March 6, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul (19) comes off the ice after a hit by Boston Bruins forward David Krejci (not pictured) at the Air Canada Centre. Boston defeated Toronto 5-4. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Real Sports Refusing Reservations From Leaf Players

Here is something I thought I would never hear. MLSE is refusing to take money from someone.

Apparently in a hilarious twist to the NHL Lockout, Real Sports restaurant is no longer allowing Toronto Maple Leafs players to dine at their fine establishment. Even though the players are technically not on strike, I suppose that would be a form of crossing the proverbial picket lines. Or, just a low blow from the owners to the players in an attempt to make things even worse than they already are.

A National Post story yesterday showed Joffrey Lupul tweeting that he was informed by the restaurant that they can no longer take his reservation. He voiced his displeasure further by stating that Real Sports still has no issue selling Leafs jerseys for $300 though.

Real Sports, owned by MLSE, sits right next to the Air Canada Centre and is basically a Studio 54 for sports fans. You can’t take more than two steps in any direction without seeing a television screen, and ESPN named it the best sports bar in North America in 2010.

This lockout fiasco has gone on long enough. Let’s end this madness so Lupul doesn’t have to use a fake name and a disguise to get himself some Sweet Potato Fries or a Burkie Dog.

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