Tuesday, 27 March 2012

An Ontario Video Twist

If we were to believe that the Battle of Ontario was to become something to watch again this season, it appears that only one of the two Ontario teams got that memo. While preseason predictions had the Ottawa Senators finishing the season in the cellar - anywhere from 26th to 30th - the reality is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently hovering around that mark while the Senators are poised to enter post-season play as the seventh-seeded team in the Eastern Conference. Clearly, the Battle of Ontario didn't turn out as well as fans in Ontario would have liked this season.

So knowing that the Battle of Ontario hasn't produced many memories since before the lockout, I found it slightly strange that I received an email from someone who actually endorses the Battle of Ontario.

David N., a first-year student at Algonquin College studying TV broadcasting, made a little documentary about the Battle of Ontario and the fans that love the rivalry between the Senators and the Maple Leafs. In David's production, you'll get to hear passionate Senators and Leafs fans talk about the rivalry between the two teams, and it's actually a pretty accurate view of the Battle of Ontario from what I've seen. Ottawa fans cannot stand Toronto fans, and vice versa. But rather than reading my ideas on the rivalry, here is David's video on the Battle of Ontario....
Not bad, right? As you're probably aware, I'm anything but a fan of the Maple Leafs, and I wouldn't say I have any allegiance towards the Senators unless the Senators are playing the Leafs. David's video portrays the rivalry between the two teams, their fans, and the hatred each side has for the other pretty well.

While I'm not saying that this piece is a Gemini Award winner or anything, I think David has done an excellent job in putting this together. It takes some moxie to send the video to a random hockey blogger as well, but I'll give David my blog as a platform on which he can show his work. It was a solid piece, and David appears to have a bright future ahead of him in broadcasting. Well done, David, and keep up the great work! HBIC will be happy to post any other hockey-related pieces you may produce!

Here's hoping that the Battle of Ontario can regain its status as one of the nastiest battles in NHL history. It was for a while when the Leafs and Senators continually met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it's been sorely lacking the passion that it once possessed.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

1 comment:

JeffB said...

Sometimes living in Minneapolis, home of the Vikings, I think we may have to put up with more fans of our rivals, the Packers, living among us than any other team, but the Senators fans are certainly in the same category without doubt.