Supporting the Sens isn't treason

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

To support the Senators or to not support the Senators, that is the question.

This question is causing no end of fodder for all sports radio stations and company water coolers across the GTA.

While many seem very happy to join the mass majority in support of the remaining Canadian NHL team in the Stanley Cup race, others consider it treason to even consider such a thing.

I'm not sure if it was a matter of the radio-call screeners looking for the most adamant "anti-Senator" listeners, but it became comedy with one guy literally screaming, "You can't cheer for your arch enemy! That goes against everything that comes with being a true Toronto fan!"

Pardon?

Does this guy honestly think that Mats Sundin would be upset if a Toronto fan was to applaud a great effort by Daniel Alfredsson? Doubt it.

I almost drove off of the DVP when one caller said, "It's blasphemy to cheer for Ottawa if you are a true Toronto fan!"

Blasphemy? Might that be overstating things just a wee bit?

It's hockey -- and while we worship the game -- it is supposed to be a fun pastime you can enjoy even if your team isn't in it.

Don't boo the guy in the Sens jersey at the Blue Jays game when his image hits the Jumbotron.

A friend of mine, Rob Brodie, who is a writer for the Ottawa Sun, sent me a funny e-mail he received from Brent Taylor -- a reader with word on where you can go to safely cheer for Ottawa in Toronto.

Brent, a transplanted Senators die-hard said, "Grace O'Malley's (Toronto) -- I believe it's the same owners as Ottawa East location. It's nice -- all Sens fans on game night. I call it the Ottawa Embassy -- except for the fact that it's three blocks from the CN Tower. You would swear you were in Nepean!"

So for those who'd like to cheer on Canada's team with no booing, you have your spot -- no questions asked.

Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.


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