Originally Posted by djh
I'm very very glad to hear that other people are not obsessed with hockey too.
There are so many other interesting sports out there, that have huge followings, but the #1 cause of them getting little attention in this city is the media. Ever listen to a "sports presenter" on the Canadian TV channels. They go like this: "And today in Sports, [hockey, hockey, hockey, hockey...]". That's not a Sportscast. But the everyday Joes never get to hear anything else, so they default to enjoying what they're force-fed.
Ironically, whenever anybody calls the media on this, they inevitably shout "But this is a hockey-mad city!" Chicken and egg, right? If you only feed people hockey, of course they're going to love it.
I'd say the majority of the people in Vancouver are Canuck/hockey fans, first. Soccer (correct me if I'm wrong) may be third, and Lions/football - a distant second to the Canucks/hockey.
There is a small following of every other sport (i.e. NBA, pro lacrosse, MLB, NFL/CFL, MLS/EPL, etc) in this city. majority of the people follow the canucks, NHL hockey first, and maybe another sport(s) after. the media only gives attention to what the majority of the people want to hear/see. that's usually, unfortunately, canucks hockey and the NHL.
my hope for vancouver, though, is that it'll continue to grow into a better sports town. not just a "canucks/hockey" city. diversity is good!
I also think as MLS continues to grow, and expand. it'll become more popular. there is a reason why soccer is the most popular sport in the globe. it's inevitable, with immigrants coming over to canada/vancouver - the game of soccer is only going to flourish and grow. it is the global game. immigrants coming in, will no to little idea what CFL football is. small following in basketball. and may never have played baseball. but soccer - this is a sport that nobody where you are, people play and follow.
I just hope that the 'Caps continue to grow and become one of the best franchises in the league, and becoming a world class organization - this would eventually include their own stadium, training facilities (in the works), etc, etc.
Do you guys think MLS can overtake CFL across the country? can the 'caps become more popular than the Lions in time?