Toronto Maple Leafs


Maple Leafs 3, Canucks 5

leafsUp by 3 heading into the third, they fooled me. For a brief moment, I truly believed we could win a game.

Quite the fool I was. In the words of Roger Daltrey, WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN.

I'm told "major changes" are coming today. In an hour, Brian Burke will hold a press conference. Welcome to Toronto, Jean-Sébastien Giguère!

And sorry Ron Wilson, I'm taking over this team. You suck.

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Rennie Park Zamboni

PuckThe Swansea Hockey Association is the world's largest outdoor hockey league. Normally that's a good thing if you ask me, but when it's -18°C, it's less of a good thing.

The SHA plays at Rennie Park. The Rennie Park zamboni has animated Maple Leafs painted on it, and it always brings a smile to my face.

Zamboni

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Maple Leafs 4, Devils 5

leafsI just got back from a great little party to celebrate a pal's birthday. I left this party with a pretty cool gift. It's Wendel Clark's book "Wendel - My Life in Hockey" and it's autographed for me.

Wendel Clark's Autograph

Earlier in the week, I ordered a tee shirt from Pucking Hilarious. I ordered WWWD? in black.

Hard work is the ethic of the free.

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I Hate My Favourite Team

LeafsI thought I hit the bottom last October. I had just come to the realization that my five and a half year old daughter had not been alive for a single Leafs playoff game. We Leaf fans are enduring an unprecedented streak of failure for a team that hasn't won the Stanley Cup in 42 years.

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Four months later, it's gotten worse. For the first time since I discovered the team in the early 80s, I hate my Maple Leafs. We've been this bad before, we've even been worse, but as a wise man once tweeted, the 2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs "have no redeeming qualities whatsoever".

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It's okay hating your favourite team. I feel I've earned the right. After 30 years of investing blood, sweat and tears, I know I deserve better. And in lieu of better, I'm going to do what feels natural, and that means hating this hateful, brutal team.

I knew we found a new bottom when I got free tickets to next Tuesday nights game at the ACC and I didn't feel the excitement I've felt every time prior. I'm not even looking forward to watching my team live and that scares saddens me.

The Passion That Afflicts Us All

It's bad, folks. I hate my favourite team. I can't stop watching them, or reading about them, or writing about them, but I sure as hell can hate them. And I do.

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Maple Leafs 3, Kings 5

leafsThe George Carlin of the Barilkosphere, also known as Down Goes Brown, had this to tweet the other night.

Dear 2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs. You have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I hate you.

That, in a nutshell, is precisely the problem. There are no redeeming qualities to speak of. We watch, because it's our team, and you don't desert your team during bad times, but you don't have to love your team. You can root for your team and hate your team. I have the right to hate my team, and I hate this team.

And now the vultures are circling, picking through the carcass of this Leafs' season. All this and our first round pick belongs to Boston.

There's more to say... so much more... but in typical 2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs fashion, I'm going to underwhelm as I disappoint and miss your already low expectations.

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Maple Leafs 0, Panthers 2

leafsThis is a pretty shitty hockey team we have here. We'll be missing the playoffs for the fifth year in a row, and if we throw in that lockout year, it'll be six springs without blue and white playoff action. Remember how fun that was?

After this loss, my son and I watched a couple of Wendel Clark video montages. We didn't win any cups with #17 either, but damn he had heart.

All Heart

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Maple Leafs 2, Lightning 3

leafsIt was just another night at the office for our Leafs. This time, we decided to dig deep for a new way to lose. How about too many men on the ice in the last minute of overtime. That'll work...

And that led to the Lightning scoring the winner with 9.8 seconds left in OT. If you're tracking this at home, and you should be, that's our 35th loss in 52 games. It ain't easy being this bad.

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What Would Wendel Do?

questionmarkBefore I act, I always ask myself one simple question. What would Wendel do?

What Would Wendel Do

If you're asking yourself this same question, and you should, you should buy WWWD right now from PuckingHilarious.com because they're donating $2 from every shirt sold to the Canadian Red Cross for help with relief in Haiti. Get one now.

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Maple Leafs 3, Thrashers 4

leafsI missed this one due to volleyball. As a result, we're keeping this one really, really short..

Our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs lead the league with 177 goals allowed.

That is all. Go Leafs Go.

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Maple Leafs 4, Predators 3

LeafsWe jumped out to a juicy 3-0 lead with a trifecta of goals in our first 8 shots and then sat back and waited for Nashville to come back.

They did, tying it in third and pressing to win until Phil "The Thrill" Kessel awoke from his slumber to win it for the good guys.

5 points behind Tampa Bay for 13th in the conference. Hell, yeah!

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