Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Redecorating the Leafs' lockers, or, "Rudyard Kipling: Leafs Laureate"

Along with "Burn the Boats" and "Make Today Count," Randy Carlyle's rhetorical redecoration of the team's dressing room should include this poem engraved into each Leaf's locker.

"If--" by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired or waiting,
For your chance to hoist the Stanley Cup.
If you can bear to hear your own fans forsaking
You for Blue Jays when your season's up;

If you can watch your picks and budding draft-ling,
Traded for your rival's hoary players,
Or play losing years, yet lose again in each year's rafflings,
And never ask to leave through trade or waivers;
If to hear the year your team last won
Twisted by knaves into a chant of scorn--
Or st see that former fame turn food for moths to feed on,
Makes you not mournful, fretful or forlorn;

If Harold Ballard's ghost shakes not your virtue,
Nor losing to the Kings on Fraser's watch;
If rarely beating Bruins doesn't vex you,
Though you remember Burke's pugnacious talk;
If you can hit the post each OT minute
And clinch the playoffs with no shootouts won,
Then yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Leaf, my son!

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