The Morning After: May 3, 1967

TORONTO (June 17) — Rummaging through my large collection of newspapers and sports publications is an ongoing pursuit… and probably will be until I’m beneath the grass. Most items were purchased (or given to me) in the 1980’s and 90’s,… Read More

You Think Marner Is The Problem?

TORONTO (June 14) — With the longest–ever Stanley Cup drought guaranteed (next May 2) to reach 58 years, the Toronto Maple Leafs, today, have only three defensemen of National Hockey League caliber under contract. None will threaten to win the… Read More

We’re a Bush League Sports Town

TORONTO (June 10) — Maybe the Argos can offer to pay Uber fare. Or, gas and depreciation. Anything, in fact, that might allow at least one of Toronto’s three daily newspapers to assign a reporter to BMO Field. Way, way… Read More

So, What Is Mitch Thinking?

TORONTO (June 7) — Nothing about the apparent strategy of the Maple Leafs, beginning next month, should come as a surprise to beleaguered star Mitch Marner. Whether he accepts the strategy is a different matter. Timing, economics and a tepid… Read More

It’s Elementary: Marner Has To Go

TORONTO (May 31) — I will emphasize the point once more, primarily because, since 2021, I’ve been close to 100 percent accurate about the Corpse–4 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. That under no circumstance could the Leafs prevail in the… Read More

What Are These People Saying?

TORONTO (May 26) — Nothing in sports media should surprise me anymore. Not after writing or speaking about the Toronto Maple Leafs for the past 35 years. But, I have to admit: I’m astonished at the number of reputable correspondents… Read More

No Chance Mitch Marner Will Waive

TORONTO (May 23) — It was just more than 16 years ago, in March 2008, that fans of the Maple Leafs briefly turned on franchise scoring leader Mats Sundin. Responding, as it were, to Sundin exercising a provision that allowed… Read More

What Is Rogers Waiting For?

TORONTO (May 22) — With the Maple Leafs (we think) committing to a seismic shift in philosophy, when might the Toronto Blue Jays acknowledge their own mismanaged structure? Or, is this all about putting lipstick on Rogers Centre? The… Read More

Is That The Best MLSE Could Do?

TORONTO (May 17) — In the eight days since firing Sheldon Keefe, the Toronto Maple Leafs had every living, breathing human to choose from as a coach that would guide Auston Matthews and William Nylander during their biological primes in… Read More

What Are The Argonauts Doing?

TORONTO (May 15) — My favorite professional sports team; in fact, the only team for which I maintain an emotional attachment, appears to be imploding before our very eyes. Or, at least partially imploding. How else can we explain the… Read More

Again, Leafs Fans, There’s Only One

TORONTO (May 13) — I’m going to begin by asking a question for which there is no logical answer: Why would the Maple Leafs, in their pursuit of a coach to replace Sheldon Keefe, look anywhere but in the direction… Read More

Actually, the Leafs Did It Right

TORONTO (May 10) — After the Maple Leafs fired Sheldon Keefe on Thursday, the headline to my blog read ALWAYS THE EASIEST PATH FOR MLSE. I would therefore consider myself an insufferable hypocrite if I began this column by piling… Read More

Always The Easiest Path For MLSE

TORONTO (May 9) — It should come as no surprise that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment appears to be following the path of least resistance. Again. Rather than starting from scratch and building a new hockey department, the Leafs, today,… Read More

Leafs Fans Deserve Housecleaning

TORONTO (May 7) — The hockey bar in this city is so low that giving it an honest try over three games, while doing just enough to lose again in the opening playoff round, was acceptable for at least one… Read More

Loss Leads to Throwaway Season

TORONTO (May 5) — Yeah, the Maple Leafs gave it a shot; more–so than any of us felt possible after Game 4 produced one of the most desultory home playoff displays of all time. In the end, however, it was… Read More

May the 4th Be With You

TORONTO (May 4) — Some impertinent notes and notions on the Saturday of Game 7… Tonight will mark the eighth time that the Toronto Maple Leafs have appeared in a Stanley Cup playoff game on May 4. The club’s record… Read More

The Bruins are Toast

TORONTO (May 3) — After Games 5 and 6 of this playoff round between Toronto and Boston, we can genuinely tell you the Bruins no longer deserve to win. It doesn’t mean they won’t, as the law of averages has… Read More

Pressure Is All On The Maple Leafs

TORONTO (May 1) — Oh, they tried, desperately, in the supper hour tonight: Mark Masters, Glen Schiller, Bryan Hayes, Bruce Boudreau and the other talking heads on Leafs–owned TSN claiming the pressure in the Toronto–Boston playoff series has shifted to… Read More
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