Maybe your team didn’t make the playoffs and you’re looking for someone to throw your support behind or you’re from Vancouver and just can’t be bothered with the regular season.
Either way, with the playoffs only a couple of days away, it’s now time to act like you care and have been behind the Canucks all year long, every step of the way.
Feeling a little uneasy about making the leap from not watching a game all regular season to a know-it-all super fan? Don’t worry,
BrowntoBure are here to provide you with some tips that will help you to fit right in during your Canucks playoff experience.
First and foremost no Canuck fan can even consider being taken seriously unless they are sporting team gear. Don’t have any? Borrow from a friend… Most fans have plenty to go around and you might even get lucky with a Linden shirt, who you can in turn tell everyone is your favourite player of all time… Tug at the heart strings, everyone loves Trevor and you’ll be in the good books right away.
Really want to up the ante? Go out and purchase a pink Canucks jersey, nothing says you love your team more than showing complete disregard in pride for yourself in the name of the Canucks.
If you’re fortunate enough to own your own vehicle, head on down to your local Canadian Tire and pick up a Vancouver Canucks car flag… spare no expense here, the more you are able to fit on your car, the more obvious it will be, that you indeed are a fan.
If you hear a conversation regarding the Canucks taking place, be it at your workplace, a pub, or even the grocery store for that matter all you have to do is mention the year 1994.
Again, only the most die hard of fans are aware of how awesome this was. Remember though, you were in the building for any and every game someone may mention. You may also want to throw in the name “Captain Kirk” for good measure. “The Save” would also be a nice touch, not necessary though.
Now in the event that you actually sit down to watch a game with a group of friends you’re going to want to keep a few key points in mind.
1. Regardless of what happens leading up to the goal, you must curse Roberto Luongo as soon as any puck crosses the Canucks goal line, a tasteless dig at his background and a comment about how Schneider would have stopped it will also add to the appearance you know your stuff. Be careful not to go overboard on this one though, it’s nice to keep a couple Schneider’s in your back pocket to be used at a later date.
2. Every single penalty called throughout the course of the game is a terrible call; the refs, the league and the announcers are all against the Canucks and will stop at nothing to make them lose. Gary Bettman, remember that name… You will need it a lot if you’re going to go the conspiracy route.
3. Any time someone with the name Sedin on the back of their jersey has the puck, start yelling shoot. Believe it or not they can hear you. The desired effect may not happen right away, but when it does, it is because they heard you… So be sure to take credit for it.
If you find yourself in the situation that the Canucks have a lead in the series always remember, that while it’s nice to win the series, winning it at home is always better.
A good example of expressing your knowledge of this fact would be to say something like “You know, I wouldn’t even mind if they lost game 6, winning at home would be awesome” Or if you really want to stand out, you have tickets to game 7.
If for any reason someone becomes suspicious of you and questions your commitment to the team and your fandom, there is one thing you must always remember.
Your father has been taking you to games since you were 5 years old.
While there are many more intricacies of being a die-hard Canucks fan, consider this your tutorial for getting in the door and being able to hold your own with the best.
And Remember, Go Canucks Go… as long as they are winning, you don’t want to seem like you are trying too hard.
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