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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Series 35: Athletics at Blue Jays
« on: August 11, 2015, 03:13:19 PM »
Three game series starts tonight.  Jays' Drew Hutchison is set to start.

Returning to the Rogers Centre since they were traded from Toronto to Oakland will be Brett Lawrie and Danny Valencia.  This is the Athletics only Toronto visit.


Source:  Sportsnet

Fans of the "Steven & Chris" show, the CBC's popular design show that featured the dynamic design duo of Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman, were shocked to learn that Chris Hyndman was reportedly found dead by police last night in a downtown Toronto laneway.

This is terrible news indeed for fans of the show, of which I am one.
Chris Hyndman was the funny, humouress side to his partner Steven Sabados serious side.  The two made for a very successful duo that made their show popular across Canada and was considered among CBC's top shows.

Rest in peace, Chris.

Condolences to the Sabados and Hyndman families.

The Raptors will be playing some pre-season games all across the country, in the popular Canada Series, from Vancouver to Ottawa beginning October 4th.


Also, (no official schedule released yet by the NBA yet), the Raptors will play a regular season game at the O2 Arena in London, England against the Orlando Magic, on January 14th, 2016.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Rogers Centre New Turf: Less than Satisfactory?
« on: July 29, 2015, 10:15:53 AM »
Since  the commencement of the season, MLB has been monitoring the Rogers Centre new artificial turf, amid complaints of strange and bad bounces occurring:

...there has been a lot of talk from players and coaches about the ball bouncing abnormally on the new surface, and the league has apparently taken notice.

The main issue with the turf is that it plays incredibly slow, apparently due to the fact that it is overloaded with the little black rubber pellets that get sprinkled on artificial turf these days.

...but so far this season the batting average on balls in play at the Rogers Centre is just .193, the lowest mark in the league by a considerable margin.The Jays have eight games left to play on their current homestand, and we should know a lot more about just how big of a deal this slower turf is by the end of it.

New season begins September 10th.  Meantime...

Deflategate" ain't over.  The NFL (Comissioner Roger Goodell) slaps Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with a four-game susoension, effective at the start of the new 2015-2016 NFL season.
Suspension will be challenged by both Brady and the NFL Players' Union.

(Looks like this will become more interesting and a 'distraction' to the upcoming season itself).

Brady, Super Bowl MVP, under the suspension rules, will not return to the New England lineup until October 18th against the Indianapolis Colts or Week 6.

Non-Hockey Chatter / "Happy Canada Day!"
« on: July 01, 2015, 04:10:48 AM »

...and a safe Canada Day to all!!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Poll: NHL Entry Draft 2015: The Leafs
« on: June 19, 2015, 01:53:58 PM »
There's one week to go from today -- the 2015 NHL Entry Draft begins Friday June 26 (First Round) and continues to Saturday June 27 ( all subsequent Rounds from 2 to 7) -- and as Leafs fans anxiously await the day, and, as long as anyone can remember,  the Maple Leafs have two First Round picks -- 4th & 24th respectively.

They have no Second Round pick, but have at least a pick in each subsequent Round thereafter.

Now, the big question:  Who will their best pick be in the First Round (4th)?

This is a very important draft for a team needing to rebuild somewhat, and since Connor McDavid & Jack Eichel are practically foregone conclusions to be taken by Edmonton and Buffalo in the order ( as the #1 & 2 picks) in that First Round, what or who takes whom next is where it becomes interesting.

The Arizona Coyotes draft 3rd followed by the Maple Leafs at 4th.  Arizona has some choices considering their needs (either drafting defenceman Noah Hanifin or centre Dylan Strome, or whatever they choose to do). 
The Maple Leafs too have choices depending on who is taken ahead of them or whom they feel will be best for them at this point (either of Hanifin, Strome or Marner or whomever and whatever).

Now, whom do you think will be the chosen one?

All Sports But Hockey / FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015
« on: June 06, 2015, 12:03:14 PM »
Amid all the corruption scandals that have plagued soccer's governing body, FIFA, these past weeks, let's hope the Women's World Cup, hosted by Canada, will bring some shine to the beautiful game.

Here are the Groups:

Note that Canada is in Group A along with China, New Zealand, Netherlands.

The favourite USA is in Group D along with Australia, Sweden, Nigeria.

Germany is in Group B along with Cóte D'Ivoire, Norway, Thailand.

Brazil is in Group D along with Republic of Korea, Spain, Costa Rica.

Opening game for Team Canada is today vs China.  (5PM ET, TSN)


Here is the broadcast schedule:

General NHL News & Views / NHL Bracket Challenge Playoffs 2015
« on: April 08, 2015, 02:44:04 AM »
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My League:  AllStarLeafs

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Happy Easter! 2015
« on: April 05, 2015, 06:56:46 AM »

Here are the games for this week.  Deadline is Saturday 7PM.  All times EST.

Toronto @ Boston              - 7PM
Washington @ Ottawa       - 7PM
Buffalo @ NYIsanders         - 7PM
Detroit @ Minnesota          - 7PM
Calgary @ Edmonton         - 10PM
Colorado @ Los Angeles     - 10PM

Thought I'd mix & match this weekend's games.  Some really interesting matchups on both days.

All times Eastern.  Deadline is Saturday 7PM.  Good luck all!  :)

Saturday March 28th
Ottawa @ Toronto                     - 7PM
Los Angeles @ Minnesota       - 8PM

Sunday March 29th
Washington @ NY Rangers      - 3PM
Detroit @ NYIslanders               - 5PM
San Jose @ Pittsburgh             - 7:30PM
Chicago @ Winnipeg                 - 7:30PM

Non-Hockey Chatter / "Happy Valentine's Day!" 2015
« on: February 14, 2015, 02:02:13 AM »

To all of you at TMLfans....

All times Eastern.  Deadline is Saturday 7PM.  Good luck to all!

NYIslanders at Boston           - 7PM
Edmonton at Toronto           -  7PM
New Jersey at Montreal         - 7PM
Columbus at Ottawa             - 7PM
Detroit at Arizona                 - 7PM
Pittsburgh at Vancouver       - 10PM

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