Thursday, December 1, 2016

Is there a Conspricy Theory with the Canucks and Maple Leafs?

For the last few years or so, when the Toronto Maple Leafs come out west to play against Vancouver, the Canucks get the short end of the stick.

That's because, the NHL or Hockey Night in Canada has decided to slot the Canucks - Leafs game that is played in Vancouver to be played during the Four o'clock window more commonly known as the first game of CBC's double hitter.

Unsurprisingly, the reaction of the Vancouverites over the last few years starts with a C and ends with a Y.

That word is conspiracy. Conspiracy is defined in the dictionary as "an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot." By the definition, Canucks fans will always wonder if they are having secrets kept against them but at the end of the day, this is a East Coast Bist thing. 

To continue, when the game starts at 4pm, the Leafs have the advantage because they don't have to adjust their body clocks. For instance, instead of the game being played at 10 o'clock body time, they are playing at 7, the time Maple Leafs players are used to. 

Inversely, with the game starting at 4pm it sets the Canucks players timing off because they are not used to playing at 4pm local time. This gives Vancouver a disadvantage in a home game that they should have a advantage for. 

This is where the conspiracy part comes in for Vancouver as they feel their at a disadvantage right from the start with Eastern Conference teams having way less travel on top of the other advantages. 

For those who are unaware, Toronto wants to be Canada's version of New York and Vancouver wants to be the West Coast version of Toronto. Canucks fans hate the Leafs fans for rubbing their 13 Stanley Cups into Vancouver's face even though their last triumph happened in 1967.  

On the other hand, Leaf fans hate Vancouver for their dominance from 2003-2013 despite coming away with zero Stanley Cups to show for it. 

The rivalry is fierce and  heated and lately, the only thing that the two cities can agree on is that the Bluejays are the best. This will be the last time these two teams hook up this year. If they hook up again in June, we will have one unforgettable and unlikely Stanley Cup  Final. 


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