Toronto Maple Leafs hit Rock bottom, get mocked by Air Canada Centre brethren


Count Brandon Miller of the Toronto Rock as another fed-up Maple Leafs fan.
Count Brandon Miller of the Toronto Rock as another fed-up Maple Leafs fan.

How bad have things gotten for the Toronto Maple Leafs? Bad enough that they’re being called out by a goalie who allows 7 goals a game on a good night.

The Maple Leafs stumbled through another night of futility on Monday, falling 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes and prompting fans to toss their jerseys on the ice – during the game. The Maple Leafs’ woeful offence – the team has scored 2 goals in five games – got a rise out of Brandon Miller, goaltender for the National Lacrosse League’s Toronto Rock:

The Toronto Rock kick off their 2015 home schedule on Friday, January 23, hosting the Buffalo Bandits.

While it might seem offside for an athlete to snark on another team in the city, Miller’s a lifelong Maple Leafs fan, so he’s suffered through the lean years along with everyone else. And so far, Miller’s got reason to gloat: the Rock lead the NLL’s East Division with a 2-0 record, and the team is scoring 16.5 goals per game. Miller, a 15-year NLL veteran, carries a goals-against average of 11.5, good for fourth in the league.

The Rock are the only team that has ever won a championship while calling the Air Canada Centre home; they’ve done it four times, most recently in 2011. The Maple Leafs have lost four of their last five home games.

Miller’s tweet carries on the Rock’s apparent game-week theme of braggadocio. Friday’s game is being touted as Guaranteed Win Night; if the team loses, fans get a ticket to a future game for free.

Update: A day later, Miller isn't taking back his words -- but he hasn't given up on the Maple Leafs either.


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