This letter ran in The Montreal Gazette’s Letters To The Editor on Friday, Dec. 23.
An Open Letter to Randy Cunneyworth,
It’s not you, it’s us. You are, by all accounts, a good coach and a decent man, but the truth is you never really had a shot. Not with us. Not in this city. Not in this province. Please don’t take it personally – the fix was in long, long before you arrived on the scene. We’re a peculiar group, us Habs fans. We’ve managed to take what should be the most coveted job in hockey and turn it into a quagmire. We’ve turned what should be an X’s and O’s job into a quasi-religious position of authority. We continually write and re-write the history of our team and town in order to fit our own convoluted, ever-shifting narratives. We’ve created wildly outsized expectations then made it literally impossible for anyone to meet them. We do everything, in fact, except look in the mirror and wonder if the team’s struggles are mostly our own damn fault to begin with. You deserve better. We don’t.