Maple Leafs Hyperbole At It’s Best


Quick Wednesday hit….

I was driving little TSM to his hockey game last night and we were flipping back and forth between Naylor and McCown. McCown and Cox were debating the Raptors success and what it means to their impending free agents. Cox commented that the Leafs have a similar dilemma with Bolland who is an impending FA. Both guys were laughing about how overhyped Bolland has become given how well he was playing prior to getting injury. In jest, the names Orr, Gretzky et all were thrown around, implying, at least to my ears, that Maple Leaf nation’s tendency to over-value Maple Leaf players was once again in full effect.

Compare, if you will with the banter on every single radio station I listened to while flipping around on my various journeys to school and work this am. In listening to the questions/topics on all the stations (sports and otherwise) this am you can quickly understand why the so called Blue and White disease lives on.

“Was last night a defining moment for Nazim Kadri” was the hot topic on one station.
“What is Nazim Kadri” asked another..

Don’t get me wrong, the callers were lined up to chime in like they do every morning at the Tim Hortons in the concourse below my office. One comment more inane then the next. The hosts loving every minute of it, as if asking for more and more.

And yes I keep listening and now I’m getting my kid into it too….

So, yes… Leafs nation thinks every draft pick is going to the next one. Each shift and face off is over analyzed to death. However, it’s a two way street, at least when it comes to radio and websites. It’s all about the traffic and ratings. Gotta get people engaged.

New site is coming, I promise….


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January 29, 2014 10:57 am

No wonder Kadri thinks he is Gretzky.

mike (in boston)
January 29, 2014 12:01 pm

fun fact about the word hyperbole … Curt Shilling was on WEEI and referred to the Hyper Bowl that some people use when talking about issues. He was derided mercilessly by callers for trying to use words he clearly doesn’t understand.

On topic: it’s just a function of the tastes of the market. In Red Sox nation, fans are really tuned in to prospects and constantly cry for the organization to promote various stars in the making. Few Jays fans have that level of investment in the minor leaguers.

As a kid growing up in Toronto, I remember being incensed that Nathan Dempsey was being denied his rightful place as the #6 Leafs defenceman. Few Bruins fans are tuned in to their minors system. If you tried to get Torontonians to care about the Raptors playing basketball in the D-league, it would go nowhere.

As far as call-in shows go … there is a tiny subset of listeners who actually call in. The (lazy) hosts rely on these people to fill the air. But, I don’t really take their views as representative of the state of discourse. Not all conversations are worth having.

Steve in Waterloo
Steve in Waterloo
January 29, 2014 2:28 pm

(We) Leaf fans live and seek out every positive thing we can…because there is so little to choose from. If a player has a good night, if the team wins a game, fans blow it out of proportion because the bar is set SOOOO low.

TML should be careful. Should they actually win a championship, or compete successfully for a few season, (we) Leaf fans may actually develop “expectations”.

As for Cox and McCowan – they are not good for each other. They both can have interesting things to say, but put together, they become obnoxious and demeaning to their listeners and the fans.

It is not controversy for discussion, it is smart ass obnoxious content.

TSM – site looks colorful at first glance – need to look around some more.

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