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Today With Jeff McArthur

February 2, 2009 @ 08:50

Superbowl and Michael Phelps.







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Dougie

January 30, 2009 @ 08:16

Later today I'll be talking to Neil Morrison on The Fox in Vancouver, and part of the conversation will deal with the dismal failure that Mats Sundin has been with the Canucks so far.

His idea, not mine.

Meanwhile, tomorrow night, the Toronto Maple Leafs will honour arguably the greatest captain in their history - an argument that does not include Sundin.

If you're a Leaf fan, I don't have to tell you what this guy meant to the franchise in the early 90's even before he became captain.

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Nice One Georgie

January 25, 2009 @ 16:05

Last night I was over at Neighbour John's watching the NHL Skills Competition and there was still some Bud Lite left in my bottle when it ended.

So we sat there long enough for the beginning of George Stroumboulopoulos' Montreal Canadiens Special, 100 Years, 100 Stars.

Leave it to George, it was fabulous.

I'll be honest, I don't have a lot of time for stuff about the Habs because I've had it stuffed down my throat too much over the past four decades.

I'm well aware of how many stars they've developed and how many Stanley Cups they've won.

Usually when a Hab fan starts to spout off about the Canadiens, I like to leave the room.

But last night was different. Strombo did a great job of mixing history with pop culture and presenting a unique one hour special.

It wasn't your typical sports history show with tons of archived crap they've we've seen a million times before. Instead it was a mixture of interviews with Canadiens past and present and interviews with such stars such as Dan Aykroyd, Sam Roberts and Jason Priestly.

Strombo brought hockey, music, culture and language together in a superb piece of television.

He made the point a few times during the show that even if you were a die hard Hab hater, you still have to respect their history.

He's right.

Hopefully the CBC will be showing it again.

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Cancer Is A Prick

January 21, 2009 @ 20:42

What a drag. Now Pat Burns has lung cancer.

I like Pat Burns, I really like Pat Burns. Here's how much I like Pat Burns - I liked Pat Burns when he was coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

I don't like Guy Carbonneau. He's too Habbish.

Pat Burns was a different kind of guy, and when he came to Toronto he gave Leaf fans the ride of their lives.

*note to hab fans who are reading this. I realize your team has won 26 stanley cups, and the thought of leaf fans basking in the glory of a wild ride that didn't result in a Stanley cup makes you laugh and guffaw and roll your eyes at our low standards, but this posting isn't for you, so piss off.

The Pat Burns runs in 1993 and 1994 were something that most Leaf fans will never forget.

Cliff Fletcher pulled the trigger on that big trade with Calgary, and all of a sudden Pat Burns was blessed with the big balls of Dougie Gilmour and the rest was history.

*another note to hab fans. Yes, I realize that history to leaf fans pales in comparison to your history, but I don't really care, because I really don't care about your team that hasn't won a Stanley cup in 16 years.

The Leafs of 93 and 94, under the direction of Burns were wonderful teams that played well above their heads and gave Toronto a sense of pride that we hadn't experienced in decades.

*yet another note to habs fans. Yea, we felt pride in Toronto, which I'm sure comes as no surprise to tens of thousands of hab fans who moved from Montreal to Toronto during the 90's for political reasons.

But there was more to Pat Burns than hockey. He was a cool guy. He carried a confidence and attitude behind the bench that the Leafs hadn't experienced since the days of Punch Imlach and the fans gobbled it up.

Pat Burns was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and then developed liver cancer in 2005. Now he has lung cancer.

Cancer is a prick.

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Ruutu The Rat

January 7, 2009 @ 08:55

When the Ottawa Senators acquired Jarkko Ruutu this past summer I thought it was the perfect fit.

A repulsive player joins arguably the most repulsive team in the NHL.

To begin with the Senators were stockpiled with gutless underachievers, so it was fitting they added a dirty rat to the lineup.

Earlier this year he was suspended two games for delivering a vicious and dirty elbow to the head of Montreal's Maxim Lapierre.

Last night, he scraped the bottom of the barrel. He bit the hand of Buffalo's Andrew Peters.

Ruttu denies it, but that's what rats do, but it's plain to see on the video below and it'll be interesting to see what the league does about it.

Granted, Ruutu, despite being a professional creep and the perfect Ottawa Senator, doesn't have a long history of suspensions.

But he's got a reputation.

A disgusting one - and that's a lot worse.


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Stop Winning

December 31, 2008 @ 10:10

Another thing I look forward to in 2009 is watching the Toronto Maple Leafs.

(save all the insults and hear me out)

There's no getting around it, this is a fun team to watch and they're actually changing my attitude.

As the season began I vowed to pretty much ignore the Maple Leafs this season.

Prospects were poor. They had a rag tag lineup with a new coach and an interim general manager. The Leafs were out of the playoffs before the season started.

But something crazy happened along the way. This team is far from great, in fact they can't even be classed as good, but what they are is entertaining.

I'm watching them more and more.

What I love about this Leaf team is that they never give up. Even in some of the games where they've gotten their doors blown off, they still skate hard till the bitter end.

It's a weird situation. Any Leaf fans knows that the best thing that could happen to his franchise would be to lose every game, it's really the only way to turn things around over the long term.

But while you're watching this group of pluggers you can't help but let die-hard fan in you emerge and hope they win. It's like a guilty pleasure.

You know its wrong, but it feels oh so good.

And now we find ourselves in a familiar position that's done nothing for Leaf fans in the past.

It's two months before the trade deadline and the Leafs actually have a shot at making the playoffs. But really, what good will that do?

If they make the playoffs they won't last long, and if they "just" miss the playoffs they'll be drafting in the middle of the pack again.

Yes, as hard as it is to accept, the best thing possible for the Toronto Maple Leafs is to stop winning at the pace they are and go totally into the tank, and then at the trade deadline unload as many vets as possible.

It's the only way.

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Comments We Like - Don Cherry On Mats Sundin

December 21, 2008 @ 12:05

About two minutes into last night's Coaches Corner, Cherry nails it.

Sundin is a rent a player.

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Comments We Like - Toronto Mike

December 19, 2008 @ 12:10

Mats Sundin Will Not Retire A Maple Leaf

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Comments We Like - Mike Zeisberger

December 19, 2008 @ 12:09

Like it or not, Mats could not be part of new Leafs.

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Vancouver Suckers

December 18, 2008 @ 19:44

I can admit I was wrong.

Earlier this week in a previous posting I predicted that Mats Sundin would sign with the New York Rangers.

Well he didn't.

Today he signed with the Vancouver Canucks.

I'm convinced he wanted to sign with the Rangers, but their inability to clear cap space left Sundin with only one alternative, a reported two year, twenty million dollar contract with the Canucks.

At this writing, details of the Sundin's Vancouver contract haven't been released, but I have to tell ya, if it's true, (two and twenty) upper management of the Canucks should be immediately admitted to the best psychiatric hospital in British Columbia.

Why anyone would pay this guy that much money is beyond me. If they think this puts them any closer to a Stanley Cup they're sadly mistaken.

I won't go on and on about Sundin because I get the impression many of you are tired of my opinion on the subject.

I will however, say this. Everything I wrote earlier this week still applies, only the team has changed.

And I am ever happy the book has finally been closed on him coming back to the Leafs.

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