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Leafs Eliminated: A Comical Tribute For A Friend

There, I'm out $10 bucks!

I had a friendly bet with my friend and Leafs fan Mack that Mats and the boys would pull it off and clinch the final playoff spot.

Guess it wasn't mean to be!

I stopped by his place at 10:00 p.m. tonight to pay up, but his wife Gladys said he was off to bed early - and none too happy!

Mack didn't believe they'd sneak in for a second, and it's been fun poking him that a Habs has more faith in his team than he did. It was worth ten bucks alone just to pick at him!

I never seriously thought the Leafs would get in at first, then they strung 4 wins together and I really started having fun with Mack. The night I made the bet, I was considering going to a movie when the opportunity arose for the wager.

I thought to myself, "a possibly forgettable movie, or a month of taunting an old Leafs codger, hmmm?" I folded up a ten bill and stuck in my wallet, just in case I'd have to pay.

Tonight I tore the bill in half and told Gladys to give it to Mack at breakfast, "he'll get the other half when I see him next!"

Mack, who likes his money, will surely be aiming for Punxsutawney Phil's vacated hole in the ground for a few months, so God only knows when he'll collect the other half!

His youngest boy Jimmy, a fervent Habs backer if there ever was one asked me to collect all the Leafs comics and cartoons in one place here so that he can pick on his old man when he goes over for supper on Saturday. Knowing the Habs were playing the Leafs, I was happy to oblige him.

So Mack and Jim, this one's for you!

Cheer up old fella - they can't get any worse!