Long story short, the FAN 590 hockey beat reporter Howard Berger from time to time taken the occasional, often well-placed poke at Toronto proper's year-in, year-out support of a team that has been left out of every Stanley Cup final across the past 40 years. It was all good. Berger does a good job, so let him have his enthusiasms. A man's got to have his enthusiasms. Then on Thursday, when he went one poke over the line by calling Toronto Maple Leafs fans "losers" in a HockeyBuzz column.
In response, the Barilkosphere has banded together, much like the '67 Leafs did (please don't point out the irony one has to go back that far to find an example of the Leafs displaying Hemingwayesque grace under pressure). Pension Plan Puppets has posted an open letter to Leafs fans asking them to turn away from the traditional media sources in favour of the blogeteriat. The full letter, after the jump.
Dear Most Valuable Losers,Go forth and click through. Referrring to Leafs fans as losers, when your livelihood rests on their insatiable hunger for information, calls to mind the scene in Almost Famous when William Miller tells off the members of Stillwater: "She was your biggest fan! And you used her! You used her and you threw her away! And if you can't see that, that's your biggest problem!"
Yesterday, continuing a long-standing trend, another Toronto reporter took his shot at Leaf fans. This time it was Howard Berger calling us "losers" (screenshot: one two) but we've seem the same cookie-cutter article before from virtually everyone who covers the team.
Quite frankly, we've had enough.
As fans, we believe that those most deserving of our praise and our scorn are directly involved in the game, whether it's on the ice, in the press box or in the executive corridors. Fans don't pencil in the starting five, make bad trades, or write the headlines of the day and shouldn't be blamed (or praised) for the totals in the wins and loss column.
Hockey may be just a game but it's also a passion. If you're looking for passionate hockey coverage that offers insight and humour and you're sick of being blamed for supporting a team you're passionate about, you have a better option.
It's time to leave the media superstars behind. There's compelling, timely, wide-ranging content waiting just for you online in the Barilkosphere.
Many have found this better way of following the Leafs, but not every Leafs fan has been so lucky. Please send this message to your fellow Leaf fans via e-mail or postings on message boards and let them know that they do have a choice.
We hope you'll join us here in the Barilkosphere and become regular readers, writers, and commenters.
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Most Valuable Losers Once Again (Howard Berger, HockeyBuzz.com)