A tongue-in-cheek bill was passed here recently which says that anyone wearing a Leafs jersey at a Sens game will be asked to donate to the local food bank. The city was originally discussing a complete ban on Leafs jerseys at the games, but someone must have realized how idiotic that would have been. Supposedly, the bill was passed to show that the city is 100% behind their local team, although it was more to curb the number of Leaf fans, which dwarf the number of Sens fans, at the Corel Centre.
I think the entire idea is in poor taste and completely unsportsmanlike. If something like this must be done, then I wholeheartedly support the fact that a charity is being benefited. However, putting a constrain on the supporters of the opposing team is as immature as booing them. Imagine this being done at a little league game, where the parents wearing the jersey of their kids teams are asked to donate money to the league. I believe that one should never, ever, do anything negative towards an opposing team, no matter what the opposing may be doing. The only hockey that I follow is the Leafs-Sens rivalry, and even though I’m a Leafs fan, I don’t go around saying that the Sens suck (and shame on the Leafs fans who do), I just say “GO LEAFS”. Which brings me to my next point, where shirts are on display at the front of stores here, simply saying in a large font, “LEAFS SUCK”. Do the Senators condone this? Do people think that the Sens would be happy that people are walking around with these childish shirts? Have the Ottawa fans become so insecure about their team that they have to lash out like this?
Are my tax dollars going to people who sit around and come up with shit like this “charity bill”?