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Just days after the CN Tower in downtown Toronto was inexplicably lit up in the blue, white and red of the Montreal Canadiens, the city slapped the Leafs' already-suffering fanbase in the face again by raising a Habs flag outside of the mayor's office.
Though Toronto Mayor John Tory was simply and admirably paying up on a bet he lost, the already large wound gouged into the souls of Maple Leafs fans was rendered no less salty.
Tory made good on his bet with Montreal mayor Valérie Plante on Thursday, raising the blasphemous Habs tarp at City Hall — directly in front of the infamous "Toronto" sign, to boot.
This gut punch to Leafs fans comes less than two days after they were left confused and irate after the CN Tower — the most prominent feature in the city's downtown skyline — was illuminated in bleu, blanc et rouge "for the Montreal Canadiens who will go on to represent Canada's hope for a 2021 NHL Stanley Cup!"
Absolute carnage. Just ridiculous.
Officials tried to explain why exactly the CN Tower was savagely lit in Canadiens colours — a move no other major sports city on earth would ever even dream about considering — after Leafs fans flooded the downtown landmark's social accounts with disgust.
"The CN Tower stands proudly in the heart of Toronto. It is a federally owned and operated property that belongs to all Canadians,” a spokesperson said via The Athletic’s Sean Fitz-Gerald.
"Primarily, the CN Tower’s lighting helps to raise awareness for registered charities and causes. Our lighting also helps to celebrate Canadian arts, culture and sports. We have lit for Grey Cup champions, we have lit to highlight the achievements of Canadian musicians and performers, and we have helped to cheer on Canadian teams in international sporting competitions."
The Canadiens rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to hand the Maple Leafs arguably their most excruciating series loss in franchise history in Game 7 of their first-round matchup a couple weeks ago, in case you needed a reminder — which I'm sure you don't as the city itself is doing a fabulous job of not letting anyone forget.`
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