Thursday, March 06, 2008

Not Happening

Talk of That is Only Fantasy

Right now, the headline on TSN's homepage reads: "Never Say Never."

Aside from the unimaginative reliance on a cliché, I have another problem with the headline: it refers to the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

The story goes that the Leafs, winners of seven of their last 10 games, have a chance of making the playoffs. Sure, they're six points back and have to win, um, all their remaining games to qualify, but yeah, the Leafs have a chance.

Reality: No, the Leafs missed the playoffs back when the team suffered losing streaks in October, November, December and January. The Leafs played poorly then so they won't play at all in the playoffs.

The Leafs making the post-season is not a card in the NHL's deck this year. The team may even make it close, but that's part of the Leafs play book: how can they crush our hope if they don't give us a reason to hope?


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