Which means it is time for Leafs fans to start deluding themselves into thinking their team has a chance this year, followed by the inevitable disappointment, followed by recriminations, followed by hopes that things will be better next year.
I am reminded of two jokes:
One: Q: Why is the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto?
A: So Toronto fans can have a chance to see the Cup, too.
Two: The Leafs are like the Titanic: they both look good until they hit the ice.