Tuesday Morning Drive Thought

By TSM

To me there is not much worse that getting up when it’s totally dark outside and then driving in to work when it’s euqally as dark.

While not sports related, while Brady and Walker were discussing Brady’s vacation and Richards was doing some voice over joke, I heard this story on 680 news- it is without question one of the saddest, most pathetic news stories I’ve ever heard.

I caught Pierre McGuire on TSN radio this am. Quick question- when he talks about teams, is it just me or does it always seem like he is lobbying for a job???? Why, for example did he drop in the bit about the Boston University coach this morning????

Similarly, Did anyone else hear Eric Francis say this morning that the Edmonton players were “having a ball playing in the NHL”? I thought these guys hate losing????

Lastly, fellow Maple Leaf Fans, is anyone else giving Tank Nation a second thought as Edmonton continues to circle the drain despite numerous number one overall draft picks????

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lister
lister
December 16, 2014 10:00 am

“Lastly, fellow Maple Leaf Fans, is anyone else giving Tank Nation a second thought as Edmonton continues to circle the drain despite numerous number one overall draft picks????”

While there are no guarantees, my answer is no. See Chicago, Tampa and NYI (finally!)

I would have preferred coming out of the 2004-2005 stoppage to have blown the team up and tanked for a number of years. I would rather have had the promise of something good and it turning out bad than the obvious bad to mediocre decade the Leafs have had.

Steve in Waterloo
Steve in Waterloo
December 16, 2014 10:12 am

Worse than driving to work in the dark – driving home in the dark too!
Poor Edmonton – did you see Cox tweeting that they should trade their 1st for Price and Subban??? Yah, right.

BTW, someone should tell The Globe that TML is playing a game tonight – maybe they should make mention of it, at least in the TO edition.

Steve Jones
Steve Jones
December 16, 2014 12:13 pm

Personally I think tank nation is a myth. It hasn’t worked for Edmonton and their tank had been legendary. Mind you I did hear a very intersting tidbit on 1050 yesterday. Not sure who said it. Edmonton had three firsts in a row and got Hall, Nugent Hopkins, and Yakapov. If they been three years earlier they would have got Stamkos, Tavares and Kane. Timing, it’s everything.

Alex
Alex
December 16, 2014 12:20 pm

Even worse, working nights, so you get up when itsdark and go to bed when its dark.

Got a kick yesterday of Becker calling UFC “pro wrestling” when he was on with Bob.

Mike S
Mike S
December 16, 2014 2:42 pm

If the Chicago Blackhawks intentionally tanked (like many people believe) then why did they go out and sign a goalie who had just won the Stanley Cup (Khabibulin) to an enormous contract in July 2005?…………they weren’t trying to lose, they just weren’t very good at winning

The Blackhawks current success has less to do with tanking and more to do with good drafting in the later rounds and also some good fortune (Toews dropping to them at number 3 in the 2006 draft, winning the lottery to get Kane in the 2007 draft, etc)

Antonio
Antonio
December 17, 2014 9:23 am

Mike S makes a great point: The Blackhawks’ success is due more to great drafting and NOT simply to having the top overall pick.

The Oilers’ problem is that outside of their #1 picks, they’ve drafted lousy. There aren’t any players on the current team who were drafted after the first round. They’ve also signed free agents who didn’t work out and have not had a reliable goalie in years. Who do we blame? It has to be their front office (Lowe, MacTavish, the owner).

Neil
Neil
December 17, 2014 1:29 pm

Guys lets get this straight, The sports landscape in Edmonton is very thin especially during hockey season, there is nothing else going on sports wise in the Province of Alberta. Darryl Katz the owner of the oilers is not Peter pocklington the former owner who was struggling financially and had to sell his star player for cash. Darryl Katz is the owner of two big pharmacy chains Rexall an Main Drug Mart. Katz is worth more than many of those teams in non traditional markets put together. I say this to say that Katz has the fanbase by the nuts, based on what I mention above about the fans having nothing else to rout for after eskimos are done. Katz has the fans at his mercy because fans in Edmonton aren’t about to boycott this team. Where else will they go. they certainly won’t defect to Calagary. If Katz really cared I think long ago he would have publically come out and taken some of the bullets that his puppets have been taking. Katz is going to continue counting cash from his other businesses and future businesses ( New Arena and entertainment complex)

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