The Diachronic Barber Pole Observations of a Recovering Hockey Exile

The Black Hawk and the Leaf

November 3, 2009, by Homme De Sept-Iles

Adapted from Aesop’s Fables

Many years ago, in a day when Toronto was powerful, a Black Hawk* and a Leaf entered into an alliance so that they might defeat the other creatures of the NHL with greater ease. It was decided that each would endeavour to tire the other’s strongest opponent. The ageing but powerful Leaf agreed to assist the Black Hawk with his strength, while the Black Hawk gave the Leaf the benefit of his greater speed.

When they had each defeated the others’ most fearsome foes, the Leaf undertook to distribute the spoils, and for this purpose divided it into three shares. “I will take the first share,” he said, “because I am King: and the second share, as a partner with you in the chase: and the third share (believe me) will be a source of great evil to you, unless you willingly resign it to me, and set off as fast as you can.”

Some believe might makes right.

*In the olden days, Blackhawk was spelt Black Hawk

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