Saturday, 13 April 2013
There is no Habs-Leafs rivalry
I need to say this again: there is no Habs-Leafs rivalry. I have never seen them as a rival. It's always been Nordiques, Bruins, Flyers, in that order. The other teams are mere opponents. Schedule fillers. They provide a different colour, a contrasting jersey on the telecasts.
If anything, maybe anglophone fans have been brain-washed into believing that a rivalry now exists, after many fallow years, subjected as they are to TSN hype and HNIC's resident lunatic's homoerotic crimes. Most French-Canadian fans though are insulated from the Toronto media's attempts to validate their team by comparing it to ours, and wouldn't think of the Leafs as a rival. They're a regular annoyance that has to be dealt with, like the Sabres or Senators. C'est tout.