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Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« on: May 02, 2013, 10:50:12 PM »
I'm pretty laid back about the Leafs being mocked in the past and I would let it roll off my back but lately I can't stomach one more bad joke and I think I'm going to loose it ! How do you deal with friends who are not Leaf fans ? I should avoid the none Leafs social networking websites for my own good  ;)
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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013, 11:01:31 PM »
I live in a city where there are LOTS of Leaf haters. And with them loosing for so long it's worse. I just try to avoid the subject but yea it's a pain. People just love hating the Leafs more than loving their own team.

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2013, 11:14:11 PM »
Among my friends who aren't Leafs fans, the largest group just happens to be Boston fans.  Most of them are pretty damn proud of themselves, as though they somehow deserve a share of the credit for their team's success, like they did anything.  I'm all for cheering, and even some mocking, but the whole "WE beat you guys last night" attitude gets old in a hurry.

Mitchell and Webb put it best:
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I don't let it bother me, though.  Rationally, I know how ridiculous it is for them to claim a Boston win as some kind of personal victory; likewise, I'm just here to cheer for the Leafs, I don't take it personally if they win or lose because I'm not not on the team.  What's important to me is that I stick to my guns and support the team through thick and thin, because that's what I find fun.

And after a lifetime as a Leafs fan, I've learned that I have more, and better Leafs jokes than anyone I know.  Whenever someone tries to tell me a Leafs joke at my expense, I usually have a better one that I'm happy to share.

Thankfully, also I have a number of friends who cheer for other teams, but are happy to engage in level-headed criticism of any team, really, wherever criticism is due.  They'll admit it when their team has had a bad game or made a bad play, and they'll give credit where credit is due if the Leafs do well.  (Man, they're pretty impressed with guys like Kadri and Lupul, and they've always cheered me up about our goalies when I've been a little too hard on them.)  For the most part, people at these boards seems to be this way, which is ultimately why I stick around.  Or, more accurately, why I check the board religiously throughout the day.

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2013, 11:15:43 PM »
I live in a city where there are LOTS of Leaf haters. And with them loosing for so long it's worse. I just try to avoid the subject but yea it's a pain. People just love hating the Leafs more than loving their own team.

I think the mentality by which some people get off on bashing other sports teams and cities really isn't all that removed from the mentality by which some people get off on bashing other races, religions and cultures.
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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 11:27:44 PM »
I'm pretty laid back about the Leafs being mocked in the past and I would let it roll off my back but lately I can't stomach one more bad joke and I think going to loose it ! How do you deal with friends who are not Leaf fans ? I should avoid the none Leafs social networking websites for my own good  ;)

I had a Hab friend once. He mocked the Leafs all the time. I got him back, though.

I screwed his wife.

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 11:42:15 PM »
I live in a city where there are LOTS of Leaf haters. And with them loosing for so long it's worse. I just try to avoid the subject but yea it's a pain. People just love hating the Leafs more than loving their own team.

I think the mentality by which some people get off on bashing other sports teams and cities really isn't all that removed from the mentality by which some people get off on bashing other races, religions and cultures.

So very true!

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2013, 11:58:02 PM »
part of this is about the rivalry ....the reason it feels good when you win is partially to do with the idea of something ..no matter how superficially attached to you..has been successful ...i can see why it might be annoying if you're dealing with a lot of leaf bashers...but really...they are part of the fun when the team is going well....

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2013, 02:02:17 AM »
 It goes far beyond rivalry. I swear, with a couple of teams and their fans, it's built so much more on hatred for the Leafs (and possibly TO) than for the love of their own club.

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2013, 02:20:53 AM »
that was a funny video.
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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2013, 08:17:45 AM »
I'm pretty laid back about the Leafs being mocked in the past and I would let it roll off my back but lately I can't stomach one more bad joke and I think going to loose it ! How do you deal with friends who are not Leaf fans ? I should avoid the none Leafs social networking websites for my own good  ;)

I had a Hab friend once. He mocked the Leafs all the time. I got him back, though.

I screwed his wife.

And that friend was............you!  ;)
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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2013, 10:30:14 AM »
I'm pretty laid back about the Leafs being mocked in the past and I would let it roll off my back but lately I can't stomach one more bad joke and I think I'm going to loose it ! How do you deal with friends who are not Leaf fans ? I should avoid the none Leafs social networking websites for my own good  ;)

It's non stop for me right now seeing I live in boston and everyone round me is a Bruins fan (at least ths time of the year). Ive been earing it forever. The Kessel stuff drives me nuts.. I don't ever feed into though hoping they will just go away..

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2013, 10:40:28 AM »

It sounds like you need better friends.
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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2013, 10:52:56 AM »

It sounds like you need better friends.

hahah good call.. but mos tof them arent friends just work aquaintences.

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2013, 11:12:50 AM »
I have a friend like that - he doesn't cheer for any particular team, he just cheers for whoever the leafs are playing against.

His office right now has bruins stuff all over it. I bet he couldn't name 5 players on their roster.

I just don't get that mentality at all, seems like such a waste of energy.

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2013, 11:23:38 AM »
I have a friend like that - he doesn't cheer for any particular team, he just cheers for whoever the leafs are playing against.

His office right now has bruins stuff all over it. I bet he couldn't name 5 players on their roster.

I just don't get that mentality at all, seems like such a waste of energy.

if it really is all about the leafs ..then ultimately ...he is a leafs fan ....he's equally obsessed...just with hatred instead of love

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Re: Trying to keep my cool about the Leafs bashing
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2013, 11:23:38 AM »