Well. The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals was last night. It was do or die for Toronto, as they were trailing in the series 3-2. They played hard but unfortunately lost in overtime, so they're out of the playoffs. This of course shouldn't come as a great surprise to hockey fans, as the Leafs are notorious for losing- the last time they won the cup was 1967. They were, however, doing a lot better than usual this year (they actually made the playoffs) so we had hopes that they would make it through at least to the next round. But it was not to be, and this morning Leaf fans are feeling a bit like Charlie Brown:
Of course, Leaf fans are also eternally loyal and disillusionment will soon give way to hope for next season, so I guess we're more like Linus and the Great Pumpkin:
While I like watching hockey, there aren't a lot of sports movies that I enjoy watching, mostly because they almost all have the same plot. There are, however, a few that I can think of which I like, although the reasons I enjoy them have little to do with the sports involved. One is Chariots Of Fire, based on the true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams at the 1924 Olympic games. Another is Remember The Titans, which is also based on the true story about a high school football team in Virginia during integration in 1971. The only other one I can think of that I really enjoy is Breaking Away, the 1979 film about Dave, a recent high school graduate who is obsessed with cycling and talks his three friends into competing in a race they can't possibly win... or can they?