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Vancouver: Worst North American Sports City?

Break out the popcorn and embrace the hate, Vancouver fans.

With the trade deadline of this Wednesday approaching quickly with no real big names involved, it was suiting up to be a low key, yawner of a week. Not on my watch, said Canucks management.

With reports coming out that Ryan Kesler wants out of Vancouver, he becomes the biggest asset in the trade market. Of course, with the way Canucks GM Mike Gillis handles trades, he may never wear anything other than blue and green.

Luongo agrees. “Whether or not he wants out, I told him he’s not going anywhere. We all know how this script ends,” the Canucks (supposed) number one goalie chirped after reporters asked him what he knew regarding Kesler. Maybe this shot at how the Canucks management handled his trade request of last year is whats leading to Eddie Lack’s third start in a row, one of which is next games highly anticipated, and nationally televised, Heritage Classic vs Ottawa.

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Infamously, Luongo asked out of Vancouver after seeing then backup Cory Schneider take the number one goalie reins in Vancouver in the 2012 playoffs. The whole next season was a circus of media attention surrounding the potential trade, all building up to a year ago, when Luongo got pulled off the ice five minutes before the trade deadline. Of course, nothing happened until the draft, when they instead dealt Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the 9th pick in the draft.

This all brings us to now. Four days until the deadline, we know Kesler asked for a trade. Luongo has apparently lost his starting job again. There are talks about Alex Edler leaving. What will happen? My guess is as irrelevant as anyone else’s.

What can we take away from all this? Vancouver may have just passed Cleveland and other bottom feeder cities as the worst sports city in North America.

We have the Whitecaps transfer of Camilo a couple months ago, where our best player, the top scorer in the league, who was under contract, walked down to Mexico and joined a different team. And Lenarduzzi just watched him go.

We HAD the Grizzlies, who were never really relevant in the basketball discussion, and to other teams, Vancouver was a very long plane trip for an uncompetitive win. But you can’t talk Grizzles failures without the mention of Steve Francis. Drafted second overall in the ’99 draft, Francis was supposed to be the start of something great in Vancouver, yet he refused to play, citing “God’s will,” and got traded before he ever suited up. The Grizzles proceeded to pack up and move to Memphis.

The BC Lions host the Grey Cup this year, and have let their number one defensive back, Korey Banks, leave and sign with Winnipeg. This coming a year after Wally Buono let one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game, Geroy Simon, sign with rival Saskatchewan and subsequently win a Grey Cup. Why didn’t he sign him? He didn’t want to pay the all time leader in receptions, a Vancouver legend, enough money.

Then we have the Canucks. Where do we start? The zero Stanley Cups, the Bure holdout, the Messier saga, the Mats Sundin experiment, the 2011 riot, the Torts suspension, and the Luongo/Schneider circus, just to name a few. Now, the Canucks are pushing hard to claim the title of worst managed team in BC.

Letting their two time Gold Medal winning net minder open the bench door for the third game in a row, and possibly creating a second goalie controversy in less than two seasons, the Canucks are well on their way to becoming the laughing stock of BC, the NHL, and maybe the sports world.

At least we have the Vancouver Canadians.

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What do you think? Worst sports city in North America? Other moments of disbelief?

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