Monday, March 24, 2014


"Me?!... I thought you were gonna stop it!"

In his column in today's Toronto Star, sports writer Damien Cox opines that the Toronto Maple Leafs are a club building to possible greatness: "... the objective here is to try to build a true contender."

Maybe I'm a lot older than is he; I've been hearing this same spiel for four full decades. Why is this funny to me? Because the "Buds" have not won the Stanley Cup since 1967 (that is not a typo). They have come sorta close (read: within range) but a couple of times since Canada's great year of confederation. Two close-ups in 47 years ain't bad, actually.

He goes on to say: "Enjoyable as it may be for those who live to see the Leafs fail."

I see his point, but many of us, me included, would rewrite the above as: "Enjoyable as it may be for those who love to see the Leafs fail."

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star...

Maple Leafs' five-game slide doesn't change the big picture: Cox
Though fans are understandably upset, this season’s mediocrity is part of the bigger plan to build a true contender.

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