Volume 96, Issue 65
Friday, January 24, 2003

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Maple Leafs fans: bullies until the end

Re: "Leafs and their city are one stupid 'country'," Jan. 21

To the Editor:

Three hundred words are hardly enough to completely deconstruct your emotionally charged anti-Toronto point of view, but we'll do our best to set the record straight.

As a western Canadian from the central province of Manitoba, let us send our deepest sympathies to you and your team of past, three-time Avco Cup champions currently known as the Phoenix Coyotes.

Young lad, before dipping your quill next time, might we recommend that you reference harder! The Toronto Maple Leafs have hoisted Lord Stanley's mantelpiece 11 times. The Toronto Blueshirts (1914), Toronto Arenas (1918) and Toronto St. Pats (1922) each raised the cup once, giving Toronto a total of 14 Stanley Cup championships. We are not stuck forever on unlucky 13 as you prophesize to avid Gazette readers. This, in stark contrast, to a total of six combined championships for your oh-so-many cherished NHL teams from western Canada.

No fans outside of Ontario you say?

The Leafs are the number one drawing visiting team. This from the same fans that were declared professional sports most knowledgeable and loyal by Sports Illustrated. Beyond stats, "go Leafs go" can be heard in any stadium from Montreal last weekend to Raleigh in last year's Eastern Conference final.

Your ideas regarding Maple Leafs' ownership are accurate, however, profits are essential. When all is said and done, Leafs fans will always be able to dawn their jerseys on a Saturday night, sit comfortably at home with pint in hand and know exactly what is going to happen at 7 p.m. Eastern (note: it's not Toronto's fault that the Earth rotates, thus creating time zones) on the CBC and fucking love it!

Lee, when we see you sporting a Flames touque, Oilers Starter jacket and Canucks shoelaces, prepare to be mocked heavily by a group of guys who bleed blue and white. Nothing feels better than loving a team that everyone else hates. Therefore, we are glad that we are not you and glad that we don't know you!

Dane Bourgard
ACS/Sociology III

Russell Wills
Urban Development III

Max Sawka
MIT/Film III

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