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Considered to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time in the National Hockey League Mark Messier has had quite the lucrative hockey career. He has worn many jerseys in his day, played for three different NHL franchises, and was played alongside the Great One: Wayne Gretzky. Mark Messier has won a total of six Stanley Cup trophies and has obtained a handful of others to fill out his trophy case. Mark Messier is known most notably probably for wearing the Edmonton Oilers jersey. It was while wearing this jersey that Messier paired up with Wayne Gretzky to win five Stanley Cup championships. Images of Messier dawning the blue, orange, and white colors of the Oilers adorn many children's playing cards, lunch boxes, and anything else merchandisers see fit to slap a famous face onto. The Oilers logo was displayed prominently on his chest, a white circle with a descending orange drop of oil, as he defended his friend Gretzky and conquered all the other teams. In 1991 Messier moved from the Oilers to the New York Rangers.
He would still get to wear mostly blue jerseys but now he would have to bear a little bit more American pride. He won a Stanley Cup in the New York Ranger's red, white, and blue uniform and stayed with the team for six years. In 1997 Messier was traded to the Vancouver Canucks. A welcome move perhaps as Messier was born in Edmonton and most likely enjoyed being back on Canadian soil after playing for such a patriotic American team. He played with Vancouver until the year 2000 when he moved back to New York to try and bring the team back from the dead. Sadly it was no use and Messier retired in 2004 without winning any further championships. The man has worn many jerseys in his day, coincidentally all with a blue color scheme, and he has accomplished what most national athletes only dream of. Today Messier is part of the "Team Up and Bring Home the Cup" organization. It is a contest developed by Pepsi that grants Canada's most hardy fans the chance to throw a party with their favorite team in their home town. Messier attends wearing an Edmonton Oilers jersey on most occasions.
Over the past months I have been verifying this reality with my own posts. A Toronto poster would hurl an insulting post that would make it through and I'd respond with the same post and it would not. Moderators, living in Toronto and working at TSN are obviously Leaf fans and lack any objectivity. This frustrates posters from coast to coast. When you travel as much as I have you hear this from frustrated fans everywhere. This type of selective bias reached new heights recently. I mentioned earlier Toronto was recently voted the worst sports city in North America. This poll examined 122 sports franchises in North America, the majority of which are in the United States. The reality that Toronto, a Canadian city was voted worst sports city in North America is embarrassing to all Canadian sports enthusiasts. It is also a national sports story that needs to be reported to all Canadians, that's what a national sports network is supposed to do.
TSN did not report the findings of the ESPN poll at all and common sense tells us why. It clearly illustrates where TSN's priorities are and that is to protect Toronto at all cost showing their true colors and a clear regional bias. Canadians from coast to coast refer to them as the Toronto Sports Network for a reason. Like many Canadians I'm frustrated and I've had enough. I want TSN to know how many Canadians feel like I do. If you send me an e-mail through my web site I will forward all your e-mails to TSN, hopefully that way they'll get the message. Like many Canadians I have no problem with a regional sports network supporting their local teams. Like many Canadians I have a problem when a network holds themselves out to be a national network when everyone knows they're a regional network in disguise. We need a truly National Sports Network in Canada. I look forward to your feedback; things won't change unless we change them.