Why it's good Leafs are back in playoffs

Not nearly enough has been written this season about Nazem Kadri (left) and Phil Kessel, jokes...

Not nearly enough has been written this season about Nazem Kadri (left) and Phil Kessel, jokes scribe Steve Buffery. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

TORONTO - With apologies to Mats Sundin, here are 13 reasons why the Maple Leafs making the playoffs is a good thing:

Takes the spotlight off the under performing Blue Jays. Those “Go Leafs Go” chants at the Rogers Centre? Started by a disgruntled Greek guy inside the Jays’ corporate suite.

It’s great for the local economy, especially Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which raised the price of some playoff tickets by a whopping 75%. When asked why they would hike prices so drastically, an MLSE spokesperson blamed inflation, corporate land tax increases, the uncertainty of the Canadian dollar, a strike at the Burkie Hot Dog facility and the anticipation of overtime wage payouts. “That, and the fact that we’re greedy bastards,” he added, while rubbing his hands together. So much for corporate guilt over the lockout.


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