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These Raps are mighty confident...

ESPN pegs the Raptors at 100% the chances for making the playoffs and gives them a 71% chance to make the championship final.  It also gives them a 41% chance of winning it all.

Fazed by all of that?  Nah, not these Raptors...

"We don't care about nothing ESPN is saying, honestly," DeRozan said. "Nobody cares what anybody says. We care about everybody that's got this Raptors jersey on. Everything else don't matter to us, man."

"We've got our confidence," Vasquez added. "We don't need anybody to talk about us, whether it's good or bad."

"We like playing on the road, we like playing in other people's arenas, we get a thrill out of going to other people's houses and beating them," DeRozan said. "If you've got that type of mentality, we can go a long way."

"I think two years ago, a year-and-a-half ago, we would have folded the tent," Casey said. "But there seems to be a resolve developing with our players, fighting through stuff, fighting through adversity, making adjustments at halftime mentally and physically. That's a tough way to live throughout this live. As a coach I'd prefer we'd start doing it the first quarter. . . that's our next step."

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Ashes
« on: Today at 03:18:31 AM »
Australian cricket star Philip Hughes dead from "catastrophic" injury to head by ball...

MotM:   Leo the Lion (plenty of rooaarrr)
Hm:     Kadri

Mentions to Bozak, Bernier, Holzer, Gardiner, Lupul and the entire Leafs team.

Enjoyed watching last night's Leafs/Penguins tilt. It looked more like a playoff game with it's high intensity -- an uptempo game that saw our Leafs go skate for skate, puck for puck, and hit for hit with Pittsburgh.

Impressed with the total team effort, getting results from all lines and giving Pittsburgh a tough time out there.  It isn't often that we see the Leafs play so cohesively and consistently throughout a game, but against the Pens, no matter the score, the Leafs were persistent.

Too bad for the OT.  But it's a positive that the team can continue to build on, as Carlyle mentioned.

BTW, when Komarov scores, the Leafs are a perfect 6-0.

Good game, good effort.  Now, if only we could find a way to keep the Pens' #87 & #71 off the scoresheet...

I started following RG3 in his final year at Baylor. He was amazing. When draft was approaching everyone knew Luck would go first. That year Colt finished last followed by the Rams. The Rams already had a Qb in Sam Bradford (no longer). So the Rams were going to trade that pick.

In my mind I kept saying, anyone but Washington. And of course the Redskins drafted him. He has a phenomenal first year. Completely mind blowing. Never had I witnessed such greatness from a first year QB. Until he got injured in the wild card game.

All went downhill from there on end.

He is being benched this week for a 3rd string qb. All signs point to his time in Washington is finished.

From saying and doing all the right things in his rookie year - the guy can't utter two words now without throwing his team under the bus.

Next stop, hellhole NY Jets or worse Philly.

... and one wonders why (and how) things change drastically for some people (like RG3)?

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Health and Fitness Thread
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:09:14 PM »

Games for Round 9:

Saturday Nov.29   Deadline is Saturday 7pm.  All times Eastern.

Washington at Toronto              -   7PM
Ottawa at Tampa Bay                -   7PM
New Jersey at NYIslanders         -   7PM
Dallas at Colorado                      -   9PM
Chicago at Los Angeles              -  10PM
Anaheim at San Jose                 -  10:30PM

Good Luck all!  :)

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Pat Quinn has died
« on: November 25, 2014, 05:15:57 AM »
What a sad day for the LeafsNation. To think that the Mighty Quinn would go too...

Gosh, two Pats gone, and they were some of the best coaches the Leafs ever had, and I have plenty of long memories of Leafian years past, but these memories were among the most satisfying.

Condolences to the Quinn family.

Rest In Peace, Pat, and teach God some hockey tips.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2014/2015 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: November 24, 2014, 04:32:22 PM »

8 out of 10 are at home.   Leafs need to make some hay this chunk.

They have a good chance to take advantage of that.  Less travel movement should leave them less 'fatigued' even though some games will be played in a short span. 

Let's face it, all the team they play here are no pushovers.  Lots of skating and offence, which means the Leafs will need to be defensively (and offensively) astute.  No easy games or teams. Both Bernier & Reimer need to be ready for more work.

6-4 to be realistic.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2014-2015 NHL Thread
« on: November 24, 2014, 04:17:38 PM »
Never forget that Big Red Machine (Central Red Army).  They were something.  And Tikhonov, as authoritarian a figure he was, was probably the best they had in the time be coached.

"Miracle on Ice" was highly symbolic signaling the coming end of the Cold War with the Soviets, and at that time the coming of the soon-to-be "Glasnost & Perestroika" with Moscow.

11 Events / Re: Saturday Pick'Em Round 8 Nov 22 7:00 PM ET
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:55:02 AM »
Round 8

hockeyfan1 - 21
Big Daddy - 18
Madferret - 18
BarMutt - 13
Tigger - 12
seahawk - 7

Hf1 with the perfect week - nice job L! You got the conch!

Thanks Dev!  :)  I'll post the games for the next round by midweek at the latest.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2014-2015 NHL Thread
« on: November 23, 2014, 11:52:23 AM »
Hypothetically-speaking, should Eakins get fired, is there a chance he could return to the Leafs organization?

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: AHL Franchise News
« on: November 23, 2014, 11:20:06 AM »
Attendance record for a U.S. indoor hockey game,  between the AHL's Syracuse Crunch & the Utica Comets, in Syracuse, N.Y.  Attendance was 30,715.

Solid game in all areas.  Very adept at taking advantage of scoring opportunities (I liked the way Holland found the net on that goal), and the way the team is executing the play.

Bernier has been back to being Bernier.

Best of all, the Leafs came out playing with purpose and plenty of confidence in these last two home wins (Tampa Bay and now Detroit), particularly after all the brouhaha following their pathetic 9-2 loss to the Predators.

All good.  Keep up the good works, boys!


MotM:   Bozak
Hm:      Berniee

Mentions to Holland, Kadri, Komarov, Franson, Phaneuf, et al.

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