Oh Canada! Maple Leafs Trying Fans’ Patience
My understanding is that hockey kind of a big deal in Canada, much like, say, wine is a kind of important in France or Fox News is kind of interested in Benghazi. So if you're one of the seven remaining Canadian NHL teams, you at least need to look like you know what you're doing (especially if you're one of the NHL's Original Six and have high ticket prices). And for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight against the Nashville Predators, they did not, losing by a touchdown, 9-2.
Like look at the score and tell me why a Toronto Maple Leafs player has his arms in the air. Tell me. I dare you. pic.twitter.com/9rjiCt9upu
— It's Ryan Barclay! (@itsryanbarclay) November 19, 2014
Don't get me wrong, the Leafs are not a lost cause. For example, if the playoffs started tonight, they'd make the postseason (then again, if the NHL had been in charge of WWII, Hitler would still be mathematically in it). But while they've been above average so far, when they've been bad they've been REALLY bad. And they've only been to the playoffs once since the lockout. So like the fan base of most storied sports teams, Toronto wants more from the Leafs.
— The Leafs Drought (@LeafsDrought) November 19, 2014
The fans have started a trend of throwing clothing on the ice to show their dissatisfaction (as in, "Here, take back my team sweater because I'm dissatisfied, eh. If that's okay with you."). It's a pretty tame Canadian way to protest, especially when compared to the Detroit tradition of throwing an octopus on the ice. It's the Red Wings' fans way of saying, "I will kill a cephalopod, not because I'm angry, but just because we're in the playoffs again. Take that, Robocop!" Then again, Detroit's a pretty screwed up place.
Another night, another Leafs jersey on the ice. This time during play. pic.twitter.com/mut2YS8Vnp
— Josh Gold-Smith (@GoldAndOrSmith) November 19, 2014
So if you make it to Air Canada Centre this season to catch a Leafs' game, stay sharp. You may catch a team sweater as well.
I don't think the @MapleLeafs can wait much longer to fire Randy Carlyle. Looks like the team has tuned this guy out!
— PINO BRUNI (@PINOBRUNI) November 19, 2014
Or a fired coach.
Photo via Getty
David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is now one for SportsGrid.com. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.
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