Apr. 8th, 2007

trishkit: (rodney)
I don't know if I can handle the agony of another playoff series, but at least they are still in the game. Seriously, am I the only one who finds the playoffs painful? Every year, it is a long slog. Everyone is tired and injured and hairy and yet they all manage to go for all 7 games (or at least the Leafs always manage to prolong the agony)...by the time of the finals I am wincing every time a new line takes to the ice.

A guy (I assume it is a guy) in a neighbouring town has had his entire house painted in Leafs colours (navy blue and white) for years. It began with a display of flags many years ago. Then, he painted the entire exterior Leaf blue with white accents and Maple Leaf insignia. I'm not sure what he'll do if they ever manage to win...set the place on fire?

One thing that I loved about living in Toronto and Ottawa was the team spirit. In Toronto, you wouldn't need to watch the game to know who won. The cacaphony of horns and cheering would clue you in. In Ottawa they would announce the latest scores over the loudspeakers of department and grocery stores during the playoffs. I never thought of myself as much of a sports fan, but I realized when I moved to Ottawa that I had loyalties. I thought I could convert myself to a Senators fan, but it wasn't to be. I couldn't erase 30+ years of living in Leafs country. I guess listening to my classmates telling stories about Darryl Sittler for Show and Tell in kindergarten can convert a girl without even knowing. Then again, there are other factors. My mother is a diehard Bruins fan purely because her middle name is Boston.

Now I am back in Leaf land so I don't have to worry about divided loyalties. Go Leafs, Go! And Die, Isles, Die!

For those following along at home, I'm talking about hockey. The Toronto Maple Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup in 40 years. They aren't likely to win it for another 40, but they like to get our hopes up. And, as a public service announcement, I'd just like to note that my long-time strategy of picking all the cute players for my pool? Never works. Will this stop me from employing the same strategy this year? Hell no!



And no, we didn't make it through another week here without another unexpected death. I'm going to stop writing about them because this is getting ridiculous.

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