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The Adopt the Coyotes Letters - Toronto Maple Leafs Edition

Phoenix Coyotes Fans Arena
Glendale, AZ

Toronto Maple Leafs Fans
Air Canada Center Centre
Toronto, ON

Dear Toronto Maple Leaf Fans,

I'm sorry I have to write this letter to you today. It's not easy telling your friends that there's pretty much no chance that they could possibly land in the Playoffs, but that's where we're at. I know it's not easy to hear, but I'm sorry. Hugs? Hugs. You can't enjoy your beloved Leafs in the PLAYOFFS!!!1 this year, but I do have the next best thing. Enjoying the Phoenix Coyotes in the PLAYOFFS!!!1

Now I know what you're thinking, and you're right, Sarah Jessica Parker does look like a horse, but that really doesn't have a whole hell of a lot to do with what we're talking about now does it smart guy? No. No it doesn't. What i'm really here to do is tell you some of the reasons that you might consider rooting for us this postseason if you have nothing better to do.

First is that I think, most of you at least, like me. Maybe at least a little? Some of you? Oh.... well. okay then. If, let's say you did though you'd like the fact that I had a team in the Playoffs and might be inclined to join me. It would be nice to have some Maple Leafs in my corner you know, eh?

For those Leaf fans not actually in Toronto, but say in California, Vancouver and places West, we're closer to your time zone! Most of your games would be on at times that are easy to root for. And let's face it even you all in Toronto like to stay up late so it won't be an issue to see them.

Then there's a bit of a touchy issue. That's one Lee Stempniak. Some of you might wish him the best. Some of you may now hate his guts, but either way, you at least know the ninja and that familiarity makes this an easy fit.

Or how about that we're a Western Conference team? That makes it easier right? There's no built up rivalry between us. It's not like we're some jerks from Ottawa or anything. Come on!

I know some of you are saying, yeah, but aren't you owned by the NHL? Well, for the moment we are sure. But hopefully that gets ironed out soon so that Bettman isn't calling the shots.

Also. Take another look at those Pythagorian numbers with the current standings if you like. I think you'll see we're not far off where we should be now.

The biggest reason though is that we're the best story going in hockey right now. A team gets dragged through the mud and comes out as one of the best teams in the league? Pretty cool right? Everyone loves an underdog and we're the biggest one in a long time.

Actually I'll throw one more at you. I look at your team and my team and I see in yours what we were a couple years ago. We were just starting to rebuild the right way. There may be a lot of work to be done in Toronto, but the pieces are starting to be put together and could be something special in the near future.

So what do you think. Could you support the Coyotes this postseason as your playoff team? Or at least your Western Conference playoff team?