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The Fight

March 21, 2007 @ 09:11

In case you missed it last night, here's great video of Belak's fight with Janssen. And here's an interesting footnote.

Mere seconds after the fight was over, I received this e-mail from Jimmy Lang at Sportsnet.

"How good was that bout with that knob Janssen? Baby c'mon."

Clubber

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What If They Make It

March 19, 2007 @ 09:26

When you stop down and really think about it, this obsession with the Maple Leafs making the playoffs is almost funny. Leaf fanatics might be better off having their beloved team miss the playoffs and save themselves some big time anguish and embarrassment.

If the Leafs slip into the playoffs it will probably be in the eighth position. Finishing as high as sixth is possible, but given the Leafs schedule down the stretch, I think eighth is realistic.

If that happens the Leafs will face the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the playoffs, and where do you think that will get them?

The Leafs don't match up well against Buffalo in any category, so all the playoff will get the Leafs is a four game extension of their season, and that means two playoff gates for Leaf ownership.

Now tell me, as a Leaf fan do you really want to suffer the embarrassment of being snuffed by the Sabres, and do you really think Leaf management deserves two big pay days?

I didn't think so.


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Goofy Grapes

March 19, 2007 @ 09:25

I was listening to the Fan this morning and I was treated to a 90 second diatribe by Don Cherry attacking hockey parents who take their kids away on March break.

Cherry calls anyone who takes their kid away from their hockey team for a couple of games during March break, "selfish rats."

Don says if you make a commitment to a hockey team you have no right to leave for a few days in March, it sets a bad example and sends the wrong message to your team mates and any parent that would even consider it, is a "selfish rat."

I've heard Cherry says some pretty ridiculous things in the past, but this has to be close to the top of the list. This mentality is represents everything that is wrong with minor hockey.

I thought the prevailing attitude today was that hockey is not supposed to overtake a youngsters life. Minor hockey has become too serious, it's turned into big business and robbed a lot of kids of the pure fun of it.

How ridiculous to think that a family has to come to a complete halt because one of the kids is playing on a hockey team.

What if the family has more than one kid? Are those kids not entitled to a holiday? What about mom and dad? Are they not entitled to a holiday?

How about this idea? How about minor hockey leagues getting together and shutting down for a week during March break?

I think this would put everything into proper perspective. It would allow parents to go ahead and make plans without having the "Don Cherry's" of the world calling them "selfish rats," but more importantly it would send this message.

It's only a bloody hockey game.

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Barks Checks In

March 18, 2007 @ 08:23

Bruce Barker is one of the most lovable broadcasters in Canada.

He spent most of his career in Toronto at various stations, but now finds himself as the morning man at Cam-fm in Camrose, Alberta.

Bruce is also the arena announcer for the Toronto Rock and travels all the way from Camrose for their home games.

Last night he was in town for the Rock games against Colorado, and while here he paid a visit to FreddieP.ca.

He commented on this posting and then told me about something he did on the PA last night.

"This new style sucks, cause I won't be getting any more size 60 goalie cut jerseys to wear.
56 will be the biggest.

Oh, by the way Fred, I did a "Baby Come On!" after one of the Rock goals tonight at the ACC on the P.A."

Loving you,
BB

Loving you too Barks.

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One Point Wonders

March 18, 2007 @ 08:22

Saku Koivu said it best in a post game interview - "every game is like a playoff game right now" - and he's dead on.

Unfortunately it exposes the Toronto Maple Leafs for what they are, a team that isn't playoff ready.

Isn't it amusing that in what was undoubtedly the Leafs biggest two games of the season, they're beaten by a team of mostly minor leaguers in Washington, and then they're beaten by a couple of Hamilton Bulldogs in Montreal.

Montreal was a situation where it would have been nice for Andrew Raycroft to actually steal a game for the Leafs; instead it was Jaroslav Halak who stole the game. And to add insult to injury, the winning shoot-out goal was scored by Andrei Kostsitsyn who scored his first ever NHL goal in the first period.

I begrudgingly give the Leafs credit for actually having a shot at the playoffs this late in the season because they really don't have the talent to be there, but at the same time it is in these situations that you can truly measure a team, and the Leafs simply don't measure up.

Two more things. Isn't it interesting that Koivu comes through for the Habs on this big night, but Mats Sundin is almost invisible until he scores in the shootout.

And isn't wonderful of the Leafs as a team to reward thousands of Leaf fans who traveled to the Bell Centre last night with another heartbreaking loss.

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You've Got To Be Kidding

March 17, 2007 @ 09:30

I almost couldn't believe it when I heard the news. I thought the waiter at "Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant" was shittin' me when he told me the score of the hockey game.

I was pumped this weekend. The Leafs had two winnable games and like most idiot Leaf fans I gave them the two points in Washington before the game was even played.

That's why I went out last night. I figured I'd make sure I was home for the Montreal game on Saturday night because missing the Washington game wouldn't be that big a deal because the Caps had lost nine in a row, were playing a bunch of minor leaguers and the Leafs couldn't afford to lose it.

That pretty well tells us all we need to know about the Toronto Maple Leafs doesn't it?

Losing is one thing but getting blown out 5-1 and leaving the impression they don't really care is a little too much to swallow. Once again the leadership falls flat.

Lucky for the Leafs Montreal and the Rangers also lost last night but considering the Leafs schedule over the next couple of weeks, last nights game could prove to be devastating.

And of course it means tonight becomes even bigger. I don't think it's being overly dramatic to say if the Leafs lose tonight they won't probably won't make the playoffs.

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Crunch Time

March 16, 2007 @ 09:32

This is it folks, the Toronto Maple Leafs have to win two games this weekend if they want to make the playoffs.

Look at the schedule down the stretch and these four points stick out like a sore thumb.

The Leafs received a huge break last night with both Carolina and the Islanders losing so they find themselves in a delicious position this morning.

If they grab two points in Washington tonight, and another two in Montreal tomorrow night they will jump into seventh place with a tough week ahead of them. They play Jersey on Tuesday night and then Buffalo back to back on Friday and Saturday.

Again, if they grab four points this weekend they still have a chance. Anything less, and considering their tough schedule, it doesn't look good.

And whether they like it or not most of the weight falls onto the shoulders of Andrew Raycroft and Mats Sundin.

At crunch time hockey teams need goaltending and leaders.

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NHL TV Deal

March 12, 2007 @ 08:13

Here's something that was sent to me the other day from The Onion. It's funny, but when you really think about it, not that far fetched.

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Where's Mats

March 9, 2007 @ 08:21

It was interesting to listen to the conversation between Nick Kypreos and Bill Watters on Sportsnet during the first intermission of last nights Leaf joke in Ottawa.

The subject was Mats Sundin and they discussed his lack of scoring lately and his over-all lack of presence like it was some grand mystery.

I don't know why, all you have to do is look at the standings and appreciate the importance of every Leaf game down the stretch and the story is told on Sundin.

Mats Sundin has never delivered for the Toronto Maple Leafs when the pressure's been on. He simply hasn't.

Go back over his history with the Leafs and he's never been there when they've really needed him. Any playoff success they've had in recent years was the result of someone else taking the lead and running with it - most notably Gary Roberts.

It's not that Sundin hasn't had people making excuses for him, because we've heard it all.
He doesn't get enough ice time, he doesn't have anyone to play with or he's underappreciated by Leaf fans. Bullshit.

There's no doubt that Mats Sundin is a fine hockey player but that's about the extent of it.

A true measure of a leader and his greatness is how he reacts to adversity and pressure and when it comes to Sundin in these situations, you just can depend on the guy. How much more proof do we need.

When I hear his name mentioned with the likes of Dougie, Wendel and Darryl it makes me want to heave.


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Simon The Imbecile

March 9, 2007 @ 08:20

This video speaks for itself.

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