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02-15-2013, 12:35 AM
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Originally Posted by green lantern View Post
Bingo. Anyone who uses the 'suits' at the ACC as a representation of leafs nation need only see the amount of support at leafs road games in any city within 1000 km including Montreal, Ottawa, Buffalo Long Island, Jersey, or Detroit.

And yes I've been to leaf games in Ottawa and Buffalo and it's a world of difference; Sabres nation doesn't feel threatened by leaf fans, they get motivated to 'step up their game', sens nation whines and comes up with ludicrous ways that will undoubtedly result in more empty seats.

The sad thing is that 24 hours ago I hated the senators less than any point since the leafs joined the east. I like the current team quite a bit, Karlsson and Turris are 2 of my favourite players, the only player I dislike is Alfie and even that is based on things he did 9-10 years ago, I do like Paul Maclean and find him both classy and astute.

But yet here comes inferiority complex over a team which hasn't made the playoffs since Joe Niewendyk and Ron Francis were in the NHL. I'd miss the rivalry if they leave but if that ever happens I wouldn't shed one tear for Eugene who brought it on himself.

And yes I'd be surprised if this even works. I see it doing two things; either causing more seats to be empty or motivating leaf fans to make the effort to make it in even more.
It's not even limited to a ~1000km radius.

I went to a Flames-Leafs game in Calgary last season, and there were more Leafs fans than Flames fans.

And we were very loud and passionate. Although that was somewhat subdued by our performance.

Still, it was an awesome atmosphere.

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