Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 4/17/12
Eh!? These are dark days. The Vancouver Canucks are on the brink of getting swept in the first round less than two weeks after winning the Presidents’ Trophy and they’re doing it under the spotlight of the nation. As hinted by the ‘controversial’ tweet sent out after Game 1, there isn’t a lot of love for the Vancouver Canucks outside of British Columbia. It exists because the notion that all of Canada would rally around a Canadian team to end the nation’s cup drought is a fallacy. It’s not as if the Russians and Americans during the height of the space race were cheering each other on. When we talk about the Canadian cup drought, we talk about it because ending the drought means the chance that it’s our team that does it. Could you stomach the Oilers, Flames, or Leafs winning the cup and ending the drought? It would be insufferable. It was never going to be a love-in where Vancouver’s obsessive passion for the Canucks spread across the nation until Trevor Linden was elected Prime Minister,
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