"Jesus Christ will come back before the Maple Leafs make the playoffs." - Barry Melrose
Thanks to Jenna for that lovely quote.
September 29, 2011 is a day that will live on in infamy. That date marks a day that is a first in the history of this particular sport. Some would call it a choke while others will probably revel in the fact that these guys are once again going home without being in the playoffs. Let's be honest, we all remember what happened in 2003. We remember the fan base in Game 7. The hope, the optimism, the pride of just being there. Those days though are long gone. September 29, 2011.
The day the Toronto Maple Leafs were mathematically eliminated from the 2011-2012 NHL playoffs.
Unlike some of the other season previews, I'm not going to be mean to the Maple Leafs. Picking on this team is like trying to beat a toothless man in a corn on the cobb eating contest. What's the point of pointing out their inadequacies? We know they're terrible, the league knows they're terrible, the fans know they're terrible and, shit, even that waste of Internet space Grantland knows it's terrible and their editor is the biggest hockey bandwagoner this side of Rajon Rondo.
I guess it's not ALL
bad in Toronto when it comes to hockey. They could be the Raptors of the NHL.
Oh those Leafs...