I wonder sometimes how it is in other Canadian cities
Aside from Regina...obviously
I've been more or less passionate about the Alouettes and the CFL since my Dad took me to the Autostade when I was a kid.
But whenever I try to share my passion with my fellow Montrealers...well the best I can say is that they know Anthony Calvillo is a damned good quarterback...most realise the Als have won a Cup or two...and beyond that...blank stares and embarrassed silence.
Of course...one of my neighbours is a rabid New York Giants fan...another roots for the Patriots. But I frankly am not sure I've met anyone who regularly goes to Alouettes games...or even watches every week. It's not a huge representative sampling...but when I think of the intensity with which my whole neighbourhood follows Le Canadiens...how every second car is adorned with Canadiens flags in the playoffs...and how annoyed people were with me when my Bruins won the Cup...I can't help wondering why so few Montrealers have embraced this great Alouettes "dynasty".
It's almost as if the more Quebecois the Als put on the field...the more it plays into people's prejudice that the CFL is an inferior game...a underachieving backwash from the "real" football league. When the fact is this league was conceived and created to accommodate a slightly different type of player...but arguably no less talented. It's a message that seems lost on a large segment of the Canadian population...and the media that at once drives...and reflects it's opinions.
It's downright embarrassing that the Alouettes...back to back Grey Cup Champions can't fill a 25,000 seat stadium. But then the people of this city let the Expos pass into history without the slightest protest...a fact that broke my heart and to this day is the reason why I haven't...simply can't watch the game of baseball.
Greater Montreal is home to roughly 3.9 million people.
The fact that the Alouettes haven't had a sell-out this year is shameful
And must be discouraging to all the teams out there that believe that winning is the way to bring in the crowds.
My Giants fan neighbour believes it's a form of boredom
After a decade of Calvillo...a decade of Grey Cup appearances...the city's lost interest.
He may be on to something
God help us if we lose a few more games
If familiarity breeds this kind of apathy
Losing has to breed contempt.