posted on Oct, 16 2005 @ 09:13 PM
I was at the Habs Leafs game. Wow, what a great atmosphere (except for about 30 or 40 leaf fans in my section who were boooing the tribute to the old
habs legends, not very classy) But on the whole, fans from both sides were great. I must admit I am very surprised with the Leafs play. Lindros had a
great game. The Canadiens too played very well. Of course I would have prefered a Habs win, but I am still satisfied, really got my money's worth.
Perhaps I am wrong about Toronto not being a factor, but there is still many games to be played. But even though it kind of pains me, I must admit the
Leafs have looked good the last 3 games.
now to clear something up:
"ps. If La bell center is such a great place for habs fans why can I hear a "go Leafs go" chant. I've seen the Leafs and Montreal in the ACC. You may
hear some light applause when Montreal scores, but nothing like what I heard last night."
This question seems simple, but is very complex. So many reasons for this. First, the Leafs organization reserves most of the tickets for corporate
sales( ie corporate season tickets) That is fine, but in Montreal if they did that I think there would be riots. Of course I am exageratting, but the
fans would hold a serious grudge for years on the team, they would boycott buying any habs gear, wouldn't buy the remaining tickets etc. While Habs
fans are die-hards, they do not enjoy being screwed over (hence one of the many reasons the Expos are gone, people gave up on an organization that
kept stabbing them in the back...amongst many other reasons) I think Toronto fans are a lot more complacent. I also think its terrible and sad that
the majority of the true Leaf fans have little opportunity to see their team at home; its a shame and many of my friends who are Leaf fans agree that
this is the case. Therefore, any chance they can get to see a game, they go. Whether it be to Buffalo, Ottawa or Montreal, Leafs fans go because, yes,
they want to support their team on the road, but perhaps more importantly because this might be the only occassion to see them play.
Second part to answering this statement is that the reason you don't see the ACC packed with Habs fans for a habs leafs game is the same reason I
mentioned above, no tickets. However, this is not meant to be a stab at Toronto, but another reason many Leaf fans come to Montreal is because of the
bar, club, strip bar etc scene here. Montreal, in my and many others opinon, is a much more happening city than Toronto. And many Torontonians I know
are the first to point this out. Therefore if by chance Habs fans could get tickets in Toronto, the excitement of visiting downtown Toronto is really
not very high. Again, not to be a stab at the city, Toronto does have a lot to offer, but in this context its not quite a sell (for most).
To point something out though, many Montreal fans head down to Boston for Habs Bruins games (tickets are available and Boston is very fun) Certainly,
it is not like how many Leaf fans come to Toronto, but there are a lot of Habs fans that make the short 5 hour drive to Boston (I think more would go
if Montreal played in Boston on the weekend, but that doesn't happen very often)
Anyways, I just thought I disect the situation. There are many reasons why the Bell Centre gets packed with Leaf fans. Even though I am a Habs fan, I
love it. It is an amazing atmosphere and when a close game is played its all the more better.
So its 1-1 for the season. Let's hope the rest of the MTL-TOR games were as good as the last one.