But today, I'd like to take a moment to credit the Toronto Star for taking the time to laugh at itself and the team in a good, ease the pain, therapeutic kind of way after the Leafs' 0-6-1 start to the season.
It's been a while since the Maple Leafs won the big prize, but you know all about that already. Add to that a sour start to the season and that dream continues to crawl further away. So what the Star decided to do today was make it a laughing matter. Make the whole thing a big joke because, hey, it really can't get much worse (I hope I didn't jinx anything). Although, to be honest, it's a little unsettling when seven games into the season we're already at the point of trying to pass the time:
Now, no one really expected the Leafs to challenge for the division or anything this season. This wasn't supposed to be "their year" until the whole thing went horribly wrong. It's just another in the long line of bumps in the road for a team and fanbase that has already hit a lot of potholes over the past few decades. It almost goes to show how much Leafs' followers have had to put up with over that time. That you actually get to points like this when the local newspaper decides to laugh about the whole thing seven games in as opposed to ripping management or the team is new. It probably hurts too much do anything else than laugh (and they do say it's the best medicine).To pass the time, we want to hear your Maple Leafs favourite jokes. Use the comments section of this article to send us your jokes and the Star will publish a selection in Thursday's edition.
So, Leafs Nation, try and take it all in stride. It's not easy but if you can't laugh about it, what can you do? And hey, the early submissions from the commentors at the Star are pretty good, too.
"Hamilton may not have a team yet, but they're only one point behind the Leafs!"
"What do the Leafs and a TV evangelist have in common?...
...They each have the ability to make 20,000 people stand up and yell 'Jesus Christ!"