Disgruntled Leafs fan skewers team in Gotye parody
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2012 2:42PM EDT
It’s been 45 years since the Toronto Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup championship. That long drought has weighed heavily on Leafs diehards, who have cried into their hockey jerseys over this once great team.
But one long-suffering Leafs fan is venting his frustrations with this ailing hockey franchise in a novel way.
In an amusing YouTube parody of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Andrew Damelin has skewered the Leafs for all their failings since 1967 -- the last time the iconic team snagged the Stanley Cup by beating the Montreal Canadiens.
This online parody entitled “A Franchise That I Used to Know” has become a YouTube hit, racking up more than 60,000 views since Damelin posted the video on Friday, July 13.
“I had to let my frustration out in some way,” Damelin told CTV News Channel on Tuesday.
“I will always be a fan of this team. But I wasn’t even born the last time that they won the Stanley Cup,” Damelin said.
Shot on the cheap in Damelin’s North York, Ont. basement, this saddened fan bares his heartache over the Leaf’s dismal track record.
Standing in the nude, Damelin looks into the camera and voices his disillusionment with wry solemnity.
“Now and then I think of 1967, Tim Horton wasn’t just a place but a real guy,” Damelin laments.
“I don’t want to shell out cash for a team that’s going to crash and burn,” he sings.
“I just want the Leafs to make the finals.”
That wish says it all for unhappy Leafs fans, who will feel a certain sense of vindication by the time Damelin’s parody concludes.
Damelin does what many Leafs fans wish they could, outlining all the mistakes that have lead to the team’s downfall. That list includes the Leafs’ recent decision to trade player Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for James van Riemsdyk. The move, according to this bitter song bird, was a big mistake.
Damelin’s video also conveys one message loud and clear to Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke: It’s time to quit and move on.
This YouTube star’s voice, of course, is not the greatest.
“I’m not really a vocalist,” Damelin admitted.
However, even with his meagre singing skills Damelin’s efforts have attracted the attentions of American networks such as CBS.
His droll Leafs ballad could also help Damelin win the top prize on this season of “Drafted,” a competition-style show on The Score Television Network.
Damelin is a finalist in the show’s search for Canada’s next top sportscaster and is in the running to win a one-year contract with the Canadian specialty cable channel.