Maple Leaf Playoff Round Over Raptors Championship?


So I’m driving home from the airport, Jeff Blair is on the radio, until Bob McGill joins him, easiest flip in the game, and I hear James Cybulski say that he asked on twitter what would mean more to people, one round of Toronto Maple Leafs playoffs or an NBA championship for the Toronto Raptors. He said he was surprised by the nearly 60% replies who said that 1 round of maple leafs playoffs.

He then took calls on the subject and again the results were the same.

Sorry, maybe I’m alone on this but I’m calling bs here. I think those who said leafs, would be the first ones out honking their horns on Yonge street.

I know toronto isn’t a sports town, it’s a leafs town. Come on though, an nba championship vs 1 round??? It’s a no brainer.

I love the leafs. I think the first and last leaf games should be holidays. There is nothing worse than playoffs sans leafs. 1 round vs. league championship? I’m not buying it.

I was in Miami for the panther success year, that was a hockey town went they went deep the year of the rat. A championship, in a major league trumps 1 round only in another.

I’m hoping this is more indicative of the intelligence of those who called in.

Am I alone?


About the Author
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
December 23, 2011 1:43 am

Im picking Leafs playoffs everytime.

December 23, 2011 2:50 am

You’re 100% right.

That’s crazy. A Leafs playoff round would be wonderful, but an NBA championship would be at totally different level. Anybody watch the Mavs/Heat series last year? Imagine being a part of that?

December 23, 2011 8:05 am

I’m with you TSM (not a Leafs or Raptors fan, though). As a Cubs/Bulls fan, I sure would like another Bulls championship over the Cubs losing a division series round…and I definitely would take a Cubs WS win (ha! Who am I kidding?…my mom wasn’t even born the last time the Cubs were IN the WS!) over the Bears making the playoffs.

December 23, 2011 8:20 am

Rather than talk about something useful, the puckheads at TSN would rather reinforce how popular the Leafs are while tearing down any sport that isn’t hockey. Embarrassing.

Rob C.
December 23, 2011 8:25 am

I lived in Toronto in 2002 during that playoff run. Those callers must have lowered expectations and no long term memory. That year in the first round they beat the Islanders, fans were happy but I don’t recall dancing in the streets. It’s Round 1, only Montreal fans go crazy. [see 2008]

Now Round 2 they beat Ottawa and some Leaf fans in a car after Game 7 drove down the one way street I was on waving a flag that night as they went around town celebrating. So those kind of Leaf fans are the ones who call in. NBA championship would be bigger than 1 or 2 rounds of the Leafs, we all know that.

December 23, 2011 9:32 am

Rob C. – totally agree. It’s been so long since there’s been any playoff success in this city, people do forget.
For those who do remember the Jays in 92-93 will remember the pandemonium. Oh, and the Leafs didn’t suck at that time either. in 1993 the Leafs started the season 10-0; at least I think it was something like that, I was too busy being swept away by a team winning a CHAMPIONSHIP!

Ami Angelwings
December 23, 2011 10:01 am

Are ppl interpreting this as meaning “the Leafs get in the playoffs and you get to watch a playoff round” or that they are guaranteed to lose in round 1? o_O B/c I can’t imagine people are thinking the second and answering like that… I think in their minds, the Leafs have a chance to win… I mean otherwise… srsly… whut -_-

Ami Angelwings
December 23, 2011 10:02 am

If the Leafs are guaranteed to lose does it really matter if they make the playoffs? o_O The reason we WANT them to is with the hope they can go all the way, and never knowing what will happen next game… if I KNEW 100% they were going to lose, what difference does it make if they make the playoffs or not? o_O

December 23, 2011 10:02 am

Leafs playoffs every time. The only thing that excited me about the NBA this year was a potential cancelled season…very disappointed that they came to an agreement

Ami Angelwings
December 23, 2011 10:07 am

I would take TFC winning the MLS championship or w/e they can win (I dun follow soccer xD ) over a guaranteed Leafs loss in the first round >_> Something more than nothing is still something.

Ami Angelwings
December 23, 2011 10:13 am

Ami lingual time! 😀 (these are just for how I use smileys… they may not be how others do)

xD is my amused face… sometimes embarrassed amused, or laughing at you amused, but generally just amused :3

>_> is that I am not impressed or enthused by whatever I just said… in this case a Leafs loss is not particularly appealing to me

o_O is my confused or “WTF” face

December 23, 2011 9:42 pm

Rob C, I don’t know where in Toronto you were in 2002 but I was living one block south of Bloor and Yonge and there was most definitely an impromptu parade and celebration on Yonge Street after they knocked off the Islanders. Portions near Dundas had to be shut down. After the 2nd round win, Yonge was blocked from Bloor to south of the Eaton Centre.

Any shots at the Habs fans have to be directed right back at Leaf fans at least two-fold.

December 23, 2011 11:06 pm

Why can’t we have both?
In fact, why shouldn’t Toronto expect both an NBA and a Stanley Cup championship every year?
The premise of Cybulski’s question is ludicrous.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x