Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Brotherly Love?

After ousting the President's Trophy winners and then the defending Stanley Cup champions, things have seemingly taken a turn for the worse for the Montreal Canadiens.

The Habs opened up the Eastern Conference Final with a 6-0 loss in Philadelphia against the Flyers on Sunday and have now been outscored 9-0 in the first two games of the series. The real low point though might have come after that game one loss, at least for one Montreal journalist.

ESPN reports longtime Canadian sports writer Pat Hickey emerged from the Wachovia Center late on Sunday night to find his car, a 1999 Honda Accord, covered with beer cans and other assorted bits of garbage. Flyers fans had also slashed his back tire, ripped his bug guard off, snapped a hubcap and stole his Quebec license plates.

He wasn't the only one to feel the wrath of Philly fans either - a Radio Canada broadcast was interrupted when someone pulled some cords from a mobile broadcast unit and poured beer onto the control panel. Brotherly love my elbow.

Hickey addressed the incident in the Gazette on Tuesday, calling out the idiots among the fan bases of both Philly and his home base.

"Some Philadelphia fans - not unlike fans in other cities including Montreal - have never learned that there's a fine line between supporting a team and criminal behaviour," Hickey writes. He says he was disgusted by the "riot" in Montreal after the Habs' game seven win over the Penguins last week and the conduct of some fans in Philly - adding there's nothing wrong with chirping opposition fans but when it gets physical, it's beyond acceptable.

Hickey is absolutely right - this kind of thing is just stupid. We all know it's a lot of fun to beak, especially when it's a blowout, but sometimes you wonder how different it would be if they didn't serve booze at sporting events as "liquid courage" more than likely accounts for 90% of this type of over-the-line stuff.

I wonder if any of the people that enjoy smashing stuff in Montreal will seek out some revenge when the Philly media descends upon La Belle Province.

More importantly, can the Habs rebound from two bad losses? I guess we'll find out on Thursday.

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