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Here are the games as I've split three each for Saturday & Sunday's dates.  Deadline is Saturday 7PM ET.  Good luck all!   :)

Saturday Feb. 25th

Montreal @ Toronto              - 7PM
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh      - 8PM
San Jose @ Vancouver          - 10PM

Sunday Feb. 26th

Boston @ Dallas                    - 12:30PM
Columbus @ NYRangers        - 5PM
St. Louis @ Chicago              - 7:30PM

Non-Hockey Chatter / Happy Valentine's Day! 2017
« on: February 14, 2017, 02:51:30 AM »

To everyone at TMLfans...

Non-Hockey Chatter / Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017
« on: January 26, 2017, 02:41:18 PM »
Goodbye Laura Petrie & Mary Richards.

The above characters played by Moore -- as Laura Petrie in the '60's sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show",  and,  as Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" of the '70's -- were iconic roles that showcased a woman being decisive, strong, funny, and sexy all at the same time.

Dick Van Dyke was the star of his show, but it may as well have been Moore that made the show, particularly in an era where a woman was still seen being second fiddle to a man.

It wasn't until her role as the fiercely independent and unmarried Mary Richards, that Moore portrayed a modern, professional woman.  Richards was the non-quintessential tv news producer, single and successful.  "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was In some ways 'groundbreaking' even for a '70's sitcom.

Rest In Peace, Mary.  And thanks for giving us fans plenty of laughter.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / KC Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Dead
« on: January 24, 2017, 05:05:23 AM »
World Series winner and Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was found dead at the scene of a car crash.  Toxicology tests so far have proved negative though testing is still ongoing.

Ventura was in his native Dominican Republic, a country with one of the highest death rates per capita from car accidents in the world.


Non-Hockey Chatter / George Michael 1963-2016.
« on: December 27, 2016, 03:26:15 AM »
George Michael, the pop icon that left many a generation dancing in their seats, passed away yesterday at 53.  The official cause of death was heart failure (cardiac arrest).

Who can forget those '80's pop music performers, namely Andrew Ridgeley along with Michael, who formed the group  Wham! With such hits as "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", "Club Tropicana", and a host of other songs.  Wham! Was in fact, the first music group to play in a communist country, that being China, back in those days.

George Michael struck out on some solo singles/albums with the best-selling "Careless Whispers" in the later years, and eventually changed his repertoire which included the 'controversial' hit/video "I Want Your Sex", which at the time, seemed a bit jarring with references to sex, from his album "Faith". 

Michael had several run-ins with the law and had an addiction to heroin.  He battled health problems as well as personal ones.  He was a champion of gay and same-sex rights as he came out of the closet to reveal his sexuality.

A multi-talented performer, singer, songwriter, musician.  Rest In Peace, George, and thank you for entertaining an entire generation or two that grew up on your music.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Christmas 2016
« on: December 23, 2016, 06:19:00 AM »
In the spirit of this festive each and every one of you here at TMLfans...

...and may the blessings of the season bring you good health & happiness throughout the New Year.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Florence Henderson 1934-2016
« on: November 26, 2016, 12:31:22 AM »
Many a fan's beloved tv Mom, Florence Henderson, otherwise forever known as Carol Brady in the hit family comedy of the '70's era, "The Brady Bunch", sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 82.

To those of us who grew up watching plenty of '70's television, complete with bell-bottoms and strange hairstyles, The Brady Bunch tv series, with it's wholesome family theme, (though try running a large family of six kids plus three adults in one household, and, oh yeah, Tiger the dog), well, it sure ain't goin' to be easy.

Not for Carol Brady.  She was the quintessential Mom everyone loves, solving problems in her unique, calming ways. Ah, the good life!

"Unlike real life, the Bradys’ problems were always solved in 30 minutes,” Ms. Henderson said in 1990. “I think that show had a little magic charm about it."

"I think we represented a family who really cared about each other,” she said. “I think everyone dreams of that, whether they have it or not.”

The Brady Bunch tv series lasted all of six years, but it was not the end of the Bradys, for there were movies and made-for-tv specials thereafter, with the core characters and the original cast members for some.

Florence Henderson was also a singer and she starred in many a Broadway production.  She was also the first female host of "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson.

A wonderful career, a genuinely likeable person, and a character that would never be forgotten by her many fans and followers.

"It's the story of a lovely lady" indeed.

R.I.P. and thanks for the memories.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Remembrance Day November 11, 2016
« on: November 11, 2016, 12:21:42 AM »

Ok Blue Jays Talk / 2016 World Series: Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians
« on: October 23, 2016, 05:23:09 AM »
After 71, yes baseball fans, 71 years, the Chicago Cubs, the 'cursed' team,  are finally playing in a World Series!  The Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS 4 games to 2 to earn the berth.

A big party for Cubs fans...

The Cubs now meet the winner of the ALCS Cleveland Indians, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays  in their series 4 games to 1.

Game 1 starts Tuesday in Cleveland..

Here are the games.

Deadlines 7PM Saturday.  All times Eastern.

Saturday Oct. 22

Toronto @ Chicago                    - 7PM
NYRangers @ Washington          -7PM
Montreal @ Boston                    -7PM
San Jose @ Detroit                    -7PM
Vancouver @ Los Angeles          -10PM
St. Louis @ Calgary                   -10PM

11 Events / 2016-2017 Pick'em Standings Thread
« on: October 18, 2016, 11:27:29 PM »
Leaderboard tallies for Round 1:

hockeyfan1             20
BarMutt                  18
seahawk                 16
Tigger                     13

Okaaayy everyone!

Polish your crystal balls, rearrange your tea leaves,  sharpen your extra sensory perception......


The annual TMLFANS Pick'em Challenge returns for another exciting season!

Most games will be posted mostly for Saturday  games throughout the season, and some for Sunday  ((this is at the discretion of the poster).
So, here we go.......good luck to all!!  :)

Deadline is Saturday @7PM.  All times Eastern.

Saturday Oct.15/2016.

Boston @ Toronto                    7PM
Anaheim @ Pittsburgh             7PM
Detroit @ Florida                      7PM
NYIslanders @ Washington      7PM
Nashville @ Chicago                 8:30PM     
Calgary @ Vancouver               10PM       

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Changes to the Game May Be in the Offing
« on: August 19, 2016, 09:55:35 AM »
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred hinted that there may be considerations in changing the way the game of baseball is played.  While the CBA agreement ends December the 2nd of this year. it doesn't give the Commissioner carte blanche to implement changes to improve the sport, but then again he has the power to suggest and make  improvisations to the game.

Limiting pitching changes, restricting defensive shifts, altering the strike zone and installing pitch clocks are among the ideas Major League Baseball may consider as it undertakes a multiyear review of the game that could include the sport’s most radical changes in decades.

"The point of the conversation today was that the game has changed dramatically. It’s changed organically. It kind of has flowed where the competitive juices of managerial and general managerial decisions have taken it. And the question is, you take a snapshot after 40 years of that and you say, wow, here’s what it looks like, here’s what it used to look like and should we be thinking about what has occurred and whether we want to allow it to continue to go on on the path it’s on?"

Offence dropped steadily after the start of drug testing in 2003 until an uptick started in the second half of last season. Strikeouts have set records annually for much of the past decade, increasing from an average of 12.74 per nine-inning game in 2006 to 15.57 this season.

And the average time of a nine-inning game is exactly 3 hours...

Manfred said defensive shifts have changed the game: There were 2,464 on balls in play in 2011 and this year’s total projects to 28,117, according to Baseball Info Solutions. Pitchers per nine-inning game have increased from 6.89 in 2000 to 7.88 last year.

"You can make an argument that more relievers have lengthened the game, more pitching changes has slowed the pace of the game and the unbelievable effectiveness of those relief pitchers have robbed some of the action from the game," Manfred said.

While Manfred would like to see pitch clocks, which have been used successfully in the minor leagues since 2015, the union has been reluctant, leaving the matter for this year’s bargaining.

"There’s too many scenarios within a game that depend on either the pitcher or the batter to take a little extra time and if you get penalized for that," Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz said. "I don’t see how that’s going to make the game any better. It’s going to actually cost people some jobs, I think. No, I don’t think I’d be in favour of that."

"But the commissioner is the commissioner, he can do what he wants to do. If that happens, then I’ll abide by it and go from there," he said.


General NHL News & Views / Hockey Night in Silicon Valley
« on: August 15, 2016, 02:18:00 PM »
Who'd a thunk it?  From relative obscurity and irrelevancy as a hockey state to boasting the largest beer leagues in North America.  That's (Northern) California for you.

...every night is hockey night. In the sunny centre of the tech universe, disposable wealth and a large population of transplants have created the perfect climate for a traditionally northern sport to thrive. Hockey is growing faster in California than anywhere else in North America, and the dividends of the sport’s spike in popularity are starting to arrive in the NHL, in the form of players like Matt Nieto, Beau Bennett and Kevan Miller. In just two decades, the Bay Area has transformed from empty ice and no competitive leagues into the home of one of the largest, most intense beer leagues in the United States. This is how hockey became Northern California’s game.

According to USA Hockey, in 1991 there were approximately 11,000 registered hockey payers in the Pacific U.S.—a region that included California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii and Alaska. At the time, Wayne Gretzky was a member of the Los Angeles Kings, instantly making the team relevant. The Sharks had just arrived in San Jose, and two years later, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks joined the league. Hockey was making headway. By 1995, the number of registered players in the Pacific region had more than doubled, just clearing 25,000.

The growth of Sharks Ice from a modest (and mostly empty) two-rink arena to a constantly packed four-rink facility parallels the statewide surge in hockey participation. By 2002, there were 18,600 registered hockey players in California. Last year, that number had grown to 26,383—sixth highest in the United States, behind Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota.

Silicon Valley has managed to emulate the kind of hockey community you might find in Humboldt, Sask., or Truro, N.S. But being the tech capital of the world, it also has quirks you’re not likely to find in small-town rinks. The tech talents of players in the area have been put to good use. One player designed a program to connect score-keeping to a central computer system, instantly collecting data from the score clocks to provide real-time updates on the league’s website.

In a little more than two decades, a region with zero hockey traditions has come to show as much passion for the game as any city in the northeastern States or Canada.

It's too early for a Marlies thread but thought it wise to start off anew and with Marlies' goalkeeper Antoine Bibeau's new mask that pays homage to former Leafs goaltender Felix "The Cat" Potvin. 

Here it is:

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