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Leafs add some variety to fans’ misery

Feb 29, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

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Considering the magnified scope that naturally comes with playing in Toronto, it’s easy to roll your eyes at the latest bit of hysteria from Maple Leafs fans.

You’d have to be a sadist not to feel for them a bit at this point, though.

It appeared that the 2011-12 season would break Toronto’s post-lockout playoff drought for quite some time, but it’s looking more and more like the flawed but (formerly?) fun team will fall short again. Worse yet, they’re falling apart in about as ugly a fashion as one can imagine.

Blowing the lead

A night after inspiring the latest round of “Fire Wilson” chants, it seemed like Toronto was primed to do something fairly impressive: bouncing right back a day later to beat the Chicago Blackhawks. The Buds latched onto an early lead and built it up to 3-1, but of course it couldn’t be that easy.

Chicago stormed back to score the next four goals before Mike Brown scored a garbage goal with four seconds left to make it 5-4.

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The Maple Leafs are now 1-9-1 in a harrowing 11-game span, placing them in the thick of the East’s outside-the-playoff mud:

8. Washington: 69 points (19 games remaining)

9. Winnipeg 68 points (17 GR)
10. Toronto: 65 points (18 GR)
11. Tampa Bay: 64 points (19 GR)
12. Buffalo: 62 points (20 GR)
13. Carolina: 61 points (19 GR)
14. Islanders: 61 points (19 GR)
15. Montreal: 58 points (18 GR)

Toronto also faces eight of its next 11 games on the road, so life could get that much more miserable for the mopey Maple Leafs.

The Blackhawks aren’t out of the woods in the West, but with 75 points in 65 games played, they’re comfortably in the playoffs – even if remaining at sixth place is far from guaranteed.

I don’t think it’s a leap to say that Toronto fans would gladly accept dealing with such a “predicament.”

  1. riles1008 - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Leafs fans are a**holes. I don’t feel bad for them in the least bit.

    • jdubs21 - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:03 AM

      You should feel bad for us Canadians that live West of Toronto. We get to hear about the Leafs non stop if they’re winning (how they are the greatest team ever) and if they are losing (how they are the greatest team ever, but just need to improve/change their coach, GM, goal-tending, forwards, defense, farm system, etc.)

      Funny, I live in Vancouver, yet we hear more about Toronto’s highs and lows than our own team most times (except for the Team 1040).

      • rainyday56 - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        Suck it up buddy. Now that the buds are owned by the biggest media consortium in the free world, they are going to saturate print, air and cyberspace. Keep checking your butt for a leaf tatoo …

  2. tru2joelu4eva - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    maybe if the fans eased up a little bit the team would play better. is it possible that the team plays poorly because of all the pressure, and that the fans intensify the pressure to win during slumps like this? every single member of the organization has to feel like they’re a moment away from losing their job, and that can’t possibly be an environment that sets anyone up for success…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Yes the Leafs are in a constant spotlight. Let’s look for a moment at another team that lives in such a place: The baseball team we love to hate, the NY Yankees. Imagine them going 45 years without even playing in a World Series. No, I can’t either. They cope with the pressure and most years are contenders.

  3. blomfeld - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    It’s enough with this negative stuff …

    Toronto and it’s fine fans are “good people” no doubt, but the damage is done and so there comes time when you have to let go of your fallen comrade and instead press on with the advance … and “now” friends is such a time !

    Figuratively speaking, the Vancouver Canucks are currently entrenched upon good “high” ground, smug in their well-fortified position and feeling confident about their overall prospects. Well then, we sure have some news for them ! We LA Kings are now massing for a “massive” assault against these fools and we’re going in with nothing less than victory as our goal ! Join us friend, as this is going to be the “ride of a lifetime” !

    • jdubs21 - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:05 AM

      Ya good luck with that one

  4. riles1008 - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    ^toolbox

    • taytay099 - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:17 AM

      Toolshed.

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