[Via Huffington Post]
If you’re a fan of television and movies, then you’ve probably seen Will Arnett in a couple things.
He’s well known for his ability to play characters who are “arrogant idiots.” So much so that he’s actually made a guide on How To Play An Arrogant Idiot:
I mean, he’s got plenty of experience, what with playing G.O.B. Bluth on Arrested Development…
And playing the role of America’s favourite sitcom horse, Bojack Horseman, is right up his alley too.
Well wouldn’t you know it? Will Arnett also happens to be a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Seeing as he’s from Toronto, it kind of makes sense. He loves the team enough to make a promotional video for them (that, or they paid him enough money to do it), trying to sell Leafs fans as the best in sports.
“If you were to call us just a bunch of fans, you’d be missing the point,” Arnett says, “because we’re more than that. More passionate. More loyal. More resilient. More together.”
Being a Leafs fan myself, it’s true. We are more resilient. We kinda have to be, with the team performing below expectations on a regular basis.
Here’s the video he made. Arnett’s speech begins around a minute in. Before that, it’s all highlights of the team scoring and what-not.
That video was posted on Wednesday, the day that the Leafs lost their home opener to the Montreal Canadiens in a classic Leafs-style third period collapse. Apparently at least one person in the stands last night didn’t see the video, or was unaffected by its words… Because this guy went and threw his jersey on the ice in the middle of the game.
As the commentators said, “Might as well take $200 and throw it on the ice.” It happened last year with the Edmonton Oilers, when an understandably frustrated fan tossed his sweater onto the ice and subsequently felt the wrath of coach Dallas Eakins. And it must be an Oilers thing, because on Thursday night, another fan threw their hoodie onto the ice. The best part is that the fool who did that didn’t think to retrieve their phone out of the pocket before throwing. That’s what I call instant karma.
Jersey throwing, while it might be entertaining to watch for outsiders, is really pretty stupid. I mean, that shirt cost about two hundred bucks, and buddy just threw it away. If you’re looking to throw away $200, why don’t you donate it to a charity to help kids in need or something like that? I’m sure there’s tons of people who would have happily worn that.
Even Sidney Crosby commented on it. From The Toronto Star:
Crosby certainly felt the embarrassment at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night when a fan tossed a Leafs jersey on the ice with the home team trailing badly and outplayed even worse by a fast Pittsburgh Penguins club.
“You feel for the other guys (Leafs),” said Crosby, who put up three points in the Penguins’ 5-2 win over Toronto.
“In my first year we had a tough time . . . it doesn’t make it easy when that happens, it doesn’t help, but fans make their opinions known, they let you know what they’re thinking.”
Crosby said players obviously don’t need to see a jersey tossed onto the ice when they are in a beat-down game.
“In your own rink, you don’t want to see that obviously,” Crosby said.
“But fans have high expectations here (in Toronto), and sometimes that’s (jersey toss) part of it.”
At the same time, it sends a very strong message to the organization that the fans are frustrated and some have had enough. Starting the season with two losses (they dropped last night’s game to the Penguins 5-2) is obviously not how The Leafs want to kick things off, but there are still 80 games left. Plenty of time to pile up some wins. Whether they will or not remains to be seen, but as members of Leaf Nation, all we can do is wait and see how soon they’ll be back on the golf course.
Now I’m no expert, but I do have a suggestion for the team’s staff… If you really want to get your players going, start cooking with club sauce! It worked for Lucille Austero.