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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Yesterday at 04:49:57 AM »
How many saw the debate: polls, results, & observations...

In a CNN poll, Americans who watched the debate sided with Clinton. Sixty-two per cent said she was the winner, while just 27 per cent named Trump.

Voters thought Clinton expressed her views “more clearly” than Trump and had a better understanding of key issues at heart. Clinton also addressed concerns voters might have about her leading the country better than Trump did – to the tune of 57 per cent compared to 35 per cent.

David Gergen, CNN’s expert, wondered if Clinton’s triumph holds much clout in the Republican camp.

By all traditional standards of debate, Mrs. Clinton crushed … by constrast, he came in unprepared, had nothing fresh to say, and increasingly gave way to rants,” Gergen said.

“Even so, I doubt she has put him away … Those who are for him are likely to stick, despite his ineffectual performance,” Gergen suggested.

He said Clinton fell short in forging an emotional bond with voters, too.

The Washington Post had Clinton at the top of its “winners” list.

“Clinton wasn’t perfect in this debate … but Clinton was head and shoulders better than Trump. She was, unsurprisingly, very well prepared – using a slew of facts and figures to not only make her positive but also to slam Trump,” the Post’s analyst said.

...the Atlantic chose Clinton as its winner. Its commentators said she delivered a “commanding performance” while Trump offered too many interruptions.

“One, from Hillary Clinton, was wonky, crisp, and polished; if not always inspiring, it was professional and careful. The other, from Donald Trump, was freewheeling, aggressive, and meandering, occasionally landing a hard blow but often substance-less and hard to follow,” its post read.


Marner making a case for himself...

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: September 27, 2016, 02:08:15 AM »
For Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro, the death of Miami Marlins pitching ace Jose Fernandez hits close to home...

For Shapiro the news brought back a wave of personal memories from spring training of 1993, when he was a member of the Cleveland Indians front office. In March of that year Indians relievers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a spring training boating accident that seriously injured left-hander Bob Ojeda. After those losses, baseball games seemed insignificant in comparison.

“Baseball’s one of those games that’s unforgiving in the sense that it keeps moving, it keeps going,” Shapiro said. “There’s a comfort to that, but there’s also a cruelty to that."

“We all deal with that whether it’s kids being born, family members lost, it keeps moving. It’s a hard thing to get past for a team and an organization. Not being (in Miami) it’s hard to begin to think about. The only reason I can begin to think about it is because I went through something as terrible and as horrific.”

“When you live in close quarters with people for 183 days and spring training, in a lot of ways baseball becomes your family,” Shapiro said. “You lean on people more than you think. There are stronger leaders than you ever know and there’s greater comfort being with each other than with anyone else. It’s a reminder that the clubhouse is your home and the team is your family.”

“You tend to forget, particularly people watching from a distance, you tend to forget that these guys doing super-human things for three hours a day are just human beings, just people,” Shapiro said. “Everybody probably goes home and pays a little more attention with their loved ones."

World Cup of Hockey / Re: Tournament Starts Today
« on: September 27, 2016, 02:01:03 AM »
Best-of-Three Final begins tonight @8pm.  Canada vs Team Europe.

World Cup of Hockey / Re: Tournament Starts Today
« on: September 27, 2016, 01:59:35 AM »
Team Europe and the World Cup of Hockey getting attention of non-traditional hockey markets...

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: September 27, 2016, 01:49:55 AM »
Jays, Yankees engage in brawl, as Blue Jays lose 7-5.  Yankees avoid getting swept in the four-game series.

The Jays still hold the 1 game Wildcard lead over the Orioles, who will start a three game series with the Jays that begins tonight.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Training Camp Opens
« on: September 23, 2016, 09:23:47 AM »
Maybe Lou performed the hernia operation and it didn't go quite as expected.

LOL!  Lou with a scalpel...ugh..I can't imagine...Rob's spoon'll be that anytime).  :D

World Cup of Hockey / Re: Tournament Starts Today
« on: September 23, 2016, 09:13:54 AM »
Semi-Final is Saturday @7pm for the Team Canada vs Team Russia game and...

...Sunday @1pm for the Team Europe vs Team Sweden game.

Source: CBC Sports

World Cup of Hockey / Re: Tournament Starts Today
« on: September 23, 2016, 09:06:10 AM »
Asked if he would play for a Team North America again should there be a repeat format (assuming a World Cup of Hockey event in 2020), Connor McDavid (who will be under the age of 25 then) had this to say:

"For me in four years I hope I can definitely represent my country. You only get a few chances to wear the Canadian logo and represent your country in events like this with ‘best-on-best. I don’t think when you grew up wanting to represent Team North America twice and I’m sure Auston (Matthews) and Jack (Eichel) would say the same thing. We’ve had a lot of fun, but in four years from now I think all of us would want the opportunities that to represent our countries” McDavid said.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Matthews or BUST
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:47:04 AM »
Matthews has been more impressive than Eichel, Larkin this tournament. Only Gaudreau, MacKinnon, Gostisbehere, and somewhat McDavid have been equal or more impressive than Matthews.

And if it wasn't already wonderfully obvious, we picked the right one at the draft.
Matthews hasn't played an NHL game yet which makes his performance even more impressive in my opinion.

To say the least, Matthews was phenomenal at this WCH event.  Watching Jim and Connor play together on one line was nothing short of magical in the plays they made and goals generated. 

For a nineteen year old who has never played an NHL game and who has never played with (current) NHLers before period, it says a lot about Matthews' character and hockey sense the way he displayed himself in this tournament -- in interviews, on the ice, responses to questions, etc.

The LeafsNation ought to be proud of their #1 pick.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:34:50 AM »
Final homestand for the Jays starts tonight as they open up a four-game series against the NYYankees.

With just ten games remaining on the season, this upcoming series may very well determine the Jays' post-season hopes.  Looks like our boys need a boost...


World Cup of Hockey / Re: Tournament Starts Today
« on: September 21, 2016, 08:21:06 AM »
Not that they would have picked them anyway, but TNA has a lot of promising US players in Gaudreau, Matthews, Eichel, Larkin, Gostisbehere, Jones, etc.

Those are all talented players, sure, but I don't know if they would do much to close the talent gap when you consider the people who could be here for Canada but aren't.

Team USA just needs to learn what Canada had to learn after 06. No team, even Canada, is good enough to be too cute when picking a roster. You've got to bring the best of the talent you have and have a coach that can mold them into something.

Many questioned the roster choices even before the tournament commenced.  For instance, where were players such as Okposo, Kessel, Shattenkirk etc.?   Much criticism has been leveled at management (including coach Tortorella) as this US squad was built to play a 'heavier' style of hockey.  It doesn't stop there.  There has been much head-scratching over why this American team was unable to display a sense of enthusiasm or whatever.  They failed to coalesce as a group.  And they thereby gave the impression of paying lip service,  so to speak,  to this event.

As. Brett Hull mentioned, this group did not show enough enthusiasm or interest, and he found it puzzling that a players as talented as they are, could not work up the sense of importance or generate any diversion to  their game.

Too bad for them.  I, BTW, applaud Kessel for speaking out.  And rightly so.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:29:11 AM »
The best the Jays can hope for is a Wild Card spot -- currently +1G over the Orioles there  by way of a 10-2 whitewash of the Seattle Mariners last night.  Jays' starter J.A. Happ earned his 20th win of the year, becoming the sixth player in franchise history to achieve the milestone.

Forget winning the A.L. East as the Red Sox have amassed a +4G lead over the Jays.  Unless Boston suffers a total (col)lapse, it won't be getting any easier for the Jays to overtake them than it already is (which isn't).

World Cup of Hockey / Re: Tournament Starts Today
« on: September 19, 2016, 11:30:49 PM »
Team Europe, on Leon Draisaitl's breakaway overtime goal, defeated Team Czech Republic 3-2.  Defeated may not be the right word, more like eliminated the Czechs (0-2) from advancing in the tournament.

Sheer disppointment for Team Czech and nothing but elation for Team Europe (2-0), who have surprised many so far in this World Cup of Hockey.

Team Europe plays Team Sweden Wednesday.

World Cup of Hockey / Re: Tournament Starts Today
« on: September 19, 2016, 11:09:48 PM »
Team North America has certainly been fun to watch.  If there had only been more time, I'd bet they would have tied the game.  Russia poured it on in the second period but they couldn't blast them off entirely. 

Enjoyed that first goal and McDavid & Matthews were dynamite there.  How I wish Connor and Auston were both Leafs!  At least we have #34...:)

Good job Team NA!  Keep on skatin'!

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