Has Sun man finally quacked?

JOE WARMINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Duck.

That was the advice of one Ottawa bartender when I walked into the sea of red wearing a Ducks ballcap.

Good advice. Not many Anaheim Ducks fans here, for sure.

"Shoot him, shoot him," holler fans inside Elgin St.'s popular MacLaren's Pub, which was jammed to the rafters.

And here I was thinking you had to have a licence to go Duck hunting. Not in Ottawa this week where Duck a la Orange (County) is on special at a lot of places.

"And roasted duck," says bartender Marya Smith. "Try the Duck wings or pate."

The 26-year-old beauty, whose only fault is her taste in hockey teams, was also being encouraged to clock me good with a beer bottle as I put out my Ducks coffee mug for a refill.

"Hit him," yelled some Sens faithful.

You can tell there's no capital punishment here in the capital city.

"You are brave," she tells me.

Well, you have to be when you want to come up here and see Canada's team try to win the Stanley Cup. And since the Leafs are not in it, I don't think there's anything wrong with adopting another team to represent the nation.

Canada's team? The Ducks, of course.

It certainly ain't the Senators. Just ask my pals in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal who don't seem to have caught the fever or bought into the buzz.

And of course in the Centre of the Universe of Toronto no self-respecting Maple Leafs fan would ever adopt a bunch of players wearing red as their own.

"You're just jealous," said fan Eric Blais.

He's probably right, but can you imagine how obnoxious these guys are going to be if Lord Stanley lands here on the Rideau? Man, there will be no living that down, eh, folks? Not sure I can handle that.

No, I am cheering for Chris Pronger, Andy McDonald, Francois Beauchemin, the Niedermayer brothers, J.S. Giguere, Ryan Getzlaf and of course, Corey Perry. Doesn't get more Canadian than that!

But I am pretty sure I was the only one here last night. One thing about Canada's capital: As Canadian as the Ducks may be, forget about finding a jersey, sweater or even a T-shirt.

"Who would want one of those?" said one shopkeeper teasingly.

Wonder if we could find Sens stuff in Anaheim?

After calling every sports shop in Bytown, I did manage to find that Ducks coffee mug and some hats, and in the Rideau Centre I finally convinced a guy to put Go Ducks on the front of a T-shirt and Canada's Team on the back. "Don't tell anybody where you got this," said the embarrassed proprietor, fearing repercussions.

Originally, he wouldn't print it at all. "Are you sure you don't want something 'Senators?' "

I am sure.

Well, I did think of getting "Abolish The Senate."

"While you are up there, Scrawler, try to get a Senate committee hearing on why Ottawa has a Swedish captain and a Barbadian owner," e-mails comedian Frenchie McFarlane. "The only thing Canadian about Ottawa is all of the money they have sitting in the vault."

But you have to give Ottawa some credit because that was a pretty interesting night -- with thousands flocking to party along Sens mile and at Red Square at city hall.

"The whole town is standing still," yelled one Sens fan.

That's nothing new. Actually, this city hasn't seen this kind of action since Elvis played here 50 years ago. Throw in a guy wearing Ducks garb and you've got an incident.

The reaction of the fans was priceless. Nothing quite like being the sacrificial duck.

"You must be a quack," yells one woman. "Quack, quack."

Should put her in Parliament. That's original stuff.

"You have got balls," adds Joey Lavigne. "But you're still going down in five."

Scrawler's prediction? Sens will be Duck food -- in seven.


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