We tried to warn Woodsy.
Our buddy from the Green Zone is an avowed Toronto Maple Leafs fan who didn’t want to over-hype his NHL team’s chance of ending a 50-year Stanley Cup drought. So he spent a couple hundred bucks on an Auston Matthews jersey and wore it to the Lancaster Taphouse, the Leafs’ local playoff headquarters.
“Careful,” we said teasingly, and perhaps prophetically. “You may only get to wear that jersey for four games.”
Although the Leafs did not lose a game by four goals during the regular season, they lost 5-1 and 7-3 to the Boston Bruins and looked totally outmatched through the first two games of their best-of-seven playoff series.
When I broached the Leafs’ woes, Woodsy suggested there is now online counselling available for Leafs fans. At least he didn’t blame the officials. And things could be worse: He could, like his Green Zone cohorts, cheer for the Vancouver Canucks or Detroit Red Wings. Neither of those teams made the playoffs. And he has a nice jersey to wear next season.