Friday, June 17, 2022

Mailbag: Good sweeps, bad ads, Corey Perry, and the curse of The Love Guru

I had the thought today that since the Love Guru came out the Leafs have not won a playoff round. Do you think that is the reaso, and that things won’t be put right until Mike Myers apologizes? – Jason

I mean, I don’t hate this idea. It’s no Curse of Smokey MacKay, but it has its merits.

First, let’s list the pros: The Love Guru was terrible. That’s it, honestly. It’s one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, both as a sports fan and just as somebody who doesn’t like getting punched in the head for two straight hours. I remember being so excited when I found out that Mike Myers, not far from his full Austin Powers/Shrek-era peak, was going to do a movie about the Leafs. This was the guy who’d snuck a Captain Gilmour reference into Wayne’s World and told an extended Nikolai Borschevsky joke to a visibly confused David Letterman back in the day, and now he was going to do a whole movie. It should have been so good.

It was not so good. It was very, very bad. And despite starting at rock bottom, it’s somehow aged terribly. Just a mess, from start to finish, and I can absolutely buy the idea that the hockey gods decided to curse the Maple Leafs forever as punishment. Honestly, it would be deserved.

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