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Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Enjoying Undefeated Season

Raptors Win First Exhibition Game, Leafs Yet to Play or Lose

By: David Shear
Published: October 9th, 2012 in News » World
If I’m dreaming, please don’t wake me up.

I woke up this beautiful morning to discover that my Toronto Raptors defeated – soundly – Real Madrid in last night’s exhibition game played at the Air Canada Centre.

DeMar DeRozan led the way with 18 points while new Rap John Lucas contributed 16, and Andrea added 14, to help the Dinos claw their way to a 102-96 victory.

And while many may simply disregard the Raptors’ victory because it came against a European team, rather than an NBA opponent, it’s still a notable win for the home team which was missing newcomers Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas – due to a strained abductor muscle and a calf strain respectively.

Then, turning to the sports section of my morning paper, and seeing that the National Hockey League lockout was still going strong with no immediate signs for optimism, I realized that, like the Raptors, my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs have yet to play even an exhibition game.

So, again, unless Larry Tanenbaum and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment are seriously punking all of us, both of their prime properties – the Leafs and the Raps – are undefeated as of October 9th.

Let the joyous news be spread, Toronto is again, after decades of mediocrity, a professional sports city to be feared.

Okay, okay, I realize that not playing the games obviously would mean that the Leafs couldn’t possibly lose one, but after waiting almost 20 years with the painful memories of Wayne Gretzky’s uncalled high stick on Doug Gilmour in Game 6 of the NHL’s 1993 Western Conference semi-finals that ultimately cost the Leafs the series in Game 7, and the right to meet the rival Montreal Canadiens in that year’s Stanley Cup Finals, I, and Leaf fans around the world, will take what we can get.

So, to the Raptors, I say, bring on Serbia, Italy, Israel, and other teams full of players names that lack both familiarity and vowels.

To the Leafs ownership, I say, relax, and smell the roses. There’s nothing wrong with a lockout. Especially when it could lead to an undefeated 82 game season.

Imagine the joy and relief Leaf fans would share if they finished with the same record as the Bruins, Flyers, and last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the Los Angeles Kings.

I guarantee you one thing. I would personally see to it that a couple of days after the last game was scheduled, but not played, Toronto would see a Stanley Cup Parade filling the streets of downtown that would eclipse the joy and insanity of the parade that followed the Leafs’ last real Stanley Cupwin, on May 2, 1967, when, led by series MVP, Dave Keon, they defeated the Habs four games to two.

See you all on King Street this summer, Leaf fans! That is, of course, if there is no season.

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