Friday, July 21, 2006


I originally decided to be a contributer to this blog because someone had to keep Zanstorm from slanting the truth with his skewed blue and white beliefs. Until meeting Zanstorm, I was just another westerner who disliked the Leafs and Leaf fans for no other reason than generally disliking everyone I've met from Ontario.
One thing I'm noticing quickly, is how similar our plight as fans truly is. I hope the similarities end this year though, as I don't see the Leafs making the playoffs again this season.

With this in mind, I'm starting a weekly article on players I feel need a bounce back year to enable our respective teams to make the playoffs this year.
Last year, I thought Jeff ONeill was really going to prove something after a poor season in Carolina, the season before. I even bet Zanstorm he was going to hit the 70 point mark (oops, still owe $10 bucks). Had Jeff performed to his potential and won me that bet, Zanstorm was going to eat the pocket off of his jacket which would have been priceless. I'm not sure what it's going to take to get a fire lit under Jeff's ass this year, hopefully Paul Maurice can get him going again!!


At July 21, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Our plights are similar with our teams missing the playoffs, and what was the similarity with our teams' lackluster defence (mostly coaching). But you have to admire what the Crawford did with the youth of the Canuck team. He brought them along really well. He raised them like children. In Leafland, we sacrificed youth for quick-fix veterans to push for Lord Stanley. Amazingly, we still have guys like Ondrus, Colaiacovo, Harrison, and Wellwood left in the system.

At July 21, 2006 at 11:58 a.m. , Blogger -Beaner- said...

Pat Quinn dug his own grave with all the veterans. The Leafs have all those young players you speak of Zanstorm because they want a team of youth. The thing that perplexes me was their interest in Anson Carter. Even with the shortage of RW to go around, for both teams, the Leafs would be taking probably less of a risk bringing someone up or finding some unproven young gun, at least he'd fit right in. Just my 2 cents though....

At July 21, 2006 at 12:46 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Ah c'mon guys those 4 Leafs aren't "in the system" they are on the team. Ondrus and Harrison won't amount to much, Colaiacovo needs to play anywhere and get regular minutes and Ellwood I'd say has arrived. The "system" needs replenishing big time and those names are in the lineup because there isn't much choice in the matter.

As far as O'Neil goes, make that bet again - he won't be turning you into a moth anytime soon!

At July 21, 2006 at 1:24 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah I used the term 'in the system' lightly....
Hey, there still is Suglobov!
I think Ondrus and Harrison will be reliable, further down the depth chart.
O'Neil? Hmm, I never make the same bet twice! But I have lost a lot of hope in him.
But you are right, there isn't much left on the Marlies!

At July 21, 2006 at 5:20 p.m. , Blogger Some Old Man said...

Ok Guys, Let's not forget we are talking about 1. Modern Hockey and 2. The Leafs and Canucks. I don't know how things work in semi-third world countries like Canada, but, where I live, we can WATCH a game instead of having it described to us by uncle grizzly by a camp fire while we skin seals to make next years school clothes.
Yes, the magic of electricity and subsequently, television.
Now don’t get me wrong, I used to love Hockey!! I loved it when they didn’t have a bunch of guys with too many vowels in their name.
I loved it when “Slap Shot” the movie was more of a documentary than a comedy. When the Big Bad Bruins would kick your ass and leave you feeling thankful they left you alive.
Bobby Orr flying up the Ice, defying logic and physics, while toying with the opposition, then fighting Brad Park because that’s what hockey players do.
The Broad Street Bullies, Who beat on the Russians so badly that the Russian coach pulled his players from the ice and refused to continue the game.
The Montreal Canadians defense, Gerry Cheevers mask, The California Golden Seals with their white skates.
The French connection of Perreault, Robert and Martin. Don Cherry asking John Wensink if he would like to “ go for a skate”
5 foot nothing Stan Jonathan breaking 6 foot plus Pierre Bouchard’s nose.
Bob Probert fighting anyone, Tony twist breaking Rob Rays orbital bone through his helmet. Tony Twist just being the most intimidating man to lace up a pair of skates.
Hodge in the corner. Espo in front of the net. Orr on the blueline.

So, Pardon me if I don’t get all fuzzy over Jeff O’Neill.

I read the comments and let me tell ya, some of these posts sound like they were made by people who grew up in Missouri and didn’t know the blues were a team or a music style or even a bunch of colors.
70 points for Mr. O’Neill?!?!?! The way the game is played now, he should have gotten that in the first game.

Well, It’s been fun. I know there are probably a lot of people from the village waiting to use your computer, so I will end here.
I wish all the best to my friends who live in the 51st state.

Some Old Man.

At July 21, 2006 at 5:53 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Whoa, Hodge, maybe you shouldn't have told him about this...ha!
Tony Twist? You are biased because you live across the street from his grandmother...or whatever.
I'm trying to find footage of the Bullies beating on the Ruskies, but I can't find it yet.
Sheez, Man, you sound like my dad. He always said the same things about Orr, Espo, etc. But the one thing about the old NHL that was sadly lacking was skilled Europeans! Admit it!

At July 22, 2006 at 10:31 a.m. , Anonymous Hodge said...

I didn't, he's been stalking me ever since I hacked him down in a street hockey game in '74, leaving him paralized from the calf down in one leg. I told him, "yeah sure, you can be the Kansas City Scouts, I'll be the Flyers".

Whats Tony doing these days besides falling off motorcycles and suing people??


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