Ranted: Why Cory Schneider shouldn’t have had to apologize

Cory Schneider, Vancouver Canucks

Cory Schneider: taking on the media one mic at a time.

What? Cory Schneider defended himself and his team from ANOTHER media-related attack on the Canucks?

How dare he or any other player grow tired of all the negative hatred spewing forth against the Canucks from the majority of North America!

What a jerk to go and say something that’s kind of (totally) true!

Alright, enough being facetious, Katie. Less intelligent people might start taking this sarcasm as reality.

Schneider had every right to speak his mind, and I don’t agree with him feeling the need to apologize and retract what he said, although it was predictably classy of him to do so (for those of you who don’t know and are blinded by your Canucks-hatred, Schneider is actually a really nice guy and his gut-reaction bashing of Edmonton is something the likes of us have never seen from our red-headed back up).

That being said, it somewhat indicates that even Schneider is getting fed up with the constant negativity being fired towards his team.

Lately he spoke out against Canucks fans who were being too hard on Luongo, and now he’s defending his team from a bad PR decision out of the LA Kings’ marketing department.

The Background:

After winning Game 1 against the Canucks, the LA Kings account tweeted: “To everyone in Canada outside of B.C., you’re welcome.”

Yeah real original there, random American guy who suddenly knows everything about Canada. I tip my invisible Mountie hat to you, sir.

Later, when asked about their thoughts on this rather dumb tweet and the overall perception of this nation-wide “hatred” of Vancouver, most Canucks shrugged and said it didn’t really bother them, water off their backs so to speak.

Aside from a Sedin, I think Schneider is one of the last players who Canucks fan would have expected to create a bit of a media maelstrom with his thoughts on it:

“You look around the league and people don’t like us and Pittsburgh and we’re two of the better teams,” Schneider said. “You saw Darcy Hordichuk and Ben Eager in Edmonton. Nobody cares about Edmonton so nobody hates them. It’s that simple.”

Yeah, that part didn’t sit well with Edmonton fans, or with everyone else in the world who jumps on any reason to attack the Canucks.

Then on Friday, Schneider was well aware of the social media storm that occurred after his statement, and he apologized with this:

“It probably wasn’t the best choice of words and I apologize for it. I didn’t mean to create a distraction and hopefully it won’t affect us in any other way going forward.”

He added a bunch of other apologetic sentences tweeted belligerently soon after by Edmonton media, which just made me a little disappointed in Schneider.

Yeah, I understand why he’d want to apologize; he most likely didn’t mean to insult anyone – that’s not Schneider’s way.

But at the same time, I think Canucks Nation was proud of Schneider for defending his team and saying what everyone else is thinking: The better team you are, the more enemies you’re going to make. It really is as simple as he said it is.

There’s the “Embrace the Hate” motto some Canucks fans are trying to live by, but I admit, the undeserved and over-emphasized hatred against the Canucks gets really, really tiring. Not to mention it’s only Game 2 of Round 1 and it’s already gotten to a ridiculous extreme that took at least three rounds to develop last season.

Of course Schneider and the rest of the Canucks are also going to get sick of it. Who wouldn’t? They can say to the media that it doesn’t bother them all they want, and I’m sure a few of them like Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa just feed off it, but there are others who probably don’t like being the target of so much random, overhyped loathing.

I know I wouldn’t.

For someone as polite as Schneider to finally react to something says a lot in my opinion, and he had every right to speak his mind.

After all, everyone else in the NHL and related media seems to have free range to say awful things about Vancouver without repercussions, so why can’t a Canuck say something back?

I for one am glad the Canucks aren’t a bunch of floor mats who’ll just take all this crap from supposed professionals.

Like this guy, Damien Cox from Rogers Sportsnet:

“And now Luongo joins the early playoff fakery. Same ol’ Canucks. Divers and fakers. Why rest of country hates ’em.”

If this so-called journalist is allowed to publicly attack a sports team like that, then that team has every right to react to this kind of ignorance.

It’s a free country isn’t it? Freedom of speech? Anyone? Bueller?

In the meantime, it looks like the Canucks and their fans better grow even thicker skin than they needed last year because the stupidity going around the NHL (and affiliated sport networks) at the moment isn’t going to slow down any time soon.

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4 Responses

  1. Bdiddy18 says:

    As an Oilers Fan – I didn’t even really see it as a dig against the Oilers, it’s true we are not currently relevant, and if you need to come up with an example of what different from a top team and a bottom team – well Edmonton will obviously come to mind first – picking first overall three seasons straight will do that to you.   

    In fact the part to pick out most out of it is Schneider says all the top teams are hated.  Well that is true, but there is a caveat to that – they are hated because they win the whole thing.  And there in lies the problem with Vancouver.

    I don’t necessarily hate Vancouver, but I admit I do enjoy watching them fail.  Why? because of the amount of Chirp that is happening in the stands and on the ice, without a single season of being the top dog. I lived in Vancouver for the past 18 years, over this time I have seen media and fans participate in bravado only to be knocked down over and over again and eating crow.

    when Messier was signed – the Province’s cover page had him lifting the cup with a Canucks Jersey

    when Naslund,Bertuzzi, Morrison were ripping up the league – there was a two page story on how they stack up to the Dynasty Oilers.  This story was in the regular season.  Canucks were out in the first round

    quotes from players of planning parade routes prematurely, actions on the ice etc etc…canucks you basically do it to yourself.

    then the kicker – when other fans CHIRP ..Canucks army and some of the Canuck organization sound the alarm! they react so intensely and with full force the intended result is achieved.  The sensitivity is comical.  once again you do it to yourself. 

    your down 2 against LA, focus all your efforts on the series, don’t be distracted by the chirp.  Funny thing is – I bet those that chirp still haven’t counted the canucks out, those within canuck army I’m not so sure.

  2. My God, the audacity of Canucks fans being excited about having a good team! You say bravado, I say we’re excited.  Yes, there are some that cross the line, but every team has that.  Hell, there are known MEDIA types who cross the line, including a certain one from Edmonton who wrote an open letter bashing the team and personally attacking the the city and its fans.  

    Admittedly, I’ve only been a fan of the team since the early/mid-90’s, but even then the Canucks were seen as a laughingstock franchise.  Between the constant losing and lousy draft picks, the Canucks have always were always poked fun at.  

    Even now, when the team is doing relatively well and is a role model in the community, there are some who insist on tearing them down.  Dan Tencer, Damien Cox, Barry Rozner, Mike Milbury, the Boston media – these so-called professionals chirp and taunt and attack and ridicule the team, its players, the city, the fans, and they wonder why they draw the response they do?

    Check Twitter last night and see how many fans threw taunts at me.  Check my feed and see if you can find anything I said to provoke that.  Check the comments from the blog’s posts from the Finals run last year.  Take note of the racial, sexist and other derogatory comments from other fans.  Tell me if this blog ever provoked that sort of response.

    Yes, there are some bad fans in Canucks Nation, but you’re delusional if you don’t think they exist elsewhere.  And those fan and media trolls are just as delusional if they think they can continue to attack Canucks Nation and not expect them to eventually hit back.

  3. I am a long standing Canucks fan, the players, the team, and the whole association.  They are great.  I believe in them, and will continue to do so.  People either like the Canucks or don’t like them. Haters, media or otherwise will not make up my mind for me about the Canucks, or anything else for that matter.  Go Canucks Go!

  4. I pretty much agree with Bdiddy18. As you know Katie, I too am an Oiler die hard who bleeds Oiler blue and who has resided in Vancouver for the past 13 years. I understand the sentiment from Schnieder – that top teams will garner hate and teams near the bottom don’t get hated. But there is some interesting things to consider. Why are the Red Wings not generally hated? Why when the Flames playing for the cup in ’04 were most Oiler fans cheering for the Flames and when the Oilers made the finals in ’06 were most Flame fans and all of Canada (more or less) cheering for the Oilers even though the Oiler-Flame hatred goes very deep? Or why did we all cheer for Ottawa in 2007? On the other hand, the vast, vast majority of Albertans, and most of the rest of the country, wants to see the Canucks fail. WHY?

    What it boils down to is not necessarily being a “good team” will get you automatically hated. It’s how you play the game and how you win or lose that will either garner respect around the league with fans and media alike or make you hated. Growing up in Edmonton, I got to see what i consider the greatest NHL team to ever play. Tikkanen was a yapper. Messier threw elbows. Gretzky wasn’t a “diver” but I watched him embellish quite a few times on the way down to draw penalties. So did Kurri. Yet, what I saw in those days, is nothing like I see the Canucks doing over the past few years. Lapierre, Burrows (yappers) Kesler, even the Sedins, and other Canucks are some of the worst divers and poor sports I have ever seen. Sorry, but it’s true. They’re probably good guys outside the rink but fans and media around the league as well as former Canucks (was it Mitchell or someone recently I can’t recall?) Milbury calls then smug, arrogant. So does Cherry. Recchi. Dan Boyle talks about the Canucks plan is to dive. This does not just happen because teams are successful. This happens because it’s true. Type “Vancouver Canucks divers” into google, you’ll be amazed at the videos and articles you’ll find. 

    It’s also how your fans act towards other team’s fans and how Chirpy (thx Bdiddy) their fans are in general. Not all Canuck fans are Chirpy, but many are. Unfortunately, the rest of you are painted with the same brush. 

    We also watch Canuck fans bandwagon and bash their own players like no other. I actually feel bad for Luongo with how he gets treated here! 

    I do feel for you Canuck fans (Katie included) who are intelligent about the game and who are great fans and like respectable, honest, hardworking, tough hockey and who are mired in the crossfire. 

    Yet, despite all of that -you have a talented hockey team, there is no doubt about that. If your team can win the Cup ~ none of this will mean anything. 

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