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Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Rick Vaive Interview
« on: June 17, 2016, 10:00:13 AM »
Ex-Leafs great Rick Vaive, in an interview, talks of the current Leafs situation on various topics of discussion:

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All Sports But Hockey / Brooke Henderson makes Canadian golf history
« on: June 13, 2016, 06:58:39 PM »
Canada's Brooke Henderson became the second - youngest Women's major tournament champion, beating Lydia Ko in a sudden-death playoff, to win the KPMG Women's PGA championship.

In fact, Henderson becomes the third youngest (male or female) to win a tournament.  She also became only the second Canadian not since Sandra Post in 1968.




Starting Pitchers:
Tonight  (April 29)  @7:00 pm
RH Aaron Sanchez   (1-1, 3.33) vs  LH Drew Smyly   (1-2, 2.51)

Saturday (April 30)  @ 6:00pm
LH J.A. Happ   (3-0, 2.42) vs  RH Chris Archer   (1-4, 5.47)

Sunday (May 1)  @1:00pm
RH Marcus Stroman   (3-0, 4.37) vs RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.58)

Where:   Tropicana Field  Tampa Bay
TV:          Sportsnet
Radio:     Sportsnet 590 The Fan

The Toronto Blue Jays (10-13) are coming off a losing three-game home stand In which they got swept by the league leaders Chicago White
Sox.  The Jays offence ranks tenth in runs scored at 91.  Also, the Jays offence set a franchise record with 217 total team strikeouts at the plate so far this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays (10-11) sluggish offence is well below league average, but they do boast the second-best percentage with runners in scoring position  in innings with two outs.

Top Performers:
Michael Saunders  (Toronto)     2HR   6RBI      318 ERA
Josh Donaldson     (Toronto)     7HR   16RBI   .297 ERA    l.016 OPS (On-base + slugging pct.)
Roberto Osuna       (Toronto)      OW     OL       GS 6    2.89 Avg.
0.75  WHIP  (Walks/ hits allowed ÷ innings pitched)

S. Souza  Jr.         (Tampa Bay)   5HR   11RBI   .277 ERA
L. Forsythe           (Tampa Bay)   3HR    8 RBI   . 307 ERA
D. Smyly               (Tampa Bay)   1W      2L          GS 4     2.51 Avg.
0.73 WHIP (Walks/hits allowed ÷ innings pitched)

Source:,  MLB,com,  Yahoo! Sports


Starting pitchers:
Tonight (April 19) @7:07pm
RH Marcus Stroman (2-0, 4.22) vs. RH Mike Wright (1-0, 7.20)

Wednesday (April 20) @7:07pm
RH R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.75) vs. RH Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 3.75)

Thursday (April 21) @7:07pm
RH Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.77) vs. RH Chris Tillman (1-1, 5.11)

Where:   Camden Yards   Baltimore
TV:         Sportsnet  One
Radio:    Sportsnet  590  The Fan

Blue Jays (7-7) are coming off from a split of their four game series at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.  It's worth noting that Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman continues his mastery with his league-leading 65.2 groundball percentage.

The Baltimore Orioles ( 8-3 ) lead with 23 homers, tops in the A.L.

Top Performers:
Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)   2 HR  9 RBl       .309Avg.
Aaron Sanchez         (Blue Jays)  1- 0    1.35ERA  0.85WHIP

Mike Trombo             (Orioles)      5 HR     11 RBI    .386 Avg.
Manny Machado      (Orioles)       4 HR      5 RBI     .383Avg.

Source:,  Yahoo! Sports


Starting Pitchers:
Tonight (April 12) @7:07 p.m.
RH Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 3.18) vs. RH Aaron Sanchez (0-0, 1.29)

Wed. (April 13  @7:07 p.m.
RH Michael Pineda (1-0, 10.50) vs. LH J.A. Happ (0-0, 3.40)

Thursday  (April 14  @7:07 p.m.
RH Nathan Evoldi (0-0, 9.00) vs RH Marcus Stroman (1-0, 5.40)

Where:  Rogers Centre  Toronto
TV:        Sportsnet
Radio:  Sportsnet 590 The Fan

The Blue Jays came off of a 3-0 Marco Estrada shutout victory at home Sunday versus the Boston Red Sox.  Sox took the Opening three-game series 2 games to 1. The Jays sport a 3-4 w/l record.

The New York Yankees came off a rain-delayed (eventually postponed) game in Detroit against the Tigers Sunday.  The Yankees sport a 3-2 w/l record.

Top performers:
Josh Donaldson  (Blue Jays)   4 HR  9 RBI  .300 Avg.
Starlin Castro       (Yankees)     2 HR  8 RBI  .450 Avg.

Source:,  ESPN

Non-Hockey Chatter / "Happy Easter!" 2016
« on: March 27, 2016, 07:38:43 AM »

       To all at TMLfans...

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2016 NHL Draft Lottery
« on: March 20, 2016, 03:13:40 AM »
Date's all set.  Mark your calendars.  Lottery will take place April 30.

Decided to include some Sunday games for more variety.
Deadline is Saturday 7PM.  All times Eastern.   Good luck all!

Saturday March 19th
Buffalo @ Toronto               - 7PM
NYIslanders @ Dallas          - 8PM
Boston @ Los Angeles        - 10:30PM

Sunday March 20th
Washington @ Pittsburgh     - 6PM
Minnesota @ Chicago           - 8:30PM
Arizona @ San Jose              - 10PM

Non-Hockey Chatter / George Martin Producer Extraordinaire Passes Away
« on: March 10, 2016, 05:47:29 PM »
George Martin, the man whom the Guinness Book of World Records bills as "the world's most successful music producer", passed away at the age of 90.

One of Martin's greatest successes was as the man who helped put The Beatles -- that great iconic band from the 60's --on the map, make that the shores of North America, whom "the four lads" (Paul McCartney Ringo Starr, George Harrison & John Lennon) took by storm.

Martin was responsible for producing The Beatles' music, which sent fans into a tizzy wherever these guys performed.

Martin was instrumental in setting The Beatles  in motion.  When he was first introduced to The Beatles by their manager, Brian Epstein, he described them as "raw".  He redefined the band -- also replacing original drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr-- and the rest is history.  As an example of Martin's influence, the song   Yesterday, Martin having been classically-trained, added a string quartet to the tune.

Martin also produced for other artists in later years, such as The Police, and even for Celine Dion.

An incredible career no doubt.  They loved him, yeah, yeah, yeah.  Tippin' their hat to you, Sir.

Rest In Peace.


Leafs Media Rumours / John Tavares a Leaf in 2018?
« on: February 18, 2016, 06:01:08 AM »
According to New York Post writer Larry Brooks, New York Islanders captain John Tavares may very well become a Toronto Maple Leaf in the year 2018.

Tavares, who's in his fourth year of a six year contract at $5.5M/Y, is frustrated with the Islanders state of affairs.  Firstly, the Islanders play at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, but practice in Long Island.  The commute is said to be tiring and many of the players including Tavares, are fed up of this arrangement.  There is currently no practice facility for the hockey team in Brooklyn, strange as it all sounds.

Secondly, considering that the Islanders haven't made much stride in their quest to advance in the playoffs (their early exit last season) and there's no telling how they will fare this post-season neither. 

With Tavares becoming an impending UFA in two years, the thought of him being signed by the Leafs will surely make many fans happy, even though Tavares will be all of 27 by then, but certainly a good addition to a Leaf team that may begin to blossom into a competitive unit.

Who knows?  We'll see.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Valentine's Day 2016
« on: February 14, 2016, 05:50:39 AM »
To everyone at TMLfans...

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Winter Classic 2017: In Toronto?
« on: January 02, 2016, 05:55:49 AM »
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has admitted there have been talks to bring the 2017 Winter Classic to Toronto, to coincide with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL's 100th Anniversary.

“Obviously Toronto is interested, but we haven’t made any decisions yet,” Bettman...

“There’s a lot of work and planning that goes into committing to one of these events, and we have a long way to go before we’re ready to make an announcement.”

Bettman said the league still owes the Jets an outdoor game after plans for a Heritage Classic in Manitoba's capital fell through last year.

“We haven’t settled on a date that we’re ready to announce," Bettman said. "We do owe Winnipeg a game, and we would’ve been there last year but the Grey Cup and some complications."

General NHL News & Views / Spengler Cup 2016
« on: December 31, 2015, 04:56:59 PM »
Team Canada wins Spengler Cup!

The Canadians' perfect record remained intact against HC Lugano  of Switzerland, as Team Canada on goals by Cory Conaoher, Derek Roy, Greg Huttman, Tom Pyatt, Chris Didomenico , and the game-winner by Matt  D'Agostini, clinched Canada's victory by a score of 5-4.

This was Canada's thirteenth Spengler Cup triumph, not since 2012, the last time the  Canadians won it.

"We had such a special group of guys, it is something I will remember for the rest of my life," said Canada defenceman Aaron Johnson, who assisted on the game-winner. "I came in not knowing a lot about the tournament and the atmosphere was more than I could ever imagine

"What an awesome opportunity to represent Canada and win such a prestigious tournament," said assistant coach Rob Cookson. "We had an outstanding group of players that fit together quickly and really bought into the challenge."

This was the 89th edition of the invitational Spengler Cup tournament taking place in Davos, Switzerland.  Canada has been participating since it's entry in 1984.

Way to go, guys!

Non-Hockey Chatter / New Year 2016
« on: December 31, 2015, 05:42:59 AM »


...and all the best to everyone in 2016!

Non-Hockey Chatter / Christmas 2015
« on: December 24, 2015, 10:43:26 AM »

....and peace & goodwill to all!!

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