It will never be finally decided who has won the football. There’s still everything to play for, and forever to play it in!
I’ll admit I don’t quite follow how you, a man who lives over 200 miles away from the home ground of your chosen team can claim some deep attachment to a bunch of overpaid hired hands from all four corners of the globe who temporarily wear the same colour of shirt as you’re currently wearing. But then, maybe I’m a bit slow!
Despite our friend David Mitchell’s depressingly well-reasoned tirades on the futility and irrationality of sporting loyalties, fans of teams across the country take a real interest in the success of their own band of athletic mercenaries and seldom waste an opportunity to crow about their successes. Were we any different here at Smug Nation, we wouldn’t be… well, we wouldn’t be Smug Nation. But in a country that includes three of the top five all-time Stanley Cup-winning franchises, but hasn’t hosted a (planned-several-times-over) parade in 19 years, who exactly has bragging rights?
by The Cleated Traveller, Tristan Noble
Since the lockout, the Canucks have won the Northwest division title all but two times—in ‘06 (Calgary) and ‘08 (Minnesota). As of today, 18 points above 2nd place Colorado in the standings, the Canucks look poised to raise their fourth straight Northwest Division banner to the rafters. While the Canucks are a polished product that is (almost) always firing on all cylinders, the rest of the division is in disarray. The following is a survey of the rest of the Northwest division denizens, what problems they suffer from, and their budding stars that look to change shape of the Northwest Division.