Volume 96, Issue 67
Wednesday, January 29, 2003

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Old Ellett jersey says everything

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

To the Editor:

What in the world was Lee Manchur thinking? He is obviously an uneducated and misinformed hockey fan.

The Manitoba native thought he let us in on a little secret during his pathetic Leafs bashing... "no one outside of southwestern Ontario loves your beloved Maple Leafs." It is with this statement that I have the most problem, not that there aren't plenty of other poorly made points to speak on in his letter. Having actually attended NHL hockey games in all Canadian cities except Toronto, I can assure you that the crowd is almost always split 50/50 between the home team and the Canadian icon that is the Toronto franchise. That means half of the fans in attendance have shown up to support the Buds. From my firsthand experience, this shows people outside of southwestern Ontario do love the mighty blue and white.

For this first-year computer science student to run his anti-Leafs sentiments, like many others, is a trendy thing to do. For him to actually have his letter published is an embarrassment to his faculty and his family. It shows no knowledge of our national pastime and it is obviously a beer-induced sissy fit thrown from a narrow-minded farm boy. This kid is still sensitive about his beloved Jets moving to Phoenix and his neighbor's dog chewing the Winnipeg emblem on his Dave Ellett jersey.

Quite simply, Leafs fans dominate at everything. When you are the best in the world, others will try anything to knock you off your pedestal. Where I come from it's called jealousy. When was the last time a Canadian team other than the Leafs were in the final four? When was the last time the Calagary Flames made the playoffs? When the Leafs dynasty takes six out of the next seven cups, will it finally quiet all of the Leafs bashing?

Ian Turnbull
Theoretical Physics V

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