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This list is becoming a bit of a nuisance, and if you're reading this at all, you're probably as eager for me to get it over with as I am. Well, bear with me, and I'll do my best to wrap it up quickly. What's really bothering me about it is that I can't wait until I get to write the one that goes on and on about how much I hate Pierre McGuire, but I don't want to waste a low pick on it. It's starting to seem like this list is more about things that I hate than anything positive. I guess the title is a bit misleading. And on that note, on to #8.
8) We no longer have to look at the Leafs' brutal uniform
Remember when the league switched to those revolutionary new jerseys and a bunch of teams saw it as a chance to rip off the more easily suggestible of their fans by changing their uniforms and/or logos? Obviously the Leafs, who wrote the book on ripping off fans, were going to get in on that. And instead of going big and doing something really interesting and cool with the uniform - such as adopting the throwback third jersey as the permanent design - they decided to go with the safer, more subtle approach. But they even managed to screw that up.
During his tenure, John Ferguson Jr. must have set a record for the amount of ways you can fuck up an organization. At least when Cliff Fletcher and Pat Quinn were trading away the club's future, they were icing decent to amazing teams that at times threatened to compete for the cup. JFJ managed to cripple the leafs for the future while at the same time building a team that made us sorry Leaf fans even more ashamed of ourselves. And to add insult to idiocy, he completely sucked the life out of our noble sweater by taking the two stripes out of the bottom and leaving the shoulders completely bare.
When the jerseys were first unveiled, it didn't really seem like such a big deal. Yeah, they were a little more boring, but essentially they were the same. But as I am sure you have noticed over the past three years, those stripes were damn important. I'm not a stylist and so I can't really explain it, but the fact is that without the stripe and the shoulder crest, the whole getup looks exactly like the team that wears it: meek and uninspiring - especially the home... away... the blue one, that with the matching blue pants and socks, made the players look like they were wearing coveralls. Have a look and tell me who you think looks tougher, cooler, amazinger:
Exactly. And yes, I'm aware that the Leafs' jersey has had subtle change thrust upon it several times in the past 15 years, and no, I've never been in favour of it. If you ask me, the modern version of the jersey was at its best the way it looked when it was draped over the heroic shoulders of Dougie, Wendel, and Felix. I guess once they got rid of those players, the ones they had left weren't worthy. Either way, if Brian Burke is half as brilliant as Damien Cox goes out of his way to say he is so he can prove to everyone that he can be positive about a guy who unashamedly loves fighting while simultaneously making ordinary fans who like fisticuffs out to be a bunch of ignorant yokels, then he'll do something about this immediately. For too many reasons, this team is too hard to watch.