Rumours of revolt amongst Maple Leafs faithful in wake of weekend loss
The group of disgruntled Toronto Maple Leafs fans over at We Want A Cup is talking about a revolution. The unofficial voice of Toronto’s hockey fans proclaimed today that “Something Big Is About to Happen!” and implored the rest of Leaf Nation to join them in what appears to be a protest movement of sorts. They’ve even gone as far as to say the first shots have been fired (though we’re not quite sure what exactly those shots were).
The revolt is in response to the Leafs’ 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night and the unofficial end of the team’s push for the playoffs. The failed bid to qualify for the postseason—when it becomes official (the team is, technically, still alive)—will mark the club’s six straight campaigns without a playoff appearance. According to the Star, that fact has even the most patient and passionate hockey fans in the world a wee bit upset:
Reality — when it comes to the odds of the Leafs succeeding — is harsh. The club appears destined to finish out of the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year. That would further extend the franchise record for a postseason dry spell, and yet again dash the hopes of what may be the most patient and passionate hockey fans in the world.
A band of some of the Leafs’ most faithful fans have started a website (wewantacup.com), and plan to hold some kind of demonstration after the Leafs’ next loss, or when they are officially eliminated from the postseason.
Of course, Leaf Nation’s record of showing the team’s owners who’s boss hasn’t exactly been stellar. To date, fans have shown their displeasure through: (1) paying exorbitant ticket prices; (2) loving their team unconditionally; and (3) allowing the Leafs them continually to play games with their hearts. So, we’re curious to see what form this demonstration will take.
• Same old story: Leafs’ late push doesn’t equal playoffs [Toronto Star]
• Leafs left licking their wounds [Globe and Mail]
• How did the Leafs get here? [National Post]