Strange Fans and The Maple Leafs’ Losing Legacy

Strange Fans and The Maple Leafs’ Losing Legacy

Posted on November 12 by admin
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Maple Leafs fans are a strange breed indeed. It’s been more than a decade since the Leafs made the playoff cut, and the moon landing is still more recent than their last Stanley Cup victory. What then compels Leafs fans year in and year out to set themselves up for yet another Sisyphean season? Personally, the reason I’ve tuned in (at least for the start of the seasons) these past years has, admittedly, less to do with any lingering trace of hope than it does with my fascination with epic tragedy on an historical scale. The eleven-game losing streak that began last year’s season fascinated me to no end and, I confess, I was secretly dismayed when it finally came to end with a win against the Buffalo Sabres, opening the doors to what would be just another season of old fashioned mediocrity. At any rate, it’s fairly plain that being a true Leafs fan requires some form of aberrant psychology.

In Hope and Heartbreak in Toronto: Life as a Maple Leafs Fan, CBC columnist Prospects Canada editor Peter Robinson explores this strange culture of Maple Leafs fandom. What impels diehard fans to shell out hard-earned cash and spend countless hours glued to their TVs and radios in support of a losing team? Is it just blind optimism? Or is there more behind this unflinching faith? Robinson tackles the phenomenon head on as he looks into the past, present, and future of legions of Blue and White fans.