Hello, my name is Nick, and I'm a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I know, I know, the 'Toronto-Make-Me-Laughs'. The favourite phrase for a die-hard Leafs fan is "...there's always next year...", even if the circumstances are dim, a last place finish, anything, "...there's always next year...".
The last time the Maple Leafs went all the way was 40 years ago, that's right, 1967. That year haunts every Leaf fan to his core. Every year that goes by is another year that we have to hear from 'the doubters'. There's no satisfying people that aren't Leaf fans. I dare say that even if they did win the Stanley Cup, all of 'the doubters' would likely just call it a charity job, or the other team must have forgotten how to play hockey...anything to make it less significant.
Now, I've never been to a Leafs game myself, but that would surely be a dream of mine, to see it all happen before my eyes. Somehow, TV doesn't do live sports any justice, you have to be there to experience all of the sights and sounds.
Even though, as of the time that I write this, the Leafs sit in the 8th and final playoff spot, I know that when they take to the ice tonight, the Air Canada Centre will be sold out, more than 18,000 fans cheering their team, win, lose or draw. That's a real Leafs fan.