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Leafs’ new low: fans chant “Let’s go Blue Jays” during rout

Mar 29, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

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If starting their 15th goalie of the post-lockout era wasn’t a strong enough sign that things are bad for the Toronto Maple Leafs, then Thursday’s humorous chant clinched it. During various points in a 7-1 drubbing by the Philadelphia Flyers, Buds fans sarcastically (and at times, quite loudly) chanted “Let’s go Blue Jays.”

While there are times when fans will promote local teams when times are good (usually when a given squad’s success is unusual), it’s often the comical barometer of especially bad times for a franchise.

James Mirtle points out that the team is 5-17-3 in their last 25 games, which would be a 43-point pace during a full season. It’s pretty tough to blame fans for getting sardonic about the whole situation – especially since the one plus (improving draft lottery odds) probably falls upon deaf ears considering the franchise’s lengthy struggles – but the bad times aren’t lost on players.

Phil Kessel was almost at a loss for words while discussing the defeat with Mirtle.

“I don’t know if you guys have seen something like this before because I haven’t,” Kessel said. “We just can’t figure it out. We’re trying.”

The merciful news is that the Maple Leafs only have four games left this season, with two at home. That’s plenty of time for fans to come up with another round of funny chants, but at least the suffering will end … or at least will be paused until next season, depending upon who you ask.

On the bright side: baseball season is right around the corner.

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  1. phillyphever - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    That was the game I wanted Bob to play over Bryz, mostly because it’s basically a preseason game playing Toronto these days. Burke, the unemployment line is waiting for you.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    This is good but I don’t get why the fans have been booing recently. Does anybody in Toronto actually want to see them win games at this point so our drafting position is worse?

    • iamanidiotfan - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:00 AM

      Maybe the plan is to get Burke fired to go along with the better pick?

  3. missthemexpos - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    The Montreal Canadiens fans at their next home game can start a “lets go Expos” chant…… on second thought…….maybe not.

  4. sabatimus - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Spoken like…Phil Kessel.

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Anything to keep the cup from going to a Canadian team and I’m happy.

    • bensawesomeness - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Because the cup belongs in California over Canada?

      • phillyphever - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:11 AM

        Because screw Canada, that’s why. USA! USA!

      • redmosquito16 - Mar 30, 2012 at 8:47 AM

        I hope that was a joke…otherwise, you’ve demonstrated why most of the world hates us Americans. Arrogance is not becoming, my friend. No reason to “screw” any other country. Well, save for Iran, North Korea, etc…but you know what I’m sayin’.

    • kitshky - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      You should probably be more concerned that a California team actually makes the playoffs …

  6. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Correct

    • habsman - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Typical American clown.

  7. govtminion - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    If ever there was a game to do it, that last home game would be the time to rain waffles down on the ice. Give the Leafs something to think about all summer.

    Plus the waffle thing was just freaking funny, so anything to bring it back. ;)

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