, especially in a season where they are doing better than even they expected, have a look for some sites by those who really know what heartbreak is. It may change your opinion of your home team.

You know...it's possible.

I'm sure some of you have a few comments to make - please do - even if only to let us know about other local blogs we should be checking out!

Thanks, more from the local blogsphere next week!

Discussion

28 Comments

Stevey / January 25, 2007 at 05:27 pm
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La Madeleine Mag seems to be doing pretty well. Check it out at <a href="http://lamadeleinemag.blogspot.com";>http://lamadeleinemag.blogspot.com<;/a>
scott / January 25, 2007 at 06:07 pm
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awesome. fanx for the tip.
Frank / January 26, 2007 at 10:59 pm
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Thank you for the shout out, Scott.
The year I moved here was probably the toughest for sport fans in Montreal. The Expos left and hockey went on strike. My (past) misery pails in comparison to that.

It'll be different enjoying this from a distance, but it will be fun just the same.

Go Bears!
j / January 27, 2007 at 08:53 am
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hey scott. as promised here is the new link to the site
http://www.drinkingfortwo.net
cheers
J
scott / February 10, 2007 at 12:30 pm
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thanks for the links guys. frank, sorry about the bears. believe me when i say i know what its like.
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