This Toronto Maple Leafs fan has had Phaneuf.
Steven Ryan, a singer-songwriter from St. George, Ont., took to the mic to lament the white-and-blue woes — that is, the 10-game losing streak that has left many Leafs fans outraged, disappointed, and some jersey-less.
“Do something, I’m giving up on you” Ryan sings in this parody of the popular song "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.
His sorrowful lines include the tear-jerking plea “Win for once, I’m giving up on you / Can’t forget game seven that you blew”.
Ryan published the video Tuesday, has since received more than 27,200 views on his YouTube page. Throughout the woeful parody, Ryan cracks jokes about goaltender James Reimer, captain Dion Phaneuf and former coach Randy Carlyle, but insists the song isn’t about putting the team down — it’s about begging for more.
“It is a sad song and it is about heartbreak, and that’s how I felt singing the lyrics,” Ryan says, admitting he and the group of friends that helped him make the video are particularly proud of the “Carlyle we’ve had Phaneuf of you” line in the parody.
Ryan — who says he got “emotionally invested” in the team about six years ago thanks to his fiancee’s “die-hard” family of fans — says the feedback has been “overwhelmingly positive.”
Before posting the video, he thought the song would merely make his friends chuckle, but didn’t expect the wave of attention it quickly gathered on social media.
Ryan says he still stands by the team during its dark days, but he won’t dare talk about what changes he would recommend to the team. Instead, he hopes the team listens to the fans.
“As much as we’re poking fun at it, you know what I mean, there’s a serious element behind it. As a Leafs fan, you kind of want to feel like saying that and getting it out there is going to make a difference somehow,” he says.
- With files from Mark Zwolinski and Curtis Rush