– Mike Tolsma
Tonight as we recorded episode 6 of the Hard Foul Sports podcast (listen here), I refrained from letting myself go to town on an emotional breakdown. It was just about 5 seconds after I got done muttering the words “Mike Babcock will never go there” that I took a breath, and was ready to go off on a tangent about how awful yesterday was. If you are a casual sport fan, there is a good chance that two years ago last night, you were watching the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference playoffs first round action. If you were tardy to the party, you probably would have been surprised to see the underdog Maple Leafs leading 4-1 with under 10 minutes to play. Toronto had fallen behind in their first playoff series since 2004 3-1, but looked as if they were on the verge of pulling off a colossal upset and advance to face the New York Rangers in the second round.