I'm sick of the losing

Jim Lang
April 09 2014 02:29PM


                          khaan

I get why the Leafs Nation is extra pissed off at this year's train wreck.

They just can't take it anymore. They are sick of the losing. They are sick of seeing others teams make the playoffs year after year while the Leafs brass sit around in a board room wondering what the hell went wrong.


The Leafs Nation is sick of bad contracts and under-performing star players. They are sick of watching the Leafs defence throw the puck around in their own end like it is a ticking time bomb. They are sick of slick talking management types who don't produce results. They are sick of coaches who helplessly stand around while everything around them crumbles.

They are sick of slumps and injuries and everything that goes with a team that can't even earn one freaking point in eight straight games. In today's NHL that is virtually impossible; but by God the Leafs did it.

They are sick of their friends at work who like the Penguins or the Bruins or the Red Wings, laughing at them for being a Leafs fan.

Once again the Leafs Nation has to bend over and take it as the rest of the league has a good laugh at their expense. If you thought Habs fans were insufferable before, just wait, it is only going to get worse when the playoffs start.

This is beyond mere frustration for Leafs fans. This is white hot anger. God dammit they want some heads to roll for this choke job.

Consider what
Adam Proteau of the Hockey News pointed out on Twitter Wednesday; the Leafs have hosted three playoff games at Air Canada Centre since the spring of 2004.

Three home playoff games in 10 years!

Meanwhile the Senators have been in 11 playoff series during that time. The Leafs have been so bad the past decade their fans can't even make Sens jokes anymore.

But for some reason this one hurts a lot more than it has in previous years. Last season’s return to the playoffs whetted the collective appetite of the Leafs Nation. Leafs fans yearned for more love-ins outside the ACC. They wanted to stand with their friends at Maple Leafs square, get pissed out of their mind and yell about a Leafs playoffs win. Hell, it had been almost a decade so who could blame them.

The Leafs Nation desperately wanted to take trips to support their team on the road to playoff glory.

Instead they watched in horror as the Leaf proceeded to go an inexcusable 2-10 run with the playoffs within their grasp.

Not only did the 18 wheeler go off of the cliff; it burst into flames.

Fans in Toronto called their local talk radio station, screaming for change. But as many have pointed out changing the Leafs front office and coaching staff is one thing; changing their players is another thing altogether.

Is there another General Manager in his right mind that would make a trade for Dion Phaneuf and take on that contract? The answer is no, not bloody likely.

Meanwhile I realized that my oldest daughter will be in University when David Clarkson’s contract finally comes to an end.

If Tim Leiweke decides to toss a grenade into the Leafs front office and start over again any new G.M. that comes in will have a real mess on his hands to clean up.

The saddest thing about being a Leafs fan right now is the bitter realization that you are going to have to adopt another team for the playoffs.

Out of principle there is no freaking way I will be rooting for the Habs.

So I am open to suggestions.

For a lot of Leafs fans the pain of another lost year is just too much to take. They won't be adopting another team this year. Oh sure they will watch the playoffs. But they will watch with a sense of despair.

A lot of Leafs fans will watch this year's playoffs and wonder when will it all end? When will management and the coaching staff get it right and turn the Leafs into a perennial winner again?

I know that's what I will be thinking of. I will be thinking of that while I stick pins into my Randy Carlyle voodoo doll.

As the anger finally subsides the Leafs Nation will be able to form a sensible list of coaching candidates. They might even need to make a list of potential General Mangers depending on what Leiweke does over the next few weeks.

In the meantime it is time to vent our rage and demand an end to the endless cycle of losing.

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A graduate of Humber College Jim started his radio career at CKBB in Barrie back in 1987. Between 2001 and 2010 Jim was a reporter and anchor at Rogers Sportsnet. During that time he was a traveling beat reporter for the Leafs and also covered the Raptors, Blue Jays, Argos, the Stanley Cup play-offs, five Super Bowls and the Grey Cup. Most recently Jim was the co-host of the morning show at Sportsnet 590 The Fan. Jim also writes a regular blog and is the author of an E-Book about the daily routines of NHL super-stars called the "Mental Game". Jim can currently be heard weekdays between 6AM to 10AM on 105.9FM The Region (Based in Markham and heard in York Region and the north end of the city). Jim still plays hockey (Mediocre at best)and was once knocked on his butt by Ron Ellis in a charity hockey game. (I totally deserved it)
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#1 Cam Charron
April 09 2014, 03:19PM
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#2 Martin
April 09 2014, 03:25PM
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I think Leaf fans should adopt Detroit. A team which is in the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive year. A team which does such a good job of identifying and developing talent that when all their stars got injured, they were still competitive. Pittsburgh must be terrified at the prospect of playing them in the first round - with a healthy Datsyuk.

So let's watch Detroit carefully and learn what it takes to win in the NHL. Chicago did - and some argue that they are an even better organization than Detroit.

Leaf fans should pay close attention to the Western Conference. Look at the three California teams. A pity that either San Jose or the LA Kings will be gone after one round.

Just watch good hockey and see how winning teams do it.

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#3 Alex
April 09 2014, 04:25PM
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Honestly, I'm going for San Jose. Well out of the way geographically, out of conference, and they play a really fun brand of hockey. They're big, skilled, fast and Joe Thornton is well overdue for a cup win. So, yeah, if you want suggestions I'd go with SJ.

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#4 rottentomatoes
April 09 2014, 10:08PM
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Somewhere down the road of watching Ryan Miller kill the Leafs over and over again, I decided that I liked the guy. So how about cheering the Blues on? They're not close to home, Leafs only face them twice a year and specially if it turns into a final showdown against the Bruins for the cup. Miller VS Lucic rematch, except this time Miller gets the sweetest revenge ever and possibly calls Lucic a piece of S... on TV again.

Good entertainment all around! lol

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#5 TheShadierTwin
April 10 2014, 01:12PM
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As much as having the Cup return to Canada would be a good thing, I am incapable of wanting the Habs to be the ones to bring it - I think "The Hockey Sweater" scarred me as a child or something. So instead, I'm going to root for Crosby's team. That's basically like rooting for Canada in the Olympics, right?

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#6 James
April 13 2014, 06:32PM
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I've adopted Detroit as my playoff team.Every time I watch them I think "why can't the Leafs be that tenacious on the puck". What a well coached team they are.I hope they destroy the Bruins in the first round... and then muntreall

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