Ever since New Year's all I've read on Yahoo Sports on every Ducks post is Canucks, Sharks, and just about every other team's fans talking about the Ducks emptying all their star players for some reason. Is it just me or are a lot of other fans think that we are some nothing expansion team that is just a yard sale for all the other teams?
Last time I checked the "Quacks", as some people call the team, have made the playoffs every year since 2003 except two seasons. Also in those six appearances, the Ducks, who are usually a low seed, have advanced against supposedly overly "superior" opponents four times, played in three Western Conference Finals, and appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals, taking one of the best of the teams of the last decade with several future Hall of Famer's to seven games and completely dominating the other against a team from a "real" hockey city. Plus all this post season success has happened in last eight seasons. And thats not counting the lockout season.
However, the supporters of the opposition completely ignore the fact that their home teams have very little success or outright failures around playoff time. The Kings, who's fans supposed whole mission in life is to conjure up every kind of ignorant and sophmourish insult against the Ducks, haven't advanced past the first round since 2001. Yep, it's the Ducks who suck. I hear Kings fans complain all the time about how Ducks fans brag about their Stanley Cup win and they need to move on. Well to be honest, I personally never need to use that tidbit of information because the fact that since the 1993-94 season, the Ducks first, the Kings, have won ONE playoff series. Frankly, that's just pathetic. I guess all the "Ducks Suck" chants and Cartman apperances, while very entertaining, doesn't translate into wins. Plus saying we brag about 2007 too much is the the coal calling the kettle black because I hear about the infamous Marty McSorely stick incident and that '93 Cup just as much if not more than the 2007 Cup, and sadly enough it is usually from people who weren't even born when it happened.
But I digress, at least the Kings have been to a Cup. Nothing is more irritating than listening to Sharks fans. Oh yeah they've won more Pacific Division titles than any team in NHL history, but I'd rather have my team be the 8th seed and get bounced out in the 2nd round than be the perennial choke artists of the Western Conference and either lose to a team in the first round who had to win 11 out of 13 at the end of the season to even make the playoffs or completely fall apart when it matters most. And the Canucks are even worse because they have the potential to not only win a single Cup but be a dominating team in the vein of 70's Montreal teams or, more recently, the Red Wings. Yet still year after year the Sedin Sisters and 3 time most overpaid goaltender of the year Roberto Luongo have tasted bitter disappointment at the hands of less talented teams such as the Bruins, Blackhawks, and (gasp) the Ducks.
Unfortunetly, despite this overwhelming case against these teams and the vastly superior resume of the Ducks, these "real" fans continue to boast about their teams as locks for a Cup victory season after season and that the Pond is full of nothing but ignorant bandwagon fans who never show up for games unless its playoff time. But hey I'll just sit in a sea of black and silver or teal and black, rocking my orange and black 3rd jersey and my backwards Mighty Ducks snapback, and listen to this crap and laugh to myself because since the Kings, Canucks, and Sharks have been around a lot longer than the Ducks and have all yet to taste Finals glory, I like to think of the Ducks as a high school freshman who slept with the hottest senior chick that all the senior jocks have been after for years but have rejected them time after time. So yeah we may have a Cup but the one thing I want is just an ounce of respect from other fans and the hockey media but that may never happen. Oh well maybe coming back from 20 points down to make the playoffs may open a few eyes.