A while back I noted how amazing I find it that non-Torontonians think the Toronto media mollycoddles Leafs players. No, no, no, said the commenters. People just think that the Toronto media is Leafs-obsessed.
The increasingly unhinged Mark Spector to my rescue (subscribers only):
And it [the Leafs] includes a group of players so adored by the fans and caressed by the Toronto media, because of the uniform on their backs, that they inevitably fall prey to the belief that they are as good as everyone tells them they are.
(Cross-posted to Tart Cider.)