Showing posts with label No Habs No. Show all posts
Showing posts with label No Habs No. Show all posts

Monday, March 30, 2009

No Habs No: Lydman, Ponikarovsky, Drury, Rolston, and Okposo

It's a No Habs No! bonanza! I'd fallen behind a bit in writing letters, so I figured I'd just post them all in one giant NHN post to give everyone an overdose on anti-Habs goodness. Featuring Cyrillic characters, more Canadian Tire money, Finnish metalheads, and the other crap you've come to expect from my letters.

Since the campaign began, the Montréal Canadiens have compiled a record of 27-22-8, and fallen to their current position of eighth in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the ninth-place Florida Panthers.

Without further adieu, let's get to letters, starting with the most recent: To above-mentioned Finnish metalhead Toni Lydman of the Buffalo Sabres:

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Next up is the second Toronto Maple Leaf to receive a No Habs No! letter, Alexei Ponikarovsky. Because he's a dirty Leaf (no offence, Alex), he receives Canadian Tire money (and because I could only find small bills, he barely receives a full dollar):

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Third is Chris Drury of the New York Rangers:

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And then Brian Rolston of the New Jersey Devils, a team that is awesome in No Habs No!-ing:

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Finally, rookie Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders:

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To support the campaign, you can do any of the following:
  1. Join the 290+ fans on our Facebook page.
  2. Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com (I could use the donations).
  3. Visit our swag shop.
  4. Express support and solidarity by commenting on this blog and at Silver Seven, the No Habs No! Campaign's co-sponsor.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ganging up on the Habs

No Habs No, a campaign created by Peter of this blog and Silver Seven Sens to make fun of the Montreal Canadiens and give away money (Peter's got too much of it, his accountant told him), started a cascade of bad karma for the team. ]

I was in Montreal this weekend and I noticed that even their sports writers and fans are ganging up on the team.

Exhibit A (from this morning's La Presse):

The writer doesn't mention the campaign in the article, but I bet he's heard about it.

In Saturday's La Presse, they used a very misleading chart to emphasize how Jaroslav Halak is much better than Carey Price recently (of course, this was before last night's 5-2 loss). The chart had names and GAA, but not games played or wins. It's kind of cruel. I'm starting to feel sorry for Kovalev and co.

Still, it's hard not to think that this is all karma catching up to Montreal after stuffing the ballot box at the all-star game and singing 'Ole' all the time for no good reason (seriously: it's in Spanish and has no relation to the team).

But that's enough ganging up... Tonight's Sens game against the Rangers should be a fun one, as two teams on winning streaks tangle to see who's got the goods, and who's just messing with their fans minds in the final stages of the season.

If the Sens can pull off a win, I'll take them off notice (they've been on the list since a sad December day). The first time a name has ever been removed from the list. It will be historic.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

No Habs No: Daniel Alfredsson

Although I still owe No Habs No! letters to Kyle Okposo, Brian Rolston, and Chris Drury, I was so excited to write one for Daniel Alfredsson that I put it ahead of those other three. Here's Daniel Alfredsson's letter, which is framed and will (hopefully) be hand-delivered to Alfredsson himself along with the mint condition Canadian one-dollar bill promised to any and all Ottawa Senators who score a game-winning goal against the Montréal Canadiens this season:

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And here is a photo of it in its frame, along with the dollar bill:

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The Canadiens are 25-21-7 since the start of the Campaign, and are currently just one point ahead of the Florida Panthers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. To support the campaign, you can do any of the following:
  1. Join the 275+ fans on our Facebook page.
  2. Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com (that frame wasn't cheap).
  3. Visit our swag shop.
  4. Express support and solidarity by commenting on this blog and at Silver Seven, the No Habs No! Campaign's co-sponsor.
Best letter to write yet.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

No Habs No: Bryan Little

Here is a letter sent to Bryan Little of the Atlanta Thrashers for his game-winning goal against Montréal on March 6, 2009:


The Habs are now 25-20-6 since the start of the No Habs No! campaign, a measly .549 point-winning percentage. They're in sixth place in the East, but they're only two points ahead of the ninth-place Florida Panthers, and four points ahead of the tenth-place Buffalo Sabres. So there is a real possibility that the campaign will have a successful regular season, as long as NHLers continue to contribute as much as supporters like you.

To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 270+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (We've distributed a large mug, a long-sleeved tee, value tee, and a baseball shirt so far).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on this blog and at Silver Seven, the No Habs No! Campaign's co-sponsor.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

No Habs No: Derek Roy

Sorry it's been so long coming, but this is the letter Derek Roy will receive in appreciation of his game-winning goal against Montréal on March 4, 2009:


To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 240+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (We've distributed a large mug, a long-sleeved tee, value tee, and a baseball shirt so far).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on this blog and at Silver Seven, the No Habs No! Campaign's co-sponsor.

Friday, February 20, 2009

No Habs No: Sergei Gonchar

Wow. Who would have thought the No Habs No! Campaign would have been nearly as successful as it has been recently? For the 12th time in 15 games, someone will receive a letter from the Campaign; This time, it's Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins:

The Habs' record since the start of the No Habs No! Campaign is 19-17-5 overall.

To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 210+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com (Now more important than ever, with the Habs sucking so hard).
  • Visit our swag shop (We've distributed a large mug, a long-sleeved tee, and a baseball shirt so far!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

No Habs No: Alexander Semin

Alexander 'The Bongo Player' Semin will receive the following letter in appreciation for his shootout winner against the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 18:

Not including tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (not yet finished), the Habs' record since the start of the No Habs No! Campaign is 19-16-5 overall.

To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 210+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (We've distributed a large mug, a long-sleeved tee, and a baseball shirt so far!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

No Habs No: Henrik Sedin

Western Canadian teams continue to contribute to the No Habs No! Campaign, with Vancouver becoming the most recent team to defeat the Habs. So Henrik Sedin will receive the following letter:


Montréal is 19-16-4 since the campaign started on Nov. 22, 2008.

To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 201+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (We've distributed a large mug, a long-sleeved tee, and a baseball shirt so far!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Friday, February 13, 2009

No Habs No: Andrew Cogliano

I've got to say, I agree with Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski. It would be hilarious if Montréal misses the playoffs. Hilarious, and also a direct result of the No Habs No! Campaign. In recognition of his contributions to the campaign, Andrew Cogliano of the Edmonton Oilers will receive the following letter:



And to citizens of Calgary and Edmonton: Don't say that Senators fans have never done anything to try and resolve the fiscal imbalance. Players on both of your teams have both been recipients of bursaries from the No Habs No! Campaign. It's not just rewarding those who keep the Canadiens down, it's also subsidizing transfer payments to the provinces.

To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 200+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (We've distributed a large mug, a long-sleeved tee, and a baseball shirt so far!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.
Now, to figure out what to do if I run out of pages in my No Habs No!tebook. There are only 46 pages left, which would barely be enough the way Montréal is playing--and sometimes I have to do rough copies. Hopefully I run out.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

No Habs No: Dion Phaneuf

Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf has no doubt been waiting by his mailbox (or at least paying a man-servant to wait by his mailbox) to receive his No Habs No! letter after scoring the game-winning goal against the Montréal Canadiens on Feb. 9, 2009. Well, Dion, here it is--and thank you:



Including the Calgary game, the Canadiens are 18-14-4 since the outset of the campaign--including an abysmal record of 2-9 in their last 11 games. Plus I've still got to write Andrew Cogliano a letter (forthcoming) for his investment into the No Habs No! campaign.

To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 200+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (We've distributed a large mug, a long-sleeved tee, and a baseball shirt so far!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Monday, February 9, 2009

No Habs No: Jason Blake

Jason Blake is the first player from a Canadian team to have scored a game-winner against the Montréal Canadiens, and will receive the following letter in appreciation:



Because Blake is on the Toronto Maple Leafs, he will receive a Canadian Tire dollar. Hopefully someone from the Calgary Flames will the the first non-Leafs player on a Canadian team to score a game-winning goal against the Canadiens since the No Habs No! campaign began when those two teams play this evening (Monday).

To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 200+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (We've distributed a large mug, a long-sleeved tee, and a baseball shirt so far!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

No Habs No: Tim Connolly

Boy, would I have egg on my face if Tim Connolly had a substantial role in a Sabres win versus the Senators, instead of just playing a substantial role in a close call. As it is, Connolly will receive this letter from the No Habs No! campaign in recognition of his game-winning goal against Montreal on Feb. 6, 2009:



To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 200+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (We've distributed a large mug, a long-sleeved tee, and a baseball shirt so far!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Monday, February 2, 2009

No Habs No: Shawn Thornton

For his contributions to the No Habs No! campaign, Shawn Thornton will receive the following letter and bonus (I don't think it will count against the salary cap):



The Boston Bruins, with three games won against Montréal (from Thornton, Blake Wheeler, and Zdeno Chara) are now tied for the most contributions with the New Jersey Devils (Zach Parise twice, and Johnny Oduya). Plus the Habs have now lost five of their last six games; huzzah! The campaign, with a record of 17-11-4, really seems to be picking up now.

To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 180+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (Be the second on your block, or at least in the world, to own a No Habs No! large mug!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

No Habs No: Stephen Weiss

Apparently, some No Habs No! supporters have been concerned that the brave, noble Habs fan who continuously refers to my No Habs No! letters as "EPIC FAIL" has scared me away from writing the letters to players who score game-winners against the Montréal Canadiens.

Fear not, true believers: That couldn't be farthe from the truth. After all, I live by that time-tested adage so eloquently communicated by Clifford Joseph Harris, Junior (better known as T.I.):

Never mind what haters say / Ignore 'em 'til they fade away /
Amazin' they ungrateful / After all the game I gave away.

So, without further ado, here is the letter Stephen Weiss of the Florida Panthers will be receiving for his game-winning goal against the Montréal Canadiens on Jan. 29, 2009:



To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 180+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (Be the second on your block, or at least in the world, to own a No Habs No! large mug!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

No Habs No: Steve Downie *shudder*

This was so difficult.

Dean McAmmond, I am so sorry. It wasn't easy at all, but I have a responsibility to those who have united under the No Habs No! banner.

The following...

*deep breath*

The following letter will be sent to Steve Downie for scoring the game-winning goal against Montréal on January 27, 2009:



Yes, he is still on notice. That will not change.

Please be reassured that if you support the No Habs No! Campaign, it does not mean implicit support for all of the actions of Steve Downie. It means you support the legal actions (I'm not condoning head-hunting) that help keep the Montréal Canadiens down in the standings. To support the campaign, you can do any combination of the following:
  • Join the 160+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (Be the first on your block, or in the world, to own a No Habs No! t-shirt!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

No Habs No: Johnny Oduya

David John Oduya, Swedish superstar defenceman and newest hero of the No Habs No! Campaign. He scored his game winner--his third of the season, tying him for 30th-best in the league in that category--on Jan. 21, 2009, and will receive this letter of thanks:


Anyone have a bet for the over/under of first outraged Habs fan to comment on the post?

To support the campaign:
  • Join the 160+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (Be the first on your block, or in the world, to own a No Habs No! t-shirt!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

No Habs No: Richard Peverley

On January 20, 2009, Richard Peverley of the Atlanta Thrashers scored a game-winning goal against the Montréal Canadiens. To say thank you, I've sent him this letter on behalf of the No Habs No! Campaign:



To support the campaign:
  • Join the 150+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (Be the first on your block, or in the world, to own a No Habs No! t-shirt!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Preview: Sens v. Habs, Jan. 15, 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.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

No Habs No: Zdeno Chara

This letter will be sent to Zdeno Chara in recognition of his two-goal effort (including the game-winning goal) against the Montréal Canadiens on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. It's dedicated to Cornelius Hardenburgh:


Recently, I was asked to provide the Habs' record since the No Habs No! Campaign started. Since the inauguration, they are 14-6-4, not including tonight's game-in-progress against Nashville (Montréal is, unfortunately, winning). There was, however, a point in mid-December that the Habs were a dismal 1-3-1 (3 of a possible 15 points), and I attribute that exclusively to the No Habs No! Campaign.

There are still many ways you can support the campaign:
  • Join the 130+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (Be the first on your block, or in the world, to own a No Habs No! t-shirt!).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

No Habs No: Zach Parise (again!)

Zach Parise: Hero of the No Habs No! campaign. Here is the letter he will receive for his second game-winning goal against Montréal:



To support the campaign:
  • Join the 100+ fans on our Facebook page.
  • Donate some amount via PayPal to sensarmyblog@gmail.com.
  • Visit our swag shop (not that I'm surprised, but no one has actually purchased anything yet).
  • Express support and solidarity by commenting on the blog.
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