Volume 96, Issue 64
Thursday, January 23, 2003

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Lovin' the Leafs

Re: "What are you going to wear on Saturday Night," Jan. 17

To the Editor:

Take me to a place where people happily spend $1000 just to see a hockey game. Somewhere that lives and dies with its beloved team. A place where it's acceptable to play hockey in the middle of a downtown street, yet against the law to park a car in that same spot. Where is this place you ask?

Home to nearly four million people, Toronto also happens to be home to one of the most storied franchises in the National Hockey League. The Toronto Maple Leafs are everything but a dynasty. Disappointing, underachieving and frustrating are words that have become all too familiar in the minds of Leafs fans as we watch "our" team disintegrate come the beginning of May. While the initial feeling is almost sickening, we continue to look ahead to next season – "our season," as we often call it.

Over the past week, I (and thousands more I'm sure) have had the unfortunate task of sifting through a couple of articles that I would rather not mention. What is it that makes Leafs fans so different from others? Why does everybody hate us?

I would think that the loss of both the Nordiques and Jets would have turned a light on somewhere along the way. It seems I have been severely mislead.

With the Senators recently filing for bankruptcy and the ongoing struggles in both Calgary and Edmonton, professional hockey in Canada may one day disappear. There's always Toronto, I suppose. A city where tickets are nearly impossible to find, where it's cool to wear a jersey to school and OK to celebrate, even in defeat. A city where hockey is life.

Rather than worrying about us Leafs fans, worry about your own team. Better make it quick, though, or they might be gone.

Dave Rogers
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