Four things have contributed to this elevated state of self-importance:
- The Schmens won last night
- It happens to be the 40th anniversary of The Chief and the rest of the ’67 Buds hoisting Lord Stanley – and of course all of those small town media outlets that the natives like to call “radio stations” are all over it.
- I have thus far been indifferent to their crowing – and this has frustrated them to no end.
- They and many of their friends are suffering from an ailment that is only seen within the confines of Ottawa – though there have been symptoms of it in Edmonton and Calgary as well). This condition is called schaadenleaf – a variant of the German term schaadenfreud – meaning the taking pleasure in someone else’s pain or misfortune. This variant is known as schaadenoil and schaadenflame in the west.
Allow me to explain this further.
Nowhere else in Canada are its citizens so oblivious to the successes of its own hockey team than in Ottawa. The Sens are an exciting and young team that may just go all the way this year.
But do the Sens’ bandwagon fans (99% of them) really notice?
No way – cuz they are way too busy harping on Leaf Nation!
A typical conversation around here and elsewhere in Bytown between a member of Leaf Nation and a Sen fan goes like this:
Hey! You must be really happy! The Sens pulled out a close one last night! Emery looked great.
HAHAHA! THE LEAFS DIDN’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS AGAIN! I WAS ONLY 3 YEARS OLD WHEN THE MAKE-BE-LEAFS LAST WON THE CUP! HAHAHAHAH! LOSERS!
I don’t get. Hello?! Sens fans? We really don’t care! Honest! Many of us actually wish you luck. We won’t cheer for your team but we do wish you well!
I’m hoping that this is clear enough.