November 23, 2008 @ 10:11
Wow, quite the response to the Wendel Clark posting from Thursday. It really doesn't me something about Leaf haters, they're actually more delusional and extreme than Leaf lovers.
It's amazing how people across this country can spit venom at Leaf fans while continuously going back to the same old argument, that being 1967.
Although it's disappointing, embarrassing while bordering on shameful, it really isn't unique in professional sports.
The St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings joined the NHL the season following the Leafs last Stanley Cup and neither has won a championship.
Buffalo and Vancouver joined the league in 1970 and they've never won a Cup. The Chicago Black Hawks, who beat the Leafs last night, haven't won a Cup since 1961.
I'm not going to compile a huge list here because it would be boring. But take the time to look at all the pro leagues and see how long its been since a lot of teams have won a championship. Teams like the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Lions and New York Knicks.
It's amusing how I can write a posting about Wendel Clark, who could have played for any team in the NHL and been their leader, and then see the reaction from Leaf haters who can't control their vitriol.
I often wonder what it is. Is it people out west who are jealous of Toronto, is it people in central Canada who change allegiances like they change their underwear. Is it Ottawa Senator fans who have been subjected to probably the most vile team in the history of NHL. A constant collection of spineless strokers.
Ironically, the probably least hateful fans are those in Quebec who've been treated to an extremely unusual success rate over the decades. They love their team, but they don't seem to hate the Leafs as much as those sickening Hab fans that've never lived in Montreal or Quebec, but due to their flimsy commitment to most things in life have latched onto them only because it makes them feel good.
Not for past 15 years mind you, but their superficial loyalty does not go unnoticed.
As a long time Leaf fan I make no excuses because I don't think I need any.
The Leafs won the Cup in 1967 when I was ten years old. Since then they had a pretty good run in the late 70's, were horrible in the 80's, became one of the best teams in the NHL through the 90's and early 2000's, and then struggled over the past three years.
OK, it could have been better, but it also could have been a lot worse. When leagues expand and eventually enjoy some degree of parity, it's much tougher to win championships.
Just ask Hab fans who are now in the midst of the longest Stanley Cup drought in their history. A drought which I'm convinced will last for several years to come because they won't win the Cup this year, and next year they're going to lose several players because of salary cap implications.
When I read the crap from Leaf haters, it's always angled the same way. Leaf fans are stupid for loving their team. Like Leaf fans should all of sudden wake up one morning and decide they don't like the home team, or ignore the history of most sports franchises and pretend we should be different.
That my friends would be the wrong thing to do, because it displays weakness and lack of commitment and Leaf fans aren't like that.
Leaf fans are great fans because they stick with the blue and white through thick and thin, regardless of the situation. That's why when the Leafs visit any city in Canada, there is just as many or more Leaf fans in the stands than fans of the home team.
Anybody with guts wouldn't have it any other way.
And to wrap this up, let's make this clear. There is a lot more to a hockey player than points, and that's why Mats Sundin ranks well below Wendel Clark when it comes to judging the best Leafs of all time.
Sundin would be lucky to make the top ten because whenever the Leafs really needed him, he failed to deliver the goods.
Look it up.