February 2011 Archives
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February 27, 2011 @ 19:58
First of all, let's get this out the way. This weekend showed us all we need to know about the Toronto Maple Leafs.
When they desperately needed points during a dreamer attempt at a playoff spot, they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins farm team and the sad sack Atlanta Thrashers.
This team is not going to make the playoffs because they aren't ready to make the playoffs. They still don't have enough.
Now let me sink my teeth into Dion Phaneuf. If Brian Burke was going trade anyone before tomorrow's deadline, it should be Phaneuf. I realize at five million dollars a year and blessed with very little hockey ability it will be tough, but he should at least try.
Maybe there's a team out that can get sucked in the way Burke did last year. Maybe there's a contender that thinks they can rehabilitate this stiff and re-capture the magic of his first couple of years with the Calgary Flames.
If Burke can turn this six-foot-three mistake into a second round draft pick he should do it. To Burke's credit he didn't give up a lot to get Phaneuf, but what he carries against the cap and the damage he does on the ice makes him a prime candidate for leaving town.
Unfortunately the Leafs have backed themselves right into a corner with this guy. By over-rating him, then signing him and then making him captain they have to justify his existence by putting him on the ice, and I can understand that. But tomorrow's trade deadline could go in a low way in doing something that's very important to Brian Burke, and that's saving face.
By moving Phaneuf for a draft pick he could save the franchise lots of money over the next few years, he'd eliminate a turn-over machine and he'd make the fans happy by adding to the stockpile of draft picks.
It would also give the Leafs the chance to start all over again in the captain process.
We can only hope that there's a team out there that sees something in Dion Phaneuf. Maybe if placed on a better team his shortcomings will be lessened and he could actually contribute.
I wouldn't count on it. After witnessing the captain's performance in a must-win situation against the Atlanta Thrashers, I'd say he's a lost cause.
But maybe, just maybe there's an NHL general manager who thinks otherwise.
February 26, 2011 @ 14:48
I've received a couple of e-mails today from people asking me if I'm going to be pulling for the Montreal Canadiens tonight.
The answer is no.
You see the Habs host the Carolina Hurricanes, and it's the Hurricanes who Leafs are chasing for the final playoff spot in the east. It would only seem natural that I would prefer the Habs to beat the Hurricanes because if the Leafs beat Pittsburgh, they'll only trail Carolina by two points.
But my mind doesn't work that way. Not in this case anyway.
To tell you the truth, I don't care if the Leafs make the playoffs. If they do, what's the point? They'll probably play Philadelphia in the first round and get bounced rather quickly anyway.
Wanting a playoff spot now is exactly what's been wrong with Maple Leaf strategy over the past few years. I'd rather Brian Burke continue on the path of looking at the big picture and conducting his business with an eye to two or three years down the road.
If the Leafs do make it, great, but if they don't, so what.
So do I want the Habs to beat the Hurricanes tonight? Nope. The scenario would have to be a lot more severe than this to ever pull for the Habs, because I'd this point, I'd rather see Montreal miss the playoffs than the Leafs make it.
February 25, 2011 @ 20:58
Today With Neil Morrison
February 25, 2011 @ 20:53
BC Liberal leadership.
Today With Craig And Matt
February 23, 2011 @ 12:22
Spring is coming and Adam Sandler movies.
How Can This Happen?
February 21, 2011 @ 18:05
As part of the Patterson Family Day festivities, we decided to take in a movie. Me and my wife Delyse, my daughter Melanie, her fine husband Josh, my son Danny and his sweet girlfriend Shawna ventured over to Silver City Brampton and for what we thought was going to be a motion picture.
Instead we paid for a big steaming turd.
The movie was called "Just Go With It" and I find the title to extremely ironic, because after this crapola was completed and those guilty of producing it sat in a board room knowing full well how horrid it was, they had to adopt the same attitude.
"It's lousy and bad and embarrassing, but what are we gonna do at this point? Let's just go with it."
If this movie has any redeeming quality it's the thought process it initiates as you wonder how anybody could write this shit, who could produce this shit and how did they not shut it down halfway through when it became frighteningly apparent it was going to smell like shit.
This cinematic excrement also initiated an emotion.
As I sat there waiting for this nine hour movie to end, I thought of all the good, quality scripts that remain on desktops and in drawers and buried under others, never see the light of day because they were written by someone who didn't know the right people.
How sad that because of some contractual obligation between the movie producing elite stuff like this actually gets the OK. How sad that the movie going public has to pay for it before they find out how bad it is. How sad that Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman didn't pool their money to have every frame of this clunker burned.
I'm not going to bother describing the theme or the characters because neither deserves the effort it will take for me to hit the keys on my keyboard, but I will say this. When my supplier downloads the next few movies that I can watch in the comfort of my own home for absolutely nothing, I won't feel nearly as guilty.
After today, Hollywood owes me something.
Category: Show Biz
February 19, 2011 @ 12:23
I watched a bit of the Boston / Ottawa game last night and it sure was weird to see Tomas Kaberle in a Bruins uniform.
But it was classic case of mixed emotions for me. On one had I felt happy for the guy that he's finally playing on a decent hockey team, on the other hand I had that melancholy feeling.
Kaberle in a Bruins uniform just didn't seem right, and while I kept imagining him lifting the Stanley Cup in that very uniform, I got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.
I'd love to see the guy win a Cup, yet at the same time I'm sick of having to watch former Leafs win Cups in other cities. It's happened too many times over the past half century.
However, the one thing you'll never be able to take away from a Leaf fan is the great memories and moments that Kaberle provided over his dozen years in Toronto. He came out of virtually nowhere to become a stalwart on the Leaf defense, through the good times and the bad.
Unfortunately, the bad times far outweighed the good.
But times changes and now was the time for Kaberle to move on. The deal that Brian Burke pulled off was nothing short of miraculous given what he had to work with, and it will make the Leafs better in the coming years.
And don't forget something that seems to have been lost in the reporting of this trade so far. Kaberle did not agree to a new deal with the Bruins prior to this trade, it was not a condition, so as it stands he becomes a unrestricted free agent this summer.
Tomas Kaberle loves Toronto, and he didn't want to leave the Leafs. Who knows, he might just end up back here this summer.
And if that happens, then Brian Burke should be arrested for grand larceny.
Why The CFL Can't Be Taken Seriously
February 19, 2011 @ 12:22
The CFL just announced its 2011 schedule and there's a glaring change. There is no Labour Day Classic between the Argos and Ti-cats.
According to the league, due to scheduling problems for the Argos at Rogers Centre, the annual battle between the Argos and Tiger-Cats won't happen this year, but will return next year.
Let's be honest, in Southern Ontario the CFL doesn't have a lot going for it. Both teams stink while getting lost in the sea of other things that this region has to offer in the summer and fall.
However, if there was one thing that the Argos and Ti-cats and by extension the CFL could hold on to, it was the Labour Day Classic. It was one of the few things that actually had re-call for the people of Southern Ontario.
You can't remember the names of the players because they change so often. And you aren't really sure when they're playing from week to week during the summer because the schedule is scrambled eggs.
But if there was one thing you could count on, one thing you could remember, one event that was usually worth considering, it was the Labour Day Classic.
But not this year.
Because the Argonauts are third class citizens in their own ball yard, the schedule dictates that playing a Labour Day game would screw up the rest of their home-schedule, so a valuable tradition will be put on the shelf this year.
Krystal Follow Up
February 19, 2011 @ 12:21
Because I wrote a support piece on my friend Andrew Krystal a few weeks ago, I've received several e-mails demanding that I write a follow up now that he's been taken off the Fan morning show.
What do I think? I think it sucks.
Morning radio in Toronto is a tough nut to crack and I think anyone deserves more than five months before losing their gig. It's barely enough time to settle in.
And this opinion has nothing to do with the fact he wanted me to be his co-host.
February 19, 2011 @ 12:20
And because I continuously write support pieces on behalf of our Prime Minister, I've received several e-mails demanding that I address the Bev Oda controversy.
What do I think? I think it sucks.
I like the rest of the rational world smell a rat, however being a large supporter of the Prime Minister I'm willing to wait and see how this plays out.
To believe any government can exist without blemishes is just plain silly, and this could very well be a blemish. But the Prime Minister has done such a fine job of leading the country during his term that I have full confidence that he'll handle this properly as well.
I'm sure there are many of you out there hootin' and hollerin' at this, ready to accuse me of having my head stuck up my ass, but I'm sorry, you take the bad with the good, and this government has provided way too much good to jump to conclusions on this.
And if that's not good enough, in the next few days I'll set aside ten or twelve hours to list the blatant lies and history of corruption the Liberals provided during the thirteen years that Canadians seemed to think they were OK.