Last night I realized that I am your stereotypical Leafs fan – the optimistic, idealitisc, dreamer Leafs fan. I thought I wasn’t – I thought I was wiser than that, but last night I found out differently.
All because I got my hopes up.
This season has been the perfect storm – stellar rookie performances by Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander; career seasons from vets Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, JVR; a dependable goaltender in net with Freddy Andersen.
I was blissfully sailing into the postseason. So much so that I decided to live tweet the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game – a game that would secure the Leafs’ berth in the playoffs should they win.
I should have known better.
After a scoreless first period, the Leafs took a backseat to the Lightning, the evening’s faster, stronger team and left the scoring flood gates wide open until final buzzer. In end, the flagging Leafs suffered a 4-1 loss and left a serious question mark on their postseason adventure.
After 27 years as a Leafs fan, you’d think I’d have learned my lesson by now?!
Check out my full Storify adventure here.
(feature photo cred: Wilfred Ivan)