A Leaf Fan's Guide to Accepting Losses (or How to Root Against Your Team and Sleep Well at Night)
This entry is for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs. If you're not a fan of the blue and white, please stop reading. I need a forum with fellow life-long fans of the Leafs.
It's natural for us to cheer Leaf goals and root for Maple Leaf victories. It's what I've been doing since the very early 80s. Even when the Leafs were at their worst during those lost seasons, I wanted goals by the good guys and wins for the home team.
Although I touched on this topic last season, I found it difficult to cheer against my team. My instincts were too strong and I still found myself cheering Leaf goals and Maple Leaf victories. But now, things are different.
I, a life-long Leaf fanatic, now find joy in losses. With our half-decent start a distant memory, I'm hoping Burke trades everyone he can at the deadline. I'd be okay if we never won another game this season. I'm rooting against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I'm okay with that.
I'm able to do this, while sleeping well at night, because I recognize the greater good. This vicious cycle in which we just miss the playoffs is only delaying the inevitable. We need to hit the bottom, clear out the dreck and draft wisely, to bounce back to respectability. This is the only season in which I'm okay with rooting against my team. Next year, I'll return to the natural order of things.
Fellow Leaf fans, how are you doing during this particularly dismal season? Are you rooting against us? How have you justified this decision I'm sure didn't come easily? Let's help each other out here... we're all going through the same thing.
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