I find that there are too many quitters in Leaf Nation. It’s not just those who sit in the platinum seats at the Air Canada Centre, the problem goes beyond that. Sure, Habs and Sens fans have patented the art of whining and complaining, but I don’t think any of them committed the ultimate act of treason: throwing a team jersey on the ice. True fans of any sports team stick with them through thick and thin, they don’t jump on and off bandwagons. Lacking patience is one thing, being entirely stupid is another. These people have to go and the sooner, the better.
First thing we need to do is get rid of the arrogance. Some people in Canada think they know hockey better than anyone simply because they have a Canadian passport. So my East Indian friend who became a Canadian citizen but doesn’t follow hockey knows just as much about the sport as me? That to me shows how lazy many in Leafs Nation really are. I’m not expecting everyone to be good at playing hockey, otherwise we would all be playing the sport wouldn’t we? But there is a certain level of knowledge that is required in order to be considered a hockey fan or a hockey expert. I think at least half of our fan base, if not more, is totally incompetent. They get their hockey knowledge from the media. They must think Steve Simmons, Damien Cox, and Bruce Arthur invented the game. Better keep the Kool-Aid away.
I have heard that if another NHL team comes to the Toronto area that it would cause Maple Leaf fans to “cross the aisle” and cheer for the other team. But actually, it would really be an addition by subtraction. Their abandonment would prove they are rogues, not true Leaf fans. By getting rid of the dead weight it would finally breathe new life into this fan base. There is also a faction that wants the Leafs to “tank” in order to get a high draft pick. Seriously? I suppose if it doesn’t involve drugs, it’s not considered cheating. These are the same people who don’t want to watch a bunch of “losers” on the ice every night. Besides, the Edmonton Oilers have Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nail Yakupov, all first-overall picks the last 4 years. And how is that team doing?
Then there’s everyone’s favourite hockey subject: fighting. I belong to a Maple Leaf fan group on Facebook. My posts about questioning the team’s toughness have garnered some negative responses. People just don’t want to face the fact that having an entire roster full of goal scorers isn’t going to cut it in the NHL.
So a housecleaning in Leafs Nation is definitely in order. It may be the only way to unify our disgruntled fan base. I’m ready start pushing people off the ledge. Who wants to go first?