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Goodbye Again

April 15, 2008 @ 09:45

Considering only two teams in NHL history have battled back from 3-0 deficits to win a Stanley Cup playoff series, I think its safe to say the Ottawa Senators are done, again.

It’s a wonderful thing and we have the Pittsburgh Penguins to thank.

I think last year was it for the Senators. Despite their spineless creepiness, they managed to get to the Stanley Cup finals before pulling one of their great choke jobs.

This year they’re obviously the same old Senators, deep in talent, shallow in guts and integrity.

This team needs a major overhaul and after another year that will end in disappointment, there’s no use beating a dead, useless dog. This squad aint’ goin’ nowhere.

I realize what I just wrote is a double negative, but when it comes to the Senators I love to deal in negatives and I’m sure you know what I mean anyway.

I’ll even go this far.

What is worse, having a useless team like the Leafs who you know aren’t going anywhere from the beginning, or having a team like the Senators, so very rich in talent that raises your hopes every playoff year only to crap out because they’re an awkward collection of over-rated, softies who don’t really give a shit when it comes right down to it?

I might actually lean towards the Leafs.

Go Sens Go…. and take your asshole fans with you.


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Freeway Frank Checks In

April 10, 2008 @ 10:26

Freeway Frank is a fine young fella who used to work at the Mix. Now he's the morning man at Energy Radio in Calgary. Problem is, he's a Hab fan.

Having said that, Freeway is one of those acceptable Hab fans. He was born in Montreal. He's not one of those turn coat weirdos who was born in Toronto but loves the Habs for some twisted, drug induced reason.

Freeway is flyin' high these days. The Habs are back and he's loving it.

Yesterday he read FreddieP.ca and sent me this.

"Freddy, I'm starting to think you're hitting some hard drugs or you've hit your head pretty hard recently! You can't stand Habs fans? lol
Geez try being a Hab fan in the shadow of a mediocre/shit team for 41 years..especially in the new age of Sports Television where they (the Habs) get as much coverage as PBA bowling on TSN, Sportsnet etc, etc. The Leafs have been a disgrace for 41 years..absolute garbage organization who treat their fans even worse...Leafs fans are asleep at the wheel supporting a terrible product with false expectations each year. I lived in Toronto for 6.5 years...dumbasses honking their horns till 2a after one win in the first round..maybe second..then going down in disgrace. At least some of the fans in Woodbridge have it half right...I mean even those delusional ITAI's got to celebrate a world cup before seeing their beloved cornholio Leafs win a Stanley, which by the way will never happen in our lifetime. Habs to 25~book it! At least we finished 1st..those Sportsnet guys really know their stuff, predicting them as high as 13th in the conference. Maybe it's time for them to quit the game..cause cheering for the Leafs have sent them and all of you to the nut house. Love ya!"

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ABOOM

April 9, 2008 @ 09:11

I was talking with my good buddy Darren the other day, and he hit the nail on the head.

He doesn't mind the Montreal Canadiens as a team, it's their fans he can't stand, and that's why, like most Leaf fans, he'd like to see them quickly ejected from the playoffs.

As Derwood says, as a team the Canadiens are OK, very much unlike the Ottawa Senators that as a team, are sickening.

If it wasn't for all those nauseating Hab fans who were suspiciously quiet over the past decade while they looked up at the Leafs, it might be possible to actually get behind the Habs as Canada's team.

But unfortunately, due to overt trash talking by Montreal fans, and their ability to slither out of the woodwork after the Habs fluked their way to a first place finish in the east, Calgary must be adopted as Canada's team.

The Flames are cool. A good team with a great Canadian captain, and fans far enough away that we don't even know if they possess the same aggravating traits that Montreal fans have.

I just heard Bill Watters on the John Oakley Show and he predicts the Habs could very well win the Stanley Cup. It made me rush to the bathroom with a bout of male morning sickness. I honestly don't think I could take another Montreal Stanley Cup just one year after they were eliminated from playoff contention by the Leafs.

I don't think we have to worry about the Senators this year. Their culture of losing is as strong as ever and they have some key people out of their lineup, but even if they weren't a sorry pack of losers and they had a healthy lineup, I'd still adopt my policy of the past few years.

ABO - Anybody but Ottawa. Although now we can add this.

ABOOM - Anybody but Ottawa or Montreal.

Go Flames Go.

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Adios

April 3, 2008 @ 11:58

I was pleased to read the news this morning that Mats Sundin wouldn’t play the final two games of the Leafs season.

I was pleased because it means the end of the Mats Sundin era in Toronto could be over that much sooner. To be honest, I hope Mats Sundin has played his final game for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sundin represented a weird situation in Toronto. A marvelous hockey player, who might arguably go down as the greatest Maple Leaf in history (definitely not my opinion) Mats Sundin really didn’t do much for the franchise over his 14 seasons.

With him, they won nothing. Without him, they almost did.

I don’t want to go over it again and again, but without Mats Sundin in their lineup during the playoff runs of 1999 and 2002, the Leafs actually played better without him and sagged when he came back.

I don’t know why. Maybe it was a compliment that the other players slacked off when he was in the lineup, but the bottom line is, they did better without him.

Last year when they need their captain down the stretch, he scored one goal in the last twenty games. This year when they needed their captain, he went missing with a groin injury.

Yes I know, you can’t blame a guy for an injury, but I still maintain, Dougie, Darryl and Wendel would have played.

Maybe the groin injury is too painful, but I just find it amusing that once again, Sundin is gone when the pressure was on.

And there’s more.

For all his accolades as a great captain, it’s interesting that Sundin allowed Tie Domi to control the dressing room for so many years.

It’s amazing for such a great Maple Leaf; he stood in the way of the franchise using his asset to make a trade for youth at the deadline.

Word is Cliff Fletcher will try to make Sundin commit to another season with the Leafs next year, because it’s “important” to have his leadership next year.

Spare us. The last thing this franchise needs is another year of Mats Sundin.

We don’t need him out there reminding us what could have been if he’d showed even a small measure of a desire to win. To accept a trade and play hockey rather than worrying about how quickly he can get back to Sweden.

We lost with him. We can lose without him.

It’s time to move on.


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Hab Guy E-mail

March 28, 2008 @ 17:15

"Hey Fred - do you still feel that "Top to bottom the Leafs are better
then the Habs"?

I find it really funny that you are able to think rationally about all
sorts of issues, but as soon as you talk about your sacred Leafs you
become a complete nutbar. Just look at your posts over the past few
weeks.

Too funny."

Jason


Absolutely, that's the tragedy of the situation.

The Habs have won just a hand full more games than the Leafs this year, simply a case of good luck versus bad, and breaks going for one team and not the other. The Habs are flying high in a weak conference.

Once the playoffs start it's wide open in the east, one vs eight included..

If the Leafs had made it, they would have been competitive, every bit as good as the Habs.

I know, easy for me to say now, but that's what I believe.

What I find more amusing is how all the Hab fans have come out of the wood work after ten years of being inferior to the Leafs. Too funny.

And don't bring up the Stanley Cups.

The Habs haven't won won in 15 years.. its ancient history now.. and they won't win one this year either, and next year they'll probably settle back and find their real talent level.

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If Only

March 26, 2008 @ 10:07

If only the Leafs hadn’t blown that two goal lead late in the third period of a game in Carolina back in January. If only they hadn’t done the same thing in Tampa Bay a couple of nights later.

If only they hadn’t crapped out during that western road swing in late January. If only they’d won a couple of those games.

If only. If only.

Problem is, when it comes to the Leafs it gets tiring because this is the third year in a row they’ve played dumb hockey during the regular season only to turn it on much too late and fall just short of making the playoffs.

It's tiresome, but it's the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A badly managed, and badly coached hockey team that doesn’t seem to be able to improve one year to the next, and thanks to this seasons pointless late season surge, they’ll find themselves in the same old situation.

In the middle of the pack, not good enough to make the playoffs, but not bad enough to secure a top notch draft pick.

I really don’t have a snappy ending to this posting or a resolution for what ails the Leafs.

We can anxiously await the arrival of a new general manager and hope that he works the magic necessary to turn this mess around. But as Leaf fan you can count on only one thing.

Aggravation.

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Grapes - The Movie

March 26, 2008 @ 10:06

When I first heard they were going to make the "Don Cherry Movie", I thought, what's the use.

We already know all we need to know about the guy. He's been in our living rooms every Saturday night for the past 24 years and he didn't hide much.

We learned what the guy was all about, and more. Or so we thought.

But it runs out this CBC project could be worth while. The script was written by Don's son Tim it deals with Cherry's life prior to Hockey Night in Canada.

The early years, his life in the minors and how it affected his family.

Tim got to offer some insights that other script writers wouldn't, and he got to take some privileges that Don probably wouldn't have OK'ed from somebody else.

Apparently there are some scenes that are downright embarrassing.

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Freddie Savage

March 26, 2008 @ 10:05

I’m thrilled to see that Freddie Savage is going to get another kick at the sit-com can.

He failed with something called “Crumbs” in 2006, but this time it’s sounds a little more promising.

Savage will play the lead male role in the pilot for “Single White Millionaire” about a rich guy in this 30’s who wants to settle down.

It’s been a tough go for Savage since “The Wonder Years” went off the air in 1993.

It was a superb show that ranks right up there with Seinfeld on my list of all time favourite television shows. It might even surpass it.

The Wonder Years was fantastic, but admittedly got a little awkward as Kevin Arnold grew older and lost his little boy looks.

I still watch the show on re-runs because it nails my childhood to a tee. The show began in 1988 and lasted until 1993, and it was set exactly twenty years prior.

When Kevin was 16 in 1972, so was I.

The Wonder Years was remarkably relatable and I have to admit, I get a heavy heart when ever I’m flippin’ through the channels and I hear this.

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Slapshot

March 25, 2008 @ 09:16

If anybody wonders why hockey has such a crappy reputation in the States, all you have to do is look at this video.

Whenever I’m in the States I’m amazed at how hockey is ignored by the sports media down there, including the big boys, ESPN.

Hell, some nights I listen to ESPN radio on the Fan and you don’t hear the word hockey mentioned until the Fan does its own 20/20 updates.

There are exceptions however.

Whenever there’s a juicy fight, hockey gets noticed. Americans will ignore the fineness and skill and speed of this game, but give them a good fight and hockey makes the news.

That’s what happened yesterday after Patrick Roy’s imbecile son followed the instructions of the weird old man and embarrassed the game world wide.

For this reason, hockey will never be taken seriously in the States.

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Stay Away

March 24, 2008 @ 10:08

It was refreshing to hear my buddy Bill Watters say what had to be said on the John Oakley Show this morning.

Mats Sundin should be kept out of the Leafs lineup as long as this team is on a roll. And Watters is a huge Sundin fan.

But let’s face facts folks, this is a better hockey team without Sundin in the lineup, but that’s not to say it’s the captains fault.

For some reason with Sundin out of the lineup the younger Leafs lift their game and play like the players we always hoped they’d develop into.

If Sundin comes back there’s great danger that Stagan and Steen will get less ice time and fall back into the roles that’s kept their growth stunted over the past few years.

In the 1999 playoffs the Leafs played great without Sundin in the lineup and then fell apart when he came back.

In 2002 against Carolina, same thing, the Leafs were well on their way to knocking off the Hurricanes until Sundin came back.

Let’s learn from past history. Let’s hope that groin tear hasn’t healed yet.

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