Being a Leafs Fan is Tough, but Being a Penguins Fan is Tougher

Being a Leafs Fan is Tough, but Being a Penguins Fan is TougherI grew up a Leafs fan. I remain a Leafs fan. It's been tough.

We've never made the Stanley Cup final in my lifetime, and we've only made the playoffs once in the past decade, when we lost in the first round. There's not much hope for next season, either. But as tough as it is being a Leafs fan, being a Penguins fan is tougher. Allow me to explain...

Since the Penguins drafted Sidney Crosby first overall in 2005, I've rooted for them once my Leafs were eliminated. I just love how he plays the game, so I adopt the Pens as my team throughout the playoffs.

Don't get me wrong, the Penguins don't replace my Leafs, I just enjoy having a rooting interest. I believe Crosby is the greatest player today and I truly admire his work ethic and focus.

Rooting for the Penguins these past few years is tougher than rooting for the Leafs. Our Leafs have never had the best team, and certainly never had the best player. We've never been expected to win it all, so when we fall short, it stings, but it's not a big surprise. We typically finish exactly where we should finish.

The Penguins, on the other hand, are loaded. They don't just have Sidney Crosby, the greatest player on the planet, but they have Malkin, sometimes the second best player in the league, and Kunitz, Letang, Niskanen and Neal. That firepower makes them perennial favourites.

Despite that fact, they've done nothing but thoroughly disappoint since winning it all in 2009. Why they haven't upgraded Marc-Andre Fleury is beyond me. He waffles between being okay and junk, and dragging him out there every spring is a complete waste of Crosby's prime.

As a Leafs fan, I find solace in the fact we're just not very good. Penguins fans don't have that luxury, and that's a tough pill to swallow.


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Philly-Bob

@ Mike - I'd feel a lot sorrier for them if it wasn't blatantly obvious that the 2005 draft was rigged.

It just so happens that a franchise that is on death's door (a franchise that the NHL is desperate to keep in Pittsburgh) just happens to beat the odds and draft a kid who was touted as the next Gretzky since preschool.

It was just waaaaay to convenient (LeBron in Cleveland....anyone??) Just when the Penguins needed a saviour to get folks back in the seats, and get a new stadium built....Crosby appears!

May 13, 2014 @ 4:23 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Philly-Bob

I don't think "blatantly obvious" means what you think it means.

There's zero evidence it was rigged, and I personally don't believe it was rigged. There just wasn't enough financial gain for the league to risk being exposed. Could you imagine cost to the league if it was revealed they rigged a draft?

I don't buy it.

May 13, 2014 @ 4:33 PM

dale

If the Pens don't beat the Rangers tonight in game 7, heads may roll & if this happens the Pen's season would be worse overall than the Leafs.

Heard rumors today on of the Sports stations that Malkin is somewhat a "problem" in the "room" & has been most of the year.

May 13, 2014 @ 6:04 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@dale

Something is wrong. Something needs to change.

May 13, 2014 @ 8:47 PM

dale

@ Mike

I think changes are a coming. Up 3-1 in the series & no teamwork.

A total travesty on part of the Pens.

May 13, 2014 @ 10:02 PM

Mike from Lowville

dummmm de dum dum

May 14, 2014 @ 6:46 AM

mrmojorisinca

I don't think Fleury is to blame this time around...but they will probably trade him this year I would think..
Sidney didn't look like himself out there, he says he wasn't hurt but he looked pretty tired most of the playoffs except a few games in the NY series.
Malkin to the Leafs? for Kardi and Jack Gardener? :)

May 14, 2014 @ 8:09 AM

Michael Zanette

The 2005 draft wasn't rigged, the Penguins were a really bad team before that draft year, and thus had the highest chance of winning that lottery. Buffalo,Columbus,Rangers, and Penguins all had the highest chances of winning that lottery since they all had 3 balls.

May 14, 2014 @ 5:28 PM

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