A Leaf Fan's Guide to Accepting Losses (or How to Root Against Your Team and Sleep Well at Night)

LeafsThis 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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James Edgar

I sleeep great and cheer every goal scored on the leafs. I actually get mad when they are winning or actually manage to not collapse in the 3rd. My only concern might be we won't get enough back for our traded away players if they stink so much.

January 23, 2009 @ 2:37 PM

Nova Scotia Matt

I'd love to see us bottom out and get a fella like Eberle, and get a team that plays well together, and scores together. That said, when watching a game I still can't help but cheer a goal by the Blue and White, or decry a goal by the other team.

What are your thoughts on Tosky, Mike? (As an aside, guess who's blog comes up when you Google "toronto maple leafs tosky"?

January 23, 2009 @ 5:37 PM

Toronto Mike

Didn't I coin the name "Tosky"? :-)

He's not who I thought he was. He's not a top ten goalie, and I honestly thought he might be. I don't think he's part of the long term plans.

January 23, 2009 @ 5:52 PM


He may even be gone at the trade deadline...Ottawa loves shitty goalies.

January 23, 2009 @ 8:10 PM


He may even be gone at the trade deadline...Ottawa loves shitty goalies.

January 23, 2009 @ 8:10 PM

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