The Toronto Maple Leafs had a bad week and Monday it got worse.
Not only did Toronto lose the lottery and the chance to draft Alexis Lafrenière, but their ping pong ball was so tantalizingly close to being sucked up first that it added insult to injury.
John Tavares Leafs' lottery ball
Hitting the post on an open net pic.twitter.com/TvyTTXidW6
— Corwin (@corwinmc) August 10, 2020
As Corwin McCallum, an associate producer with TSN, put it, the close encounter was the equivalent of John Tavares hitting the post on an open net.
Tavares, of course, hit the post with a shot in Game Five against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Leafs would go on and be eliminated by ninth-seeded Columbus.
Tavares with a wide open yet but hits it off the post pic.twitter.com/xHxKn9JXnR
— Flintor (@TheFlintor) August 10, 2020
Corwin’s tweet has been retweeted over 3.5k times and has over 11k likes. Leafs fans aren’t handling it well.
We even choke in the bubble machine. 🤔
— Ian Butler (@Ibutler67) August 10, 2020
— Brady Elsbett (@elsbett_brady) August 11, 2020
— ryan 🛸 (@81Celly) August 10, 2020
leafs fans watching this pic.twitter.com/28wBLyaPRY
— ° (@saddemoiselle) August 10, 2020
Meanwhile, there’s a conspiracy theory emerging on Twitter that the Rangers’ ping pong ball was weighted so they would win.
Ball stooge dropped the damn ball it was so heavy!!!
THE FIX IS IN pic.twitter.com/uYTek8ikZD
— Nick Maraldo (@nickmaraldo) August 10, 2020
New York Rangers ball looks a little heavy 🤔
— Strombone (@strombone1) August 10, 2020
The Rangers' ball, which fell into the tube when the guy held it over the machine because obviously it wasn't extra weighted or anything, comes up and NY wins the lottery.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020
Thanks, Hockey Twitter. Who knew a ping pong ball machine could be so fun?
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