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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: Today at 01:25:33 PM »
The Toronto FC ties a franchise-setting record of 11 wins (also set last season), as they defeat the Montreal Impact 2-1 at home in Toronto, yesterday (Saturday).

But no without a price, as in some injuries to some players, including star striker Sebastian Giovinco, out with an abductor injury.  Too bad for Giovinco as he is to join Italy's national team, gli AZZURRI, for Euro 2016.  However, there will be a medical reassessment to determine his status before travelling to Italy.

The TFC stand fourth in the Eastern Conference and the roster needs all hands on deck to guarantee the team's position for it's playoff spot.  With Cheyrou, Lovitz, and Warner out (though the latter will be serving a suspension), plus Altidore's srint with the U.S. national team and now Giovinco...ouch!  That stings for the TFC.

The team remains upbeat and positive going into the stretch.  Let's hope they continue that way.


General NHL News & Views / Re: 2014-2015 NHL Thread
« on: August 28, 2015, 11:38:24 PM »
Arbour was  masterfull behind the Islander bench during the team's transition period to eventual four-time Stanley Cup champions..   No surprise that Arbour's mentor was Scotty Bowman, another great master tactician and motivator.

As an Isles fan, I'II always have fond memories of those Stanley Cup winning years, and of the Islanders 19 consecutive playoff wins, a record still standing to this day in pro sports.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Weather Thread
« on: August 28, 2015, 03:06:25 AM »
Fall forecast for most of Canada calls for warmer weather through October, but not all regions will feel it the same.  Here's a summarization of what's to come:

Out West, drought will continue throughout September and parts of October.  Bad news for fire-stricken areas.  It will also be warmer than normal until late fall.

Out in the Prairies, ranging from Manitoba to Northern Ontario, expect there to be plenty of rain including early frost.

In Southcentral Ontario including Quebec, it will be mostly pleasant and warmer than normal with very little rainfall well into the month of October.

Atlantic Canada will receive most of the chill resulting from the Arctic air mass including some heavy storms directed at Newfoundland in particular.  For the rest of the region, storms will be few.

Finally, El Niño, where have you been?  The fact that the Pacific Ocean currents are warming up stronger than ever we shall say, is an indication for a milder winter across most of Canada this year, especially for Western and eastern parts of the country, with less snow possibly around the Great Lakes area.

Read the full fall/winter forecast here:

General NHL News & Views / Re: Official Ottawa Senators Thread
« on: August 26, 2015, 10:56:44 PM »
No one should begrudge him if that's how he keeps in shape.  As long as it doesn't affect his play, no one (in Senatorsland) will be complaining.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Lamoriello named Leafs General Manager
« on: August 26, 2015, 10:23:55 AM »
May you all "Live long and prosper!"

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2015/2016 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: August 24, 2015, 05:09:42 PM »
Forgot to mention that perhaps you could capitalize the players names to make the text standout and even more readable.  :)

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2015/2016 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: August 24, 2015, 05:07:44 PM »
Trying to come up with better fonts in Google Sheets, not many built in.  Here's some alignment and font changes:

This one seems more pleasing to the eye, with not too much colour contrasting and the text in black.  Very readable and better.  :)

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Series 38: Blue Jays at Angels
« on: August 22, 2015, 05:59:26 AM »
9-2 win for the Jays over the Angels Friday night.   David Price going a solid eight innings, bewildering Angels' All-Star Mike Trout.

Lots of offensive contributions from the likes of Martin, Pillar, Revere, Donaldson, Encarnacion, Smoak (a long bomber of a homer), et al.

Jays are now four up on the Angels for the Wildcard and half a game back of the Yankees (losers to the Indians) in the A.L. East.


Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Nik Anrtropov
« on: August 20, 2015, 07:26:05 PM »
Here is retrospective article (dated March 2015) from a former senior editor of the Toronto Sun, (who was involved in the promotion of the 2001 Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Planner as a fundraiser for SickKids), and includes pictures, etc. of various Leafs players from that time including the Antropovs, as well as some updated info of each:

Today Nik is still playing hockey in the KHL where he is captain of Barys Astana in his native Kazakhstan (although he also became a Canadian citizen in 2007 while playing with the Leafs)

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Potential New Jays President
« on: August 20, 2015, 02:35:03 AM »
I agree as well.   And why not, after all,  who better than AA, who's been with the Jays long enough by now to know the various aspects of it.

Not saying anything about overall standings but expect a lot more from this team on a no quit level.

That's exactly where I expect Babcock to lead.  He is one who demands leadership & example from veterans, learning & hard work from the youngsters and a general overall team cohesion.

Perhaps in that regard, one can say that's what distinguishes or what will  distinguish a 'bad' coaoh from a 'good' one, at least in the Leafs' case, the difference being what one or more coaches could not accomplish even with  a roughly similar roster.

Of course, this is all hypothesizing because Babcock has yet to coach a single game yet behind the Leafs bench.  What Babcock achieved with Detroit stays with Detroit.  To Babcock right now, the Toronto Maple Leafs  are nothing but foreign.

Which is why, surrounding oneself with other experiened and in-depth knowledgeable people, such as the likes of Lemaire and to a certain extent Lamoriello et al,  as the saying goes, every little bit helps.

All Sports But Hockey / Re: Tiger Woods to play Bridgestone Invitational
« on: August 17, 2015, 03:25:50 PM »
Why did you bump a 4 year old thread for this?

A golf thread per se obviously doesn't excite too many since there isn't one.  Thought I'd put the info here instead.  :)

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Series 36:Yankees at Jays
« on: August 17, 2015, 10:20:52 AM »
Watching the game I was surprised when Price came out for the 8th. We have the horses in the pen, use them. I was expecting my man LaTroy to come out for the 8th. Sanchez probably could have used a day of rest but oh well. Second outing in a row he's allowed inherited runners to score. Let's see how he progresses.

Revere batting wasn't an issue. I wish we still had Valencia though.

Gibbons has started and will continue using the rotation judiciously:

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Jays Down the Stretch
« on: August 17, 2015, 09:59:45 AM »
   Tues Aug 18         @ Phillies         7:05p   
   Wed Aug 19         @ Phillies         7:05p   
   Fri Aug 21            @ Angels         10:05p   
   Sat Aug 22           @ Angels         9:05p   
   Sun Aug 23          @ Angels         3:35p   
   Tues Aug 25         @ Rangers         8:05p   
   Wed Aug 26         @ Rangers         8:05p   
   Thurs Aug 27       @ Rangers   

The toughest series in this group of eight appears to be the Angels. Confident the Jays will match 'em though.  All road-games schedule.  This will be a test for the Jays on how they'll handle the w/l column.

The Jays w/l breakdown:  Home 40-33   Road:  25-31

Road record needs improvement.


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