We fear it for many reasons. It brings with it a sense of shame, embarrassment and heartache.
It also tells a very simple story at the very core—a clear goal was established that ultimately was not achieved.
Although it always pays off to beat the odds by taking the underdog and winning, being the under dog and losing has unfortunately been an attribute of the Toronto Maple Leafs throughout Ron Wilson's reign as head coach.
Sure, there have been improvements made. They are even nine points ahead of where they were this time last year.
There are, however, still serious weaknesses to this Toronto team that make it difficult for naysayers to officially jump on the Maple Leafs bandwagon—and unfortunately for Wilson, most of these weaknesses are coachable.
In light of the fact that the Maple Leafs are now on the outside looking in at a playoff spot nearly halfway through the 2011-12 NHL season, the one-year contract extension awarded to Wilson this past December seems all the more bewildering.
As a move that has already proven to be controversial, let's look at five of the biggest reasons why Wilson's extension was a huge mistake.