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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Full Schedule for 2017-18 Released
« on: Yesterday at 09:09:07 PM »
Finally, a game on February 20th (my birthdate), and at home versus the Panthers.  :)  :)

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2017 Entry Draft
« on: Yesterday at 08:52:30 PM »
Gotta love Babcock straight to the family.

That was a nice gesture on Babcock's part.  Classy coach.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2017 Entry Draft
« on: Yesterday at 08:50:02 PM »
"Liljegren is creative...and moves puck with authority".  - scouting report.

Exactly what we want.  Good pick, Leafs!

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2016-2017
« on: Yesterday at 04:27:54 PM »
Hamonic missed a great deal of last season, he's better than last year.  I think he fits nicely in most teams 2/3 spot.

If he can stay injury-free, then he'd be a decent addition for the Leafs. 

Having seen him play for the Islanders, he was agile and steady on the backend, easily one of their best.

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: Yesterday at 08:05:22 AM »
To buy or sell, that is the question...posed to Jays' President Mark Shapiro:

With six weeks to go before the trade deadline, I asked Mark Shapiro about the Blue Jays' position. Here's what he had to say about it:

"Were in a position where we have a lot of talent. The team will make the decision for us. Wish it would be clearer, but our only mindset right now is that we look at ourselves in the thick of things.

Were hoping we separate ourselves because we have the talent to do it. Thatll make it certainly easier to make a decision. Were looking for ways to get better.

Hasnt been one thing consistently thats been an issue. At times our defense hasnt been good, starting pitching has been by and large pretty good, but weve had hiccups there, And offense hasnt bee on track the way we wanted."

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Roster Discussion
« on: Yesterday at 07:24:09 AM »
In case it was missed...In Wednesday's game (June 21) a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers...

The Toronto Blue Jays (35-37) play the Kansas City Royals (35-36) for the first time this season.  As baseball fans will remember, it was the Royals who eliminated the Blue Jays from the A.L.C.S. back in 2015.

Both teams have taken similar paths this year in general,  as they have experienced a poor opening month (April) and injuries, as well as similar records and vying for the the Wildcard spot (both 2 GB).

For the Blue Jays, it has been particularly trying, as in attempting to reach the. 500 mark and having failed to do so for the ninth time this year.  The Jays split their recent four game series against the Texas Rangers but made little leeway in terms of achieving something positive in the w/l column. That's probably easier said then done considering that Josh Donaldson was scratched from last game in the Texas series due to knee soreness, and utility Steve Pearce on the DL with knee confusion.

The Jays will have their work cut out for them in containing top-hitter Eric Hosmer and figuring out ace pitcher Jason Vargas. 

Of course, with Toronto leading the A.L. in the number of players they've placed on the DL this year (19 of 22), anything the Blue Jays do will be easier said than well, done.

Good luck.


This failure to get to the .500 mark is bordering on a sense of ridiculous-ness.  I mean, really, the Jays should have reached that mark at least once by now, even for psychological reasons, to prove to themselves that they can accomplish something in a positive direction.  It's good motivation for the mind and for team confidence as a whole. 

Cripes, if they don't get their act together soon, then as you mention, some serious thinking and doing will need to be done.

It's a long season, though, and no one seems overly concerned yet of their season, so far.  Could it be that the players aren't taking this attempted .500 climb seriously enough?



Place:       Kaufman Stadium  Kansas City, MO

Fri. June 23
Starting Pitchers:       J.A.Happ   LH (Jays)       2-4  4.26 ERA
                                Jake Junis RH (Royals)    2-1  5.56 ERA
Time:                        8PM
TV/Radio:                  Sportsnet One,  The FAN 590

Sat. June 24
Starting Pitchers:      Marco Estrada RH (Jays)    4-5   4.98 ERA
                               Jason Vargas   LH (Royals) 10-3 2.27 ERA
Time:                       2PM
TV/Radio:                 Sportsnet,  The FAN 590

Sun. June 25
Starting Pitchers:      Francisco Liriano LH (Jays)     3-3  5.76 ERA
                               Jason Himmel     RH (Royals)  4-6  4.83 ERA
Time:                       2PM
TV/Radio:                 Sportsnet,  The FAN 590


Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: June 22, 2017, 05:42:39 AM »



Would buy this.

I'm on Lou's side.  :)

General NHL News & Views / Re: Hossa won't play in 2017-18
« on: June 22, 2017, 03:01:26 AM »
Hossa not the only one with skin disorder.  Affects/affected many athletes in general, too:

Dermatologists who talked to the Tribune were clear they were not attempting to diagnose Hossa, but they said hockey players who suffered such skin conditions decades ago likely had contact dermatitis a red, itchy rash caused by an allergen coming into contact with the skin.

The best way to eliminate the condition is to avoid the allergen. But if it's in a professional athlete's gear or uniform, that can be trickier.

"If it's unclear what he's allergic to do, it would be hard to avoid something you don't know to avoid," said dermatologist Amy Derick, who is on staff at Northwestern and University of Chicago and runs a private practice. "It perpetuates itself because the skin never heals with playing hockey every day."

In the case of hockey players such as Hossa, dermatologists said a contributing factor could be the many required pieces of equipment that rub on the skin and cause small breaks in the tissue with friction and sweat. That creates exposure for chemicals found in clothing and equipment to seep in. The chemicals don't cause the problem but can act as stimuli to an allergic reaction.

Open sores can lead to bacterial infections, adding another difficulty for the patient.

Because of the many hours wearing the gear in practice and games, the problem can perpetuate. Minimizing friction through a protective sleeve and moisture-wicking fabric can help.

Prescription creams, steroids and immune-suppressing medication are sometimes administered for relief. Treatments typically wouldn't have immediate side effects that would impede athletic performance, but some medications can be intolerable such as causing nausea for some patients.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2017 NHL Awards from Las Vegas
« on: June 22, 2017, 02:32:42 AM »
Simply one Awesome-looking Auston!

Congratulations!  :) :)   GO LEAFS GO!!!

New NHL Adidas jerseys unveiled for all teams starting this upcoming season:

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