December 09, 2009

I Dream in Playoffs

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable."
- Thomas Fowell Buxton

Even eighth place in the NHL's Eastern Conference. Today, seven points out, with two games in hand. Assuming, rightfully of course, that the Leafs will surely win those two games, they're in actuality only three points out of a playoff spot.

This April will mark five years since the Leafs last participated in the post-season. It's a streak that desperately needs to end, even if it means sneaking into the dance.

"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

When Alex Anthopoulos and company inevitably trade Roy Halladay, possibly to either of the Evil Empires in their own division, as hard as that remains to believe, the Toronto Blue Jays will have essentially pressed the reset button.

The Blue Jays are pushing 16 years now, yet I look forward as ever to the next go round. Take my hand, and lead me there, AA. (Handsome Tony Viner can hold my other hand. Think the little boy in Jerry Maguire.)

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."
- Author Unknown

The Toronto Raptors, to a playoff spot. Antoine Wright, to less criticism, justified as it may be. This group, led by Chris Bosh, to at least the second-round. Bosh, to a max contract. Bosh's detractors, to believing. The franchise, to respectability.

"There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream."
- Author Unknown

Beginning next season, Toronto FC will at least chase their dream of playing for the MLS CUP on real, honest-to-goodness grass.

Small victories.

"Who gives a fuck?!1?!1?!1"
- Alex Rios

What Rios said.


Tony Viner said...

I will deliver playoffs. My plan will shock the world. Trust me.


Handsome Tony Viner

bkblades said...

Don't be tripping. You were hooting and celebrating just the same when Doug Flutie and Pinball Clemons were dancing to back to back Grey Cups, while Damon Allen was polishing off his hall of fame bust with 2004. Rios may have a point (he is a man of great and prophetic words), but I refuse to believe it.

eyebleaf said...

@ Handsome Tony: You had me at hello. Convert the masses; the non-believers.

@ BK: We all had time for Flutie and Clemons. And Paul Masotti. I loved that cat. It's a shame what the Argos have become. FIRE BART ANDRUS!!!1

Meredith said...

Hang on a tic.

Didn't Fitzgerald also say "There are no second acts in American lives." ??

What's with this starting over business? Make up your mind Fitzy, you fucking drunk.

Oh and sports sports sports.

Kavel Pubina said...

Oh hell yes, there will be playoffs.

Mattt said...

I must be delusional because I still believe the Leafs will somehow make the playoffs. The Jays I hope are going to be headed in the right direction and if success follows I can be patient. Toronto FC will make the playoffs next year, the Raptors will this year and there's a chance for success there. Let's not write off the Argos. CFL football is great to watch and until Toronto gets an NFL team, the Argos are our only football team.

Hungry Leafs Fan said...

I have decided on following The CFL for the first time in my life next year. I'm rooting for the Riders though. Sask pride!

eyebleaf said...

@ Meredith: Way to call out Fitzgerald. This is why the Toronto sports blogosphere loves you. "Oh and playoffs playoffs playoffs."

@ Mattt: Delusion is part and parcel of supporting all these teams. It's a beautiful life. I wouldn't want it any other way.

@ Hungry: I can't believe you're from Saskatchewan.

On The Fence Sports said...

A football team in Toronto?

Anonymous said...

we have a UFL team?

Zack said...

I would freely volunteer to give a Fuck about the agros, hell, I might have to give a fuck and a half due to exchange rates.

stucky said...




TFC!!!1 (clap-clap-clap)


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