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1 Events / Re: 2016-2017 Pick'em Standings Thread
« on: Today at 03:05:39 PM »
Leaderboard tallies including Round 2:

BarMutt                     31
hockeyfan1                29
Tigger                        29
seahawk                    16
WAYNEINIONA           14

Results for Round 2:

Tigger                    16   Winner
BarMutt                  13
hockeyfan1              9

This week's Round 2 winner is...Tigger!  Congrats.  :)  Over to you. 

Standings page: topic=4113.msg276633#msg276633

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..

I'd give Reilly some time to see exactly how and where his development is going.  I'm not ready to renounce him yet.

As per the detence in general, it looks more like the vets are not leading the way.  Zattsev, Gardiner are steady.  Looks good there.  Then what?
Need to see and give a chance as to what some of our prospects can do.

If the team is in a learning process, then management needs to learn (and fine tune) too.

MotM:    Nylander
Hm:      Matthews

Good efforts by Andersen, Gardiner, Zattsev, JVR, Holland, Bozak, Marner, Brown.

Golden Rule #1:  Never acquire a penalty in OT.
Golden Rule #2:  Versatility and sharpshooting are keys in the shootout.

Thanks to Andersen's stalwart netminding,  the (penalized) Leafs came out of the OT unscathed.

Marner nearly took Darling out to sea, but natoh, he didn't shoot high enough.  If he had, it would have been a hi-lite reel goal no doubt.

1 Toronto           - Toronto @ Chicago                 7PM
2 Washington     - NYRangers @ Washington      7PM
3 Montreal          - Montreal @ Boston                7PM
5 San Jose         - San Jose @ Detroit                 7PM
6 Los Angeles     - Vancouver @ Los Angeles      10PM
4 Calgary           - St.Louis @ Calgary                 10PM

This is good for next week but  ???

I'm sorry to everyone.  I've been so busy having more ed to a new residential address that I think I got in over my head!  Messenger culpa!   

Date now fixed.  :)

Sorry, it's more then just the date. The games are for the 3rd weekend

All fixed.  :)

Tank or not, I'm eager to see the youngsters and the team in general churn out some form of hope (as we've seen so far), and to translate Improvement into winning & eventually be competitive.

All of this will take time, but judging by the seeds planted, so to speak, in the vernacular, the sprouting has slowly but surely begun.

Not expecting the team to make the playoffs doesn't transcend tanking.  Whether they have a lowly finish (bottom five again) or are just simply out of the playoffs,  I'd have faith in our management to draft prudently.

Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Winnik
« on: Yesterday at 02:03:22 AM »
Losing a piece of one's ear.  Difficult to believe that it could happen in hockey the way it did.  Winnik was brave.

Enroth's performance was okay, though that Dalpe goal was questionable on his (Enroth's) part.

Not the best game from anyone, except of course the duo of Nylander & Mathhews,  Polak with his blaster and Hyman on the PK.

One of those stinker games we shoulda, coulda, woulda, but didn't win.

MotM:   Nylander
Hm:      Matthews/Polak

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2016/2017 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: October 20, 2016, 10:22:00 PM »
Happy Birthday, Zee. 

Growing whiskas yet??   :D

That was what irritated me last night watching, struck out swinging at pitches way off the plate during the 7th/8th/9th innings when getting on base and stringing together a few hits or walks could have got the runs needed

Very irritating, indeed.  Feeble swinging at practically 'air', (alright, I didn't mean to describe it that harshly), but yes, one could tell the Jays bats went silent when faced with the kind of pitching the Indians were throwing at them. 

No excuse, though.  Smart hitting means knowing what to do and being versatile enough to figure out what needs to be done.  Cue the hitting coach, the player and the team as a whole.

Cleveland's batters all pitched in in their own way, in various ways.  Communal hitting and all of it.  The Indians claimed no magic potion in winning other than everyone contributing.  How they did probably counts just as much as the results they got.

Oh well, better luck next year, Blue Jays.  Hope they get it right.

Congrats to the Indians on a job well done.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: October 20, 2016, 10:07:59 PM »
In a nutshell...

"Trump hasn't managed to ignite some White Power movement...what he's done is relegitimize attitudes that had become unacceptable in polite conversation and often career-ending in public discourse."


"[Republicans now] owe it to the country to clean up after themselves.  It's time to renounce and marginalize the last vestiges of a 1950's social order --if not from a moral imperative, then surely from a political one".

About time.

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