In a previous post, Johnny_Spectacular mentioned his "Big Five" - the five teams he hates the most. Or, for those of you that see the glass half full, the five teams he likes the least. That got me thinking about who my Big Five would be, and that we should all post our Big Five with a short explanation as to why they made the list. Give it a shot, here are mine:
5 - NEW JERSEY DEVILS - They played the most boring hockey possible while winning three Stanley Cups from 1995 to 2003. During one such Stanley Cup year I vividly remember them getting all the way to the Finals before finally selling out a home game. Oh, yeah, and the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals. Not crazy about that.
4 - CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS - This is based purely on hearsay, but being from Winnipeg I hear many tales of encounters with Jonathan Toews, all of which point to him letting his fame go to his head. Taking girls out on dates and then completely ignoring them, insisting he be served in French at government institutions, and, my personal favourite, threatening to beat up a friend of mine at a bar after he was pushed into him by mistake. My friend is 5'5".
3 - MONTREAL CANADIENS - My friend and I used to rent out rooms wherever we lived, one time to a diehard Habs fan. This fan moved out and stiffed my friend for utilities to the tune of $700. I wish nothing but misery for him, and nothing makes him as miserable as a Habs loss.
2 - SAN JOSE SHARKS - No explanation required.
1 - TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS - My dad was a Habs fan growing up and had to live in Toronto from 1962-1964 for 3 straight Stanley Cup wins by the Leafs. He never told me this until well after I had already become a Sens fan. This almost convinces me that my extreme dislike for the Leafs is in fact hereditary, since even though my cousin once played for the Leafs, my entire family can't stand that team. Nobody hates the Leafs more than my dad. He's the only person I know that wants the Leafs to be in the hunt for a playoff berth until the last possible moment, only to be eliminated and miss out on the last day of the regular season. I was lucky enough to watch Wade Dubieliwicz's poke check in the shootout with him a few years back to see his dream come true. You know you have something going when you have a father-son moment cheering against the Leafs.