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.”
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.