On Friday, I was telling anyone who’d listen that the Leafs-Bruins series would end that night. Of course, I was wrong. Though the Leafs barely hung on in the third period, they still managed to hold off the Bruins to extend the series. And while neither side brought their A game in Game 6, the Leafs were definitely the better team. So they came back from 3-1 down to force Game 7. Congrats. But you’re not gonna see me out there freezing my balls off in Maple Leaf Square or anything.
The fact of the matter is that I’m just not a Leafs fan. I couldn’t possibly stand around outside surrounded by Blue and White with those guys holding up replica Cups without resisting the urge to chant “19-67! 19-67!” in a highly non-complimentary fashion. And I’d probably be the only one cheering after that epic collapse from up 4-1 in the third period to losing in OT. Well, maybe not cheering, but certainly not in break stuff mode, anyways.
Of course, as a Flames fan, I haven’t had a team to cheer for in the playoffs in a little while. And while I can kinda relate to the way the Leafs played in Game 5–score two goals and hold on for dear life is classic Calgary Flames hockey–I can’t say they’ve won me over with tonight’s epic collapse. This is the first time the Leafs have even made the playoffs since I’ve been living here, and I moved to Toronto in 2005. Considering that I’m a Flames fan first and foremost from October until early April, a team with such a track record of post-lockout postseason non-participation is not going to earn my support. Even if I live here. But hey, maybe if they make it past the second round, one of these decades…
Mind you, I’ll be joining Leafs fans in cheering against Ottawa in Round 2. Not that I have anything against the Sens, or the nation’s capital–hell, my folks live 10 minutes from the rink–but I’m wearing my brand-new Iginla jersey in support of the greatest black hockey player of all time. (PK Subban? Come talk to me in 10 years!) Iggy’s on a mission from the hockey gods to take home the Cup, which is precisely why he vetoed that trade with Boston. Cuz clearly, the Bruins aren’t going all the way this year. I mean, they can’t possibly expect to play that poorly for the better part of three games and escape with a series win against any team that’s won the Cup since 1967.