The Toronto Maple Leafs have completely embarrassed themselves for yet another season. Unlike so many years passed, this was the year that had true potential, grit and truculence. Players looked happy and worked well together, fans were ecstatic and the city was buzzing. Even as a Montreal native I could see the Leafs were not playing at the same calibre as they used to, similarly so for the Canadiens, who started to plummet in the standings and have since hit rock bottom.
That was over two months ago, a fall from grace few expected to actually happen. The biggest collapse was from within; where the home crowd have suffered up until now its 11th straight loss at the Air Canada Center. Goaltending has been painful to watch, giveaways have been too often, and the blame game is back in rotation. A heartbreaking scene for Leafs Nation.
That’s why they’ve turned to baseball and golf, where the chants in last night’s 7-1 defeat to the playoff bound Flyers were “Let’s Go Blue Jays”, the shiniest peach in all of Grapefruit action. Ouch! With record high temperatures in the city last week, the green grass was practically inviting the Buds to bring out the clubs and hang up their skates early. They may or may not have accepted that offer. Even the local sportsman is getting flack for how hard he was on a report he did on their blown season. With only 5 games left in their season, this is a reminder the Masters start in less than a week.
You pretty much know the years is over when you get those funny emails of the coach directing his team to look at a play on the board, and it’s actually a golf course layout.
While the Leafs started handing those out a couple weeks ago, I’ve had mine in my inbox for a couple months.