It Feels a Little Like '93

Published by Toronto Mike on October 16, 2010 @ 10:10 in Toronto Maple Leafs

LeafsThe Leafs won again last night. I missed the game, as I was playing one myself, but the record shows Phil Kessel scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the Rangers in New York.

You've likely heard that our 4-0 start is our best since '93. We won 10 in a row to start the '93-'94 season, making the calendar year of 1993 the most memorable one of my lifetime.

In the spring of '93, the upstart Leafs upset the Detroit Red Wings in a thrilling seven game series. My buddy Elvis just shared this tribute to game 7 of that series on Facebook, and I think everybody should watch it and remember what playoff hockey feels like. This was one of the most exciting games I've ever seen.

A couple of rounds later in '93, in a game seven against Los Angeles, Kerry Fraser ensured we wouldn't win the cup. But damn, 1993 was a fun year for Leafs fans.

You know what? It feels a little like '93.

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11 Responses to "It Feels a Little Like '93"

Cheryl
October 16, 2010 / 14:27

So the Leafs have to win another one. When will they lose. Maybe not any time soon. Oh well, I'm still happy as my habs won as well.

Cheryl
October 16, 2010 / 18:41

I didn't get that last comment. If it was just a caption, my speech software couldn't read it.

Toronto Mike
October 16, 2010 / 18:55

Sorry. It was a screen cap of the current NHL standings.

Guess who's #1 in the NHL right now?

David
October 16, 2010 / 22:34

a serious question for Leafs fans on here:

how do you explain the lack of any real kind of 'fan revolt' like BMO Field is seeing now , when the parallels are unmistakable (sustained mediocrity [at best] at the highest prices on the continent?)

http://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/mls/torontofc/article/876558--fans-falling-out-of-love-with-tfc#article

I don't think it's as simple as the fact "it's hockey, and we're Canadian", when there are current examples of that not being the case: Memorial Cup still not sold out, a majority of GTA-based Leaf fans never having heard of Tim Brent until 2 weeks ago, despite him being captain of St. Mike's.

Not trying to troll, I've just never understood...

Toronto Mike
October 16, 2010 / 22:44

That's a fair question.

Firstly, Toronto is definitely a "go big or go home" kind of city. When it comes to hockey, it's all about the Leafs. I don't think that's a knock against my city, just how it is. It's a big league city.

As for tolerating losing, I felt the hiring of Brian Burke quashed any potential revolts. We felt he was the right guy, and a "big league" guy, so just giving him autonomy bought MLSE a few years.

A revolt was brewing under JFJ, I assure you. In Burke we trust.

Cheryl
October 17, 2010 / 07:49

Well, my speech software can't read captions. Anyway, my Habs won. Yes, the Leafs are number one, but not for long.

Irvine
October 17, 2010 / 22:07

Personally, I don't hate the Leafs, I just hate the fans. Toronto fans are clueless, delusional idiots with their heads in their asses. They completely ignore that their team, the RICHEST in the NHL, can't even make round 1 of the playoffs for over half a decade. The Leafs coming in last spot is akin to Alberta being a have not province in an oil boom. It should be impossible, but it's not in Toronto.

Then again, Toronto fans are much like Toronto people in general. They have their heads in their asses. "We're the economic centre of the country" ignoring that nearly every other city including Montreal & St Johns Newfoundland has a better job market. Visions of grandeur ignoring the real structural problems. Just like the Leafs. Richest NHL team, can't win for their lives. How many more excuses.

And only in Toronto does winning 4 games at the start of the season constitute something wonderful. I doubt you hear the cries of "Stanley" in Detroit, Dallas or Edmonton when the season starts off good.

Too many Leaf fans are arrogant morons. Let's check in at the end of the season and see how right I really am.

Cheryl
October 18, 2010 / 18:09

See, my Habs are better any day. My Habs are only one point behind the Leafs. That's close. Go Habs.

Maple Leafs Central
October 21, 2010 / 08:57

Irvine, your commentary about not hating the Leafs, but hating the fans is an oldie, and one that gets recycled time and time again by unoriginal folks like yourself. Not every Leaf fan is a genius, however the sheer volume of fans this team has means there will certainly be a few that are, 'less intelligent', than others.

If you were an intelligent person yourself, you would realize that your argument about the Leafs being the richest team in the League means nothing in the new salary cap world.

scott
April 5, 2014 / 03:07

So it does feel a little like 93. Montreal is heading to the playoffs in good contention and are being picked as possible favorites to actually win... And after tonights game.... 7 goals against Ottawa... Baammmmmm


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