Volume 96, Issue 62
Tuesday, January 21, 2003

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Leafs and their city are one stupid "country"

Re: "What are you going to wear on Saturday night?" Jan. 17

To the Editor:

I couldn't help but shake my head at the column on the Toronto Maple Leafs in The Gazette's Weekend Edition. It demonstrated the typical Torontonian attitude everyone in the rest of Canada (yes, there is a Canada outside of Toronto) [resents].

As a Western Canadian from Manitoba, please allow me to let you in on a little secret: No one outside of southwestern Ontario loves your beloved Maple Leafs. Hockey Night in Canada puts us through hell every Saturday night, having to put up with the pathetic Leafs for three hours before we get a good Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver match-up. Why do we hate the Leafs?

For me, it's the Toronto fans and media. One day they will be bashing their team – calling for the trade of Ed Belfour or Mats Sundin; the next day, they will be praising the Leafs like they've won the Stanley Cup.

Leafs fans are idiots. They are putting their faith and hope in a team that will never win another Stanley Cup, stuck forever on unlucky 13. The reason they won't win again is because of their ownership, who are selling out the Air Canada Centre every night and will continue to do so, regardless of the on-ice product.

The question: Why bother to pay money and build a legitimate team when you can have a dismal team and still make huge profits? The answer: You don't build that winning team. Until Leafs ownership stops running their hockey club like an American one (interested in profit only) and fans stop going to Leafs games like going to church every Sunday, they will spend the rest of their years in misery.

I cheer for the five Canadian clubs first – the Toronto club a distant second. Are you happy? I have finally categorized you as your own little country, Toronto.

Lee Manchur
Computer Science I

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