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Sundin Must Go

April 11, 2007 @ 09:12

Indian Shores, FLA - Damien Cox wrote a interesting aritcle in the Star yesterday about Mats Sundin. In a nutshell, Cox questions Sundin's claim that he's committed to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He says if Mats Sundin really loves the Leafs, and he really wants to stay in Toronto, he should cut the Leafs some slack salary wise, so they can benefit under the salary cap and free-up some money for other players.

I disagree, I think if Mats Sundin really loves the Maple Leafs he should do a sign a trade with the Leafs. Agree to a new contract, sign it and then allow the Leafs to trade him and get something in return.

The Sundin era in Toronto should be over. He had his run and he was a marvelous player, but his continuous inability to lead this team when it really matters proves its time to move on and start a new era.

The Leafs won't get a lot in return for Sundin because he's 36 years old and really doens't have much of a success resume. But they will be able to get something, and they might as well get it while they can.

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Small Victories

April 9, 2007 @ 07:31

Indian Shores, FLA.- When you get right down to it justice was served yesterday when the Islanders beat Jersey eliminating the Maple Leafs from the playoffs. The Leafs really didn't deserve to be there.

Any team that is saddled with the goaltending the Leafs have, and any team that has its best player disappear down the stretch, can't expect to be included in a tournament that features the league's elite.

Having said that, the Leafs and their fans got to enjoy a small victory through all of this. Snuffing the Montreal Canadiens was very sweet. I realize this is a victory measured in Maple Leaf proportions. Other teams talk about division titles, President's Cup and Stanley Cups, but in Toronto we've come to set our goals lower and appreciate the little things along the way, and eliminating the Habs is one of those examples.

Two of my close friends experienced the same thing in Montreal this season. While sitting in the Bell Centre they noticed several people who refused to stand for the Canadian anthem.

They were French, and obviously separatists and their way of showing their displeasure with this wonderful country was by not standing for our anthem. Actually, it's their anthem too, but they're too stubborn and stupid and selfish to appreciate it.

Both of my friends were extremely annoyed with what they saw and had to fight off the urge to confront the ignorant fools, and it made them wonder what happens when an American team visits to the Bell Centre - do they stand for the Star Spangled Banner and then sit for their own anthem?

Anyway, here's what I'm getting at. When the Leafs beat the Habs and knocked them out of the playoffs on Saturday night it destroyed those Hab fans who don't stand for our anthem, and that's good.

Separatists who don't stand for our anthem are bigots. They like to play the part of the victim in Canada and claim they're oppressed, but really, they are the intolerant ones and they dislike us a lot more than we dislike them. And they especially dislike people from Toronto because Toronto represents everything they don't like about the rest of Canada.

So here's to the Leafs for pissing them off. Here's to the Leafs for extending the Canadiens Stanley Cup drought to 14 years, and while we're at it, here's to the Leafs for bugging the shit out of all Hab fans, including a few thousand smug bastards who were at the ACC on Saturday night.

What good are you 26 Cups now?

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Tropicana Field

April 9, 2007 @ 07:30

Indian Shores, FLA - Saturday night while Canada stood still for the Leafs/Habs game, me and my buddy Darren were sitting in Tropicana Field watching the Jays and Devils Rays.

It's tough to be in Florida and spend a few hours in a domed stadium but as I mentioned an earlier posting, we like to check out different stadiums and I'd never been to this one before.

It's right off Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg in a weird part of town, but it was a good experience. It's an interesting little park and it didn't hurt that Frank Thomas smashed a second inning grand slam and the Jays went on to win 8-5.

You might be wondering why they would have a domed stadium in Florida. Well from what I could gather, it's because of the heat. They figure locals will be more inclined to come to a baseball game in the punishing Florida summer heat if the venue is out of the sun and air conditioned.

Not only that, but it competes with some of the venues in Tampa for concerts and shows, and it protects against rain outs.

Bottom line, it's one of "never have to do it again" things. I've been to the stadium now, and I can't really see any reason to go back.

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On The Road Again

April 6, 2007 @ 08:17

These will be my last postings until at least Monday because tomorrow morning I'm returning to Florida for a much needed rest from my unemployment.

I enjoyed my week down there so much in January that I thought I should go back for a few more rounds of golf.

But instead of adding hockey games to the mix this time, I'm going to the Jays game in St. Petersburg tomorrow night. I like to check out different sports venues and I've never been to the Tropicana Dome.

Updating shouldn't be a problem next week. From what I understand the condo I'm staying at has high speed internet, but of course I won't know for sure until I get there.

So that's it. Until next week, Happy Easter everyone!

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April 6, 2007 @ 08:16

There were many Leafs to blame for last nights pathetic performance on Long Island, but let's be honest, have you ever seen anything worse than Andrew Raycrofts Glove Hand.

The Leafs think they wasted money on Brian McCabe and Pavel Kubina this year, but really, the biggest waste of money was buying a catching glove for Raycroft.

They should just give him another blocker and hope for the best.

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Say It Ain't So

April 6, 2007 @ 08:14

Before the game last night there was a short feature on Sportsnet where the Leafs Kyle Wellwood was asked several questions about his personal life and the results were frightening.

Kyle chose Bon Jovi as his favourite rock star. I'm sorry, but after two years of having Bon Jovi blast in my headset at a certain radio station; I quickly came to this conclusion.

To like Bon Jovi you have to be female, or a male not old enough to have hair on your nuts.

And it got worse. When they asked Kyle who is all-time favourite hockey player is, he chose the guy who has just threatened to sue his son's minor league hockey coach.

Bon Jovi and Tie Domi? My god, banish the man to the minors.

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Masters Fact

April 5, 2007 @ 09:32

Did you know that this is the most popular week of the year for North American men to have vasectomies, and most men have them on Wednesday of this week?

They choose this week because it allows them four consecutive days of sitting around and doing nothing and it just happens to be the four days of the Masters.

So while you're watching the big tournament over the next few days, just think of all the men across North America with their legs up, a frozen bag of peas on their nuts and their wives running around giving them everything they want.

Well, not quite everything - it takes about a week for the swelling to go down.

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I Knew It, I Just Knew It

April 4, 2007 @ 09:19

When I wrote yesterdays posting about the Blue Jays commercial featuring Frank Thomas I was kidding, but somewhere in the back of my mind I fully expected someone to actually have a problem with it, and I was correct.

The Television Bureau of Canada stuck their nose in and the Jays had to change the commercial before it even aired.

And further to yesterdays posting, I'm amazed at how many people thought I was serious.

It's one of two things, either people don't read too well or I don't write too well, but I have to say I think it was pretty clear I had tongue planted firmly in cheek.

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Closed On Thursday

April 4, 2007 @ 09:16

But I gotta tell you right now, people aren't going to like what I have to say about the Leafs. I think the playoff run ends tomorrow night.

The Habs will beat the Rangers in New York while the Leafs will lose on the Island.

Considering their lack of scoring from key areas it's amazing the Leafs have pushed it this far, but there's no way they'll win tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, did you happen to catch any highlights from the Habs game against Boston last night? The first highlight showed Montreal captain Saku Koivu literally skating around the entire Bruins team before scoring the games first goal. Must be nice.

Back in Toronto our captain was kept off the score sheet again against the worst team in the NHL. But that's OK because the defense looked after all the scoring.

Mats didn't score AGAIN, but for all those Sundin apologists I'll say he looked good doing it.

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More To The Story

April 3, 2007 @ 09:48

The on going drama involving Tie Domi is extremely interesting. It reveals a lot about Tie, and it reveals a lot about pampered hockey players in general.

Tie Domi has been in damage control since going ballistic on his son's hockey coach Friday night, fluffing off the incident like it was a big deal and nothing more than a creation of the media.

Turns out that wasn't completely accurate. The one thing that was going in Tie's favour was the apparent lack of defense by the coach. He wasn't saying much, so it looked like maybe it wasn't such a big deal.

However last night, just moments after his team won the championship and any further attention wouldn't affect the kids, coach Lucas Miller filed an official complaint with the Greater Toronto Hockey League..

He confirms Domi's tirade and says at one point he thought Tie was going to hit him.

Miller says it bothered him the way Domi had downplayed the incident to the media and it's only right that the truth get out.

The GTHL will look at the complaint and will react according.

Not surprisingly however is Domi's persistent attitude that nothing happened and it's been blown out of proportion. That's the way it is with people like Tie Domi.

Pampered and coddled all his life because he had the ability to play hockey, guys like Domi take on this attitude that they're above everything. If Tie thinks it was overblown, then it must have been overblown. Tie wants the incident to go away, so it should simply go away.

When leaving the rink last night Domi turned to reporters and said, "please, this isn't about me, it's about my son and his hockey team, leave us alone."

You're so wrong Tie, it's very much about you and you should face the music like any parent would have to. I know you're not used to taking responsibility for your actions because you've always had a professional sports organization looking out for you, but now it's different.

If this was somebody else, we might be willing to give a little, but given your track record and the disclosure by Lucas Miller that this wasn't the first time you've blown up, this ain't going away any time soon.

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