Toronto Mike

Comfortably Numb Leafs Fan

It's not easy rooting for the Toronto Maple Leafs. If I wasn't born and raised in this city, they'd be last on my list of teams to cheer. I'm pushing 50, and I haven't been alive for a Leafs Stanley Cup final appearance. And even worse, if that's possible, I've got a 19.5 year old son with absolutely no memory of the Leafs winning even a single playoff round.

Heck, the Leafs couldn't even win that best-of-five play-in against Columbus a couple of years ago. But that collapse against Montreal last year, that's what finally broke me. I now feel nothing.

To kill time on Saturday night, I spent a few minutes watching a depleted Penguins lineup annihilate the Leafs, and it didn't upset me. I wasn't even disappointed. I was all whatevs salad. Complete indifference. I'm comfortably numb.

There are precisely two happenings that could jolt me back into giving a shit.

  1. The Leafs could win a playoff series. The last time that happened Ed Belfour was between the pipes and the late Pat Quinn was behind the bench.
  2. They could blow this team up. Figuratively, of course. That might get my attention.

In the meantime, if you told me I could score a ticket to watch the Leafs, and it cost me anything north of a toonie, I'd politely decline. It's just not worth it.

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