Fall of Leaf Nation

It is truly amazing to see the rise and spread of fads these days. The latest one to hit the sport of hockey was the team flag that flies from the rear window of an automobile. Seemingly overnight, everyone had one of these flags to display their tribal affinity to the team.

Courtesy of David Cooper/Toronto Star

In the case above, of course, the notion of flags and tribalism take on added significance for the citizens of Leaf Nation. For the team's fans in Toronto and elsewhere felt the morale-draining loss of this model war more palpably than they do today's very real wartime losses as citizens of a nation-state.

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