Harrison Mooney is very tired of media coverage in this Stanley Cup Final:
But make no mistake: at the cost of sounding like a homer (which I can handle, as a Canucks blogger) there is a bias, and we’ve seen it in the laughably anti-Canucks national coverage of this year’s Stanley Cup Final. As the big media has descended on Vancouver, fans have been subjected to writing from individuals who rarely cover this team, don’t particularly like this team, and would rather this team didn’t win. These writers have attacked the Canucks incessantly, misquoted players, called them names, and gleefully jumped on every opportunity to paint the team in a negative light. Then, they’ve had the nerve to dishonestly claim their one-sided coverage is fair and balanced, and insulted anyone that’s tried to say otherwise.
For fans of this team, it’s been infuriating.
I’m not convinced it is biased coverage – I would have said lazy, ignorant and incompetent – but I don’t really care why the national press has decided to spin this season’s playoff narrative the way they have. The choice according to them? Either an unworthy team will win the Cup, or the Canucks will lose on Wednesday because they are unworthy.
Very little has been written about the actual hockey. The absurdity of the coverage has even been noticed by some hockey reporters. Here’s Cam Cole:
You may have heard of [the fact the Canucks can win the Cup Monday], but only if you’ve waded through a raft of schoolyard insults first. And that’s just in the two towns’ media. It’s kind of embarrassing, frankly.
Indeed. And its really inexplicable. There are always lots of positive stories to tell at this time of year. Vancouver and Boston have both worked incredibly hard – 105 games and counting – to get to this point. Both teams are banged up. Both have done enough to win a Stanley Cup and one of them is going to do it in the next few days. One team that has done enough is going to lose. Both are giving it all on every single shift.
Both teams should have earned grudging admiration (at the very least) from the fans and the media. Some respect. All there really is left to do is congratulate the winners and console the losers.
Too boring? I guess. Particularly when we can wait to see whether the Cup can possibly go to a team with twin sisters, a choker in goal, a bunch of cowardly cheats and a few vicious thugs.
Now that’s drama, eh?
If there is any consolation for Harrison and other infuriated fans it is that the players have made it clear that they no longer care. I figure we should take our cues from them. If anything, they’ll enjoy winning all the more because of the press. Me, too.
Shove it all back in their faces, boys.
Postscript: Even though so many experts have painted them as unworthy, I’m feeling pretty good about the Canuck’s chances in the last road game of the season. I think we’ll see the “A” game because I’ve watched them all year and – for what it is worth – I think they are pretty fucking worthy.