Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Leafs Columnist Sounds Off On Habs Fans


I know it's a little irrelevant with the playoffs right now, but there's always time to read about a fool out of Toronto who rants aimlessly and uselessly about the Habs.

Better so, it's a rant about YOU and I: The FANS.

This rant came out of nowhere, and was published in the Toronto Sun.

Guys (and girls), if you are ANY BIT as much of a Habs fan as I am (which I know you are because you read this site), I promise you that this article will get under your skin at the very beginning, and will last through until the final word.

I know that's what he wanted, and we shouldn't be supporting him by reading his junk, but it's just so aggravating that I can't let it slide like I do most others.

This guy makes some pretty ridiculous statements... a random one would be about how we are LUCKY to have won 10 Stanley Cups since his Maple Laughs - oops, Leafs, won their last one. Yup, it must be luck, and not at all the fact that we iced better teams than they did...must be.

I detest the Leafs because of their rivalry with Montreal, but thanks to idiots like this guy, I now hate their fans, too, because he leaves me little alternative than to believe that all Leafs fans from Toronto share his mentality.

If you're a Leafs fan from Toronto reading this here and are upset that I now hate you, you have him to thank.


Keep in mind: links to either email or call this guy are found at the bottom of his article... and I'd really like to hear your comments here once you've read it.

9 comments:

k_cardi said...

i actually wrote to this guy...he's not worth the long distance charge...i titled my e-mail "great column"...like that he would at least read it...and i basically filled my email with...OLEEEE OLE OLE OLE OLEEE....said a bad leafs/habs joke (why do torontonians drink out of mugs...cuz we have all the cups)...and left him with a classic....nananana, nananana, eyyyyyyy....GOODBYE....o and i even asked him how the golf courses were this time of year....lol...ill be sure to check back in if he actually e-mails me back...very unlikely i suppose....but he definitely stooped LOW!

k_cardi said...

to: mike.strobel@tor.sunpub.com
sub: i love you, great column

MIKE STROBEL YOU ARE DIRT...OLEEEE OLE OLE OLEEEE....OLEEEE...OLEEEE....

Question?....Why do Toronto fans drink out of mugs????
answer....we have all the cups.....we as in Montrealers....I think you are an insult to the journalist world and a disgrace to Canadians from coast to coast...

So tell me....how are the golf course this time of year??....

Hey ,I just want to remind you of the song we sang for you at the end of the season...wouldn’t shock me if you forgot as your brain size is obviously not very large.

NA NA NA NA....NA NA NA NA....EYYYYYYY.....GOODBYE!!!

Your 'Laffs' are losers since 67'....however....you have always been a loser!

...this is my email word for word...i could have done much better...but i was in a rush and i personally dont like talking to people from Toronto

sasabainga said...

Way to go Karl, speaking your mind like that is awesome...I really love the way you sbjected the email, he'll be so happy to see that and then will be so shocked...he'll very likely add that to his list of reasons to hate Habs fans!

"You have ALWAYS been a loser" hahahahaa

x-ine said...

I heard about this so called "article" from my mom, who in turn read about it on the Habs Inside/Out site.

It really made me think of someone angst-ridden teenager ranting on his/her blog about how unfair life is that he/she chose to cheer for a shitty team. It really makes you wonder about the newspaper itself when that sort of nonsense is published.

There was something interesting commentary about the article on Habs Inside/Out. Some people went into a fit about it. Others think it was pretty funny. Still others read way too much into it, saying that he was masking his shame of being a Leafs fan by picking on one of the Leafs' biggest rivals... then concluded that it was a brilliant piece. I'm not a journalism major, but I think it was a tad unprofessional for the medium he was using.
No respectable newspaper reporter should bring himself to that level, whether it's a joke or not.

k_cardi said...

i agree with x-ine...and ill be honest..i kinda felt like a high-school kid responding to him in that way...but my goal was to make him hate us even more and i think that was accomplished...ive never read a toronto newspaper but i know that i will never read the Sun...not because of their biasedness towards leafs fans..cuz lets face it we do the same thing...i cant believed that they published that!

x-ine said...

I was talking about it with my mom this morning and she made an interesting point - the Toronto Sun is about the equivalent to the Journal de Montréal... and we all know that the Journal is not exactly about compelling journalism.

Either way, I still think it's dumb, and, Karl, I thought your email was hilarious. I'm sure that Mr. Strobel was expecting to get his inbox flooded. He probably thrives on it because it's the only thing he's got going for him right now.

k_cardi said...

the closest thing i know of a montreal based network doing something against the leafs would be the top ten rds did on reasons why to hate the leafs...but i still believe it was done in much better taste as the video was revolved mostly around hockey-incidents

http://www.rds.ca/video/visionneuse.html..thats the link...scroll down to the video "raisons pour detester les leafs" 2008-02-07

sasabainga said...

that's exactly it...it's either he writes about the Mariles winning game 1 of their AHL series vs. San Antonio, or getting a few million habs fans tee'd off...looks like he went for the gusto

sasabainga said...

Ok so I didn't have any question for you at all, I just hoped you would read my email instead of deleting it so quickly, as you probably have all the rest of the replies to your piece in the Sun about Habs fans.

The "kind of fans" who give nicknames to their legends and heroes are the kind of fans with actual PASSION for their team...a nickname is direct and personal, as opposed to the lame and completely non-CREATIVE style of adding "er or "y" to a name...Caber, Steener and Matt-y are pretty f'n lame if you ask me, which I know you don't, but too bad...why don't you ask them if they'd rather be remembered by a real nickname or by a suffix, you might be shocked to hear the answer.

"Habs fans are arrogant, and often cruel. They tell Leafs jokes, such as:

What do Habs fans have that Leafs fans don't?

Colour photos of the Stanley Cup. "

Every joke has some truth to it right? Isn't that the old addage? In this case, that joke is fully true.

"It is true Montreal has won 10 Cups since the Leafs' last in 1967.

But this is pure luck, not divine right."

PURE LUCK! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, 10 cups since your last one...you're right Mike, that must be completely luck, and must have nothing to do with the fact that we iced better squads than your Buds did. It must be luck, jeez I can't believe how lucky we REALLY are.

"Even when they lose, they're lucky. The Habs missed the playoffs last year, a glorious chance for Leafs fans to gloat. But we missed, too, damn the luck."

Sure Mike, let's just go right ahead and accredit EVERYTHING to luck while we're at it...or, let's be rational, and admit that both of our teams dropped the ball and were surpassed by 8 other playoff-worthy teams who worked to the bone to make it in, like the New York Islanders...why don't you hate them too then, Mike, they knocked your guys out? Oh, that's right, you're too much into a blind-rage for Habs fans that all the hate you can possibly muster is directed at us, none left for the Islanders, or for your own team who could have picked up and extra win or even point here and there throughout the season to qualify for the playoffs.

"Zdeno Chara, just because he's tall. Darcy Tucker, because he's from Toronto. The American anthem. The other team's stickboy."

PASSION again, Mike-y (or Mike-r, which ever super cool nickname you prefer). We like disturbing the other teams stars and goalies, anything to help the boys win, but that's hardly being arrogant. We may have crossed the line by booing the American anthem, of that I'll agree, but we don't do that anymore...maybe you haven't watched some of our games in a while so you don't know.

"Not only are they rude, they're everywhere. I have seen Canadiens sweaters from Stonehenge to the Amazon."

Take a hint big guy, you're cheering for the wrong team. This team is WINNING. Look it up in the dictionnary.

"Leafs fans never smirk. In fact, we don't smile much at all."

That's not because you're humble, as you also implied us Habs fan of not being... no no, it's because your team stinks and has been stinking for quite a few years (I believe it's since 1967), leaving its fans no real opportunities to smile.

Enjoy reporting on the golfing...and say hello to Caber, Steener and the rest-er of the crew-y.