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Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Sign of the times: Die-hard Virgil fans proudly cheer on their Toronto Maple Leafs
Sue Rumsey and her chocolate labrador, Bauer, are proud supporters of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dave Van De Laar

Sue Rumsey is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan through and through and she has the front lawn to prove it. 

Rumsey’s popular “Go Leafs Go” lawn signage on Niagara Stone Road in Virgil is back for this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs but with a new, playful addition. 

The Leafs are going head-to-head against the Boston Bruins (again) and had a must-win game 5 on Tuesday night.

They pulled off a 2-1 victory in overtime and live to fight again on Thursday night at home, down three games to two.

Bruins captain Brad Marchand, nicknamed “the rat” by some, has forever been a headache for the Leafs and someone suggested that Rumsey “had to add something about ‘the rat trap.’ “

So, this year’s sign got a makeover on Monday morning, adding in the phrase “Set the 63 Rat Trap,” referencing Marchand’s sweater number. 

The updated sign plays off of the friendly rivalry among friends and neighbours who are Bruins fans, Rumsey said. 

And it seems to be a big hit, as countless drivers honked their support while Rumsey and her chocolate labrador, Bauer, posed for a photo outside her home on Monday.

Rumsey remains confident she’ll have no reason to take the signs down any time soon.

“Call me on Sunday morning because I know we are going to win the next three games no matter what,” she predicted. 

Well, the Leafs took the first one. We’ll see what happens Thursday night.

juliasacco@niagaranow.com

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