The Ottawa Senators’ response to their reluctant new fan — Lisa Simpson, of The Simpsons fame — has been a good-natured one, with the club tweeting a brief animation of a Sens’ hat-wearing Homer Simpson ashamedly disappearing into a hedgerow.The club’s riposte, posted Sunday night, followed an episode of the animated sitcom in which Lisa becomes ill during a visit to Canada and is hospitalized.As she lies in bed on an IV drip of maple syrup and complains of America’s ills, a Mountie tells her that as a “victim of political persecution who fears for her life, I must keep you in Canada where you’ll be safe and assigned your own hockey team.”“Please not Ottawa, please not Ottawa,” the second-grader replies, her fingers crossed, as the Mountie puts a Senators’ cap on her.“Yeah, I’m… I’m so sorry,” he answers.
Lisa Simpson wears an Ottawa Senators cap in a recent The Simpsons episode.
The team’s response, so far liked by more than 3,600 viewers and retweeted 600 times, has drawn mixed reviews online. Some view The Simpsons’ episode as simply further evidence that the NHL’s last-place team is a laughing stock.Related: ‘Please, not Ottawa’: The Simpsons throw shade on beleaguered Ottawa Senators“The Sens owner is a real life Mr. Burns,” wrote one, referring to Homer Simpson’s greedy boss and owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. “That’s the problem.”Most fans, however, applauded the team’s amiable comeback.“If you can’t swim against the current,” one wrote, “sometimes you just have to ride it to calmer waters.”ALSO IN THE NEWS:Flooding updates: Volunteers needed Tuesday as water peaks approachFlooding — What you need to know TuesdayOttawa Jazz Festival warns fans that NCC could boot it from Confederation Park next email@example.com