Friday, January 16, 2009
This is what it's all about, guys. We've all witnessed the No Habs No! Campaign take flight since it was launched waaay back on November 23 with a letter to Blake Wheeler of the Boston Bruins. Since then, ten hand-written letters--and ten US dollars--have been sent out to nine players (Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils has scored two game-winning goals against Montréal, and is the current hero of the campaign).
The campaign has received over CAD $30 in donations (don't think I'm profiting, though; postage isn't cheap). The Facebook page has over 130 supporters. The Swag Shop... well... it exists, although sales haven't been brisk. (Or existent.) The blog has received many comments on No Habs No! posts.
We've been interviewed by Yahoo's Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski, who The Hockey News dubbed the 100th-most influential person in hockey. Wyshynshki even launched the No Habs No! Award, "Given to the commenter who best insults the otherwise inspired and charming Senators fans campaign to send money and fan letters to players that beat the Canadiens" (the winner was the classic, "One look at that stationery and handwriting and it's safe to guess his return address includes a cell block reference.") Other bloggers have mentioned the campaign, as well. Habs fans have hated me (and random ones hunted me down on Facebook to make sure in knew how they felt about their team: "GO HAABBBBSSSSSS GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! 24 STANLEY CUPS BABY!!!!!!!!!!! FUCK YOU"). We were news on a few fan forums--including some friendlies on HFBoards who changed their avatars to the official logo. Apparently we were discussed on a Montréal radio station.
But now it's for real. The Ottawa Senators have their opportunity to not only be the first Canadian team to score a game-winner against the Canadiens, but they've got the added incentive of a mint condition out-of-circulation Canadian one dollar bill.
Will Jason Spezza continue lighting things up? Will Dany Heatley blast one past Baby Jaro? Will Daniel Alfredsson score a short-handed goal with five minutes left in the second period that serves to be the game-winning goal? Will Dean McAmmond keep his goal-scoring streak alive?
Time will tell, Sens fans. Time will tell.