That's it…I'm done with the Leafs…call me a Sens fan from now on!

As much as it pains me to say this and as much as I love the TEAM of the Toronto Maple Leafs; I have to stand up for what’s right and end my support for MLSE – Toronto Maple Leafs.

Anybody on this site who knows me, knows I support the Blue and White through and through…I always have and in a way I always will. However I read an article (while already riding very thin ice with MLSE – Toronto Maple Leafs) in the Toronto Star and simply had enough.

http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/271086

This article completed the icing on the cake and even put a cherry on top. While it was likely bound to happen eventually at the pace they are going it was simply too much to read for someone who has gone as far as applying for season tickets, buying a jersey every single year for the past 13 years and occassionally show up to work with blue hair (sent home twice – hahaha). While I will likely draw hatred from many Leaf fans who have not yet reached the level of frustration that I have I decided to look at it this way:

I live in the city of Toronto; right downtown and I can see the CN tower right from my doorstep…this along with growing up in Toronto bread the love for the Maple Leafs right into me. Now hear this…throughout my life I have had girlfriends that I have broken up with for various reason…some small some big reasons but ABSOLUTELY none of them would get as much tolerance for “d!cking around” and non-loyalty than what I have given MLSE with my Toronto Maple Leafs. It is time I “break up” with the franchise until they show “they have changed”…

Please realize I am just using the relationship example as a way of explaning the ridiculous amount of loyalty Leaf fans have. By no means am I actually thinking of MLSE as a “girlfriend”…any comments about that subject will go completely ignored as you would have made it clear that you didn’t pay attention to what I was actually saying.

I chose to default to the Sens strickly because they are the next closest Canadian team to Toronto and I completely appreciate the way this franchise is run from drafting to trades and most recently the cup finals elimination…what do they do when they lose to Anahiem….they fire their coach and replace him in hopes of winning…talk about a “no failure” attitude….something that MLSE should try with the Leafs, but they don’t/won’t.

It is for those reasons and those reasons only that you see in the above paragraph that I jump ship until MLSE fixes things LIKE THEY KNOW THEY SHOULD.

Maple Leaf fans…be pissed at me all you want but I am doing what it takes to deliver the appropriate message to MLSE, as long as you support the team you are just as bad as they (MLSE) are. It doesn’t mean you have to start disliking Mats Sundin or cheering against them; it just means you discontinue giving them your money…nothing more.

I found myself cheering against them more and more so far this season in hopes that it would cause some sort of shake up…but nothing so far and read all the articles you want; it’s not going to happen. If it does happen and I believe it is with the best intention to rebuild and create a CONTENDER and not just make the playoffs then I will continue my FULL support for the boys in Blue in White…until then I simply cannot tolerate this BS anymore…it hurts to say it it really does but it’s not worth my time to hang on to something that clearly isn’t going to happen.

I pray that one day I can cheer for the Maple Leafs again, I really do, until then take care team…it’s been fun.

I end it with one last note – this is my stance AGAINST MLSE’s METHOD OF HANDLING THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS AND NOT THE ACTUAL TEAM ITSELF, I will always have a spot for the guys on the Toronto Maple Leafs, I just can’t support the ownership any longer…this incluses the Raptors and Toronto FC.

GO SENS GO!!!!


228 Responses to That's it…I'm done with the Leafs…call me a Sens fan from now on!

  1. mojo19 says:

    Ya, Wendel played for Tampa too and went to the All-Star game in '99 as member of the lightning and scored 30 that year. I LOVE WENDEL!!!

    And I-BE-LEAF, I *****ing loved Sundin's 500th goal game, he's such an amazing player. Or how about when he tied up game 6 in Carolina with 21 seconds left to force overtime, I almost had tears in my eyes, I couldn't believe it, I was so happy.

  2. mojo19 says:

    You can’t switch teams in my opinion, no you can’t. You can choose a back up team but that’s it. My back up team is Minnesota

  3. turdfergusson says:

      Not trying to make fun…

    OK. I like the Oilers. But in all likelihood the team is gonna be golfing in April. Should I become a Flames fan? Secondly should I post it for everyone to see?!
     You could retort by saying the choice is mine to make but you know what i'm saying juice and as far as I can see i'm not alone here. You brought this on yourself by committing the ultimate sin whether you  go through with it or not.

       If anything this team has more of a future than it's had in years.

      

  4. JuicemaN says:

    Dude the second any girl says they like Tucker or even worse…Domi…you gotta get out of there.

    Tell her to take her shopping habbits, her over-flowing purse, her typical chick leaf fan love for Tucker and go hang out at a club on Richmond Street in Toronto and stay there.

  5. JuicemaN says:

    Man you take things too seriously.

    It is my exact point that you say "what will this guy do next, give up on his friends and family"

    My point is that people would sooner give up on friends and girlfriends and in some cases family before they give up on the Leafs. I chose the opposite…and relax a little bit, you're reading way too far into what I said.

    Read your last phrase you said….this is what makes you a typical blind Leaf fan "They will turn it around, I just know it."  I don't know about you but I've been saying that for 30 years and others have for 40….man what else do they need to "not" do in order to wake you up.  MLSE cares about one thing; making money, they don't have to care about winning and they don't care about winning because people like you continuously say "They will turn it around, I just know it."  there's no plan to turn it around other than the players on the ice not wanting to get boo'd again.

    Oh yeah, and when you guys boo them; do you actually think that helps? you're actually ruining the franchise even more by basically saying "hey free agents, don't come here cause if you do we'll boo the crap out of you if you play bad for a game or two".

    I'm not making fun of you personally but you gotta wake up and look at the big picture…you can't tell me you haven't been saying "They will turn it around, I just know it." for your entire life…keep dreaming pal.

  6. JuicemaN says:

    I'm not leaving because they're not winning, I'm leaving because the ORGANIZATION shows no commitment to winning, no staff support and no support to their fans.  They do nothing to give back to their fans because they run MLSE like a business which it is a business but in sports you have to put that somewhat off to the side and try to be successful.  But the Leafs don't have to do that because the fans are so blind they just follow the team around no matter what's going on.

    You get dumb comments like "They will turn it around, I just know it." year after year after year x 40, and they still don't wake up.  The fans give their money and MLSE takes it puts it into retaurants and condos and not back into the team.

    As the Oiler fan you are, you have nothing to compare this to, even when your team is garbage the franchise has still been doing everything it can to win, and everything it can to attract free agents,,,in Toronto what do they do…they boo their team when they have a bad couple games.  Yeah that'll make the Marion Hossa's and Daniel Brieres really want to come here.

  7. habsoverserver says:

    why is favorite sports team any different than favorite musical group?  both are entertainment.  why can't you go where you are most entertained? 

    loyal fans of a music group generally drop them when they become "too commercial" and not  loyal to the music.  why shouldn't hockey fans drop a team when management cares more about money than winning? 

  8. I-BE-LEAF says:

    or… you could lose the small-minded, generalization mentality, get to know her, and make a more informed decision afterwards.  That's a terrible response, JuicemaN.

  9. DJTOKid says:

    I don't get why JFJ doesn't blow this team up, it is possible to do the flyers thing.

    Antropov, Ponikarovsky, Tucker, McCabe, One of the youngsters( Steen, Wellwood, or stajan), Raycroft, and Colaiacovo all have to go. I wouldn't care what the return is for these guys as long as there contracts are gone and draft picks are accumulated.

    just ideas…

    Antropov to Vancouver for Cooke and a pick( Cooke a free agent after this year)

    Tucker and Poni to Calgary for Tanguay( obviously tucker has to solve his health issus, but with Tanguay rumors out there this would be a good fit for both teams, Flames could desperately use Poni on the PK and I'm sure Keenan and Sutter would love Tucker)

    McCabe to NYI/NYR for anything( NY is probly the only place you could trade McCabe to, I would like to see him go to the islanders for Satan and a couple picks, Satan a free agent at the end of the year)

    Raycroft for anything ( just a pick and ridding of the contract would be nice)

    Colaiacovo and Stajan to Tam/Cbj/Col/Atl ( not sure what kind of return they could get for this package but im sure it could be a very healthy return)

    if the leafs could get most of this done they would have alot of cap space and would be just as competitive as they are now.

  10. Archion113 says:

    All men have is stereotypes to protect ourselves from greedy, selfish, self-centered, arrogant, ignorant, retarded, leaf loving, delusional, and really hot chicks…

    I met a Leaf Chick before.  Super hot… but i never called her… i couldn't get past the "i f***ing love the leafs" comment.  If i dated her i'd probably buried her in the back yard right next to the hole i dug for leafy…

  11. Aetherial says:

    If more stupid sheep who call themselves Leafs fans actually di dwhat Juiceman is suggesting,

    Maybe something would change.

    Why would anyone criticize him for this. MLSE has inflicted us wih JFJ, who has made a mediocre situation immeasurably worse.

    Why should we do ANYTHING to support this organization. I guarantee if your phone or internet service only worked 45% of the time, you would switch companies awfully fast.

    I can’t bring myself to cheer for Ottawa, but if a team came to Hamilton ot Kitchener I would be an instant fan.

  12. Aetherial says:

    Don’t read the Leafs articles, problem solved.

    I don’t read Flyers articles, because I don’t care. If there were 100 of them a day, I would leave all 100 unread.

    but you DO care about the Leafs.

    You, and others like you prove, every single day, that Toronto is the center of the hockey universe.

  13. mojo19 says:

    Following a sports team is SO different from a band its not even comparible. They're 2 different forms of entertainment, its so different, I just can't agree with that at all. Sorry. I bleed Blue and I always will.

  14. leemon says:

    i hear ya dude i don't buy much of anything from them. The fact of the matter is that MLSE has to many hands in the cookie jar.

    Quinn wasn't the most liked of people ( I never liked him my self)But he did get results taking them to the conference title twice and past the second round numerous times.
     Having said that He sucked as a G.M. with his "we can win with what we have" mantra>it would always kill me that his not bringing in any depth at the deadline would somehow always be his undoing.It just seemed that he was never willing to go that extra mile to sign that free agent or trade for that peice of the puzzle.

    AS far as JFJ is concrened he'll be gone before long . i just think there is to many people that don't know how to go about hiring the right person to right this mess ,Morons like peddie should not have been allowed to take control of this team in the first place .

    Thing is all those teams have gone through there ups and downs before something clicked,Detroit went 44 years before winning a cup and people were saying the samething as we are now Before finding the right mix of good people. That is what i think we're trying to do or else we wouldn,t go thru a consulting firm.

    Anti- M.L.S.E all the way,down with Peddie,To hell with JFJ and a             GO Leafs GO!!!!!

  15. JuicemaN says:

    You're 100% right…except one thing…The Maple Leafs are the centre of the NHL universe.  Toronto prooves it isn't a hockey city but rather a Leaf city with every Marlies game that passes with a terrible attendence of only 3,200.

    Toronto loves The Leafs and Olympic Hockey, they're not a Hockey city to the point that we could suport another team…unless that 2nd team was  called "Leafs 2".

  16. JuicemaN says:

    Exxxxactly!!!

    But Leaf fans (not all but 98%) are as blind as religious freaks like Jehovah's Wintesses…if you don't believe like them then you're as bad as satan himself.

  17. JuicemaN says:

    Oh man I can't wait until they've got a smart cast in place…some actual hockey minds that know what they're doing…like I said before, if this happens and they lose, lose, lose and lose some more…I don't care; as long as they show promise of trying to right the MANY wrongs.

  18. DJTOKid says:

    You shouldn't include the Raptors in that, I know its owned by the same people as the leafs but they did the basketball thig properly. The Raptors are a very very good team and could go very far this year and many years to come. It's just too bad that they can't think out the hockey thing the way they did with the basketball.

  19. Aetherial says:

    I have heard that arguement too many times… then I read  that the fans in Toronto were the most diverse of the hockey fans in Canada. (in terms of whatNHL teams they cheered for) I would not say Toronto is a "Leafs" city instead of a hockey city. I would agree with you that Toronto is a big-league city though.

  20. AntropovGoodIToldUSo says:

    The Leafs should waive Pohl, Battaglia and Wozniewski and call up Mitchell, Williams, Ling and Kronwall.

  21. JuicemaN says:

    its a general joking comment…dont take things so seriously…do i suspect your girlfriend is like that?

  22. mojo19 says:

    Agreed, nice name by the way chief. I Love Nik Antropov too.

  23. lukeleim says:

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Jason Blake
    Jiri Tlusty – Matt Stajan – Alexander Steen
    Chad Kilger – Nik Antropov – Boyd Devereaux
    Mark Bell – Kyle Wellwood – John Pohl

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Anton Stralman
    Hal Gill – Ian White

    Andrew Raycroft
    Vesa Toskala

    healthy Lineup

    Jason Blake – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Jiri Tlusty – Matt Stajan – Alexander Steen
    Chad Kilger – Mark Bell – Boyd Devereaux

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Hal Gill – Ian White

    Vesa Toskala
    Andrew Raycroft

    The Maple Leafs will be forced to place several players on waivers to make room for injured/suspended players. Likely candidates are Bates Battaglia and Simon Gamache. Making room for rookie Anton Stralman would make sense considering his solid play early this year. The most tradable player on the Leafs is Ian White, who would get the Leafs a great return.

  24. lukeleim says:

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Jason Blake
    Jiri Tlusty – Matt Stajan – Alexander Steen
    Chad Kilger – Nik Antropov – Boyd Devereaux
    Mark Bell – Kyle Wellwood – John Pohl

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Anton Stralman
    Hal Gill – Ian White

    Andrew Raycroft
    Vesa Toskala

    healthy Lineup
    Jason Blake – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Jiri Tlusty – Matt Stajan – Alexander Steen
    Chad Kilger – Mark Bell – Boyd Devereaux

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Hal Gill – Ian White

    Vesa Toskala
    Andrew Raycroft

    The Maple Leafs will be forced to place several players on waivers to make room for injured/suspended players. Likely candidates are Bates Battaglia and Simon Gamache. Making room for rookie Anton Stralman would make sense considering his solid play early this year. The most tradable player on the Leafs is Ian White, who would get the Leafs a great return.

  25. 92-93 says:

    the only kinds of sentiments i hate more than those expressed by bandwagon jumpers (boo hoo i hate the leafs, time to cheer for ____) are those expressed by many on this site and elsewhere:

    'if leaf fans (or 'sheep' as some call them) would just wake up and smell the coffee and boycotted the team, the fortunes of the team would change.'

    ah yes, the old blame the fans mentality. how ignorant do you have to be -whether you are leaf fan or not – to actually THINK that this is EVEN POSSIBLE. for every quasi-leaf fan out there who jumps ship and gives up on them and throws their season tickets out the window, there are 100 lining up waiting for those tickets.

    do (and i am sorry to use this term but really, honestly …) idiots like these actually think that there is going to be some sort of boycott in toronto, with all the history, with all the deep-rooted tradition, culture that surrounds this franchise?!?!?!

    i mean, why are we talking about the leafs as if we were talking about them in the context of the Nashville Predators… THERE YOU CAN BOYCOTT A TEAM AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE … but NOT in toronto, NOT in Montreal, etc.

    geesh.

    just because i support my leafs doesnt make me 'sheep' … and just because juiceman jumps ship doesnt make him 'fickle.' … maybe a tad disloyal but who gives a rats-ass?!?! its hockey. its fun.

    DONT BLAME THE FANS. BLAME THE OWNERSHIP STRUCTURE … heck, if you want to get more narrowminded (but not narrowminded as to blame the fans)  … then simply put all the blame at JFJ's feet. but dont blame the fans. it betrays an extremely dim amount of intelligence on this particular subject.

    and dont think that there is even a possibility that a boycott would or even should happen.

    ….

    now, all this being said… i do predict that the leafs will have a terrible Novemeber… and i dont mean 'terrible' as in the so-called terrible month they had in October where they were .500, i mean like a 4-7-2 record even worse than that.

    the first steps need to be taken: waive Belak, Battaglia, and Woz and when Wellwood returns, waive Gamache. KEEP TLUSTY with the big club for the rest of this year, i love how smart this kid is. and keep Stralman up – he makes mistakes but he is learning and he is pretty decent on the 2nd PP unit. 

    but if they have the november that i think they are going to have, and if the grumblings that i am hearing are true, we could see a massive trade being swung by months end. If this is true, i hope and pray that a NEW GM will be in place when this trade is done … and NOT JFJ.

    for the record, i dont think trading Sundin is a bad idea (especially if you are getting some very good prospects in return … not picks). i DONT think trading Kaberle is good under any circumstances (with very rare exceptions). and as much as i would love to see it, i dont think trading McCabe (NMC) and Tucker (NTC, injured) is going to happen. Finally, i do think trading Kubina is possible.

  26. 92-93 says:

    i take back the ‘idiot’ comment … its too strong and too offensive. i do really think its a dumb opinion but it does not mean that the person who made it is an ‘idiot.’ i’ll grow up a little and take that comment back.

  27. I-BE-LEAF says:

    I have an idea. Don't ever suspect anything with regards to my personal life.

    Thanks.

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