You may remember the Maple Leafs lost a hockey game to a 42-year-old Zamboni driver and rent-a-goalie last month. You may remember the city of Toronto was rightfully embarrassed; shades of the dialogue in Moneyball where Billy Beane explains, “There are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then, there’s 50 feet of shit. Then, there’s us”. Replace “rich” with “good” and you have the Leafs dead to rights.
Now, there’s something to be said for pulling off a Chumbawamba, and what with recent playoff failures at the TD Garden, the eight goal loss to Florida only weeks earlier, and other terribly embarrassing current-iteration Leaf occurrences, you’d have been warranted in thinking the team might collapse. They didn’t. They got back up again and, three days later, the Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning. For those who’ve forgotten, the Lightning are the team that won a bunch of regular season games last year and then lost in a first-round playoff sweep to Columbus. If there were more Tampa fans around, I suppose that might be a more embarrassing defeat. But there aren’ …
Author: Jakebeleafs / The Leafs Nation