Riley’s Rant & Raves: Rational and Irrational Anger

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This week, things that bother me about the Canucks, their fans, and the NHL in general.

People who use “we” in sports.

As in, “we sure looked good on the power play last night!” Besides the fact that Canucks have had a TERRIBLE power play this year, “we” implies that you were somehow on the ice contributing, which is patently false. The correct thing to say is “THEY looked good on the power play last night.”


YOU were not on the power play, YOU were sitting on your couch eating cheesies and looking at Kesler’s picture on ESPN.

The only people in the world who are allowed to use “we” in reference to the Canucks are the ones who are wearing those jerseys and the coaching staff.

If you happen to be an employee of the Canucks organization, it is acceptable to use “we” but only if you aren’t a smug SOB about it, remembering that what you do contributes very little in comparison to what the players are actually doing on the ice.

Roberto Luongo and his new deal with the Lottery Corporation’s poker site.

Hey Roberto, Canucks fans already skeptical about your decision making, you might want to avoid advertising any other pastime that could include “Luongo” and “gamble” in the same paragraph.

Because the way this season is currently going, you are “gambling” with your Canucks legacy, which is losing steam faster than Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign.

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Riley's Rant & Raves: Rational and Irrational Anger

If you aren’t concerned about your play, you should be, and you should at least be making every effort to assure Canucks fans that you actually are making all possible efforts to improve your game.

Instead of highlighting your “gambling” you should be partnering with sports psychologists, trainers, ex-goalies and whoever else to try and convince fans that you actually care about winning.

Whining after each game and brushing off questions about your poor performance won’t cut it. In case you didn’t notice, the city is a wee bit tense about this current Canucks team, and we would whole-heartedly support benching you in favor of Schneider.

Trust me, the ice you’re standing on is thin, and if you fall through we’ll quickly fill the hole over you, your inflated contract and your fragile psyche.

Man. Up.

Canucks early season predictions coming true, and everyone flipping out about it.

EVERY SINGLE Canucks preview that I read (and I read a lot of them when I was writing my Canucks Daily AM Java articles) said the Canucks would have a tough start.

They just endured a long playoff campaign with a soul-crushing ending, they lost one of their star defensemen, their third best player was hurt and they are weighed down by high expectations.

Shockingly, when all of these predictions turned out to be true, everyone lost their collective mind faster than the citizens of Gotham city when the Joker threatened to blow up a hospital. It’s only been six games!!

Yes, I agree the Canucks look awful.

But let’s at least wait 20 games before we start pulling out the pitchforks.

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