Okay, so finally I feel that I have accumulated enough seniority here at NM to be able to say something of my own and possibly be heard by someone. I am relatively new to the site, and this is my first FanPost, so please give me some leeway, aaight? I know you guys will, I just need to reassure myself that everything will be alright and that my beloved Canucks have what it takes to pull themselves together and start playing real hockey for a change. I consider myself a fairly bright and objective individual, but I also feel that I am more of a "homer" than I'd like to admit, and this is mainly because I really want this team to succeed and reward its faithful fans with ONE decent playoff run.
Some background information after the jump.I am quite new to the whole hockey scene, partly because I've only been in existence for 23 years, and partly because I grew up dodging bullets and mortar shells, with very little time in my childhood spent as it's meant to be spent. I found myself in the middle of the massacre that was the Bosnian civil war in 1992, and along with my parents I was stuck in Sarajevo, which was under siege for 4 long, painful years. Needless to say, sports was not very high on our priority list; it was hard enough just timing our everyday runs to get drinking water in between artillery attacks and making it home in one piece.
I didn't write the above paragraph to seek sympathy or to detract from the purpose of this site, and I apologize for going a little off-topic. The reason I mentioned that is because I wanted to illustrate why my level of hockey knowledge is quite elementary, and I think I've done pretty well considering I had to learn English when I moved to Canada 10 years ago. Until that point in my life, I had not seen a single game of hockey, nor did I have any idea how significant this sport really is to Canadians. It has taken me these ten years to figure out how to deal with the emotional scars left by the atrocities I experienced as a child, and facing these things in a safe environment has proven to be more challenging than I would ever have thought. Anyways, it's only in the last 3 to 4 years that I really started getting into hockey, and this season has been my first real season following the Canucks.
So, all that aside, I can appreciate what long-time Canucks fans have had to endure following this team, and the level of anger that has arisen in me as a result of watching this team play just blows my mind, considering how petty following a sports team is in the grand scheme of things. I suppose everybody has their reasons for being fans of any particular sports team, but for me the biggest reason is being able to escape the drudgery of everyday life and lose myself in the world of hockey for a couple of hours in a day. I suppose it comes down to rooting for people who have to undergo some kind of struggle in their life to achieve great things, and being entertained in the process. I guess that's why we get so emotionally attached to our teams, and why heart often tends to overpower the mind when it comes to making conclusions and predictions about our favourite teams.
"Will he ever get to the point?" To be honest, this post has kind of run away from me a bit, and it has taken on a life of its own, but I have said much more than I had intended to say, and I think that's a good thing. In the end, each one of us will have to make their own decision as to how deeply we want to believe this team has what it takes to come back and win this series; to echo the sentiments of many who have already expressed themselves about this, I believe that they can, but I strongly doubt that they will, based on what I can see in their current level of play and my gut feeling, as missy put it.
I would like nothing more than to be proven wrong about this, though.
GO CANUCKS GO!!!