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Other NHL teams may be exhorting their fans to say "Let's Win The Cup". Here in Toronto, once again, we folks can say another four words "Well, maybe next year." Or perhaps I should say four-letter words.
Yup, once again, it looks like the Leaf Nation is going to feel like The Island of Lost Toys before Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer rescued them. Under the supposedly hard-nosed Randy Carlyle, the team has lost three and won just one game since he took over. One of my friends who's permanently living in Tokyo but is (or was) one of the few hardcore ex-pat Leafs fans ranted on his Facebook that he has totally given up on the team...for this year, at least...after the latest loss in Washington yesterday. When sportscasters start using the word "mathematical"when they describe a team's chances at making the playoffs, you know it's over. According to one such fellow, the Leafs would have to win every one of their last 13 games to even have a fighting chance to avoid an April tee-off at the links. According to the website Rauzulu's Street (www.rauzulusstreet.com/hockey/nhl/torontorecords.html), the longest winning streak that Toronto has ever had was in the 1993-1994 season when the Leafs had won 10 straight in October (I think Pat Burns was still running things there). So, basically, Luke, Dion and the rest of the boys can start getting their irons polished off. And perhaps they can also watch out where they decide to dine out in Toronto during the summer...there might be some rather frigid receptions...and I don't just mean ultra-cold air conditioning.
I just can't understand these guys. But again, folks in La Belle Province are probably saying the same thing about Les Habitants.