If you’re like me, being a Leafs fan is 99% pessimism and 1% blind faith.

None of this is illogical or unwarranted, and if you need proof, that accursed documentary is coming out in October (watch at your own discretion). It goes beyond your prototypical playoff collapse, there’s also the “If you’re from Ontario, you’re having a good game” clause, the “If you need to break a slump, play the Leafs policy” and the most recent, “If you try something completely wacky, it will only work against Toronto” law.

Prime example: the Florida Panthers decided to play defenceman Mark Pysyk on February 3rd of 2020. And as the universe would have it, not only would it work, but it would go beyond the parameters of normal work. Mark Pysyk scored his first career hat-trick.

Funny, isn’t it? I mean, with all the filth we’ve seen, at some point you have to laugh. Which brings me to Joe Thornton and his eventual sixth career hat-trick against the Leafs on March 27th that wins the game in overtime and propels the Leafs out of a playoff spot.

You know it’s happening. There’s no point in denying it, and when it does, it’ll be hilarious.

Anyway, that’s my humours realistic yet pessimistic take for the Leafs next season? The funniest will get a laughing emoji followed by an elipsis of despair.

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