Reasons why people hate Toronto!

Over the years the Toronto Maple Leafs organization have been heavily criticized by many hockey fans coming from all over North America all the way to Europe. It’s gone as far that Sports Illustrasted in an article last year, considered them the “most-hated team in professional sports.” Now what is the reasoning for this hate? Is it the Toronto players? Is it the Toronto Media? Or is it just the Toronto fans themselves? The point of this article is for people to state their reasoning behind their hatred of the leafs and for the Leaf fans to defend themselves. Because we all know just how passionate they are. I know this is the last thing Leaf-haters want, another Maple leaf article. But this one will be on the basis of bashing them. Being a leaf-hater myself I thought I’d share my reasons for hating the biggest team in Canada and in hockey.#4 – The fact that everyone pronounces the Leafs “leafs.” which is incorrect. The right pronounciation of Leafs is “leaves.” Just thought I’d point that out. Probably only team in Professional sports with a vocabulary error.

#3 – How Toronto fans at the beginning of every season or every playoffs, predict that the leafs will win the cup. Do they not realize it hasn’t happened yet and they’ve been wrong for almost 4 decades now? I myself am a Red Wings fan but I remain grounded and realize that my team will not win it every year (Only every other year!).

#2 – How the Toronto and Canadian media favors the leafs so often. When you turn on Sportsnet/TSN in Canada (which is broadcasted coast to coast) the number 1 story is more than often about the leafs. You turn into Sportsnet at 6:30 pm and the main headline is “Aki Berg feeling the effects of the flu” And they go on 10 minutes about it. Then all of a sudden “in other news, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired Alexei Kovalev.” And on hockey night in Canada Don Cherry, when referring to the Leafs say “we gotta do this. We gotta do that.” Like he’s on the team or something. And when they lose in the playoffs and get knocked out Harry Neale sounds like he’s about to kill himself, because he’s so depressed about them losing.

and the number one reason is…..

#1 – When the Maple Leafs organization moved buildings from the Gardens to the ACC, they had the nerve to have a Stanley Cup parade. Now this really bugs me. They are the only team to do this when moving buildings. In order to have a cup parade you have to earn it in my opinion. Montreal who has won more than double the cups of the Leafs, and they never did this when they moved buildings. I think there are a lot of hockey ghosts out there that won’t settle for this sort of thing. Parading the cup without earning it has cursed them if you ask me.

That all being said I realize the the Leafs have a lot of die-hard fans. They are a passionate bunch. Even in the 80’s when they were laughing stock of the NHL. Fans would still show up at their games, wearing paper bags over the faces.


287 Responses to Reasons why people hate Toronto!

  1. garyroberts7 says:

    They were all forced to fight. Even philly’s weak guys fought. You know who’s the real *****? MARTIN HAVLAT!

  2. garyroberts7 says:

    Well Ottawa will have to beat Toronto……..and then they might have a chance because Toronto would probably check to tough for people like Havlat, Hossa, Alfredsson, Redden, Bondra, Spezza, Bonk, Schaefer, Van Allen……I’d keep going but it would take forever to finish!

    GO LEAFS GO!!!!! SENS SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Tweek says:

    yeah……..a joke of a team? a joke of a team is a team that consistently misses the playoffs, the leafs do not, sure they arent great but joke off a team? get yer head out of yer ass numnuts

  4. Tweek says:

    I just love it how its only the leaf articles that get over 200 or so replys on this site. I think we all understand that you either love or hate the leafs and I think we can all just leave it at that. By the way people its just a sport that none of you are playing at a NHL level so I don’t see why you should all get bent out of shape about it. Youg should all grow up and although I at times get caught up in the bashing I think there are certain people here that routinely say the same crap over and over again. There are more important things in life to care about, such as sex, haha anyways everybody take a chill pill

  5. budsfan28 says:

    So what you’re saying is you don’t like the leafs much? I couldn’t tell, sorry about your kid sister’s facial hair problem, incidentally. With the number of posts you have on this subject and some of the comments by your fellow Sens fans, I’m thinking maybe you people are more obsessed with the Leafs than Leaf fans? Look the Sens have a great team, they’ve done an excellent job building a consistant competetive club. You don’t need me to tell you that. As a Leafs’ fan I would just ask that you save the smack talking until you actually beat us in playoff series. I know our club is very, I prefer to think of it as “experienced,” but we’re also quite talented and if Eddie’s back holds up there’s no reason to think we can’t make a run at this thing.

  6. nocuphere says:

    True enough bro. That was pretty sad.

  7. nocuphere says:

    Oh the same way I had your woman and your mother. No matter what you way slice it 7 game series doesn’t equal a blowout.

    Too late burnzie your credibilty is gone. Now I don’t believe in anything. I’m going back to law school.

  8. defenestrate says:

    So you’re saying you have something else lodged up your ass? Like your head, maybe?

  9. TheCoach says:

    Am I comparing the Leafs to the Sens? I’m just saying that beating Buffalo should not get Leaf fans all excited.

  10. gobruins08 says:

    Sure….you chant that the rest of the night while the Bruins win….

  11. TheCoach says:

    And Toronto will have to beat Philly and NJ to win the Cup, which they have not managed to do yet.

  12. TheCoach says:

    It’s also pretty ironic that Domi wanted to be part of the group that brought the CFL back to Ottawa.

  13. JeffBurnz09 says:

    Ok, pardon me…let me put it this way….”Toronto, in all their greatness, took it to the obviously inferior Flyers, before suffering an extremely one sided loss in game 7.”

    Game 7 was a blow out, all there is to it. Philly took it to them from the start of the game until the end and the Leafs wern’t even in it. Philly easily eliminated them in that game, and Ottawa easily eliminated Philly. You do the math.

  14. nocuphere says:

    I did the math and watched the war. You go ask the flyers if they blew out the leafs last year. I’ll give you the game 7 blow out if you admit that the series was a war and was definately no blowout.

  15. chanman says:

    Sabres1 is right on, you stupid leaf fan. Toronto playes the dirtiest game aroud, and hardly get a slap on the wrist. Nuewy knocked drurys helmet off, crossed checked him, jumped on him and them slammed his head on the ice. they think they can do anything they want on the ice, and are the biggest bunch of crybabies in the league. your right, it wasnt a hit. it was more like a WWF manuever or something. Shut your stupid mouth.

    May the leafs never win the cup.

    May they fall in the first round.

    Blow leafs, blow.

  16. chanman says:

    shut your dumb mouth leaf fan.

  17. bubbakazoo says:

    But they weren’t in the league until 11 years ago.

  18. JeffBurnz09 says:

    it was a war, and both teams beat the hell out of eachother…..but the fact that the Leafs totally rolled over in game 7, i think, proves Philly was a better team….Philly took the beating just as much as Toronto, but they sucked it up and blew them away in game 7…

  19. TML51 says:

    Yawn.

    Oh look…another Leaf bashing article. Please tell me over and over and yet over again why everyone hates the Leafs…sorry…Leaves. Oh look, numerous posts filled with arguments for or against the Leafs. Name calling. Player bashing. How absolutley original. Hasn’t this been done to death?

  20. LF2004 says:

    good point…

  21. LF2004 says:

    Sorry about that, if anything we or me was not excited about that victory.

  22. cgolding says:

    from espn power ranking on the leafs.

    “OK, you lost to Pittsburgh and Montreal and you expected to move up? Once again too much Stanley Cup parade route planning (happens every trade deadline) and not enough focus on the teams below.”

    hahaha… too funny.

  23. SwiftLEAF says:

    This is a terrible article since it asks a really stupid question. When you ask why someone hates the leafs, they’ll just go on and on about how they don’t like the colour of the sky and other sorry excuses. It really doesn’t spark an intelligent conversation.

    but if you were to ask why everyone loves the leafs,

    now that’s a question with a lot of good answers.

  24. garyroberts7 says:

    Perfectly said!

  25. garyroberts7 says:

    You know the guy that wanted to fight Domi? Was he the guy that got his ****** ass kicked in the penalty box! It’s not as loud there becaude Philly is pretty far away just to see on game! BUt places like Buffalo, Ottawa, and Montreal we’re louder!

  26. garyroberts7 says:

    #4 – The fact that everyone pronounces the Leafs “leafs.” which is incorrect. The right pronounciation of Leafs is “leaves.” Just thought I’d point that out. Probably only team in Professional sports with a vocabulary error.

    Ever heard of the Boston RED SOX, or the Chicago WHITE SOX!

    #3 – How Toronto fans at the beginning of every season or every playoffs, predict that the leafs will win the cup. Do they not realize it hasn’t happened yet and they’ve been wrong for almost 4 decades now? I myself am a Red Wings fan but I remain grounded and realize that my team will not win it every year (Only every other year!).

    We predict it every year, to annoy people like you so that you will waste your time writing an article like this! And for all those people that don’t know how to count it’s been 37 years. Now Furlong why make fun of us when your team hadn’t won it for 40 years! 1955 to 1995. Looks like were not the only ones!

    #2 – How the Toronto and Canadian media favors the leafs so often. When you turn on Sportsnet/TSN in Canada (which is broadcasted coast to coast) the number 1 story is more than often about the leafs. You turn into Sportsnet at 6:30 pm and the main headline is “Aki Berg feeling the effects of the flu” And they go on 10 minutes about it. Then all of a sudden “in other news, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired Alexei Kovalev.” And on hockey night in Canada Don Cherry, when referring to the Leafs say “we gotta do this. We gotta do that.” Like he’s on the team or something. And when they lose in the playoffs and get knocked out Harry Neale sounds like he’s about to kill himself, because he’s so depressed about them losing.

    What you don’t know that Sportsnet has 4 different areas? Watch Sportsnet Pacific and tell me what they’re talking about. Looks like the top head line is “Can The Red Wings Stay Healthy”. Then in other news Leafs have come back from a 3 goal deficit to win in overtime. Just to make it clear….that’s right…….. there’s 4 Sportsnet’s that cover different stuff like their region. Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet West, and Sportsnet Pacific. Also Don Cherry talks about the Leafs beacuse it’s Hockey Night In CANADA, see that word, CANADA! He talks about the Leafs because that’s what he’s there for.

    #1 – When the Maple Leafs organization moved buildings from the Gardens to the ACC, they had the nerve to have a Stanley Cup parade. Now this really bugs me. They are the only team to do this when moving buildings. In order to have a cup parade you have to earn it in my opinion. Montreal who has won more than double the cups of the Leafs, and they never did this when they moved buildings. I think there are a lot of hockey ghosts out there that won’t settle for this sort of thing. Parading the cup without earning it has cursed them if you ask me.

    The Parade from MLG to ACC was a celebration in honour of Maple Leafs Gardens. It was in no shape or form a “stanley cup” parade but it was merely a way of easing into the fact that the Leafs now have a new home and will never again grace the ice of the old Garden.

    So just to end it, the only reason people hate Toronto is because we have the most fans! Ever team has fans that are really annoying, and so do Toronto, and since we have th most fans we have the most annoying people!

    GO LEAFS GO!!!!!

  27. TheCoach says:

    “best team on paper every year”

    The Sens were never considered the best team on paper until this year. But anyways, the Leafs are always called a team that is “built for the playoffs” but they haven’t won anything yet.

  28. Tops04 says:

    I have to admit, I do hate the Leafs. But I can also admit that I haven’t always hated them. The reason for that is that when I used to watch hockey in the 80s and early 90s, even up until the mid 90s, the Leafs were just not worth the energy. Hating them then would be like hating the Blackhawks now. What would the point be?

    Therefore I can conclude that one of the main reasons I hate the Leafs is that they are good. Wait, that is probably a falsehood. It is actually because they do well, and have been doing well for the past 6 or 7 years. I would suggest that others probably hate them at least partly for this reason as well.

    OK, so is that it? Well no. I don’t hate the Red Wings, or the Devils or the Avalanche. It must be something else.

    While I can assure you that obnoxious fans aren’t lessening my hatred, it is not because of them. I can accept that the real Leafs fans are good people, who know hockey. I met some of them in the lean Leaf years. I can accept that the real jerks will be off the bandwagon as fast as they got on, as soon as the Leafs miss the playoffs.

    What I hate about the Leafs are the Leafs. The players, their style, their whining, their posturing, their ugly mugs, the chips on their shoulders. The team is built with a certain type of player in mind. The Pat Quinn/Don Cherry worshipping meathead. And if they can’t find em they convert em, see Mats Sundin. Those jerks sicken me.

    Also, things like the Stanley Cup in a parade, the expanded Leafs Hall of Fame with players from other teams (soon to include Brian Leetch, Phil Housley, Ron Francis, Joe Nieuwendyk), the Toronto centric media, etc. piss me off too. But would probably go under the radar were it not for the Darcy Tuckers and Wade Belaks of the world.

  29. nocuphere says:

    This coming from a flyer fan, I guess I don’t have to remind you that the flyers haven’t done jack since the early seventies. I never heard you say the flyers would win the cup though Chris, just a knock to a knowlegable flyer fan that can take it.

    You know teams go through these little spells.

    We’ll talk after tomorrows game. haha.

  30. nelsog says:

    Give me the correct pronunciation of Gary Gagne. Boston is a bunch of miscreats who will pronounce their own ethnicity wrong. Bonus points for any Canadian who can tell me what a Knickerbocker is.

    Let’s go Habs.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  31. gobruins08 says:

    Hey…what can I say…the Bruins beaeting the Leafs again. First star-Travis Green…second star-Andrew Raycroft…third star-Belfour’s post….

    By the way, the Leafs are either somebodies favourate team or least favourite team (most times, like me, i hate them)

  32. devfanman4 says:

    look at the replays…they’re perfectly clean. It’s not his fault that people like Lindros put their head down while they’re crossing the blue line with a puck! That’s one of the first things you learn in hockey.

  33. devfanman4 says:

    The high sticks are another problem in the NHL. The article was about why people hate Toronto and I stated my opinion about that. If you want to talk about players that shouldn’t be in the NHL because of their cheap shots how bout Peter Worrell? He’s up there with Tucker and Domi. I don’t really like Barnaby or Simon either.

    The high sticks prove the fact that players have no respect for one another anymore. It’s a shame. Hockey used to have more fights, but I’m sure there wasn’t as many eye injuries and head injuries as there are now.

  34. dog_farts says:

    The only problem I have with this article is that you could only come up with 4 reasons. You truly must live in the states. If you lived in Canada and had to watch all the Leafs fan foolishness and propaganda, I promise you that you could come up with plenty more. And I am in no way a Red Wings fan, but out of respect for you pissing off so many Leafs fans, I have to say “Go Wings Go!” At least they have laurels to rest on. (Unlike the overrated Leafs)

  35. Killa_Bs says:

    The problem with White Sox and Red Sox is not the grammar it is the spelling.

  36. DarkPhoenix says:

    Rather than screaming “Boy, the Leafs are lame, having a Cup parade without winning.”, look again. Last time I checked, it was the Hockey Hall Of Fame that decided to haul the Stanley Cup out for the movement parade.

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