Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angst

I must admit to feeling pain and distress in regards to my Toronto Maple Leafs. They didn’t just lose; they had a collapse. Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angstAhead by two goals with 90 seconds left, the Leafs surrendered twice and another in overtime…all of this after I had received congratulatory texts with minutes to go – why was I receiving congratulatory texts? – after the Leafs were on the verge of their own great comeback. I watched the customary end-of-game handshakes with bitterness and resentment. Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angstI had to counter the vitriol from hyper-active friends, impaired supporters of the Canucks, Canadiens and Bruins. I had nightmares. I couldn’t sleep.Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angstA dreadful malaise descended. I couldn’t write anything. The only idea I had was a lengthy story on the ennui of a Leafs fan. I was lost in those final minutes, reviewing each mistake, thinking how it might have – should have – been. I knew I had to focus on the things that mattered, the real problems of the world. Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angstAnd yet it persisted. After being out of the playoffs for nine years – not winning the cup since 1967 – the Leafs should have won. It was as simple as that. It hung like a cloud, threatening and oppressive. The sports headlines milked the angst. Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angstThe players were interviewed as they cleaned out their lockers. The reporters poked and prodded: “How does it feel to fail?” The players stared back and gave their answers. Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angstThey acknowledged the pain, the despair. They said that they had learned and wanted to make it right. I watched a few highlights after that.  Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angstAnd Canadian superstar-astronaut Chris Hadfield. Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angstThen I reflected on an answer from James van Reimsdyk: “We were picked to finish 14th (at the) start of the season. We made the playoffs and pushed a really good team right to the brink. Obviously it’s a step in the right direction.” Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angst“But now we got to come back and do it all again next year.”

I was good with that. I thought about writing a treatment for a documentary on the upcoming season, from every point of view, minute to minute, cinema verite of the magnificent climb back. Yes, that was something. I even had a title Go Leafs. That really could work.

2 thoughts on “Transformation of Toronto Maple Leafs angst

  1. Premature congratulatory texts – yup, of that I’m guilty, ignoring the wise words – “it ain’t over ’til it’s over” a lesson I will not forget.

    Wait until next season – this one will always have an “*” next to it.

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