October 2010 Archives
October 31, 2010 @ 20:36
October 29, 2010 @ 07:10
I did it again last night. For about the sixth time in the past three years I ordered Leafs TV.
It's actually cheap therapy for me. It's one way that I can strike back at the Leafs when they piss me off, and that's happened a few times over the past couple of years.
The season starts and I order Leafs TV. The Leafs start to blow, so I cancel Leafs TV. They usually have a mid-season resurgence, so I re-order Leafs TV. However by the end of the season I'm usually pissed off again so I go into a tirade about the entire organization and cancel Leafs TV as a protest.
Several people have said to me, what's the big deal? It's only five bucks a month, why cancel it?
It's the principle people. It's one way I can control cash flow to the MLSE. Granted, it's an insignificant amount of money, but I love the power of picking up the phone and dialing Shaw Direct and cutting off the five bucks that some way might contribute to this mess.
It's interesting; when Leafs TV first started in 2001 I think it was 99 cents a month. Nine years later it's 4.99 a month, and this represents something else that bugs me. A 500 percent increase in nine years.
Leave it to MLSE to come up with that.
Last night was the usual scenario. It's early in the season, the Leafs are doing OK, they just came off a victory over Florida, it was a Thursday night with nothing else to do, I was in my apartment and the Leafs were in Boston. I flipped on the tube only to find the game was on Leafs TV.
I picked up the phone and made the call.
Crazy shit. By the end of the second period, although the Leafs were actually playing pretty well, I started to get buyers remorse.
It's becoming abundantly clear that this team has a pop-gun offence that is going to be a significant issue this year. They're going to have a big problem scoring goals and excuse me if I say so, but watching the home team score goals is one of the things that attracts me to the game.
It's going to be a wild and crazy month. Once you commit to Leafs TV you're on the hook for at least 30 days or until the next billing period. So we'll see what happens.
I happen to think that on top of their various other problems, the Leafs have a serious coaching problem. If this continues I'll pick up the phone at the end of November, I'll call Shaw Direct, I'll unload on the poor person who answers the phone, and once again I'll end my association with Leafs TV.
And that will be five less bucks the Leafs can pay Ron Wilson.
Comments We Like - Joe Warmington
October 28, 2010 @ 12:08
Comments We Like - Kelly McParland
October 28, 2010 @ 07:50
For much of the past 24 hours I've been trying to formulate something to say about the way the Toronto Star handled the Toronto mayoralty race. I really couldn't put it into words.
But Kelly McParland does a pretty good job.
Comments We Like - Kelly McParland
October 26, 2010 @ 14:03
Comments We Like - Christie Blatchford
October 26, 2010 @ 13:47
Toronto Wakes Up - McGuinty Falls Next
October 25, 2010 @ 20:21
October 23, 2010 @ 09:53
The NHL has done it again. The six game suspension to Vancouver Canuck Rick Rypien is a joke.
Six games for going into the stands after a fan who did nothing more than throw a verbal jibe.
The fan did not leave the stands. He did not obstruct Rypien and he didn't physically attack Rypien. He simply yelled something.
But the NHLer, who is representing the league, went out of his way to step into the stands and physically attack the fan who had not even left his seat.... And for this he gets six games. Six measly games.
As usual, through the little emperor, the NHL released its usual statement, but once again it falls flat.
"Prior to each season, all clubs and players are advised that under no circumstances are club personnel permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands," Bettman said in a news release. "We hold NHL players to a high standard, and there simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature. Fortunately, this incident is not typical of the way NHL players conduct themselves and is not typical of the way Mr. Rypien had conducted himself during his career."
It doesn't matter if its typical. What Rypien did was inexcusable and does nothing more than lend itself to the argument that the NHL isn't a real sports league, but a cross between roller-derby and UFC.
The fan who was grabbed did nothing more than clap, and he ends up with a NHL player physically attacking him.
Give credit to the NBA. When Ron Artest entered the stands in Detroit he was suspended for an entire season.
The NHL gives Rypien six games.
Where Does The Time Go - My Kids
October 23, 2010 @ 08:32