The Ottawa Senators are up 2-0 in their round 2 playoff series vs the New York Rangers; but when it comes to sports media in Canada at least, it feels to some fans like they’re in a hole 0-3.
For the Senators, it’s always been an uphill battle for respect in the league. They’re roughly in the middle of two franchises with huge fan bases – the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Naturally, this tends to create media bias toward these two clubs, simply because creating content geared toward them will bring more eyes to the major networks.
I think what’s happening is a little bit of bias on the part of Senators fans. I think a lot of what the mainstream media is saying about the team is largely objective. There was a piece on TSN with a headline relating to something about “cause for concern” after game 2 – and I think it’s justified! Game 2 was a mess for both teams, and there will be adjustments.
The real problem, I think, is on Twitter. I hear about some of these “battles” after the fact, because I tend not to follow a lot of hockey reporters. But there are a select few reporters who claim to be neutral but carefully choose their words in order to incite angry reactions from Senators fans – and laughter from non-fans.
It’s these irresponsible tweets that have most Senators fans up in arms. I don’t blame them either, but the best way to deal with them is to just ignore them and not give them anything to deal with. They want you to be angry at them and read their pieces and generate ad revenue. They know what they’re doing.
Bottom line for Sens fans – the most important thing for the team is that they win. Who cares what outside voices say about the team? Does it matter if the team is respected by people who don’t follow the team? I don’t think it does. What matters to me is the team’s performance.