Leaf fans to blame for Free Fall?

Fans to blame for the Maple Leafs free fall?

Many Leaf fans, as many do when in their shoes; have blamed Maple Leafs General Manager, John Ferguson Jr. for the awful play from the members of the blue & white. Some have even extended an extra finger at Paul Maurice, Richard Peddie and part owner, Larry Tanenbaum. So much finger pointing has been going on lately it’s hard to remember who we’re blaming for what and why. But thus is the life of a Maple Leaf fan. Leaf fans are the only fans in pro sports who each think that they are the actual GM, and in some ways, they’re right.

Let’s look at JFJ as a regular employee at Tim Hortons. At his interview he states that he wants to come in and take the time to make sure every coffee he serves is what the customer wants. Customers are getting fed up with quick service of wrong coffees and he thinks the only way to solve this is to take the time of each one and make sure it’s done the right way. Sure it is going to slow things down a bit but every customer’s desire is to get their coffee the way they want it and only time re-training everyone to do it the right way will ensure that all customers are happy. So he starts his first shift with his vision and dream but as he’s trying to implement his plans, every customer is yelling and screaming that they want their coffee now. Our little timbit try’s to compose himself and ensure customers of their plans but caffeine hungry Canadians aren’t the easiest people to talk to. Soon enough they start complaining and asking he get fired. JFJ gets a little scared so starts listening to customers to make them happy. But as he speeds up he starts making mistakes. He tells himself that maybe he can sacrifice some time in making the prefect cup of coffee by speeding things up to keep his customers happy, besides, even writers for the Toronto Sun have started to write pages about his terrible service which makes him fear for his job. But as he cuts corners to give the customers what they want while still trying to do things his way, he notices that they are still complaining about how long it’s taking to get their coffee so he cuts more corners. Pretty soon the pressure gets to be too much from the customers and journalist (who publicly state how he’s a moron) that he decides to scrap his plan and give the customers what they want (after all, what’s the point of a plan if you have no job). But by this point it’s too late, poor JFJ just starts handing out black coffee to everyone who enters the door because nobody wanted to let him do things his way but now customers are really upset. You see, as a Tim Horton’s customer, they expect that their coffee will be off a little bit (too much sugar or not enough cream) if it means they have fast service but getting a black coffee when you order a double-double just isn’t acceptable. So as any good loyal customer to Tim Horton’s would do, they start to demand that he start taking the time to ensure each coffee is made right, because that’s all they really want. In order to make a good cup of coffee you have to be patient, and develop your coffee making skills before you can even dream of making a prefect cup, and that’s all we want. But now JFJ is in a heap of fritters. He’s used up all his sugar, gave away all his cream and all the employees he works with (who were great when they worked at other Tim Horton’s) are just now only working for a pay cheque (they learnt long ago you can’t make Tim Horton’s customer happy). So what does he do now? His boss admits his hiring was a mistake; Customers want his head, fellow employees just laugh and count their money and the next shipment of sugar and cream is next week and they all want coffee today.

Now I’m not suggesting that JFJ is innocent in this but lets at least admit that Toronto fans are the hardest fans to please. We often say we want 1 thing but then scream when we pay the consequences for those actions. If we want the Leafs to rebuild then we have to support our team, our coach and our general Manager as they rebuild. If we want them to make a push for the cup now, then we have to stop complaining about lost draft picks, traded prospects and failed attempts. This is our team, so lets start supporting them and help do what has to be done to ensure that in a few years, maybe will be close to our desired prefect coffee.

Daniel Chapman


6 Responses to Leaf fans to blame for Free Fall?

  1. 40grulingyears says:

    When you've been promised since before the lock-out that this team was going to rebuild the franchise with youth, and the end result is your team has no really good youthful prospects wouldnt you be a little ticked too. sure Toronto has a pretty hard fan base but we've been patient for 40 years waiting for a good team and still havent got one that went all the way.

    So for you to rant on how Leaf fans are to blame for this debacle is ludacris. We are supporting this franchise by paying to see games, by buying merchandise. But when you feed the fans B.S. for the past 4 years on how this team will be competative and youthful and you dont go on your promise. I can stand with taking a year or 2 to rebuild but not year after year of crap that has to fight to just get into the big dance.

  2. derbish_7 says:

    even if the leafs bone the next 2 seasons they will still sell out all their home games, so i dunno what those *****s at mlse are worried about. peddie is pretty much the devil in toronto and has always been.  this is the perfect time too blow up the team with the likes of steven stamkos and john tavares coming up, any one of those players would make toronto that much better.  and they are both from the toronto area.  so fire peddie, fire ferguson, maurice? meh who cares

  3. diehardleafsfan says:

    the only reason the leafs suck is because their jerseys blow huge dick

  4. m4gician says:

    If you stupid leafs fans would actually cheer and chant GO LEAFS GO or VESA VESA VESA or sing a song about Mats Sundin (i.e. like in Soccer with Danny Dichio "go go Dichio") then MAYBE OUR team would respond on the ice. We used to chant CUJO CUJO or EDDY EDDY, let's show some god damned support.

    OTTAWA and Montreal have LOUD buildings, because they have REAL fans in the building cheering their asses off. In Toronto, those corporate seat holders and old ass fart season ticket holders don't know cheering from the beer glass they have in their hands. The real fans up top who saved one month's wages to see the game have their cheers either LOST in the crowd or drowned out but dumb people's conversations.

    EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT I SEE THESE 2 STUPID BROADS BEHIND MAURICE, not cheering, not clapping just trying to NOT LOOK lold even though they're well into their 40s.

    God damnit, in Ottawa they stopped giving SCALPERS tickets by cancelling all of them IN THE PLAYOFFS so that real fans can buy tickets to the game.


    GO LEAFS GO!!!!!


  5. danielmacd says:

    Yeah your totally right. Its the fans fault. We should just cheer for them until be die from old age. I'm 27 now so if we keep on pace I'll be 67 and we still won't have won a cup.

    You are over looking one huge thing in what is maybe the worst argument I ever heard. 
    1. The fans pay so they are entitled to any opinion they want.
    2. People don't pay money to get pissed off and start booing. They pay to see a good game.
    When fans were chanting Eddie Eddie and Cujo or Gary or Dougie, here is an idea. Maybe because they deserved it. Because the Team was good. Maybe the reason people are booing is because this team, in fact, is one of the worst since we lost Gilmour. It reminds me of the late 80's when brad Marsh was our best defensman and the only thing to cheer about was the fact that Gary Leeman scored 50 and Iafrati had sex with Wendels wife. 
    The team suck and it is because of someone. The players the coach or the GM or the guy who picked the GM. Take your pick because those are the people responsible for the product on the ice not the fans. 
    The building of a team is very easy to benchmark. You have 28 other guys with the exact same company. If you were on the outside looking in who would you want to back. Toronto, or Ottawa. It wasn't always like this. From 97 – 03 we were in the top 5 of the NHL every year and that because we had a GM who knew what he was doing and a coach that also knew what he was doing so get a clue and stop trying to say cheering is the problem.
  6. m4gician says:

    okay, so will booing motivate our beloved team rather than knowing for ONE GOD DAMNED TIME the city is behind them? Buffalo they cheer louder than us.        

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