No Reason To Watch the Leafs?

For those who think I have been a little rough on Gary, here is my ammo. Take a look at what he wrote, last night at 10pm for tomorrow’s paper:

“Eyeing the playoff picture, the NHL is a 50-inch plasma … and the Maple Leafs are a fuzzy black and white with rabbit ears.

So gimme five reasons to keep watching the Leafs through the winter:

1) A Ron Wilson-Don Cherry brouhaha might erupt over the unwritten code of fighting in the NHL, with the Leafs coach yanking Grapes’ flowery purple velour jacket over his head and pummelling him.

2) General manager Brian Burke could pull off another blockbuster trade like the one that landed Brad May.

3) We could run a pool: How many former Leafs goalies will end up with better numbers than the dynamite duo of Vesa Toskala and Curtis Joseph. (Curious to see the results after Burke deals for a draft pick by putting Vesa on a one-way American Express to Dallas. Guess you would have to give Burke credit).

4) Mikhail Grabovski might show levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence in a game that doesn’t involve the Montreal Canadiens.

5) There is no No. 5.”

What the [email protected]#$#@[email protected]# is that? It isn’t funny. It isn’t topical, WHAT the hell is that? How, sports fans does this guy get to write for a real newspaper?

Buddy, if you can’t come up with 5 reasons to watch the Leafs the rest of the season, give up, go home, put your slippers back on and do whatever it is you usually do. Say what you will about this years Leafs, they are a hell of a lot more watchable this year then they have in years past. Seriously, who would have thunk that a team minus Sundin, Mccabe, Tucker et all would be fun to watch most nights. Winners, no, fun and interesting to watch, you bet.

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January 16, 2009 10:52 pm
Reply to  LT67

I think eventually that will have to change. Newspapers are dying. The minnesota paper filed for bankruptcy. I can’t speak for others but the amount of emails and now phone calls I have had with traditional media is quite amazing.

January 16, 2009 10:21 pm

Anyone else think this is yet another collision between traditional media and modernity?

We can get bet humour from blogs, more refined stats from hockeydb and hockey reference, advance stats from BTN, more timely stories from Mirtle, Wysh, AOL, etc. and aggregated Leaf news from PPP. Best of all, it’s provided as a two-way, real-time communique that encourages on-going dialogue.

The only thing I can’t get from the on-line community is access to the players, coaches and executives down at MLSE.

If the Sun et al want to stay remotely relevant they need to eliminate columnists (who cost more salary dollars than beat reporters) and plough those resources into developing sources, working on scoops, and providing a more competitive level of analysis.

If they don’t they’ll become as irrelevant as a Lowen column.

January 16, 2009 4:44 pm

His attempts at humour have earned him a failing grade. Wanna go to his office, a la Seinfeld, and BOOOOOOO him outta there?

January 16, 2009 5:01 pm

Funny you mention that Mark…I said the EXACT same thing to someone last night! Great minds think alike. By the way, good job on picking up on the HUGE Seinfeld influence to this site.

January 16, 2009 5:12 pm

I don’t know TSM, in the famous words of June Clever

“Ward,are you sure you’re not being too hard on the beaver”

It’s intended as lighter fare,or at least that column clearly was,kinda like Dunford for sports fans

January 16, 2009 5:40 pm
Reply to  lt67

I respectfully disagree. It’s BRUTAL, unprintable garbage.

There, I feel sooo much better

January 16, 2009 6:48 pm

tough crowd

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