Bryan Armen Graham
Wednesday May 1st, 2013

When the puck is dropped tonight for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between Toronto and Boston, it will mark the Maple Leafs' first postseason game since May 4, 2004.

That was 3,284 days ago.

Lots of things have changed since then. Things like these.

1. Pope John Paul II was in the Vatican.

The Leafs went the entire papacy of Benedict XVI -- nearly eight years -- without once making the playoffs.

2. The Red Sox were still cursed.

The 86-year-old Curse of the Bambino was finally exorcised when Boston won the 2004 World Series.

3. Beyoncé was still in Destiny's Child.

The group announced their official breakup on June 11, 2005.

4. YouTube was still a year away from existing.

The first video wasn't uploaded until 8:27 p.m. on Apr. 23, 2005. (This is it.)


5. Ronald Reagan and Ray Charles were both still alive.

They died within a week of each other in June 2004.

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6. Oceanic 815 was still months away from taking off.

LOST premiered on Sept. 22, 2004, the same date the doomed passenger jet crashed in the Pacific in the series timeline.

7. Ashlee Simpson was a thing.

I think.

8. A share of Apple stock was worth $13.34.

It's up to $442.78 today.

9. The star of the No. 1 movie in America, Mean Girls, looked like this.

(And now she looks like this.)

10. Facebook was still Thefacebook.

They ended up dropping the "The" in August 2004. It was cleaner.

11. Chappelle's Show was still on the air.

What did the five fingers say to the face?

12. A cheap rubber bracelet was an essential fashion item.

Lance Armstrong moved 46 million Livestrong wristbands in 2004 alone.

How will the Leafs fare in their first trip to the second season in nine years? According to SI's NHL Playoff power rankings: So-so.

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