Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. And many major Toronto sports organizations would like to keep it that way.
Have you noticed how little talk there is about the Maple Leafs in Toronto? Yes, I am asking you a serious question. The Maple Leafs have been virtually under the radar as they go through their latest rebuilding project. Pretty tough to do in Canada’s biggest media market. That’s what happens when there is a baseball team in town that broke a 23-year playoff drought and was one hit away from a shot at the World Series. Hardly anyone pays attention. But even with the baseball season over it has been rather quiet for the Maple Leafs to this point.
The Blue Jays themselves are not making a whole lot of noise this off-season. Aside from Josh Donaldson winning the American League Most Valuable Player award and the naming of a new President and a new General Manager, not a peep. Basically, the team will go into Spring Training next February with virtually the same line up in 2015. There have been cries about the Blue Jays not making improvements to the pitching staff (see Price was Not Worth the Price) but the level of outrage is as high as complaining about finding a strand of hair in your restaurant meal.
The Raptors are carrying on what they have been doing the last two years. But they too have gone about their business which may seem boring to those who cover the team. But as long as the team keeps winning they will continue to operate that way.
Perhaps the only way to succeed in a crazy sports town is to hopefully be ignored. Not completely mind you, but at a level where if you lose a few games in a row it does not cause an uproar. Usually, when you have a Maple Leafs team that is sitting last in the division with a sub-500 record there are calls for a coaching change or a player to be traded. Right now the only controversial thing coming out of the Maple Leafs organization is whether the team will change their logo.
Hype is great but sometimes it brings with it attention and expectations that are unnecessary. Frankly, world domination can’t be achieved when there are a lot of people trying to catch a glimpse of every move you make. There will be fans who follow a team no matter how well or how badly they do. But nobody ever got things done if everyone kept an eye on them. Let’s see how well the Habs are doing. Their fans always whine about being ignored by the Toronto media. So let’s give them what they want. They will rue the day that they did.