Infectious insanity

DEREK PUDDICOMBE

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

They're your neighbour, doctor, lawyer, waiter, and even your city councillor but one thing they have in common is they're all Sens fans.

They go so far as to duct tape homemade Stanley Cups and everything else Sens related to every square inch of their car and parade down Elgin St. honking their horn.

They hang out their vehicle window screaming a Sens chant and blowing duck whistles, others paint their faces and entire cars -- all in the name of their favourite hockey team.

Sens fever can turn a normal human being into something you barely recognize on game day.

WACKY ANTICS

Osgoode Coun. Doug Thompson is one of them. Thompson, known for some wacky antics around the council table, is so pumped to have the Senators in the Stanley Cup final he's turned his 1996 Chevy family van into a personal tribute to the team.

Normally decked out as the Votemobile, Thompson's van has morphed into the Sensmobile.

"It was just crazy and I like this kind of thing," said Thompson, just before taking his van that has been professionally detailed with Sens logos, 'Go Sens Go' banners, a big wooden duck strapped on the roof and Duck Patrol on the side and hood of his van.

To get an idea of the type of reaction Thompson gets from others across the city, I joined him on the road cruising much of downtown yesterday. The rural councillor decided to go the extra mile after he got a taste of the Stanley Cup final fever last year when he took in Game 3 in Edmonton between the Oilers and the Carolina Hurricanes.

It's easy to get a reaction out of anybody as we drive down Elgin St. that has been transformed into the Sens Mile.

"Have you seen any ducks?" Thompson yells to several passersby on the strip. With the question comes a blow from his duck whistle. Even the woman in a McDonald's drive-thru plays along with Thompson when he asks if they have any "duck burgers."

"Nope, just chicken," is the reply. We move on.

NERVY

For a couple of hours, I wondered where Thompson got his nerve.

Then we entered the land from whence he came -- Lansdowne Park.

We joined at least 100 vehicles that were decorated with the same, if not more, elaborate enthusiasm than Thompson's van -- flags, decals, paint, horns, skates, hockey nets, sticks, jerseys, pucks, blankets, towels, ribbons, chairs, balloons, every piece of paraphernalia a fan could get their hands on ended up stuck on a vehicle.

They were part of a rally that snaked around downtown, eventually landing at Scotiabank Place last night, passing along their sprit to bring the Stanley Cup to Ottawa.

"This is absolutely crazy," said Thompson, as we drove.

Joining the list of everyday people who have caught the fan fever is now a newspaper reporter. Go Sens Go!


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