I don't get it man. I read in this morning's paper that the Als have 26 000 tickets sold so far for Sunday's game.
That's about half of what we had for last year's playoff game. Among the reasons mentionned by the reporter who interviewed president Larry Smith, it is said that Montrealers don't identify with the players the way they used to when a lot of Quebeckers were on the team (Pierre Vercheval, Steve Charbonneau, Bruno Heppell, etc.) Now, he says, Girard and Lapointe don't get much playing time, while Proulx and Gauthier are still too young to be the faces of the team. Guard Paul Lambert is the only starting Quebecker.
What's the hell with that?
Since when do we need to have pure Quebec natives on a team to identify to it. It helps to have some, because it means a bit more exposure in French media, but it's no prerequisite.
Is Saku Koivu a Quebecker? Alex Kovalev? Richard Zednik? No, and they don't need to be. If you look at Habs jersey you can see in and out of Bell Center, most of them show # 11 (Koivu). What's wrong with identifying with a foreigner if he plays with heart. Nothing at all. There's nothing wrong with that.
Are you going to tell me people don't associate with CFLers? Of all professionnal athletes, THEY are the ones whose lives look the most like ours.
What are your thoughts on this. Are we, Quebeckers, too freakin' full of ourselves to be able to appreciate a team whose roster show subtle local representation, or is that reason that was given in the paper just plain bullshlt.
I think the latter.