There are a lot of things about Canada that drive me a little nuts but many things I love about my home and native land are those knuckleheaded bits that may not necessarily translate like this:
Molson Coors is enthusiastically cheering on the Habs but having just one Canadian hockey team make a playoff run this year is bound to hurt beer sales, the brewer said Wednesday. "The Canadian beer businesses would have been better off with more Canadian teams in the playoffs," Molson Coors Canada CEO Stewart Glendinning said, noting that Ontario sales were helped by the Toronto Maple Leafs being in the first round last year. The Montreal Canadiens lead the best-of-seven second-round series against the Boston Bruins 2-1. Last year, four Canadian teams -- Montreal, Toronto, the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators -- made the playoffs with only the Senators reaching the second round. Glendinning wouldn't quantify the financial impact of the NHL playoffs. "This doesn't make or break a year, let me clear about that, but it has an impact," he said in an interview after the brewer released strong first-quarter results.
OK, the story is a couple of days old because the Habs are now down 3-2 against the Beantowners. Game six is tomorrow night and if Montreal loses at home there will be no Canadian teams left in the mix. Then... no reason to drink beer. Elsewhere these stories are about cool weather in warm places or natural disasters in Australia. Russian hegemonic adventures in its borderlands are apparently simply rotten for beer sales. As are long term cultural shifts as in Germany. Not in Canada. It's all about whether the Habs or Canucks or even Senators or the Jets might win the Cup. Not the Leafs, however. I have been a fan for well into five decades and I know the chances of that happening.
I suppose this is good. We are in many ways the spoiled younger sibling, the worry-free one. Besides, half the players on the US based teams are Canadians anyway. Just as long as the winning team has enough Canadians, joined the league no later than 1967 and is located on the eastern half of North American above the point where Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, I am fine. Simple.