Down with Poutine!
With Montreal (1-1-0) here in town to play the Capitals (0-2-0) in the 2nd home game of the year, we must introduce you to something that could kill a man that hails from Montreal. Poutine (pronounced poo-tine with a fake French accent). The greasy, gravy sogginess of this supposed Quebec delicacy should make your arteries squirm*. Its origins aren't readily known but some say this dish came about in the 1950's as a comfort food and has been a French Canadian mainstay ever since. I don't know what they were comforting since they won 6 Stanley Cups in the span of 10 years in the 50's (5 back to back) but that is beside the fact, as this dish comes jam-packed with 700+ calories and earns a D+ on the healthy scale.
There's even a restaurant that specializes in poutine in Quebec, La Banquise in Montreal. They specialize in a few variations of poutine and have several signature dishes. Each dish has a bed of french fries deep fried in the greasiest of grease topped with a variety of whatever you wanna put on it.
- Potatoes (tons)
- Double Fries and Cheese
- Ground Beef
- Tons of Bacon
As you may notice, we haven't mentioned PK Subban in this Food Network Montreal-themed article, who was so readily hated this time last year when Montreal and Washington matched up. Reason being is signs are pointing to the fact that he may be shipped out of Montreal due to contract and money disagreements. We had to shelve ideas like "Punk" and "You can't spell Punk Without PK" but rest assured, he's a talent that will be picked up in no time. On a side note, if you woke up with the birds during the World Juniors this year, you would've seen his little brother in net for Team Canada. Ok ok, let's get back to the poutine.
We have created poutine-hating-signs for your printing pleasure for the matchup at Verizon Center. If you are heading to the game, print this sign or create your own and show it down at the glass during pregame warmups.
Poti is Greater Than Poutine
Make a statement with this sign by showing love to Poti and saying pew pew to poutine.
Down With Poutine!
When French Canadians see this sign, their blood will boil. How DARE you mess with their beloved poutine!
Our signs may offend some, and we get that, but at the core of this we are trying to poke fun at the opposing team and have fun with it all at the same time. Hockey is a game of passion, trash talk and competition, so let's have fun with it. In conjunction with our signs, do up your own sign and take it down to the Verizon Center. Make huge Carey Price head signs or ask one of the players out to prom. Think college game day or the area behind the basketball hoop with the twirly hypnotizing signs. What we're saying is there needs to be more signage at games, and we're here to help. If you use our sign or make your own, we'd love to see a picture of you with it at the game. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to @hockeyshopped and we'll write a follow-up article with credit to you.
*Editor's note: We may still eat a poutine but darn do we hate Montreal. So down with the poutine!