Friday, May 25, 2007

More news from home

Back in my old stomping grounds, they've busted some sophisticated criminal types and some Casino Rama employees for running a fixed Baccarat game. I thought just the lotteries were crooked.
Anyway, the betting in Ottawa these days is on the Senators. There's a pretty large block of people who are very, very happy, and who's to blame them? People like my little sister, who's bought tickets to Sens games for years and driven an hour each way, paid out ransom-level parking prices and blackmail-level ticket prices, eaten $5 hot dogs, and cheered for these guys in their choking years, should be happy. People like her 12-year-old son Max, a die-hard Leafs fan, are not always climbing on the bandwagon. In fact, I suspect Max will put money on the Ducks in four.
Now, Prime Minister Harper, another Leafs fan, showed up at Scotiabank Place during the Buffalo series wearing a Sens jersey and took a kid's Sens-logo jumper to Afghanistan to give to Pres. Karzai. I'm not one to speak either for Max or for Sens fans, but there is a certain level of contempt in Ottawa for Leaf and Canadien cross-overs and other bandwagon jumpers. I really couldn't care less. I lost interest in the NHL after the 1970s expansion. That was back when living people could remember the Leafs' last Stanley Cup. I hated Sittler, despised the Flyers in their goon years, and was blown away by the quality of Russian playmaking in 1972. Then I stopped watching.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

PM Harper was GIVEN the Sens sweater by a fan. True story, the fan was razzing him: "I know you're a *blue kind of guy (Laff fan, Conservative) but this is Sens Country sir, where's your red? So the fan went to Sensations, bought a sweater and got HARPER put on the back. Upon his return, he handed it to Harper who then said: "I guess I should put this one." And so he did and the crowd went nutz!

Ottawa Watch said...

Good thing to know. Yet another example of Harper being "Ottawashed". Dief, for instance, would have told the guy to shove the sweather up his ass. Trudeau would have shoved it up the guy's ass. Mulroney would have got an aide to sell it for him. Mackenzie King would have shown up in a three-piece suit and refused to touch it. Clark would have dropped it into the crowd by accident. Chretien would have paid one of his relatives to fly with it on a Challenger jet to Shawinigan and had it hung in the Hotel Grande Mere. Laurier would have been in the parking lot screwing his mistress. Sir John A. would have been so shit-faced that he would have put it on backwards, then puked straight gin all over it.

Anonymous said...

By the time Martin figured out what to do with it, the game ... and the playoffs ... would have been over/

Ottawa Watch said...

Martin would have said: "How much for the team", then tapped Paul Desmarias for the money.

m.a. said...

I saw Harper with that Sens jersey and I really don't think red is his color. Everyone knows he's a Leafs fan. It makes us all feel cheap to see him in an Ottawa Jersey.
And Max would NOT have put that jersey on. Oddly, he's not discussing hockey at all these days.

m.a. said...

OH! And by the way, have you heard who is watching hockey these days??

Mom. Your mom. My mom. The Queen Mum. Watching hockey!!!Can you imagine??!??!She's a Sens fan!

So, I really think it's time. I'll even buy you a jersey. Come on, Mark. BE RED.

Ottawa Watch said...

You know, she was on another bandwagon once. She was a big Boston fan back in the Bobby Orr days. It helped that Uncle Herb played for Boston (though that never made her a Canadiens fan).