Toronto Maple Leafs: Are They Truly the Worst Franchise in All of Sports?

September 17th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
ESPN The Magazine recently unveiled their Ultimate Team Standings for 2012, and to the displeasure of many people in Ontario, the Toronto Maple Leafs ranked dead last as the worst franchise in all of professional sports.

When asked about the Leafs' ranking, general manager Brian Burke was quick to defend his organization,

Per the National Post:

I don’t think ESPN knows a single thing about hockey. I think their hockey coverage stinks. I don’t think they know anything about Canada. I don’t think they know anything about hockey.

While ESPN's coverage of hockey on their television networks is quite poor, their NHL content is superb.

However, this poll is, for the most part, a mess. The Phoenix Coyotes are the highest-ranked NHL team at No. 6 overall. Along with the Coyotes, the Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 7 and the New Jersey Devils at No. 13 are the three highest ranking NHL teams.

This is hard to understand since the Lightning have not been a winning franchise for most of their brief history, and up until last season, the Devils hadn't enjoyed too much playoff success since 2003 while also ...

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