Heartbreak. Gut-wrenching, agonizing heartbreak. This is possibly the best way to describe the feelings of many a Toronto Maple Leafs-fan this morning, following a night when their beloved team was booted out of the NHL playoffs. The pain stems, as you may know, not so much from the loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins, but at the way the loss took place.
The Leafs seemingly had the game all locked up with a 4-1 lead with ten minutes left to go in the third period. Then disaster struck. A meltdown of epic proportions took place as the Bruins stormed back with three goals to tie it up – one of them taking place with just under a minute to go in the game. With the game going to overtime and the entire series on the line, the Leafs Nation feared the worst.
And then the worst was realized. 5-4 was the final score. The Boston Bruins celebrated. The Toronto Maple Leafs were sent home. “It was one of the worst chokes in sports history,” said one of our heartbroken reps this morning, “I was all ready to plan parties for watching round two games thinking we had it in the bag. A big time lesson was learned last night. It’s never over ’til it’s over.”
Not all Leafs fan are down on themselves this morning. There are many who are still very proud of their team’s accomplishments. “People forget how young this team is,” another rep commented, “No one even thought we’d make the playoffs, let alone the seventh game in a series against Boston. Don’t forget that the Leafs were down 3-1 in this series. It’s a miracle we even played last night.”
One thing is for sure. The young Maple Leafs gained quite a lot of experience from their series against Boston. And last night, one of the most important lessons in sports was learned. You can’t let your guard down for a second. You must fight until the bitter end in order to become a champion. There is hope, in Toronto, that such a lesson will carry this team towards a brighter future.
“This is how it is in any business,” said another Synergy team member, “You will always have your highs and lows. The key is to learn from the lows so that your successes can become greater and more frequent. Business owners who don’t learn from their mistakes end up going out of business.” Keeping this in mind, our sales reps always work diligently at getting their clients on the right advertising track.
Like the Maple Leafs, many business owners throughout Canada have slipped up and taken wrong turns before. Getting your company back on its feet takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. We imagine that a number of changes will be made in the Leafs organization. Are there changes that need to be made within your organization as well? Sometimes, it’s the smallest tweak that will help to turn things around.
Stay posted to the Synergy Marketing Blog this week as we tackle the topic of rebounding your business from tough times. No person and no business is immune from the harsh realities of life. As they say, “you can’t win them all”. So as we pick ourselves up from last night’s crushing Maple Leafs defeat, we look forward to helping your brand work towards its brighter future!