Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday May 2, 2023
A House Divided
As the coronation of King Charles III approaches on May 6, 2023, the world eagerly awaits to witness the traditional ceremony. However, this may pose a problem for some households as the Toronto Maple Leafs have just won their first playoff series in nearly 20 years and are set to compete in the second round. In the midst of this exciting sports event, a Royalist fan may clash with a Leafs fan for control of the household television. While the coronation signifies the authority of the monarch and the long line of rulers, the ceremony will last only an hour or two and is seeking to avoid extravagance. On the other hand, the Leafs are now the betting favourite to win the Stanley Cup and have not made it this far in the playoffs since 2004. The coronation and the Leafs’ playoff games are both significant events, with the former being broadcast on television and the latter being watched by millions of hockey fans. Nonetheless, the coronation is unlikely to draw as many viewers as royal weddings, and the delay between the accession and coronation is normal and allows time for respectful mourning and logistical preparations.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a storied history in the NHL, dating back to their founding in 1917. They have won 13 Stanley Cup championships, but have not hoisted the cup since 1967, which is the longest current championship drought in the NHL. This has led to a sense of frustration among Leafs fans, who are eager to see their team return to glory.
Meanwhile, the British monarchy has also had a long and eventful history, with traditions and customs dating back centuries. The coronation of King Charles III is just one of many significant events that have taken place in the monarchy’s history, and it is steeped in symbolism and ceremony.
The coronation is expected to draw a large television audience, as many people around the world are interested in the British monarchy and its traditions. However, there may be some competition for the television on the day of the coronation, as Leafs fans are sure to be eagerly watching their team’s playoff game.
It remains to be seen how this conflict will play out, but it is clear that both events are of great importance to their respective fans. Whether the Royalist or the Leafs fan will emerge victorious in the battle for the television remains to be seen, but both events are sure to be memorable and significant in their own right. (AI)