In ‘New Van Fan’, follow one man’s metamorphosis from know-nothing to panicky Canuck booster (VIDEO)

Being a Canucks fan isn’t simply about cheering for the Vancouver Canucks.

I mean, that’s a huge part of it, since not cheering for the Canucks basically assures that you can’t call yourself a fan. But if you’re boosting the Canucks with no knowledge of the team whatsoever, you run the risk of being called a bandwagon fan. It’s something that we try to deal with annually in our bandwagon fan cheat sheet, which gives new fans (and even those brave enough to admit they’re bandwagoning) a quick primer on the Canucks’ roster. You learn name, nicknames, things to say, things not to say. By the time you’re done, you’ll seem like a dedicated fanboy, even if you just got on board.

But there are other ways to get to know the team closely. You could, say, watch a lot of games. Or read this blog every day (which you should totally do anyway). Or, you could undergo the rigorous training program laid out in new web series “New Van Fan” from upstart video team the Frecklebombers.

“Don’t panic. You’re going to want to panic. Don’t panic.”

Valuable information for any Canuck fan, along with not calling Markus Naslund “Marky Mark”, and never ask who Kirk McLean is. These things can get you killed in the wrong circles.

And yes, I can imagine the goaltending situation would be confusing for any newcomer, especially since it’s confusing to us.

If I have one criticism with this video, it’s that it doesn’t involve any preparation for the inevitable despair. Granted, nothing can prepare you for the amount of despair that comes with cheering for this team.

New Van Fan also has a Twitter account, which it looks like will be used primarily to tweet things only the most naive of Canuck fans would think.

 

So much yet to learn.

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6 comments

  1. akidd
    February 12, 2013

    hey harrison, i noticed you were catching a little flak over on Puck Daddy(that’s what writing a glowing article on the arch-rival hawks will get you. they could probably tell you didn’t really feel it. and mixing up the lines probably didn’t help your cause.) it seems those fans were accusing you of being a booth-booster(not exactly their choice of words.) yet, you hardly ever resist a dig at dear david as evidenced again here today. what’s up with the being misunderstood? too subtle for the yahoos?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 12, 2013

      Thing is, I didn’t mix up the lines. I never said Kane and Hossa play on the same line. I said they’ve shown chemistry together, which is 100% true. They still see the ice together in plenty of situations and they’re terrifying when they do.

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      • nick
        February 12, 2013

        Why, why, why did I have to go check the yahoo comments to see this? Those people are nuts. Are they all the basis for the “glice” sketch on snl? Glice? GLICE? YOU SAID GLICE! WHAT!?

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  2. cathylu
    February 12, 2013

    Good luck to him!! I can relate – with only two full seasons under my belt I still feel lost sometimes. And I dealt with the inevitable despair in my first season (SCF 2011) without any preparation (whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right?) But newvanfan has an advantage – he’s a redhead!

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  3. tj
    February 12, 2013

    Heh heh. Yes, the highs and lows of loving this team. But I think the despair is implied with the starter question. In fact, a whole segment could be dedicated to that one.

    My sister has been a bandwagoner for years. She has anxiety issues, so she’s forgiven ;p but I regularly have to field the question: “[Insert name]… Oh, we like him, don’t we?” Ack. How to answer that! Sometimes I just respond by saying, “Well, the royal ‘we’ answer depends on the time of the season, the direction of the wind, and how close he is to the trade deadline…” She finds that unsettling, of course, so just cheers when we do. It’s hi-larious.

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  4. RevTrev
    February 13, 2013

    These guys are hilarious…can’t wait for the next episode!!! Maybe the inevidentable despair is in the don’t panic quote! His face at the very end of the Luo discussion is priceless.

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