This time of year it often gets tossed around how long it has been since the Leafs made the playoffs, won a round, won the cup, etc. and it gets tough some times to just put it in to perspective how long it has been since they even played relevant hockey in April/May/(and God forbid)June.
For me, there is a constant reminder in the form of my precious daughter who was born in the fall of 2004 (during the lock out). I have yet to watch a single Maple Leafs playoff game with her in my life and I'm not sure I will for another couple of years.
As a teacher, I wonder why I take so much heat from the kids for being a Leafs fan, or why very few kids are fans of the blue and white. My school has about 600 grade 6, 7, and 8 students (ages 11 to 14). I think they might all look at the Leafs as some what of a joke since the last time the Leafs were in the playoffs, these kids were in Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, or pre-school - no wonder my cheering for the Leafs is a joke to them.
According to musicoutfitters.com here were the top 10 songs in 2004:
1. The Reason, Hoobastank
2. This Love, Maroon 5
3. Yeah!, Usher featuring Ludacris & Lil' Jon
4. Leave (Get Out), JoJo
5. She Will Be Loved, Maroon 5
6. Pieces of Me, Ashlee Simpson
7. With You, Jessica Simpson
8. The Way You Move, Outkast
9. My Immortal, Evanescence
10. My Happy Ending, Avril Lavigne
Does it end soon?