Saturday, April 29, 2023

The Leafs finally won a playoff round. Who cares? You should, and here’s why

It finally happened. The drought is over. After 19 agonizingly long years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have finally won a playoff round.

Great. Who cares?

Well, I do – maybe a little too much, as my neighbors can probably tell you. (Sorry guys, that baby will get back to sleep eventually.) Every Leaf fan does, and as you may be aware, there are a lot of us.

But what about everyone else?

After all, I know what some of you are saying: Wow, a team won one round of the playoffs. Newsflash, eight teams do that every year, and the rumor is that some teams have been known to win even more than that. Some keep winning until they get some sort of big silver trophy. (Note to self: Research what it’s called.) Every team in the league has won at least one round in the cap era, with the exception of two-year-old Seattle, and they might do it tomorrow.

So sure, the slowest kid in the class finally crossed the finish line after getting lapped by everyone else. Is this really a big deal?

Well… yeah. It does matter, for more than a few reasons. If you’re a Leaf fan, you shouldn’t be reading this – go do whatever it is you do to celebrate a big win. (Checks with a grandparent if you can’t remember.) If you’re one of those anti-Leaf weirdos, go cry in a comment section like you usually do. But if you’re truly neutral and want to know why this would matter, read on, because I’ve got five reasons for you.

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