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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: Yesterday at 03:30:11 PM »

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:59:36 AM »
Soccer friendly last night at BMO field between Tottenham Hotspurs & Toronto FC: (Tottenham won 3-2)

http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/spurs-hold-of-defoe-tfcs-late-rally-at-bmo/

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Stamkos in Two Years?
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:47:08 AM »
Hey, wasn't Clarkson the second-coming of a Stamkos-esque star coming home?!  8)

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Thread
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:36:01 AM »
Very nice debut by Sanchez in tonight's game.  Now, let's take the series tomorrow.   :)


I have faith in this team that they'll bounce back and challenge for first In the A.L.East again.  Or perhaps a wildcard spot.  The Jays have got to get back to
 their upswing, and so far, so fair.

Couple of road games against the Yankees & Bosox coming up starting Thursday in New York.  C'mon, let's go Blue Jays!!

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Out with the 'old' in with the new.  Hopefully, Dubas and his analytics will show the Leafs the way to puck possession and an adherence to some semblance of a system.

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They (the Leafs)are the world's most valuable (& richest) hockey team/franchise.

Not to be confused with the Montreal Canadiens, dubbed one of the world's most successful sports franchise with 24 (Stanley Cup) championships.
First are the Yankees with 26 championships.



North American sports franchises (Top 16) -- Leafs are 16th on the list
http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/sports-franchises/15/
If you take the year the Habs won the Cup and take on all the following seasons, the Leafs still have more playoff rounds under their belt, even with the dark days of the salary cap era.


:)

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IMO. Other then being a stupid call on Clarkson's decision to jump off the bench to begin with. I imagine that most fans here thought he showed leadership standing up for Kessel. 

Is that why all the best leaders do it so often?


 Unless bench-clearing are once again allowable, then they'd all be doing it.

Standing up for someone is important, but the way it is done is equally important.  Clarkson's way (jumping off the bench) wasn't the correct thing or way to do, unless Kessel was being pummelled to death literally. (Egads, no!!).

Clarkson could have shown leadership by fighting Scott ahead of time or beforehand, to give Scott the 'message'.  It would have been a courageous thing to do to take on a hulking guy like Scott, but it would have been worth it.

Getting suspended ten games for the opening season was a completely wasted move.  Clarkson should have been on the ice instead on opening night onward, with his new team, familiarizing himself with his linemates, blending in, not sitting in the press box having been suspended on account of poor decision-making on his part during an exibition game.

Tough to forget those actions exacerbated by Clarkson's poor showing during the season.

It's not what I expected from Clarkson.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Cruise ship capsizes off the coast of Italy
« on: July 19, 2014, 07:30:49 AM »
Finally, success!  The Costa Concordia has been refloated successfully, even though work is not yet complete.  The procedure had to be done carefully and precisely, slowly but surely, as thirty sponsons (metal boxes) were attached to the ship's hull all around.  As the sponsons soon fill with water, compressed air was used to force the water out of the sponsons to right the ship, with the ship's hull resting on a makeshift platform.

Not as simple as it sounds.  Here is the step-by-step method:






To refresh, here is an original photo of the gash to the sunken ship's hull:





Complete (updated) story of the successful salvage operation:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/costa-concordia-refloat-operation-succeeds-in-italy-1.2706040

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Click here to see the slideshow of pictures of the wreckage:
http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR3Z2GM#a=1

May all rest in peace.

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They (the Leafs)are the world's most valuable (& richest) hockey team/franchise.

Not to be confused with the Montreal Canadiens, dubbed one of the world's most successful sports franchise with 24 (Stanley Cup) championships.
First are the Yankees with 26 championships.



North American sports franchises (Top 16) -- Leafs are 16th on the list
http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/sports-franchises/15/

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: World Cup 2014
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:35:09 AM »
CSA (Canadian Soccer Association) will be bidding for 2026 World Cup:
(note: the following was written before the WC Final

FIFA organizers say Canadians bought more than 29,000 tickets to World Cup matches, outranking all other nations that didn’t qualify for the Cup and behind only 10 nations that did.

Canada was also the top non-competing nation in attendance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, officials say.

Where else in the world can you go to bars to watch every game and have people from the competing countries cheering on their team?” said British-born Scott Parr,30...Here, it’s so fun because there are rabid fans for every game, not just for one team or game. If I watched it in Australia, after the Australian game was over, the excitement would have likely been over, too.

In January, the Canadian Soccer Association announced that it will bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Its chances of winning, given its lack of stadium infrastructure, are slim, analysts say.

Canada’s chances could soon get a boost when it hosts the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Hosting the World Cup would mean an automatic spot for Canada, which has only qualified once — in 1986. Organizers hope it would spark a transformation similar to that in the U.S. after it hosted the tournament in 1994, giving Canada’s diverse population a chance to become competitive at the world’s most popular sport.

“This is one of the most multicultural countries in the world,” said Globe and Mail journalist John Doyle, who just returned from Brazil after covering the first half of the World Cup.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/world-cup-2014/canada-enjoys-wc-fever-despite-lack-of-success/

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Joffrey Lupul
« on: July 15, 2014, 01:44:09 PM »
In all of the eras where the Leafs had had their greater playoff successes -- most notably in the '60's, '90's, and part of the early 2000's, including the their steady improvement in the
mid-to-late '70's -- they had players who not only led as
captains, scorers, or what have you, but were liked, respected
by both the team they played for and the fans as well. 


Did you ever give a second to consider the possibility that those teams, and their leaders, were liked because the team had success?


Yes.  And vice versa.

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