Apathy Hits Toronto Maple Leafs Nation


So there I was watching the greatest film of all time, or at least my favorite of all time, the Shawshank Redemption and I was hoping to take advantage of the 3 hours time difference to preview some of the scathing reports from yesterdays Boston trouncing of the Maple Leafs.

Instead I got crickets.

This isn’t a criticism of the MSM.

It’s an observation of the fan base.

I listened to multiple clips of the morning radio shows.

I’ve read all the papers and blogs.

There’s really nothing there to report on.


I am not sure what stage of anger we are in, but the one where we simply stop caring is upon us.

How many times can you get mad at the columnist who says they suck?

Truth is we know they suck.

It just isn’t worth the effort to care anymore is it?

I’ve been following the coverage of my Miami Dolphins (I know, I can really pick em) lately. Fans there are PISSED. I was thinking how similar our fan bases are. Fanatical in every which way, yet we seem to be so far ahead of them in the resigned to failure realm.

The difference is that in Miami, when the fans get pissed they show their displeasure with their wallets, they stop going to games.

We’ve proven, or at least the corporations in the city have, that no matter how bad, we continue to fill the barn and go back for more.

We’ve hired and fired coaches and GM’s; and in some cases re-hired GM’s.
We’ve drafted, signed and traded for players; and shipped some of those players out the door too.
Nothing has changed.

For now, or maybe just today, it appears that we’ve become immune to it.

It appears that we’ve accepted our fate.

At least until tomorrow.They will sign some stud college free agent and for a blip in time, all will be well.

Interesting times being a leafs fan.


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March 20, 2012 2:33 pm

Tim and Sid are talking about MLSE’s e-mail/message to the season ticket holders that now is the time to renew their tickets for next year.

MLSE’s timing is horrible!

March 20, 2012 3:35 pm

Time to start the chant: “FI-RE BURKE, FI-RE BURKE”.

March 20, 2012 4:33 pm

Wouldnt that be

Fi-re bur-kie clap.clap clapclapclap


Paul in Hespeler
Paul in Hespeler
March 20, 2012 4:36 pm

MLSE and the Leafs in particular don’t have a clue about how the real world works. If you get a chance to hear the Brian Burke video message that was sent to season ticket holders clearly shows that they/he lives in world with a different coloured sky than the rest of us. No wonder the team is so pathetic on the ice with such poor leadership at the top.

March 20, 2012 4:44 pm

I’m certainly at the apathy stage. I really don’t care anymore about the Leafs. For first generation Canadians like me whose parents don’t come from traditional hockey nations, we watched the Leafs – to paraphrase Ken Dryden – out of habit. I’ve managed to kick the habit.

March 20, 2012 4:52 pm

All I could do is laugh when I heard it this morning. They (MLSE) think their fan-base are a bunch of idiots. Unfortunately, when they see the full arena’s, the merchandise sales, tv/radio ratings etc…they have every right to think it. For just over four decades they’ve given fans nothing but crappy losing teams, and the fans just keep giving them more and more money.

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