Someone on one of popular Facebook forums i read posted this, and it was just too true not to share.
Thanks go to D’Arcy McDonell for his eloquence in putting this together!
For all who have issue with my playoff facebook-persona:
I grew up with Hockey and the Sens as a huge part of my life. The Sens started up when I was a child, and there is a very real feeling (I know shared among many Ottawans of my age group) that we’ve all grown together. It tends to go beyond the idea of being “just a game” or “just a team” and it is a representation, to us, as something far more significant. Fans of other teams, or even just casual observers, find it strange or humorous to hear Sens fans using the term “WE” when talking about the team. It’s something that other fan bases do, but maybe not to the same extent. I think it represents how we, the fan base, feel about our connection to the team. We have grown with them, and we feel a very personal connection.
There’s always been this adversarial climate for us here: our fan base was always fighting to be heard over the much more vocal and already established bases of support for the traditional teams in the region. This is due to both the transient nature of the city and the long absence of a professional team to call our own. This is clearly still evident – nowhere else in the league can you find “home games” where the crowd is comprised of almost a 50-50 split. Opposing fan bases use it as a point of mockery, which only fuels our need to be louder and more steadfast in our support.
Does it go overboard, in the eyes of those who may not share this same experience? Likely, yes. And to those who dislike my ardent support, I offer my apologies for the inundation of passionate pro-Senators postings each year. I won’t be an apologist for my love of the team – the Sens are, as much as some may find it hard to believe, a part of who I am – but I will apologize to anyone that may be turned off by my level of intensity for them.
Take this as you may, but perhaps it can shed some light on my own ‘passion’ for the team and some background as to why I, and others in similar positions to my own, feel the need to be so vocal and unwavering in our support.