Rosie Strikes Again!

By TSM

Happy family day!!!

You know, I’ve read these reports that suggest the perils of a permanent 4 day work week, but I’m feeling pretty good heading into Tuesday right about now. I think I’d be OKAY with a four day work week. Don’t you????

Anyways… some wonky things going on this weekend with our beloved MSM here in Toronto…

I thought when we saw Rosie DiManno write that she had done heroin not once but three times I had seen it all. You remember when she wrote this don’t you:

In drug-dabbling days of yore, there was one narcotic that I knew from the get-go could be my undoing: heroin.
With the possible exception of sex, there’s no euphoric feeling on Earth so sweet as a smack rush. And while I don’t accept that dipping into any drug for an experimental adventure — not crack, not methamphetamines, not LSD — will automatically predispose an individual toward addiction and a life of ruin, which is what the drug interdiction racket would have you believe, there’s no denying the siren song of heroin nirvana as a seductive compulsion.
Three times and out, I decided. Also, needles are creepy, even when injecting subcutaneously rather than into a vein.

Well, she’s gone to a new level, yet again…OR…maybe the 4th time is a charm????

Mystifying how Winnik and Franson and Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel and all the Leafs cited in recent trade talks are all the time talking about what a great group this is. Great at what, exactly? Not hockey, not collectively.
So we demolish.
Think nude Miley Cyrus, licking a mallet and straddling that Wrecking Ball, in her soft-porn video.
Now picture Nonis, naked and swinging: KAPOW

What the ?????????????

What does that even mean????

Good lord, how does the Star continue to let her write?

Really, it’s like Abe Simpson muttering to himself in the corner with no one quite sure what’s going to come out of his mouth next.

Sad to hear about the passing of Steve Montador over the weekend. Never easy when someone passes away long before their time.
I was on an airplane when the news broke, so much of what happened I didn’t see first hand, but many of you reached out to me personally, so I thought I should mention it.

James Mirtle, while on a non work day tweeted “Steve Montador’s death believed to be a suicide. He suffered from concussions and depression. Difficult financial situation too I’d heard.

That tweet seemed to kick off quite a reaction on Twitter.

Mirtle deleted that tweet and replaced it with “On Montador: There’s an updated report from police it was natural causes with further investigation coming. If so I apologize to his family.” 2 hours later.

To quote Irwin M. Fletcher, AKA Fletch– “It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong” Good on Mirlte for the second tweet.

Rick Westhead nailed it on Twitter though when he said “Official details of Montador’s death will prob not be known, even after autopsy, unless family discloses. Privacy laws extent to deceased.

Things did get kind of awkward on the subject though between Josh Gold-Smith and Andrew Walker on Twitter though. Gold-Smith has a column about Mirtle which Walker apparently favorited on Twitter:

Josh Gold-Smith “@FAN590Walker Not sure why you faved that, but I was referring to my post, not anything said or tweeted by others.

Andrew Walker “@GoldAndOrSmith not sure why were analyzing “favorites”. It’s not valentines cards in grade 6.

Josh Gold-Smith “@FAN590Walker Go ahead and fave my tweets all you want. Just understand I was talking about my writing and not someone you’re feuding with.

Andrew Walker “@GoldAndOrSmith good grief. Bye

Andrew Walker “@GoldAndOrSmith nothing to do with a feud. It was pathetic and I’m glad you wrote about it. It’s everything that’s wrong with our business

hmmmmmmm

Interesting column by Steve Simmons on the most recent Maple Leafs trade:

The truth is, we won’t know today, next month, next year, and maybe not until 2017 if the first-round draft pick from Nashville and the prospect Brendan Leipsic will amount to anything in the National Hockey League.

I guarantee you the current Maple Leaf team as assembled is not going to win anything of substance. Everyone knows that the team has to be ripped apart and started over. Obviously it’s not just about throwing bodies overboard. What you replace those bodies with is equally if not more important. The Leafs would have been taken to the cleaners by the press if they had done anything other than blow it up. The purpose of the entire article is just a tad bit cynical don’t ya think???

Can’t wait to see what this week brings….

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Justin
Justin
February 16, 2015 11:49 pm

What a strange thing to say. Perhaps Rosie fell off that bus one too many times.

Brent
Brent
February 17, 2015 12:12 am

oh come on…either you know she was trying to be funny (with the visual of a nude fat man on a wrecking ball) and are purposely playing dumb, or you actually are. Not sure which is worse.

Peter Ballantine
Peter Ballantine
February 17, 2015 3:44 am

BAHAHAHA! Walker is just pathetic. He’s been sitting behind his computer screen just SEETHING with anger about the lost war against advanced stats in hockey (which he’s absolutely CLUELESS about). He was just waiting for a chance to attack Mirtle or Arthur over something. Finally got his chance. Glad Mirtle blocked him as everyone should. So pathetic.

Let’s all hope that the FAN ship this goof Andrew “RIGHT!?” Walker back to wherever that horrendous Canadian accent comes from.

For your info Jonah, Simmons must have it REAL good with Nonis because he will do whatever it takes to protect and make Nonis and Carlyle look good. The same idiot that complained for years that they never rebuild properly is now bitching that 1st and 2nd round picks are practically useless because “you know the vast majority of these picks don’t even work out!”

Simmons said all this on TSN1050 radio last week while filling in for Naylor. He’s REALLY against Shanahan and completely ignores PK Subban, Bergeron and Krejci etc being draft in the 2nd round. What a buffoon.

So sick of every reporter being a negative Leaf basher (valid crit. is fine) and everyone seems to sporting some agenda. Just embarrassing. Be better Toronto media.

Sam in Scarb
Sam in Scarb
February 17, 2015 5:43 am

Like i have said before,in the past Simmons was a must read.Sadly now he is a “Must I read ??”

Lee (Oakville)
Lee (Oakville)
February 17, 2015 7:13 am

TSM I disagree 100% with your simplistic take on Mirtle’s tweet on Steve Montador’s death. Mirtle’s tweet contained conjecture (that past concussions resulted in suicide) and unsubstantiated information (suicide and financial issues). At the very least it was irresponsible and at the very worst it was complete incompetence. The fact that it was written off-work and that the tweet was deleted is meaningless to the impact of may have had to Montador’s family and friends and to responsible journalism everywhere. I would have hoped that people had learned their lesson after the Damien Cox false report of Pat Burns’ death but unfortunately sensationalism seems to trump all.

Wayne
Wayne
February 17, 2015 7:47 am

I think Simmons is a must read. He pointed out the challenges of building through the draft (a crap shoot) but the more important issue is TML draft success which has been terrible in the past 20 years. For all you Leaf fans your team is in the hands of Hunter and Dubas. You better hope their inexperience is not a hinderance!
There are three great reads each week: TSM, Simmons Sunday Notes, and Freidmans 30 thoughts!
Lastly I would never miss a Rosie article whether it’s sports or news. Who cares what she did or didn’t do in her past. Her writing is amazing!

Steve Clark
February 17, 2015 10:37 am

I’m with Wayne on this one in terms of “must read columns”. If taken away from his TV duties, Elliot Friedman could be the best sports writer in the country. As it is, he has crediblity and respect on TV and a great reputation as a writer.

Steve Jones
Steve Jones
February 17, 2015 11:08 am

I’m not too sure why a sports reporter needs to tweet a death was a suicide even if it was. What’s the point? Personally I think this is just another example of overstepping by today’s MSM. Sure the tabs will publish it. It’s what they do. But surely a reporter at the G&M has better things to do. It’s just plain invasive and rude.

As for the draft it’s a crapshoot to a large degree. No insight there. The thing is stats prove the Leafs have been awful at the draft for decades. Will Mark Hunter make the difference? One has to think he will, but, duh, only time will tell. Pity the Leafs can’t get someone like Dale Tallon. He built Chicago and now is doing an excellent job in Florida. Sadly even with some nifty selections the Leafs are at least five years out from being any kind of a contender.

alex
alex
February 17, 2015 11:25 pm

Gotta love bob’s line today “i wish i could get paid fir sittig home and doing nothing.”

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