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Sick of the leafs?

Posted 3:46 AM ET | Comments 18
Anyone out there sick of hearing about the leafs on all the sports channels, internet blogs, and radio shows? I personally am, and I have developed a hatred for the leafs.

Although the Maple Leafs are the centre of the hockey world, they are not the centre of MY hockey world. I think it is unfair that every Saturday night that I sit down to watch HNIC, The leafs play the first game every single time.

The leafs are not a good hockey club; they are managed poorly, coached poorly, and have done nothing to progress their hockey team to an elite level in over a decade. This team should be the Ney York Yankees of hockey.

Although many teams have not become elite hockey clubs in the past decade, one would figure that the team that professional hockey revolves around would have atleast become a legitimate contender for the stanley cup in recent years. I do realize that the leafs made it to the conference finals several years ago, but they never really had a chance in H-E-double hockey sticks to even compete for a cup. The last team i remember even mentioning in the same sentence as the cup was the leafs team captained by Doug Gilmour (back in '93 or so).

Now to address the issue. In my views, it all boils down to the way the club is managed from the top down. It seems as if this team is run by some incredibly gifted individuals in the marketing aspect of things, but it also seems as if these people know nothing about the game itself.

I am speaking purely from an outsiders perspective. The only info that I get is read from newspapers, watched on TV, or read on blogs... reluctantly; However, this is my humble opinion and i know that this blog will probably be the least popular blog on here. This is just a blog from what seems to be the only person on this planet who doesn't worship the Toronto Maple Leafs.

-Go Oilers Go.
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February 8, 2008 11:50 AM ET | Delete
Yeah, we should all the watch the Oilers instead. They're awesome this year!Toronto is Canada's biggest city and television is driven by ratings. A simple concept which seems to elude thousands of whiners such as yourself year after year after year.
February 8, 2008 1:06 PM ET | Delete
Ironically you are just contributing to all the attention thrust on the Maple Leaf franchise.Funny how that works, eh?
February 8, 2008 1:18 PM ET | Delete
Toronto also plays first because they're in the Eastern Time Zone! Of course they will be the first game on before western teams like Edmonton, Calgary, and the 'Nucks...
February 8, 2008 1:47 PM ET | Delete
to be honest, I'd rather watch the Leafs struggle than the Senators struggle... and especially more than the Oiler's struggle or the Canuck's bore.
February 8, 2008 2:48 PM ET | Delete
Here is how it works - there are more people inthe the southern ontario market than there are in any oher market in Canada. There are more leaf fans than there are for any other team. HNIC and the other media are there to make money or get ratings for thier owners /management.Showing/covering the leafs is the easiest way to do that. Everyone loves a trainwreck...There are not enough fans of the western Canadaian teams to justify moving the leafs out of their timeslot. Only Montreal can compete withthem for fans outside their own market and the habs are already being carried nationally on RDS. It's sad but really the rest of Canada only cares about the small market teams when they win. and edmonton is not winning. you may have noticed...
February 8, 2008 4:52 PM ET | Delete
You can't get uptight about this stuff. Every league has it's team that commands a lot of media attention: Cowboys in Football, Yankees in Baseball, Man U in the English Premiereship. Sure it's kind of boring - but I can also remember times when the NY Rangers gave TML a run for their money in terms of this kind of attention. What's more idiotic is some of the trade speculation. If Dave Nonis gives up Kesler, Edler, Schneider and a conditional first round to rent Sundin for a few months he should be taken round back and shot.
February 8, 2008 5:42 PM ET | Delete
Well you are right that the leafs are poorly managed and coached. This team is trying to start off new and change their ways from the past. In all honesty they should have been cup contenders but in the past were poorly managed and tried to buy their way to the top. The reason they are played first is because of the time slot. Toronto also attracts alot of corporate sponsorship and since its the biggest city in Canada the ratings go through the roof. I know how you feel but Edmonton still gets great coverage. When we had the Jets in Winnipeg we never were on HNIC. It was alot worse then. Now on a Saturday you can watch all of the canadian teams almost. The coverage of Western Teams is alot better then it used to be.
February 8, 2008 9:30 PM ET | Delete
Well i agree with you, but the leafs are part of the car crash theory, so horrible and shitty you have to watch.
February 8, 2008 10:21 PM ET | Delete
hey leafs cant be that horrible or that shitty, i mean they did beat your precious unbeatable senators twice i think now and beating a team on a hot streak like montreal. leafs are a team yea they need to rebuild but they keep you guessing they can come out all lines firing or get blown out its a surprise everytime lol
February 8, 2008 11:02 PM ET | Delete
at least we all know the leafs suck...and have for a long while.sens and habs meanwhile will try and dazzle you with a winning streak here and there and claim to be the NHL elite. except that the only thing that matters is the stanley cup. that being said...the leafs, habs or sens will not win it this year...no canadian team will in fact and if you believe otherwise than you're just as bad as those ignorant leafs fans that believe their team will win the cup every october!
February 9, 2008 12:40 AM ET | Delete
Sick of the leafs? Sick of the whining across the league! I am sure habs fans will understand as the love and dedication carries past the hockey season. Toronto and Montreal carry this league, the story made the league what it is. Yes Management and down puts the leafs in the position they are. SO hopefully our old friend CLiff will make it right. In the end without Toronto financially this league would not exist. Toronto brings up the dollar value and the market value..so for all those "small market only interest when winning teams " thank the hockey gods for Toronto's market/media value or else the only teams that would exist would surround 100km of the great lakes or north of the Canadian border. oh the cup - yes 40 years plus and this year.. ahha not a hope in hell... but we are fans so we always have hope without it you are as we say a "bandwagon jumper".. or something like that.. GO LEAFS GO!
February 9, 2008 12:46 AM ET | Delete
markoftrad - quote: "Well i agree with you, but the leafs are part of the car crash theory, so horrible and shitty you have to watch."And really you think the sens are going to get as far as you did last year? AlfredClown has no integrity, heart or care. He is there for the money - and the sens can only wish they don't have to meet the leafs in the playoffs as we all know how that plays out. so... long story short the leafs won't be there to meet your ELITE team.. that will exit first round with Toronto's presence regardless...
February 9, 2008 1:47 PM ET | Delete
you are a moron and this article should never have been posted. the author knows nothing of what he speaks and should shut up and go help horcoff with his rehab or something. guess what? a study interviewing players determined toronto is the most desirable place to play in the nhl, and edmonton? 3rd least desirable. wow must suck to have no potential for signing free agents. The Passion That Unites Us All. Go Leafs Go...turn it around Fletch!
February 10, 2008 12:59 AM ET | Delete
yeah... about that Toronto being the destination of choice... I don't know if I agree with that, if you could provide a link or something, I'd totally buy it up... but that kind of statement needs to be sourced. Don't get me wrong, I know Edmonton is not where anyone wants to sign, but Toronto is NOT as far ahead of that as one might think. All we have is the national spotlight and a preferential travel schedule.
February 10, 2008 11:01 AM ET | Delete
As a realistic Leaf Fan, how dare you compare us to the New York Yankees!! They've at least won the World Series with their theories on putting teams together.I understand your point of view, but as mentioned above it's all about the almighty dollar. And our Leafs make the most. Deal with it. Like we've had to deal with futility.
February 11, 2008 1:52 PM ET | Delete
Wow, looks like alot of you decided to get angry and attack my favourite team. I am realistic, No the Oilers arent doing good this year, and no not everyone should watch them. I dont expect this blog or any other blog to convert any leaf fans to oiler fans. I was simply making a point on how bad the leafs are as a team, and how it is unjustified that they are the most successful team in hockey financially.
February 11, 2008 2:00 PM ET | Delete
And by the way, blue bleeder calling me a moron or an idiot? This one didnt even slightly anger me, only made me laugh. Sir, if you read your own comment, you'll realize that it has little to nothing to do with the blog I posted. All you did was tell me the leafs are awesome, the oilers suck, and that i should help Horcoff rehab. Please refrain from posting comments to my blog.
March 9, 2008 11:37 AM ET | Delete
cvick, I feel your pain bro. Oilers hockey is a very different brand and Edmonton is not without their Superfans. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it. This logo is warn in every rink, not just our own. Even when we do come to Edmonton, the blue and white sweaters come out in droves. So your wanting to vomit everytime you see Leafs hockey is either something you'll have to get used to or you'll simply have to turn off the TV. Good luck with either.
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