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Toronto, ON • Canada • 40 Years Old • Male

Leafs bonding as a team

Posted 1:49 PM ET | Comments 34
Recently I had the opportunity to relax at a luxurious cottage in Muskoka with my better half Jessie, and a group of young Leafs. Warm summer days and nights enjoying cool water over bare skin, hot food roasted over an open fire and refreshing cold beer down a parched throat. These are the memories you take with you forever.

The first day there, as I emerged from the cottage in a tight speedo, I got a ton of comments and laughs from the boys. "Buddy we're not in Europe here man, holy crap!" I brush it off and dive into the lake, happy to have the day's heat taken away from my sweaty body. As I gaze around at this group of Leafs I realize that I should have no fear of going under in the lake, these specimens would rival any ripped California life guard on any Malibu beach. I'm still always amazed at the shape that the players of today are in. In my day, young hockey playing lads were never this strong, this
precocious, this physically imposing. As I swim up behind Dion, the new captain, these thoughts are raging like a hurricane through my head.

"Hey man, give me some space!", he yells and laughs. Jessie's head shakes, and my better half decides to go and relax with a good book as I frollick in the water some more.

Hockey talk comes up only sparingly during our stay there. We speak more of our childhoods and family memories. Those innocent days when you believe you can accomplish anything in life. Although the days are hot and humid, I get chills as we open up like this. I'm in my element here among these young lads, and I count my blessings at being able to spend this quality time with them. When we do get around to talking about the upcoming hockey season, the confidence that oozes from the players is quite impressive.

"Many fans will be taken by surprise this year", one player remarks. I try to go deeper inside that thought, what exactly does he mean, will the Leafs
be challenging for a playoff spot? "More than that, we'll be comfortably in, not fighting for a spot". I raise the "Cinderella" term, can the Leafs be the story of the upcoming season for all the right reasons? A pause, a gaze down at impressive pecs and lats oiled up with Banana Boat and tanned to a deep bronze perfection. "Yeah, 'cinderella team' won't even begin to cut it".

Wow. I feel one of those shivers again as I stare at this 24 year old Adonis-like body, with uber confidence spewing from his mouth. Not even the bikini clad girlfriends and wives could make me turn away from such a spectacle.

The days melt into each other, the days are always bright, hot and humid, the nights warm and oh so sticky. I lament the fact that this time must come to an end, as Jessie worries I'm far too excited over 'mere' hockey players. Some people will never understand.

On the last night there, sitting by the campfire we are roasting marshmellows. Lights flicker playfully over the players faces and I go into a bit of a trance.
I stare too intently at Phaneuf, see a twinkle in his eye, something special there. I close my eyes and realize all too well that I've never seen the Leafs hoist a Stanley Cup in my lifetime. I have a sort of a vision then, I see a Stanley Cup being hoisted, these very players whose company I now enjoy are all celebrating together, holding the Cup high above the glorious blue and white Maple Leaf. I open my eyes to take the now well roasted marshmellow off it's stick and put it in my mouth. I close my eyes again and let the warm sticky goo melt in my mouth. I let out a very aubile moan of delight to which a player comments "That must be one hell of a marshmellow, dude". I open my eyes, stare directly at him, wink and say oh so softly, "You have NO idea."
Filed Under:   Maple Leafs  
July 19, 2010 4:06 PM ET | Delete
holy crap lol
July 19, 2010 4:48 PM ET | Delete
i take it your better half... jessie is a guy. if not you should probably let her know that you are gay.
July 19, 2010 4:52 PM ET | Delete
wow...first you're clearly in the fruit basket. Second, you weren't cottaging with Leafs!
July 19, 2010 4:59 PM ET | Delete
I can't even believe I just read that. You are embarrassing!
July 19, 2010 5:33 PM ET | Delete
wow, I felt awkward reading that!
July 19, 2010 5:36 PM ET | Delete
You will only see the Leafs hoist the cup in your dreams!!
July 19, 2010 6:37 PM ET | Delete
Clearly his dreams will involve oiled up hockey players, and those dreams will be wet. Does hockey buzz not have a quality control person reviewing these blogs before they're posted?
July 19, 2010 6:43 PM ET | Delete
tsmith7....hahahahha...That one gave me a good laugh...haha
July 19, 2010 8:37 PM ET | Delete
tsmith7 said it best,, then for giggles, I was going to read some other articles from this contributor and see from July "Kadri: The Boy Inside The Man", I stopped there. I'm outta here.! lol
July 19, 2010 8:41 PM ET | Delete
Oh sweetie that wasn't a marshmallow in your mouth. It was my smoothie!Jessie
July 19, 2010 8:59 PM ET | Delete
Stop with the gay hockey blogs PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 20, 2010 12:51 AM ET | Delete
I'll bet anything that Jessie is a guy!
July 20, 2010 3:08 AM ET | Delete
July 20, 2010 3:11 AM ET | Delete
if you did that shit around phaneuf im fairly sure he'd punch you square in the nose
July 20, 2010 10:39 AM ET | Delete
July 20, 2010 11:37 AM ET | Delete
fuckin flamer, how long did it take you to go thinking of that fantasy. fagg
July 20, 2010 11:50 AM ET | Delete
Mr tml101, please start showing some respect and open your mind to new ideas. You'd be singing a new tune if you were tasting my smoothie on a nightly basis too. :)Jessie
July 20, 2010 12:55 PM ET | Delete
i thought i was going to read a hockey blog. YIPES!!!, i need a memory blanker and remove this article from my memory banks
July 20, 2010 12:56 PM ET | Delete
and i bet you manics partners is a fake account from same guy
July 20, 2010 1:06 PM ET | Delete
Pierre McGuire?
July 20, 2010 1:06 PM ET | Delete
Message Posted
July 20, 2010 1:06 PM ET | Delete
We'll see how fake I am when you're biting down on your Cammalleri pillow. :)
July 20, 2010 3:08 PM ET | Delete
HI Manics, my torso loves u
July 20, 2010 3:13 PM ET | Delete
July 20, 2010 3:44 PM ET | Delete
i think you need to change the title of this blog to something else just because you have daydreams of leafs does not make it a leaf blog. maybe you should call it male bonding
July 20, 2010 6:19 PM ET | Delete
Sweetie, I may have found a lady to surrogate that hockey playing son for us that you've always wanted. Stop blogging and call me!xoxoJessie
July 20, 2010 6:52 PM ET | Delete
So this is a gay erotica site now?
July 20, 2010 6:55 PM ET | Delete
"Close my eyes again and let the warm sticky goo melt in my mouth. I let out a very aubile moan of delight" .... Really? Really?
July 20, 2010 7:23 PM ET | Delete
this is a literary masterwork
July 22, 2010 11:39 AM ET | Delete
one of the funniest blogs i've ever read. keep up the good work, son.
July 22, 2010 8:17 PM ET | Delete
oh my....
July 23, 2010 4:26 PM ET | Delete
Could Manics be Elisha or one of the player's girlfriends/wives? A feminine sounding blog could actually be written by a woman...........just stating the ignored obvious......
July 26, 2010 5:21 PM ET | Delete
You are gayer than 2 guys forking.
July 26, 2010 9:26 PM ET | Delete
Elisha? Are you a fukking tool? This homo is talking about wearing a damn speedo and he's referred to as "man" and "dude" in the blog. Quit supporting this man-meat eating homosexual. You're about as gayy as he is.
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