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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: Today at 12:34:49 AM »
I want my hockey fix!!  ;D

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: September 28, 2014, 01:23:18 AM »
On the comeback trail!  Talk about the winning way!

Three goals in just under 27 minutes, all in the second half, propelled the TFC to a come-from-behind victory over the Portland Timbers, Saturday at BMO Field.

The TFC not only have a very modest three-game winning streak going, they also earned a franchise record 11th win of
the season, it also got them into 5th place in the Eastern
Conference, albeit temporarly..


Coach Greg Vanney called it "a remarkable comeback."

"When I look in the guys’ eyes after, they’re believing," he said. "They’re very much believing in what they have to accomplish this season."

The game marked the second time in club history that Toronto FC has overcome a two-goal deficit to win in MLS league play

It also was the 15th consecutive sellout at BMO Field, helping set a league record as the 113th soldout match across all teams this season.[color]

For more:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/tfc-score-three-second-half-goals-to-win-3-2/

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Training Camp Thread
« on: September 28, 2014, 01:04:05 AM »
Clarkson earned himself a 10-game regular season suspension for jumping the bench during a melee, in a pre-season game last year against the Sabres.

Now, this.  It's always something with this guy.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:31:31 PM »
Jays have been mathematically eliminated after KC's win last night. Jays pounded Felix Hernandez and the Mariners 10-2, if that means anything.


Oh, it probably means they can beat the best when they want to, and can't be bothered to be consistent when it counts the most in a season.  Really. Nice.  Those are our Flew Jays.

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OK. Nylander makes the team, yes.

Doubt it, but he looks good!


Nylander impressed many with his fluidity & speed.  He needs more experience and has to play more.  it's doubtful he'll make the roster, it will depend on where the Leafs feel it's best for him to gain that extra edge.

The 18-year-old son of longtime NHL forward Michael Nylander acknowledged being nervous in his first taste of professional hockey in North America.

“The pregame warmup, I was just looking around and I was like, ‘This was crazy.”‘ Nylander said. “Then the nerves started to kick in even more."

Carlyle said no one can dispute Nylander’s skill...“There’s some things that we’d like to see him change, and one of them would be stopping more and being in position on the right side of the puck,” Carlyle said. “He’s one of those guys when he gets the puck, he has a little bit more of a burst of speed than the normal player, that’s for sure.”


http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nylander-scores-in-debut-as-leafs-beat-flyers/






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General NHL News & Views / Re: Champions Hockey League (Europe)
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:26:32 PM »
As someone who watches quite a lot of European hockey I feel it sometimes gets a bit of a bum deal. Fighting does get you a 5+ game penalty, but there's plenty of physicality and hitting as well and no end of skill, though it varies across the leagues.

The next round of games is today and tomorrow

http://www.championshockeyleague.net/page/schedule/8/gb/

Games in this round I'll be watching

Adler Mannheim (Germany) v Sparta Prague (Czech)
Lulea (Sweden) v Lukka Rauma (Finland)
Karpat Oulu (Finland) v Kosice (Slovakia)

and

Nottingham (Britain) v Hamburg (Germany) This is Nottingham's best (all be it hugely slim) chance of getting a point.

It would be great if the CHL winners could take on the Stanley Cup champions in the 3 game series the following year or something.


It would probably be, since the NHL would get greater exposure.  Doubt it will happen so soon, so fast, but perhaps in time, especially if the World Cup of Hockey does not become a definite consistent event for the future.

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Nice homecoming performance by Kadri.  Clicked well on a line with Booth.  They both impressed.

Liked Holzer and the way he handled the rough situations, such as his encounter with the Flyers' Simmonds.

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:10:57 PM »
Gilberto and Bradley lead the Toronto FC to victory, a 3-O whitewash of Chivas USA.  The win brings the TFC to within 3 points of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/toronto-fc-shuts-out-chivas-usa-to-snap-winless-skid-1.2773564

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: September 20, 2014, 07:42:53 PM »
Six losses in a row. Pretty sad. Looks like they take care of business against the poor teams but don't have an answer for the good ones. They are in 3rd place in the division and could fall as far as 4th by the time things are all done. A very disappointing finish after a strong May.


I echo same.  This team sings the same old tune when it counts the most.
Goes to show just how good a team are (*sic*) when they do well against teams below them and terrible against the better ones.

Sigh.  One continually frustrated fan!  😬

When you have Gose, Goins, Kawasaki and Pilar rounding out the bottom half of your batting order, I'm not quite sure why people expect better results.


That's precisely why it's so frustrating!

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Why the Leafs will be better...
« on: September 20, 2014, 06:08:50 PM »
I don't see how the Leafs got better in goal when they have the exact same goalies as last year.  Also, they have lost Mason Raymond who was quite productive last season.  They got some new guys but really they will be slightly better at the most.

Clarkson is hanging over this team like an albatross.  The Leafs could have several good players in the lineup instead of his huge waste of a contract. 
Now they're talking about putting him on the 2nd line, it's a joke.  He should either be put on the 4th line or DFA'ed.  That's all he deserves after last
season.


It's up to Reimer to prove otherwise.  The Leafs have the same goaltenders, but, since one is already a proven capable (Bernier), the other one (Reimer) as yet to prove his consistency.  If he shows to be better than be can be, then
two is better than one.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Why the Leafs will be better...
« on: September 20, 2014, 01:24:32 PM »
The Leafs goaltending may provide an insight into how the team will fare on the ice this year.  Didn't Reimer say that he was prepared to showcase himself, determined to challenge Bernier for the starter's job?  That mentality alone is a good starting (attitude) point.

Imagine having two top-notch netminders, ready, able, and in  winning mode.
Big confidence booster that will be just in net alone, the rest of the team will eventually follow and flow, hopefully doing same, adapting & improving.

My point being that change needs to not just happen, but start from somewhere on out.  Strong goaltending, improved defend, adaptive forwards equals success. 

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:21:45 PM »
Six losses in a row. Pretty sad. Looks like they take care of business against the poor teams but don't have an answer for the good ones. They are in 3rd place in the division and could fall as far as 4th by the time things are all done. A very disappointing finish after a strong May.


I echo same.  This team sings the same old tune when it counts the most.
Goes to show just how good a team are (*sic*) when they do well against teams below them and terrible against the better ones.

Sigh.  One continually frustrated fan!  😬

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Mayor Rob Ford
« on: September 19, 2014, 02:05:50 AM »
Rob Ford's statement (in part):

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...thank you to the good people of Toronto.

I am humbled by your overwhelming kindness and support.

It means the world to us that so many of you have reached out to show
concern and offer prayers.

With the love and support of my family, my friends, and the people of Toronto — I will beat this! I am determined to face this head on and return strong for
my family and for my city.


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For the past 14 years, as Councillor and as Mayor, I have worked hard to bring about change at City Hall and make life a little bit easier for the average hard working people of Toronto.

I was not alone in this, my brother Doug was by my side, sharing my vision, fighting for the great people of Toronto. I never could have accomplished what we did without him.

Last week I asked my brother to carry the torch and continue the work we started together.

I’m happy that he’s agreed. Toronto needs Doug Ford as Mayor.


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YOU, the people of Toronto, have been with me since day one. Now I ask you to throw your support behind Doug.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and well wishes.

But most importantly I want to thank my lovely, caring, wife Renata who has been with me and by my side from day one.

My heart goes out to anyone facing similar health battles, and to your families who are standing strong behind you.

Don’t ever give up. Be strong, stay positive and have hope —just never ever give up. God bless all of you and all the best.


http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/toronto2014election/2014/09/18/rob_ford_releases_statement.html?app=noRedirect





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General NHL News & Views / Re: Champions Hockey League (Europe)
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:45:05 AM »
Saw the recap highlights.  Looks like exciting hockey, complete with checks, fights, hits, plenty of drama in the scoring category, etc.  It's not the NHL, it's European, and it's got it's uniqueness.

One thing -- the uniforms, the team jerseys.  As much as they are colourful, at least the players are no longer 'skating advertisements' on ice.  Amen to that!

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Mayor Rob Ford
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:25:16 PM »
I know someone who lives with a retroperitoneal mass.  It was thought to be carcinoma but further diagnosis proved negative.  Surgery was ruled out due to the individual's weak state (low hemoglobin levels).  This person mentioned to me that he/she needs  transfusion of blood every six months.
Not a good condition to have but the individual continues his/her daily living even though he/she is no longer employable and survives on a pension.


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