Because really, what could be more of a frivolous time-waster? ...I mean, what better look inside a tumultuous period in Maple Leafs history?? A window into the psyche of our age, etc.
And now, the complete timeline, according to a search of my comment history:
March 6, 2019: Leafs play Vancouver, and a meme is born
March 7, 2019: Nic doesn't make the lineup
Dead as quickly as he began
Five foot nine
All game long
Babs prefers someone big and strong
There goes poor Nic Petan
March 15, 2019: Leafs sign Nic to a 2-year deal
Tiny Maple Leaf Nic Petan
We all thought
He was done…
Then he signed for a minimum
Two years for Nic Petan
April 4, 2019: It's letter reversal day!
Friendly Laple Meaf Pic Netan
Shakes a tot
Gores a skoal
He’s bay wetter than Lar Pindholm
Here comes our Pic Netan
May 9, 2019: Tavares unavailable for World Championships, but what about...
International Nic Petan
Should be fine
Kept it safe while he rode the pine
Will they call Nic Petan
June 13, 2019: Blues win Cup, and we need a RHD
Right-side top-pairing Nic Petan
He shoots left
And he’s small
Don’t let that worry you at all
1RD Nic Petan
July 12, 2019: Top 25 Under 25, will anyone vote for...
Under-25 Nic Petan
Won’t play much
I would say
Use that vote for Kivihalme?
Where to rank Nic Petan?
July 17, 2019: Petan's future with the Leafs uncertain
Friendly singalong Nic Petan
If he leaves
This meme croaks
Will we sing about Adam Brooks?
We need our Nic Petan
Aug. 15, 2019: Fulemin mentions the meme in Petan's T25U25 entry!
Everyone’s singing Nic Petan
It’s my fault
So they say
Will this bit ever go away?
…please don’t trade Nic Petan
Sept. 17, 2019: Nic has new jersey number in camp
Number-switcheroo Nic Petan
Turned them both
Five & nine still makes Babcock frown
Wrong numbers, Nic Petan
Sept. 24, 2019: Leafs beat Habs with help from...
Instrumental guy Nic Petan
Drove the play
It’s pre-season but what the hey
Hab-crushing Nic Petan
Sept. 27, 2019: reports of Nic angering Babcock in camp
Bag-skate lazybones Nic Petan
Took it slow
Pissed off Babs
What if he’s traded to the Habs
Behemoth Nic Petan
Sept. 30, 2019: Camp cuts
Waiver wire for Nic Petan
Will he clear?
Or get plucked?
Will he end up with the Canucks?
We might lose Nic Petan
October 3, 2019: by popular demand
How does this involve Nic Petan
He’s a meme
So are cats
Do we have to draw you a map
Buds Day with Nic Petan
October 7, 2019: Leafs vs. Blues
Real game action for Nic Petan
Will he stick?
Time will tell
Maybe just until Hyman’s well
Go get ’em, Nic Petan
Nov. 1, 2019: Petan sent down again, and we get TWO entries
What will happen to Nic Petan
Scores the winner on Thursday night
Don’t do that, Nic Petan
Heads to Belleville fast as he can
Hope you don’t meet a radar gun
Pulled-over Nic Petan
Nov. 7, 2019: Leafs waive Petan and MarMar
Here we go again, Nic Petan
Will a new home at last be found?
We’ll miss you, Nic Petan
Nov. 12, 2019: Nic recalled from Marlies with Kaskisuo
Bouncing up-and-down Nic Petan
Will he be
Here for long?
Will we ever quit with these songs?
We love our Nic Petan
December 4, 2019: It's demotion time again
It’s not easy to make these scan
Sing the song
In your head
Does it match up? If not, well, don’t you fret
Sing-along Nic Petan
Sockeye 3RW Nic Petan
Shipped him there
For a pick
Now their memes per 60 is sick
Seattle Nic Petan
June 4, 2020: Nic ages out of the T25U25
Over-25 Nic Petan
Might be old
Might be small
But his memes might be best of all
Keep plugging, Nic Petan
August 4, 2020: Nic sighted during warmups
Taking warmups with Nic Petan
Is he in?
Is he out?
Will he make the Leafs faithful shout
Will we see Nic Petan???
Is that all?!???
No more songs about Nic Petan
If he's back
Maybe with a big taxi squad
Where we'll see Nic Petan
....a big thanks to everyone at PPP for indulging me in this nonsense. Y'all are too kind!