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In my youth I was a Leafs fan because there were only 2 Canadian Hockey teams and the Leafs had a monopoly on the English television broadcasts. To watch the Canadiens I either had to watch in French ("Le Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut!!") or wait until the Leafs played the Canadiens, when the Canadiens would beat the Leafs 9 out of every 10 games even if the Leafs goalie stopped 42 shots in each of those games.
After years of watching the Leafs giving away draft choices, trading away talented players, and basically selling out in any way possible for cash I just stopped following them - right around the same time Sittler cut the "C" off of his uniform in disgust. Pretty much lost interest in the NHL in general.
Became a Jets fan early in their WHA days and during Jets NHL version 1 and present.
Able to follow the NHL more widely with cable and other options so get a chance to see the best players and teams play as much as I want.
Canadian English broadcast networks still focus 95 percent on the Leafs even with 7 Canadian teams. And the Canadiens still seem to beat the Leafs 9 out of 10 games with the Leafs goalies stopping 42 shots in each of those games.
Some things never change.
Thank god for cable, IPTV, PPV, and True North.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:49 PM on December 17
Played slopitch one year with a cricket player. Guy played 2nd base - without a glove. Caught with both hands and covered more ground than any 2nd baseman I've played with.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:33 PM on December 17
Rodgers has more talent and health on both sides of the field in GB than he would have in Texas without Watt.
I'd question that. Green Bay has a below average defense that is workable because Rodgers presence forces teams to play differently to keep pace. Houston has a really good defense because of Watt but they also have an offense that rates above average. Coaching is certainly on the Packers side.
The current MVP odds according to those invest in their beliefs.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:28 PM on December 15
This is the formula that helped Doug Flutie become ONE OF the greatest quarterbacks in CFL history
Anthony Calvillo is the greatest QB the CFL has ever seen. Like Flutie, Garcia and others he was not highly regarded at the NFL draft because he was considered too small. He was mobile, a deadly accurate passer, and extremely smart - all qualities required of a successful CFL QB.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:35 AM on December 15
I'm implying that the prevailing thought that QBs who don't have the passing skills to play in the NFL are hot commodities up here - nothing could be further from reality.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:15 AM on December 15
Ottawa is about an 8 hour drive from Cleveland. Manziel might as well load up and hit the highway before winter sets in.
1. Manziel has played 1 NFL game in an offense that hasn't looked like it was even partly functional since the Bernie Kosar days (when it was partly functional).
2. The CFL is a quarterback league, much more so than the NFL. QBs who can't cut it in the NFL are even less capable of playing in the CFL.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:48 AM on December 15
I'd rather us just actually draft good players and develop them instead of gambling on vets
Guessing you have no aspirations of becoming a Yankee executive.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:31 AM on December 12
They'd never had a postseason ace like him before ...
And Lester is a postseason ace?
posted by cixelsyd at 04:26 PM on December 10
Lester goes from being underpaid to sickeningly overpaid.
I do expect he has 1 or 2 more good years left in the rotation ...
Do the Cubs really think they have a squad capable of challenging during the next 2 years?
Lester isn't going to bring the additional 17 wins the Cubs need to make the post season even if he has a career year.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:43 AM on December 10
Calgary by 12
posted by cixelsyd at 02:50 PM on November 27
Sherman is getting paid millions per year because the NFL is successful and not because mankind has elevated him to being the voice of the people.
Grow the fuck up and abide by your employer's wishes or find a job elsewhere like the rest of us.
With emphasis on elsewhere.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:55 PM on November 26
I'm having trouble connecting
It is Sherman that is having trouble connecting his string of random rants into anything sensible or entertaining.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:51 AM on November 26
Skip the ballots and just send Pedro and The Unit induction invitations.
Of course if there is a ballot some moronic Yankee sportswriter will cross out Pedro in favor of Rich Monteleone.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:53 PM on November 24
Teams had given up on Lowry because of his injury history. He's the type of player a team grows to count on for steady performance every night ..... as long as he is healthy.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:37 AM on November 23
Hamilton by 13
Calgary by 8
posted by cixelsyd at 10:18 AM on November 20
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