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TORONTO (June 30) — It’s almost as if the Leafs are making moves to deliberately aggravate their fans. Bad enough that Brendan Shanahan and Kyle Dubas haughtily dismissed the shameful opening–round collapse against Montreal, telling the world nothing about the… Read More
TORONTO (June 29) — I wrote a blog here on Father’s Day that struck a chord. As I knew it would, particularly among sports fans in Toronto. It recounted how my father, Irv, took me to my first Maple Leafs… Read More
TORONTO (June 26) — I will watch hockey for the rest of my life and fail to understand how it happened. Just as I remember sitting in the basement of my next–door neighbor on the afternoon of Apr. 18, 1971… Read More
***TODAY’S BLOG IS DECICATED TO MY COURAGEOUS FRIEND, JOHN BROWN, WHOSE COMPANY, INSITEFUL SOLUTIONS, HOSTS THIS WEBSITE. JOHN IS BATTLING RECURRENT CANCER… AND, THE CANCER IS FINALLY WINNING. NOWHERE WILL YOU ENCOUNTER A MORE–INSPIRING PERSON. GOD WILL BE WITH YOU,… Read More
TORONTO (June 24) — The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. The Habs weren’t presented the trophy after their 4–1 dismantling of the Golden Knights at T–Mobile Arena.
But, trust me, they won the… Read More
TORONTO (June 20) — You can blame Dad. All that nonsense I spewed over the airwaves from 1988 to 2011 and the rather critical eye with which I view your favorite hockey team, today, in my blog… it’s his fault.… Read More
TORONTO (June 19) — Every media dispatch implies that he’s gone. Even Elliotte Friedman, the world’s No. 1 hockey insider, claims the Toronto Maple Leafs will lose Zach Hyman as an unrestricted free agent.
So, why even write this blog,… Read More
TORONTO (June 18) — I’ve been asked by several blog readers why I seem particularly down on the Toronto Maple Leafs right now. It’s a fair question, though the concept of being “up” or “down” on a sports team connotes… Read More
TORONTO (June 16) — This is a classic example of how the Toronto Maple Leafs know they can get away with anything… at any time. Leading off the Leafs page, late today, on the chat forum H–F Boards is the… Read More
TORONTO (June 14) — This blog intends no disrespect toward one of most–dignified players in the modern history of the Toronto Maple Leafs. And, we are delighted that he quickly recovered from the horrific collision with Corey Perry’s knee–pad in… Read More
TORONTO (June 12) — One can barely imagine the frenzy and euphoria in these parts if the Maple Leafs, not the Montreal Canadiens, were about to tangle with the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup semifinals. And, the sheepish… Read More
TORONTO (June 10) — Though he could play the game decently, ex–National Hockey League forward Sean Avery is among the most–profane, distasteful figures in the sport’s history. His shameless, nauseating insults and put–downs are too numerous to waste time listing… Read More
TORONTO (June 7) — Have you noticed that when something whacky happens in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens often wade triumphantly through the muck? Or, much more impressively than anticipated?
It could be materializing again this spring with… Read More
TORONTO (June 6) — Warning: This blog is an hypothesis… until the inert Brendan Shanahan acknowledges that sitting idly leads to another brick wall at playoff time. But, let’s proceed, nonetheless.
Though I’m not advocating the Toronto Maple Leafs throw… Read More
TORONTO (June 5) — So, the week has passed with nary a whimper.
All is forgiven and nearly forgotten. Time to move on, Leafs Nation. But, please, understand this:
Your favorite club has refused to properly allocate money in the… Read More
TORONTO (June 3) — Let me begin by repeating what I have written in this corner on several occasions: I respect Brendan Shanahan. I respected him as a hard–nosed, Hall–of–Fame power forward with a mean streak; exactly the type of… Read More
TORONTO (June 2) — I wanted to write this blog earlier, but the playoff collapse of the Leafs got in the way.
Tuesday, just after noon, represented 10 years since Don Kollins, program director at The FAN–590, told me my… Read More
A few days after another lost season, Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas comes to his end–of–season presser carrying a cross. He spends an hour nailing himself to it. Then we start the process all over again.
— Cathal Kelly, The… Read More