Monday evening, Steve Dangle released his final LFR of the season. It was an emotional and thoughtful reflection of the Leafs season and the team’s first-round series loss to the Capitals.
And for those of you who were listening to the RMNB podcast, Steve paid up on his bet with me AND BOY DOES HIS NEW AVATAR LOOK TREMENDOUS.
First, let’s chat about this epic 27 minute and 19 second video. Steve spoke about Game Six and just how close the Leafs got to slaying Goliath.
This tweet summed it up.
Six one-goals games.
Five decided in overtime.
Goals: Washington 18, Toronto 16.
Shots: Toronto 213, Washington 212.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 24, 2017
Steve then took time to show some respect to Caps fans. He also explained why he’s okay with the Caps fans that showed up at Maple Leaf Square.
And to Capitals fans, a sincere thank you. EWWWWWW. The vast majority of you — and there were a few bad ones, don’t point them out you know there’s always going to be some bad ones — the vast majority of you were the best – the epitome of class. Even that Twitter account with the nice send off at the end. It was beautiful.
I saw a few Caps fans shocked to see Washington Capitals fans in Maple Leaf Square and those fans were highlighted. Let me tell you, that’s not surprising. And it’s also a reason why I’m so proud of this season. There might be some ex-pats in this city – that’s entirely possible – but the reason why there are so many Capitals fans and Penguins fans and some Ducks fans and a bunch of fans of other teams in this city…
You don’t understand, the Leafs sucked for a very long time!! The 2004 playoff run was 13 years ago. The 2002 playoff run — the last time where they really really had a shot — was 15 years ago. 2013 ended miserably. It was a fluke they got [to the playoffs] in the first place. There is a huge sect of hockey fans in this city, who should be Leafs fans and aren’t because the Leafs sucked for the duration of these peoples’ lives.
So Ovechkin, an extremely exciting player on an extremely exciting team, yeah they’re going to latch on. Which is why acknowledging the Leafs past so early in the season but then really putting some closure on it, moving forward, was the right thing to do. The past is back there. It’s gone now. It’s all about moving forward and a lot of Leafs fans expected baby steps. And what they got was LEAFS AND BOUNDS.
So Capitals fans in Washington and in the Washington area, thank you, you were excellent. Washington fans in Toronto, I don’t blame you, but I think you’ll see the light eventually.
Finally, at the 17-minute mark, Steve thanked everyone who has supported him over the last decade.
And this is the part where I drag the last video of the season on as long as possible because I never want to finish the last video of the season. I always have to remind myself, this isn’t the last video of the season – you’re going to continue making videos, you stupid idiot, but that doesn’t make me any less sad. All of you, if this is your first video of the season, if you’ve never even listened to the podcast, if you’re an avid podcast listener, if you watched any of these videos once, thank you so much.
When I first started these videos 10 years ago, I was really obsessed with the numbers at first. It’s infection thing – you get a couple dozen and a few hundred – all of a sudden you think you’re freaking famous. But behind every number is a person, and what was really fun about Maple Leaf Square was that I got to see all of that. You guys are the best damn fans ever. Dangle Navy signs, ridiculous signs with my freaking face on them, just shaking hands, taking selfies, or even if you said hi once, it means a lot to me and it’s taken a lot of time over the year – it doesn’t stop being weird and strange when someone recognizes you and you’ve never met them – and I love it.
For ten years I’ve loved it and I’m hoping to love it for way more. You have all helped build this, whatever it is, and I can’t thank you enough.
I’m sharing this because I sincerely feel the same way about all of you. Don’t ever thank me. You’ve enriched my life more than you could ever know.
Now, let’s go to the bet!
If the Leafs won the series, I would have have to change the RMNB avatar to a Canadian flavored illustration of Auston Matthews. I would also have to eat waffles everyday for a week while wearing a Steve Dangle shirt. But since the Caps won, Steve had to change his avatar to this blue angry Ovi icon.
This friggin avatar, man. @russianmachine
— Steve Dangle Glynn (@Steve_Dangle) April 24, 2017
@Steve_Dangle @russianmachine Ya it's pretty brutal Steve pic.twitter.com/r9UEdTXdqw
— Casual Mats (@Mats_44) April 24, 2017
@russianmachine I Love that Mr Dangle is a man of his word. Love seeing this on his Twitter. Also @Steve_Dangle is one helluva funny guy pic.twitter.com/k5Mm8lSxGf
— Jim Dean (@paprmanjim) April 25, 2017
Steve also had to send me a photo of him crying with a RMNB t-shirt on.
YOU. GUYS. Check these photos out.
Hi, Iggy! You’re a good doggo.
Steve, you’re a great sport. It was both nauseating and fun to play your favorite team. Good luck in the future. And please keep making your videos and making the hockeysphere a better place!
Hey Leafs fans: y'all are lovely people. Thanks for being so nice and fun. You'll get a Cup, soon. <3, RMNB
— RMNB (@russianmachine) April 24, 2017
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