I have a problem Groundhogs... and its staring us right in the face whenever we go near anything "Officially Sponsored" by the Senators Organization (or Sens.Org for short).
Of course you all might have guessed that I'm not from Ottawa. I don't even live in a town - like most populated areas of Newfoundland my home is classified as a community.
Am I missing something?
- paid for ONE Sens PPV broadcast. I was listening to Team1200 on the Laptop minutes later, but at least I tried!
- paid exorbitant amounts for Sens merchandise when its been available to me, whether it would be deemed useless by 99% of the human population or not.
- fought tooth and nail at bars, at parties, in alleyways, on faceplant, and everywhere else I've caught wind of someone breaking my favorite team's balls.
- even watched two games during the hospital stay that involved the birth of my child (Nov.7, 2010 vs. New Jersey & Nov.10, 2010 vs. Edmonton) from the hospital cafeteria with my newborn in my arms and my recovering wife three floors up.
In a few words - I'm a Hockey Fan and a Senators Fanatic. And I'm sure the rest of the Groundhogs can say the same and give just as many "dedication stories" about the Sens, if not more, than me. Nevertheless, I am not from the Ottawa area so I still can't help but feel left out of Sens Fandom by the organization itself. Where does this "my town, my team" business leave me and the thousands of Sens fans that don't fit into the geographic region known as Ottawa. Are we to throw our lots in with the nearest, geographically, team available to us? I called Montreal as a test, they don't want me either... just my hydro.
Am I going about this in some askew manner? Is it wrong for me to feel angry with a team I chose to support for twelve years seemingly has decided that I do not exist? I'm sure that this campaign would have been fantastic if executed correctly - BACK IN 93! But I have a major problem with it in the here and now. Are the big wigs at Sens.Org clueless to the fact that to rid themselves of the "small market" banner, placed on them by everyone besides Sens Fans, they have to stop thinking small market and actually pronouncing themselves likewise.
This all could be useless ranting... the Sens.Org could have meant "my town, my team" as a metaphor for the being Sens as representative's of "the little guy." Unfortunately, for Newfoundlanders at least, Ottawa represents anything but "the little guy." Plus we all know by now that Sens.Org is about as deep as my knowledge of HTML Code.
But at least I'm learning something from my mistakes.